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'3 Jacks' Jack Wagner Brings Full House to Hockett!

9/14/2021
'3 Jacks' Jack Wagner Brings Full House to Hockett!

RACINBOYS EXCLUSIVE By Ray Cunningham - Editors Note: With the Jesse Hockett & Daniel McMillin Memorial taking place this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for Lucas Oil ASCS National and POWRi WAR Sprint Cars., we take a look behind the visor at one of the rising stars of sprint car racing in the Heartland in 2021 Jack Wagner of Lone Jack, Missouri, who will compete in both classes racing the JHR #77 winged and non-winged sprint cars along with his brother Samuel in the WBR #73’s.

(Lone Jack, MO) The sleepy little village of Lone Jack, Missouri, population 1,371, is a beautiful place to raise a family while still being close to a major metropolis (Kansas City). It’s also home to some very good sprint car racers that include “Commander” Cody Baker, Samuel “The Hammer” Wagner, and his older brother, Jack “3 Jacks” Wagner.

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Jack Wagner, now “21” years of age, has been playing his cards right all year with some of the best performances of his career so far in non-winged sprint car racing driving the Jesse Hockett Racing #77. He also sharpens his overall skills by being a “Jack of all Trades” running his JHR winged 360 sprint car as well in 2021.

Wagner first met JHR Owners Jack and Conny Hockett in 2017 at Double X Speedway while racing his micro during that night's show. Later, the Hockett’s would ask the personable Wagner to race their #77 machine that honors the memory of Jesse Hockett, the youngest son of the couple from Warsaw, Missouri.

Hockett, aka “The Rocket” was one of the top sprint car racers in the nation when he was accidentally electrocuted to death in May of 2010 at age 26. Since that time, drivers that have included Casey Shuman and Clinton Boyles, have gotten the call to race the JHR sprint car in his considerable absence. With both drivers winning the WAR championship in back-to-back seasons in 2015 and 2016.

Wagner, meanwhile, was honing his skills in first Flat Track Karts at tracks that included Lasoski Speedway just down the road from Lone Jack in Warrensburg. Jack, and then later his younger brother Samuel, now 17, moved up the ranks at Sweet Springs, the top micro facility in Missouri.

Over a period of time from 2012 to 2017, Jack would run in classes that included Restrictor, A Class, and Outlaws. He won four championships at Sweet Springs from 2012 to 2017 before moving up to the sprint car ranks to race for JHR.

In 2019, that transition found Jack in victory lane for the first time in WAR non-winged sprints at LOS Speedway in Eldon. In 2020, five top-five finishes in WAR main events gave the outgoing racer, (who also majors in graphic design in college) a second place finish in POWRi WAR points behind three-time champion Riley Kreisel of Warsaw.

This year, the Jesse Hockett Race Team with Jack Wagner behind the wheel and the Wagner Boys Race Team with Samuel at the controls, decided to split their time racing between their non-winged mounts and their winged machines. Points racing was out, but competing at a high level has certainly been in.

Jack Wagner has noticed that racing in both classes has truly upped his game overall, becoming a true “Jack of all trades." Younger brother Samuel has had his best season ever in sprint car racing in 2021.

Going into the Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil this weekend featuring both classes of cars, Jack believes he and his brother will be competing at the highest level they have been at so far in sprint cars, and the results this season prove that declaration to be correct.

For the “Jack of All Trades” Wagner, those results have included two big wins in non-winged sprint cars winning in the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association at Double X Speedway in May and at Lakeside Speedway in August driving the car he calls “Prom Date”. Those victories were made all the sweeter by the fact that the race in California, Missouri, was the “Hockett Tribute Race” and included defeating young gun rival Wesley “Smith & Wesson” Smith of Nixa. The “Weld Memorial” at Lakeside in Kansas City, Kansas represented Wagner’s first win in the Sunflower state, and also included beating another young rival “The Buzzsaw From Warsaw” Riley Kreisel.

As great as those victories were, Wagner was also very excited to take his first winged sprint car feature win at Double X this summer in the car he calls “School Bus” and a winged feature victory at LOS Speedway before that.

Though nothing might compare with the pride seeing first hand the considerable improvement of his brother Samuel on the track, the "Hammer” has also become a beast off the track, spending countless hours in the shop working on the sprint cars these racing siblings drive.

This season, Samuel aka “The Hammer” is living up to the nickname he earned while racing as a kid by winning heat races, and also finishing fourth at Lakeside and 6th at Salina for his best results so far racing in non-winged sprint cars with the MWRA in 2021.

The Hockett/McMillin shoot out for ASCS Winged 360’s, and POWRi WAR non-winged sprints is a big challenge for those competing in only one class over the three-day gauntlet. Competing with four team cars, the JHR #77’s, and the WBR #73’s, is on a whole other level. But, you gotta believe if anyone can navigate it successfully it with be brothers Jack and Samuel Wagner of Lone Jack, Missouri.

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