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The Radio Controlled Drag Racing League (RCDRL) was founded in March of 2013, with the desire to provide the young, young at heart and those with special needs the opportunity to enjoy and compete in the thrill of drag racing competition.

League founder, Michael Mercadel, had a very special reason for starting the league, his son Joshua. Josh has Asperger’s Syndrome. Even though it has been a challenge at times, Joshua is such a blessing to his family. Josh has never been able to play competitive sports, for a variety of reasons (social cues, peer interaction, coordination issues, etc.), but Mike wanted to find something that he could share with his son, and would also give Josh that sense of participating in a competitive environment. Since the Mercadel’s are a drag racing family (Mike’s older daughter Rebekah was a NHRA Junior Drag racer during her teenage years), Mike thought this could also be an outlet for Josh. Josh, however wanted no part of it. Driving the cars was way too much for his senses. Fast forward to Christmas 2012. Josh was begging for a particular gift for Christmas….a radio controlled race car. Seeing how much Josh wanted this and the enthusiasm he seemed to have for it, Mike went for it, and bought him the car, the newly released TRAXXAS Funny Car. He also bought one for himself, so they could race together. After realizing how much fun he and Josh were having racing each other, Mike convinced a friend of his and his son to join in on the fun.

At that point, the wheels started turning in Mike’s head, and he thought how cool would it be to get a few families together and start a league. And with that, the RCDRL was born! What started as a hobby for a father and his son, is, as of today, a complete league that encompasses three states (Texas, Louisiana, and California), with about 350 registered participants, with about 200 current paid memberships.

We not only do this because it’s fun, but because we can offer a platform that allows everyone to compete on an equal level.

Giving Back

We also take a special interest in helping those around us. The RCDRL makes contributions, on a regular basis, to charities such as:
• Autism Speaks
• The Jaxon Anthony Memorial Foundation
• Coleson’s F.R.O.G
• National Children’s Cancer Society
• Plus many others

We believe in giving back and helping others. We have the benefit of having fun and loving what we do, and being able to help those in need is a large part of that.


Participants: 249 (TX:158, CA:60, LA:59)
Largest field of car entries: 225

Participants: 203 (TX:95, CA:48, LA:62)
Largest field of car entries: 106

** Stats are since inception of DragTrac. Participation numbers by state do not add up to total, it comprises of count of distinct racers at each venue, some racers are counted in each state as they travel.

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About Us Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.8 based on 16 reviews
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What a Blast!

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I just wanted to start off by saying thank you to Richard Cole, Michael Mercadel, MIke Pfeil and the entire RCDRL family for putting on such an amazing event at the RLC Super Nationals. Also would like to thank my wife Mindy Tobin who came out and helped with races. My little brother Joey Marroccoli who also helped with the kids racing and spent his birthday today driving home and last but definitely not least my dad Joe Marroccoli who made this trip possible for us and my kids. This was a weekend that my family and I will remember forever. We where finally able to put faces with names. In doing so we definitely made some great new friends. I am also very excited to announce that in the near future I will be rebuilding my traxxas jato to compete in the 2wd class with the help of my new sponsor RLC PERFORMANCE ENGINEERING that will be power by another great nitro engine built by the man himself rick of Rb Mods. I also got to meet a legend of the sport Mr Mike Smith. Had some time to sit down and talk to Norris Graves who is also a great guy, Jesse Hernandez, Steves Page Kevin Smith along with countless others from all around the rcdrl nation. I was very proud of my kids this weekend they all did a great job racing. My son Josh Jr who just 12 days ago made 5. For the Saturday race was eliminated in the first round by Paxton Pfeil and made it to the second round of racing for the Sunday race where he lost to Joseph Forbes. My daughter Chloe eliminated herself in the first round of the Sunday race by hitting the Finnish line block after young Dallas Pfeil in the other lane put on the red light but for the Saturday race she made it all the way to the final round to face off with her big brother. My son Thomas for Sundays race lost in the second round to a hole shot victory by Christian Duke who cut an .034 to Thomas' .075 and the margin of victory was .024 and for Saturday's race Thomas got the first round hole shot award cutting a .005 light and went on to take the win for the day against his sister in the finals. As far as myself it was not my weekend for racing having lost in the first round of 2wd to Stuart Montgomery first round of promod to Dennis Forbes and in all run my car left and instantly hit the wall against Dakota Smith I guess we all have bad days but it's racing and my kids did an amazing job and I could not be any prouder of them. Thanks again to all of the great people who help put this weekend on and making it happen even with mother nature raining on us twice Saturday you guys and gals made it possible. In closing we all had a great time and look forward to coming back next year.

Great Organization but...

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Be prepared for an all day affair. They put on a great race and show, but when they race you are there for the day. like 6-8 hours. Sometimes you want to just get in and get out. Just wasn't for me.

How great is this!

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I never knew ANYTHING about RC Drag racing. Not one thing. I have been a friend of Mike and his family since we were teenagers. I came to visit in June and Mike invited me down to the races. To say I was impressed with what I saw is putting it mildly. The work and the dedication that is put into this is OUTSTANDING. I was just a spectator, but from what I could see, all of the participants and officials were enjoying themselves. There were age groups from 6 to 60 racing. They were all very competitive, but also smiling and showing outstanding sportsmanship. That is what I enjoyed seeing. The joy this brought to those participating. As I took it all in, I got kind of teary, because, from what I understand, this started as just a hobby for Mike and his son, and he has turned it into this. This is truly incredible. The RCDRL is truly something the community around it can be proud of.

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