Third-generation dragster Nicholas Polito feels the need for speed

Third-generation dragster Nicholas Polito has grown-up on the race track. Literally.

The Hinchinbrook resident was dragged in nappies to the track to watch his two-time Australian champion grandfather Joe during his drag racing career. His father Tony and brother Joe also race dragsters.

So it's no surprise the 17-year-old made his way behind the wheel.

Two years ago he started racing junior dragsters and has accumulated four Christmas tree trophies.

He backed up his third at last year's Australian Championships with a second placing at this year's event.

A broken motor ultimately cost him a chance a victory in his final junior event where he has reached speeds of more than 130km/h over the 200-metre stretch. He plans to make the step up to top fuel dragsters later this year.

"I love the speed and the adrenalin and that my whole family are involved in everything. In my case it's definitely a family sport," the Clancy Catholic College student said.

"The bar has been set very high with high expectations. I come from a long- list of drag racers so I always seem to be asking for tips, advice and also their opinion on certain things.

"I also love the travelling. I've raced in Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, Adelaide and have also made the full three-day journey to race in Cairns. I would love to race in the US one day."