Karns, Jr., more affectionately known as ‘Disco Dean,’ is just about the most
outgoing guy you will ever meet at a race track. You can’t miss Dean at the
track with his bright, loud, and wild hairdos. His wife, Jackie, is a hair
stylist and Dean voluntarily lets her use his hair as a test canvas.
Disco moniker, just as the racing passion, was passed down from Dean’s father,
Dean Sr. Both Dean Sr. and Jackie go racing with Disco Dean as much as possible,
making it not only a family tradition, but a family pastime.
Based out of
Fairborn, Ohio, where he owns and operates his window tint business, Tint King,
Dean represents the local racing community very well. Dean has won several big
money bracket racing events throughout his short driving career. Before he was a
drag racer, Dean was a three time Lowrider Magazine World Hydraulic Car Dancing
his racing career, Dean has established himself as one of the best local racers
and made himself known for having one of the craziest looking cars at the track.
While driving a Disco-themed, lava lamp-inspired, neon yellow dragster, Dean won
the 2008 NHRA/NOPI Extreme Dragster World Championship while setting the
NHRA/NOPI World Record with a ¼ mile E.T. of 6.53 at a speed of 207.94 miles per
Dean’s newest car is a brand new 2012 Dual-Suspended Diamond
Dragster powered by a blown 532 cubic inch big block Chevy pushing 1200
horsepower. The car is very similar to the one he wheeled to the 2008
championship, which is a step toward his dream of driving a Top Fuel Dragster or
Funny Car. When asked of his goals, Dean said with a smile, “I want to win at
least 15 races in 2012, but my main goal is to someday drive a nitro car!
Flopper or Digger, I don’t care.”
Dean is extremely competitive with
everything he does – as his dad used to say, “if you’re going to be a trash man,
then you be the best trash man there is.”