Champions crowned at Western Conference Finals
June 28, 2019

Tyler Janousek (age 6-9), Brody Tigue (10), Hunter Millican (11), Lilly Kinne (12), Body Bennett (13), Charlie Burkevics (14), Ian Theofelis (15), and Tyler Lloyd (16-17) outlasted the fields in their respective age groups to claim top honors at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by CatSpot. All eight are first-time winners at the event, one of two national events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. Bolstered by late-round showings by several team members, Bremerton Raceway took home the team championship.

In a battle of Texas racers, Janousek, of Pflugerville, defeated Montgomery competitor Parker Richey in the 6-9 age-group final round. Janousek got off the starting line with a near-perfect .004 reaction and carried the advantage it gave him into a 12.011 (11.92 dial) to 12.093 (12.10) win against Richey.

Texas competitors were also victorious in the 10- and 11-year-old age group. Euless, Texas’ Tigue used a better reaction time defeated Norman, Okla., runner Race Ragland to earn the Wally in the 10-year-old bracket. Tigue clocked an 8.968 (8.93) on his winning pass vs. the 8.933 (8.90) of Ragland.

In the 11-year-old class, Waxahachie, Texas, racer Millican outlasted Vancouver, Wash., native Ty Gaynor in a double-breakout final round, winning on an 8.830 (8.90) to 9.133 (9.25) count.

Kinne took the 12-year-old class Wally home to Canton, Ill. Kinne got off the starting line first by over a tenth and used the advantage to defeat Auburn, Wash., racer Cole Dickoff, 9.007 (8.96) to 8.923 (8.91), in the title round.

Shallowater, Texas’ Bennett gave the Lone Star State another victory when he bested Logan Scrivner, from Hillsboro, Ore., in the 13-year-old class final. In a great title-round match, Bennett crossed the finish line first in a 7.931 (7.90) to 7.933 (7.90) contest.

Burkevics and Thoefelis made their long hauls from Washington pay off when they landed in the winner’s circle. Graham, Wash., runner Burkevics scored top honors in the 14-year-old age group, outlasting Leander, Texas’ Emma Heidkamp, 8.338 (8.31) to 7.921 (7.93).

Theofelis denied the Burkevics a double win when he bested 14-year-old winner Charlie’s older brother, Bobby , in the 15-year-old title round. Theofelis, who hails from Port Orchard, Wash., got off the starting line first and never looked back, crossing the finish line ahead of Bobby, 7.920 (7.90) to 7.964 (7.93).

After finishing as the 16-17 class runner-up last year, Lloyd was able to close the deal this year, defeating Maddie Smith in the final. Lloyd cruised to an easy victory when Smith’s car broke after staging. Lloyd ran an easy 9.010 (7.90) en route to victory.

Bremerton Raceway won its first team championship, tallying 32 points to claim the top spot. Ardmore Dragway finished second with 27 points, followed by Tulsa Raceway Park Team 1 (24), World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (23), and Texas Motorplex Team 2 (22).

RESULTS
6-9
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown RT Dial ET MPH
Jovee Brundidge Ada, Okla. .256 13.96 13.960 46.67
Lily Vehar Cheyenne, Wyo. -.090 11.90 12.054 55.25
 
Parker Richey Montgomery, Texas .120 12.14 12.100 53.61
Ezekiel Hilton Maud, Okla. .124 12.20 12.130 50.96
 
Raysn Humphries Springer, Okla. .000 12.32 12.329 50.04
Camden Teel Newcastle Okla. .170 14.18 14.196 43.90
 
Tyler Janousek Pflugerville, Texas .013 11.95 11.944 55.67
bye
 
SEMIFINALS
Parker Richey Montgomery, Texas .171 12.10 12.145 52.08
Raysn Humphries Springer, Okla. .400 12.32 12.318 48.63
 
Tyler Janousek Pflugerville, Texas .023 11.92 11.966 53.98
Jovee Brundidge Ada, Okla. .358 13.92 13.805 47.46
 
FINAL
Tyler Janousek Pflugerville, Texas .004 11.92 12.011 54.12
Parker Richey Montgomery, Texas .161 12.10 12.093 53.49
 
10
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown RT Dial ET MPH
Brody Tigue Euless, Texas .052 8.90 8.929 72.47
Colby Wattenbarger Wayne, Okla. .137 8.91 8.923 73.28
 
Race Ragland Norman, Okla. .088 8.91 8.912 73.41
Tyler Wells Mustang Okla. .028 8.90 8.897 73.55
 
Cohen Hale Pevely, Mo. .013 8.93 8.921 73.02
bye
 
SEMIFINALS
Race Ragland Norman, Okla. .107 8.91 8.941 70.43
Cohen Hale Pevely, Mo. .133 8.91 8.935 72.81
 
Brody Tigue Euless, Texas .121 8.90 8.941 72.21
bye
 
FINAL
Brody Tigue Euless, Texas .086 8.93 8.968 71.12
Race Ragland Norman, Okla. .205 8.90 8.933 72.31
 
11
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown RT Dial ET MPH
Ty Gaynor Vancouver, Wash. .013 9.35 9.324 67.05
Eli Hager Noble , Okla. .189 9.01 8.961 73.25
 
Cole Foster Conroe, Texas -.004 8.90 8.942 72.43
Rien Keith Claremore , Okla. -.072 8.92 8.945 73.09
 
Brynna Graham Osawatonie, Kan. .257 8.94 8.952 73.09
Calvin Minnik III Mustang , Okla. .093 8.99 8.935 71.47
 
Sydney Lessar Walsenburg, Colo. -.127 9.10 9.355 72.52
bye
 
Hunter Millican Waxahachie, Texas .055 8.90 8.986 70.72
Sydney Lessar Walsenburg, Colo. .265 9.20 9.080 72.45
 
SEMIFINALS
Hunter Millican Waxahachie, Texas .167 8.90 8.955 74.10
Brynna Graham Osawatonie, Kan. .225 8.93 8.888 73.75
 
Ty Gaynor Vancouver, Wash. .051 9.30 9.096 71.86
Cole Foster Conroe, Texas -.058 8.90 8.879 73.05
 
FINAL
Hunter Millican Waxahachie, Texas .103 8.90 8.830 65.07
Ty Gaynor Vancouver, Wash. .101 9.25 9.133 65.82
 
12
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown RT Dial ET MPH
Lilly Kinne Canton, Ill. .070 8.99 8.953 74.53
Landon Exner Pasadena, Texas -.016 8.90 8.904 72.23
 
Cole Dickoff Auburn, Wash. .040 8.95 8.935 72.83
Camron Nelson Pearland, Texas .035 8.91 8.851 71.94
 
Gage Wilson Moore, Okla. .072 8.93 8.897 78.15
Conner Elliott Yale , Okla. -.028 8.96 8.961 72.18
 
Kennedy Hale Pevely, Mo. .143 8.93 8.930 72.96
bye
 
SEMIFINALS
Cole Dickoff Auburn, Wash. .075 8.92 8.924 72.81
Kennedy Hale Pevely, Mo. -.028 8.92 8.960 72.58
 
Lilly Kinne Canton, Ill. .034 8.94 8.985 74.00
Gage Wilson Moore, Okla. .028 8.90 8.892 76.08
 
FINAL
Lilly Kinne Canton, Ill. .031 8.96 9.007 72.90
Cole Dickoff Auburn, Wash. .182 8.91 8.923 70.40
 
13
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown RT Dial ET MPH
Bode Bennett Shallowater, Texas .064 7.90 7.908 78.72
Ella Niskanen Colorado Springs, Colo. .147 7.90 7.854 75.40
 
Logan Scrivner Hillsboro, Ore. .092 7.92 7.917 76.61
Casidy Terry Yukon, Okla. .043 7.90 7.887 82.01
 
Dylanir Petersohn Latirande, Ore. .012 7.94 7.941 82.15
bye  
 
SEMIFINALS
Logan Scrivner Hillsboro, Ore. .028 7.90 8.006 75.77
Dylanir Petersohn Latirande, Ore. .164 7.92 7.940 81.67
 
Bode Bennett Shallowater, Texas .081 7.90 7.926 81.75
bye
 
FINAL
Bode Bennett Shallowater, Texas .047 7.90 7.931 80.60
Logan Scrivner Hillsboro, Ore. .063 7.90 7.933 77.76
 
14
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown RT Dial ET MPH
Gracie Blakney Sand Springs, Okla. .097 8.00 7.997 81.08
Daniel Jones Godley, Texas -.085 7.95 7.954 82.86
 
Emma Heidkamp Leander , Texas .043 7.94 7.951 79.27
Kaylee Shepherd Grove, Okla. .059 7.90 7.903 83.26
 
Charlie Burkevics Graham, Wash. .022 8.32 8.282 78.18
bye
 
SEMIFINALS
Charlie Burkevics Graham, Wash. .074 8.30 8.334 76.60
Gracie Blakney Sand Springs, Okla. .054 8.00 8.070 79.94
 
Emma Heidkamp Leander , Texas .117 7.95 7.930 81.25
bye
 
FINAL
Charlie Burkevics Graham, Wash. .072 8.31 8.338 77.46
Emma Heidkamp Leander , Texas .022 7.93 7.921 81.19
 
15
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown RT Dial ET MPH
Colby Crooks Louviers, Colo. .066 7.90 7.886 82.60
Addyson Owen Corsicana, Texas .026 7.95 7.934 81.04
 
Bobby Burkevics Graham, Wash. .066 7.93 7.956 80.57
Carson Russell Royce City, Texas .098 7.99 8.009 80.71
 
Ian Theofelis Port Orchard, Wash. .076 7.90 8.012 74.86
Kylee Nazarenus Westminster, Colo. .100 8.00 9.162 56.57
 
Tori Bryan Jackson, Mo. .029 7.90 7.922 79.15
C-Jay Kilkenny West Plains, Mo. .011 7.92 7.960 80.17
 
SEMIFINALS
Bobby Burkevics Graham, Wash. .081 7.93 7.934 80.94
Tori Bryan Jackson, Mo. .020 7.90 7.977 77.70
 
Ian Theofelis Port Orchard, Wash. .055 7.90 7.889 81.74
Colby Crooks Louviers, Colo. .025 7.90 7.886 80.06
 
FINAL
Ian Theofelis Port Orchard, Wash. .022 7.90 7.920 79.80
Bobby Burkevics Graham, Wash. .051 7.93 7.964 81.03
 
16-17
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown RT Dial ET MPH
Jazzlynn McGrew Yakima, Wash. .052 7.93 7.941 81.54
Shelby Jones Godley, Texas .057 7.91 7.986 76.89
 
Maddie Smith Tomball, Texas .021 7.92 7.927 81.09
Lauren Dodd Wichita, Kan. .033 8.00 8.034 79.09
 
Tyler Lloyd Joplin, Mo. .001 7.90 8.384 76.77
Cameron Beasley Milford, Kan. broke
 
SEMIFINALS
Maddie Smith Tomball, Texas .043 7.92 7.965 79.27
Jazzlynn McGrew Yakima, Wash. .094 7.93 7.976 81.18
 
Tyler Lloyd Joplin, Mo. .028 7.90 7.848 82.72
bye
 
FINAL
Tyler Lloyd Joplin, Mo. .043 7.90 9.010 51.93
Maddie Smith Tomball, Texas .016 7.92 broke