First-time champions reign at Eastern Conference Finals
July 18, 2020

Carter Jackson (age 6-9), Cooper Hancock (10), Cole Jennings (11), Kade Renoll (12), Kileigh Carter (13), Garett Sprague (14), Travis Hill (15), and Dylan Hite (16-17) outlasted the fields in their respective age groups to claim Wallys at the 2020 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals at zMAX Dragway. All are first-time champions of the event, one of two national events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. Virginia Motorsports Park won the team championship, the third team title for the Richmond, Va., track.

Jackson helped lift Virginia to the team championship when he outlasted Erin Willing in the 6-9 age-group final. Jackson, a Powhatan, Va., racer, left the starting line first by more than a tenth, and he carried the advantage to an 11.923 (11.90 dial) to 11.970 (11.97) win against Pennsburg, Pa., runner Willing.

The 10-year-old class title round was decided on the starting line when Maysville, Ga., competitor Malachi Edwards fouled out, turning on the win light in Hancock’s lane.  Hancock, who lives in Commerce, Ga., ran .001-over his 8.90 en route to victory.

The 11-year-old category final was also decided on a red-light start. This time, Baltimore, Ohio’s Anna Bunting fouled, giving Lincoln University, Pa., racer Jennings the win. Jennings celebrated with an 8.899 (8.90) victory lap.

Renoll made his cross-country haul from El Mirage, Ariz., to Charlotte pay off when he bested Benson, N.C., runner Bladen Core in the 12-year-old age-group title round. Core made Renoll’s job a little easier when he left the starting line early, turning on the win light for Renoll, who clocked an 8.912 (8.93) on his winning run.

Homer, Ga., competitor Carter added another win for the Peach State when Bluff City, Tenn.’s Blake Combs red-lighted in the 13-year-old class final. Carter clocked in at 7.885 (7.90) on her way to the win.

A red-light determined the outcome in the 14-year-old title round as well. In this final, Katie Hall, of Nokesville, Va., fouled, giving Sellersville, Pa., racer Garett Sprague the victory. Sprague powered to a 7.884 (7.90) en route to victory.

Thurmont, Md., driver Hill had a more than six-hundredths advantage on the starting line and that pushed Bridgewater, Va., competitor Brooke Harper into a 7.881 (7.90) breakout. Hill ran a clean 7.995 (7.98) to turn on the win light.

Prairieville, La.’s Hite cut a near-perfect .008 light, then ran a 7.924 (7.90) to claim top honors in the 16-17 age bracket. Kaylee Love, of Youngsville, N.C., put up a great fight, but her .020-initiated 7.944 (7.90) came up just short.

Jackson’s win in the 6-9 age group and Hall’s runner-up finish in the 14-year-old class helped Virginia Motorsports Park Team 1 tally 29 points and claim the team championship. It is the third team title for Virginia, which also finished No. 1 in 2007 and 2016. Mason-Dixon Dragway Team 1 finished second with 26 points, followed by Virginia Team 2 at 25, National Trail Raceway Team 1 at 23, and Bristol Dragway Team 1, Huntsville Dragway Team 2, Maple Grove Raceway Team 1, and Atlanta Dragway Team 2 all tied for fifth with 22 points apiece.

2020 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS RESULTS

6-9
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown R.T. Dial E.T. MPH
Erin Willing Pennsburg, Pa. 0.070 11.97 12.087 52.28
Logan Oliveira Cypress, Calif. 0.201 11.90 12.054 52.92
 
Cylas Thimm Mohnton, Pa. 0.175 11.97 12.140 53.44
Kaden Paone Galloway, N.J. 0.259 12.09 12.229 51.69
 
Carter Jackson Powhatan, Va. 0.033 11.90 12.041 53.79
Cole Gutierrez Helendale, Calif. 0.109 11.90 12.005 55.16
 
SEMIFINALS
Erin Willing Pennsburg, Pa. 0.067 11.97 12.001 52.97
Cylas Thimm Mohnton, Pa. 0.133 12.12 12.049 54.22
 
Carter Jackson Powhatan, Va. 0.042 11.90 11.925 54.84
bye
 
FINAL
Carter Jackson Powhatan, Va. 0.032 11.90 11.923 54.86
Erin Willing Pennsburg, Pa. 0.158 11.97 11.970 53.56
 
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QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown R.T. Dial E.T. MPH
Malachi Edwards Maysville, Ga. 0.082 8.90 8.928 72.78
Corbin Walker Denham Springs, La. 0.088 8.90 8.923 74.92
 
Cooper Hancock Commerce, Ga. 0.115 8.90 8.890 74.28
Logan Anderson York, Pa. -0.027 8.91 8.943 73.87
 
Tyler Janousek Pflugerville, Texas 0.007 8.90 8.942 72.76
Ava Ward Anderson, S.C. 0.087 9.04 9.086 73.34
 
Gage Blevins Louisville, Ky. 0.037 8.97 8.975 70.81
Parker Deweese Franklin, Ky. 0.180 8.91 8.932 74.29
 
SEMIFINALS
Cooper Hancock Commerce, Ga. 0.094 8.90 9.032 68.30
Tyler Janousek Pflugerville, Texas 0.136 8.90 9.071 67.51
 
Malachi Edwards Maysville, Ga. 0.117 8.90 8.939 72.47
Gage Blevins Louisville, Ky. 0.113 8.92 9.004 71.52
 
FINAL
Cooper Hancock Commerce, Ga. 0.050 8.90 8.901 74.03
Malachi Edwards Maysville, Ga. -0.007 8.90 8.905 73.39
 
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QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown R.T. Dial E.T. MPH
Hayden Miller Mobile, Ala. 0.041 8.90 8.962 72.16
Hope Capley Madison, Tenn. 0.097 8.90 8.969 73.14
 
Anna Bunting Baltimore, Ohio 0.008 8.93 8.922 73.27
Eli Wiggins Alvaton, Ky. -0.010 8.90 8.890 73.44
 
Cole Jennings Lincoln University, Pa. -0.017 8.90 8.890 72.05
Roman Iocoangeli Monroe, Mich. -0.021 8.90 8.878 75.27
 
Gaven Adams Prophetstown, Ill. 0.087 8.90 8.881 73.70
bye
 
SEMIFINALS
Cole Jennings Lincoln University, Pa. 0.096 8.90 8.914 70.71
Gaven Adams Prophetstown, Ill. 0.147 8.90 8.885 73.27
 
Anna Bunting Baltimore, Ohio 0.020 8.90 8.947 72.72
Hayden Miller Mobile, Ala. 0.033 8.90 8.899 74.11
 
FINAL
Cole Jennings Lincoln University, Pa. 0.028 8.90 8.899 72.04
Anna Bunting Baltimore, Ohio -0.033 8.92 8.932 72.90
 
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QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown R.T. Dial E.T. MPH
Bladen Core Benson, N.C. 0.102 9.06 9.059 73.92
Maddie Head Cedar Hill, Tenn. 0.068 8.97 8.947 71.31
 
Piper Corey Banner Elk, N.C. 0.108 8.94 8.949 73.88
Parker Fields Frederick, Md. -0.014 8.95 8.914 74.58
 
Kade Renoll El Mirage, Ariz. 0.047 8.91 9.068 70.36
Shannon Blanton Jefferson, Ga. 0.199 8.90 9.180 59.51
 
Brendan Nuttail Rutledge, Tenn. 0.036 8.93 8.936 73.52
bye
 
SEMIFINALS
Bladen Core Benson, N.C. 0.009 9.10 9.157 72.61
Piper Corey Banner Elk, N.C. 0.072 8.95 8.963 73.18
 
Kade Renoll El Mirage, Ariz. -0.015 8.93 8.941 76.27
Brendan Nuttail Rutledge, Tenn. -0.018 8.93 8.963 72.78
 
FINAL
Kade Renoll El Mirage, Ariz. 0.031 8.93 8.912 78.14
Bladen Core Benson, N.C. -0.022 9.10 9.071 73.79
 
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QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown R.T. Dial E.T. MPH
Kileigh Carter Homer, Ga. 0.022 7.90 7.945 79.85
Jordan Denny Manassas, Va. 0.052 8.40 8.451 77.39
 
Christopher Suppers Manassas, Va. 0.155 7.90 7.927 82.66
Jada Sexton Camilla, Ga. -0.003 7.90 8.093 69.22
 
Blake Combs Bluff City, Tenn. 0.050 7.90 7.915 82.83
bye
 
SEMIFINALS
Blake Combs Bluff City, Tenn. 0.028 7.90 7.863 83.86
Christopher Suppers Manassas, Va. -0.018 7.90 7.903 81.55
 
Kileigh Carter Homer, Ga. 0.103 7.90 7.899 82.20
bye
 
FINAL
Kileigh Carter Homer, Ga. 0.096 7.90 7.885 82.43
Blake Combs Bluff City, Tenn. -0.264 7.90 8.224 79.78
 
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QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown R.T. Dial E.T. MPH
Joshua Sisk Charlestown, W.Va. 0.043 7.90 7.949 80.91
Hailey Pumphrey Waldorf, Md. 0.050 7.90 7.951 82.08
 
Garett Sprague Sellersville, Pa. 0.053 7.90 7.953 78.80
Ian Burt Grove City, Ohio 0.088 7.90 7.924 83.49
 
Katie Hall Nokesville, Va. 0.014 7.90 7.939 81.55
Madison Stotler Winchester, Va. 0.032 7.90 7.946 83.46
 
SEMIFINALS
Garett Sprague Sellersville, Pa. 0.017 7.91 7.959 78.78
Joshua Sisk Charlestown, W.Va. 0.100 7.90 7.924 82.32
 
Katie Hall Nokesville, Va. 0.008 7.90 7.915 82.76
bye
 
FINAL
Garett Sprague Sellersville, Pa. -0.007 7.90 7.884 82.07
Katie Hall Nokesville, Va. -0.017 7.90 8.793 64.39
 
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QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown R.T. Dial E.T. MPH
Travis Hill Thurmont, Md. 0.012 7.96 7.942 80.89
Garrett Murphrey Ellenton, Fla. -0.158 7.90 7.867 82.66
 
Michelle Vancica Lawrenceville, Ga. 0.043 7.90 7.921 81.99
Mallory Logan N Chesterfield, Va. 0.069 7.90 7.922 81.06
 
Brooke Harper Bridgewater, Va. 0.045 7.90 7.885 83.86
Brandon Sullivan Radford, Va. -0.003 7.94 7.978 81.13
 
  SEMFINALS
Brooke Harper Bridgewater, Va. 0.031 7.90 7.963 78.62
Michelle Vancica Lawrenceville, Ga. 0.174 7.90 7.920 82.25
 
Travis Hill Thurmont, Md. 0.029 7.96 7.966 80.72
bye
 
FINAL
Travis Hill Thurmont, Md. 0.017 7.98 7.995 80.52
Brooke Harper Bridgewater, Va. 0.080 7.90 7.881 83.00
 
16-17
QUARTERFINALS
Driver Hometown R.T. Dial E.T. MPH
Aaron Reynolds West Melbourne, Fla. 0.043 7.90 8.320 61.61
Allyson Downs Mansfield, Ohio -0.034 7.90 7.875 83.43
 
Dylan Hite Prairieville, La. 0.060 7.90 7.913 80.62
Baylee Mize Harriman, Tenn. 0.058 7.91 7.926 82.77
 
Kaylee Love Youngsville, N.C. 0.055 7.90 7.901 80.60
Kaitlin Zietlow Brook Park, Ohio -0.010 7.90 7.918 82.33
 
Trent Phann Baxter, Tenn. 0.002 7.95 7.953 77.22
Maverick Palmatier Deland, Fla. 0.031 7.90 7.862 78.23
 
  SEMFINALS
Dylan Hite Prairieville, La. 0.002 7.90 7.828 82.83
Aaron Reynolds West Melbourne, Fla. -0.016 7.90 7.763 84.42
 
Kaylee Love Youngsville, N.C. 0.038 7.90 7.895 80.06
Trent Phann Baxter, Tenn. -0.064 7.90 11.283 49.49
 
FINAL
Dylan Hite Prairieville, La. 0.008 7.90 7.924 79.29
Kaylee Love Youngsville, N.C. 0.020 7.90 7.944 82.33