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The first set of 2017 Jr. Dragster division championships will be handed out this weekend when Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colo., plays host to the West Central Division Jr. Championships event. Kicking off Friday, the event will feature three days of racing, including the championship race on Saturday.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League was celebrated throughout the NHRA Summernationals weekend at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, including a special exhibition race. Anthony Capirose won the three-round eliminator.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series recently visited Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., the birthplace of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. With 2017 being the 25th anniversary of the JDRL, the program was in the spotlight throughout the NHRA Summernationals weekend, including during the NHRA on FOX broadcast. Click the above link to check out the video.
Derrick Hegwood put together a perfect Saturday, winning both the 15-17 age group and Jr. Comp titles, during the Pacific Division Jr. Championship Series event at Top Gun Dragstrip in Fallon, Nev. Jacelyn Gonzaga continued her strong season in the 6-9 age group, picking up her fourth win in six events in 2017. The doubleheader weekend was also kind to the Gordon family with sisters Madison and Macie both picking up wins. Madison won Saturday's 13-14 title, and Macie was Sunday's 10-12 winner. Other weekend winners were Peter Kaiser (Saturday 10-12), Jacob Taylor (Sunday 6-9), Braiden Chesleigh (Sunday 13-14), Brianna Wiens (Sunday 15-17), and AJ Thomas (Sunday Jr. Comp).
As part of the season-long 25th anniversary of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, Jr. Dragsters will be displayed at all NHRA national events this season. Aidan Baker, Ricky Bell, Abbie Croteau, Austin Douglas, Maddison Douglas, Kaylee Genualdo, Kadence Gill, Olivia Karaguezian, Seth Noble, Kyle Rice, Jaylee Soucy, and Lucas Willard represented the league at the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping.
Tyler DePascale (age 6-9), Bobby Pennabaker Jr. (10-12), and Cory Ream (13-17) took home the first Wallys in the new Direct Cabinet Sales-backed Jr. Dragster series run in conjunction with Division 1's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. The trio outlasted the competition during the Memorial Day weekend event at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.
Morgan Wilson continued her dominance in the 13-17 age group, winning for the third time in the first five races so far this season. Wilson was joined the Atlanta Dragway winner's circle by Alayna Carden (age 6-9) and Tucker Brown (10-12).
As part of the season-long 25th anniversary of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, Jr. Dragsters will be displayed at all NHRA national events this season. Cameron Beasley, Carsen Brandenburg, Chandler Brandenburg, Caitlin Brown, Andrew Martinez, Clayton McGinnis, Ashley Miller, Adam Shinski, Simon Shinski, Ryan Skaggs, Danica Soule, Andy Westphal, Cade Whitmore, and Ashley Winkler represented the league at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties in Topeka.
Due to the requirement of a doctor's signature on the participant licensing form, no membership/participant applications will be accepted for new membership or renewal at the Conference Finals, so make sure your license is up-to-date before heading to the events.
Jacelyn Gonzaga swept the 6-9 age group during the two-day Pacific Division Jr. Championship Series at Sacramento Raceway. Gonzaga was joined in the winner’s circle Saturday by Morgan Clinton (age 10-12), Taylor Lee Taylor (13-14), Cade Poe (15-17), and AJ Thomas (Jr. Comp). Other winners Sunday were Drake Padgett (10-12), Braiden Chesleigh (13-14), Hannah Cook (15-17), and Damon Bustamante (Jr. Comp).
Thanks to the direct support of Direct Cabinet Sales and several other sponsors, the Northeast Division has added Jr. Dragsters to five of its NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events this season: Virginia Motorsports Park, Maple Grove Raceway, Lebanon Valley Dragway, New England Dragway, and Cecil County Dragway.
Are you planning on attending this year's NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western or Eastern Conference Finals? Now is the time to sign up for your track's team. Details on registering teams and racers for the events were sent to all NHRA member tracks last week and online team and racer registration is currently open. Racers interested in attending this year's events should contact their local track for details on joining its team.
Katie Craft picked up her second win of the 2017 season, outlasting South Georgia Motorsports Park winner Logan Westmoreland in the 10-12 age group during the fourth Division 2 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the year. Sawyer Atkins (age 6-9) and Autumn Greene (13-17) were also victorious at the event at GALOT Motorsports Park.
Bobby Bode of Barrington, Ill., won the $1,000 Sportsman finale Sunday during the Chandler Aviation Spring Nationals for the Protect The Harvest Midwest Jr. Super Series presented by Lucas Oil at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. Landon Sipple of Berea, Ky., won twice over the weekend: Pro Sportsman B on Saturday and ages 10-12 on Sunday.
The three-day event for NHRA Jr. Dragster racers drew entries from as far as Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
Morgan Wilson picked up her second straight win in the 13-17 age group during the Division 2 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, Ga. Matthew Peterson (age 6-9) and Logan Westmoreland (10-12) were also victorious during the event, the third of seven in the series.
As part of the season-long 25th anniversary of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, Jr. Dragsters will be displayed at all NHRA national events this season. Kailyn Armstrong, Tripp Breitkritz, Brady Hartnett, Sam Hartnett, Zach Hartnett, Troy Jackson, Joey Petrone, Kade Renoll, Domonick Scofield, Dylan Smith, Elizabeth Strones, Alyssa Tatge, Keeli Tatge, and Dylan Winefsky represented the league at the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix.
As part of the season-long 25th anniversary of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, Jr. Dragsters will be displayed at all NHRA national events this season. Miah Balcom, Gage Burch, Katrina Carpenter, Michael Carpenter, Jade Hicks, Colby Manucy, Cody Owens, Maverick Palamtier, Wyatt Palmatier, Fallon Roach, Brittany Schmidt, Duane Schmidt, and Joseph Tanner represented the league at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville.
As part of the season-long 25th anniversary of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, Jr. Dragsters will be displayed at all NHRA national events this season. Clay Evans, Preston Howard, Trinity Howard, Ethan Januik, Peyton Januik, Mason Phlegar, Kayslee Price, Allison Strader, and Brianna Wiens, Taylor Wiens represented the league at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.
Jr. racers in the Northwest Division have even more opportunities to compete for Wallys and a championship because Division 6, with support from Infinity Coach, has added a 14-race series to its 2017 calendar. The Infinity Coach Jr. Championship Series will feature two age groups that follow the same age breakdown as the Jr. Championships: Jr. Thunder (ages 7-12) and Jr. Lightning (13-17). The series will feature seven doubleheader events that awards points on each of the two days. A racers’ seven best racers will count towards his/her final points tally. The series champion in each category will receive a Jr. Wally, champion’s jacket, and NHRA Gold Card.
To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA on FOX's Lewis Bloom went to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California to look at the Jr. Dragster that helped launch the career of two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders.
After finishing as the runner-up at the opening event in Orlando, Fla., William Craft was able to go the distance in race No. 2, defeating Brittany Schmidt to win the 10-12 age group. Craft was joined in the winner's circle by Hailey Peterson, who stopped Orlando 6-9 champ Dylan MacNicol in that class, and Morgan Wilson, who topped sister Madison for 13-17 honors.
The day-to-day schedules of events for the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western and Eastern Conference Finals and the pre-event activities for each race have been finalized, and racers will have plenty of opportunities to hit the track before and during the two national events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. Osage Tulsa Raceway Park and Bristol Dragway each have more than a week of racing planned for competitors who make the journeys to Oklahoma and Tennessee.
The March/April issue of Jr. Dragster magazine is now online, featuring Andy Westphal's War Eagle dragster, What's New 2017, a new column by sisters Kaitlyn and Morgan Curtis, and more.
The new Jr. Dragster series at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events in Division 2 kicked off at Orlando Speed World Dragway Feb. 24-26, and when the dust settled, Dylan MacNicol (age 6-9), Katie Craft (10-12), and Gage Burch (13-17) were hoisting the Wallys in the winner’s circle.
Racers in the Southeast Division will have more opportunities to race for Wallys and another points championship during the 2017 season because the division has added Jr. Dragsters to all of its NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League will celebrate its 25th anniversary during the 2017 season, commemorating a quarter-century of participation from thousands of kids ages 5-17.
NHRA will celebrate 25 years of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League competition at Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events across the country in 2017, as well as at the annual NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals and NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals.
Do you have a new car, paint scheme, sponsor? Are you entering a new class this season? Jr. Dragster magazine wants to hear about it!
The schedule of championship events in NHRA's seven divisions has been set, and once again Divisions 1-6 will use a single championship race to decide champions while Division 7 racers will compete in a 10-race points series.
The January/February issue of Jr. Dragster magazine is now online, featuring highlights from some of the 2016 national event displays, the latest Top Performer awards, and more.
Near-doubles by Taylor Lee Taylor, Jared Jones, and AJ Thomas highlighted the first doubleheader weekend of the 2017 Pacific Division Jr. Championship Series. The events held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 14-15, kicked off the 10-race series in which drivers will earn points to determine this year's Division 7 Jr. Dragster champions.
The NHRA Technical Department has made an amendment to the recently released NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Rulebook.
The 2017 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals and Eastern Conference Finals will be held at Osage Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Okla., and Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, respectively. The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals will visit Oklahoma’s Osage Tulsa Raceway Park for the second time, June 15-16, and the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals will return to Eastern Tennessee’s famed Thunder Valley, July 20-22.