The 2nd annual American Jr. Dragster Challenge presented by Capco Contractors wrapped up Saturday with winners in four categories crowned after a grueling day of eliminations. The Texas Motorplex, home of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in October, once again played host to the event, which benefitted Children’s Health hospital in Dallas.
During the race, Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter along with sales director Terry Smith presented Kyra Barnett from Children’s Health a check for $1,500 and a commemorative event racing helmet.
The category winners included Summit Racing Equipment 7.90 class Winner Madison Smith and runner-up Conner Rivers.
The Lucas Oil 8.90 class winner was Brody Tigue, who outlasted Grant Wiley in the final.
Tyler Janousek took top honors in the Snap-on Tools 11.90/13.90 class over Caden Keys.
Finally, in the Valvoline Instant Oil Changer All Run class, Trent Augustyn defeated Braden Bettis to get the win and spectacular eagle trophy.
“I have to thank all the racers and their parents for putting on a great show under some tough conditions,” said Carter. “It was brutally hot but we had a great turnout and a lot of fun. The donation to Children’s Health was a highlight, and we could not have held this event without the support of Mama Kay and Billy Torrence from Capco Contractors. It was great to see the future of drag racing competing and showing such great sportsmanship.”
The two-day Friday and Saturday racing event actually began on Thursday when a group of racers displayed their Jr. Dragsters at Children’s Health Specialty Care Center in Dallas. For two hours patients and their families were able to climb into the race cars, pose for photos, and talk with the Jr. Dragster racers.
“This event is about helping kids and giving them a big time event before school starts. You can see how hard all the kids work to be competitive, but it is also very cool to see them give back to the community. I want to thank the families that took the time to display at Children’s Health on Thursday,” added Carter.