The two premier events for the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, the wildly popular series for young NHRA racers, will return to familiar surroundings for the 2019 season. The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals will take place at Osage Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Okla., and the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals will be held at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee.
Oklahoma’s Osage Tulsa Raceway Park will host the event for the fourth consecutive season on June 27-28, while the Eastern Conference Finals will return to Eastern Tennessee’s famed Thunder Valley, July 18-20.
“These young racers have so much talent. They truly are the future stars of NHRA Drag Racing,” said Eric Lotz, director of field marketing, NHRA. “The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League is where these young drivers of NHRA learn skills that will prepare them for the future. Both facilities continue to grow these events and make the racers and their families feel welcome during the weekend.”
Osage Tulsa Raceway Park is a member of NHRA’s Division 4, South Central Division and is outside of downtown Tulsa, Okla. The facility acquired the Western Conference Finals in 2016 and continues to grow the event each season.
“Osage Tulsa Raceway Park is thrilled to be hosting the Western Conference Finals once again as our entire staff look forward to hosting the kids and their families,” said Todd Martin, co-owner of Osage Tulsa Raceway Park. “We have a lot of Jr. activities planned leading up to the Western Conference Finals and would like to extend a personal invitation to all the NHRA Jr. racers.”
Since 2004 Bristol Dragway has played host to the Eastern Conference Finals, and the track also hosts the very popular NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
“We’re looking forward to another great year of the Jr. Drag Racing League’s Eastern Conference Finals at Thunder Valley,” said Julie Bennett, vice president of Bristol Dragway. “This event provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the bright future of this sport with the next generation of drivers. We’re proud to play a small role in the development of these racers as they practice their craft while learning important life lessons.”
Nearly 1,000 kids compete for individual and team honors at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Each winner will take home the NHRA Wally champion’s trophy as well as a share of the event purse. Tracks in NHRA’s divisions 1, 2 and 3 will send teams to the Eastern Conference Finals while tracks in divisions 4, 5, 6 and 7 will compete at the Western Conference Finals.