GLENDORA, CA – Osage Tulsa Raceway Park enters its third year hosting the illustrious NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals, one of two national events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. For 2018, Tulsa Raceway Park has partnered with Coca-Cola brand Fairlife YUP!, and together, they aim to grow the event to new heights of success.
Highlighted by the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by Fairlife YUP!, the weeklong program features well over 300 Jr. Dragsters competing in a number of different events, from index racing to numerous bracket events.
Over the past decade, Coca-Cola and the NHRA have worked together to produce memorable events. “As Coca-Cola’s mission is to bring to the world a portfolio of quality beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy people’s desires and needs, we are proud to offer one of our many exciting brands of Fairlife YUP! products to the athletes and attendees of the NHRA Jr. Western Conference Finals,” said Coca-Cola’s Tim Curtis.
BRISTOL, TN – NHRA’s Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance will take place at Thunder Valley Bristol Dragway Thursday through Saturday, July 20- 22. The event will feature more than 500 drivers, from 6-17 years old, in eight racing categories piloting half-scale dragsters powered by five-horsepower motors reaching speeds up to 85 mph covering the eighth-mile track in as quick as 7.90 seconds. They will compete for team and individual honors and a share of the event purse. The event is one of two conference finals events in the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League.
Each of the ten members of the Team Champions at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals event will receive the coveted NHRA Wally trophy. Individual champions will each earn $1,500 along with a NHRA Wally trophy and champions jacket.
TULSA, OK- Hayley Cline won the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance for the second time in her career to highlight the 2017 edition of the first of two national events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. Cline, the 2012 8-9 class champ, won this year’s 13-year-old age group and was joined in the winner’s circle by seven first-time winners: Nolan Baker (age 6-9), Gage Wilson (10), Jonathan McClain (11), Graeme Rufenacht (12), Caylyn Cunningham (14), Monica Roberts (15), and Colin Broermann. Host track Osage Tulsa Raceway Park dominated the team competition to earn its first team championship.
Underwood, Iowa’s Baker, a representative of I29 Dragway, outlasted Larned, Kan., competitor Caleb McDonald to win the 6-9 age-group title. McDonald, who raced for SRCA Dragstrip, got the reaction-time edge in the final but carried too much momentum on the top end and broke out with a 12.54 (12.63 dial). That opened the door for Baker, who won with a closer-to-the-mark 12.25 (12.28).
Hope Capley (age 6-9), Cody Holberg (10), Corey Kyle (11), Callie Martel (12), Wallace Wilson (13), Jonathan Northrop (14), Austin Alvey (15), and Rachael Weis (16-17) outlasted the fields in their categories to claim top honors at the 2016 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals presented by ViperizerRacing.com. All eight are first time winners at the race, one of two national events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. Virginia Motorsports Park earned the team championship.
Capley, a Huntsville Dragway racer who hails from Madison, Tenn., earned the first Wally of her young career when she bested 2015 Eastern Conference Finals champion Carson Emmett in the 6-9 age-group final. Emmett, another Huntsville competitor who lives in Cedar Bluff, Ala., made Capley’s job easy in the final when he went red by.012-second. Capley posted a 12.19 (12.05 dial) on her victory pass.
TULSA, OK — Last year, Cade Poe became the first driver in NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League history to win three Conference Finals/National Championships titles. The driver from Los Alamitos, Calif., didn’t take long to add to his record, winning a second straight and fourth overall title during this year’s NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance. Poe was joined in victory by the Ball brothers, Caden and Justin, who scored respective wins in the 6-9 age group and Jr. Comp. Other winners at the national-level event for Jr. Dragster competitors in Divisions 4, 5, 6, and 7 were Rylie Trumble (age 10), Madison Gordon (11), Kinley Wolfford (12), Aaron Jordan (13), Leslie Grissom (14), and Vernon Harris (16-17). Auto Club Famoso Raceway earned the team title.
Poe’s record fourth win came in a double-breakout final against Troy, Mich., racer Monica Roberts. Roberts, a member of the Tri-State Raceway team, got the jump at the starting line, but Poe, a Famoso competitor, was able to outmaneuver her at the stripe, winning on a 7.89 (7.90 dial) to 7.88 (7.90) count.
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HEBRON, OH – Rain finally stayed away from National Trail Raceway over the weekend, which was all Makenna Brown needed to drive her JEGS.com Junior Dragster 2 to a win and a runner-up result at the two races contested at the Columbus-area facility.
Saturday was supposed to be the sixth race of the year, but thanks to persistent rain that seems to have followed the tour around this season, it was only the second to be fully completed. Brown took advantage of the situation and claimed low qualifier honors before powering through the field and beating Nicholas Altenbach in the final to score her first win of 2011.
Seven Junior Dragster 2 cars entered the race, so Brown’s No. 1 qualifying effort was worth a bye-run in the first round. In the semifinals, Brown cut a .082 second light and made a 9.057 second pass at 70.57 mph on an 8.98 second dial-in, which resulted in an easy victory.