NHRA Stars of Tomorrow, This Weekend
September 13-14-15 Irwindale Drag Strip
NHRA PACIFIC DIVISION JUNIOR FINALS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Irwindale, Calif. (09.10.13) - -They'll be here in So Cal from all over the National Hot Rod Association's vast Pacific Division which includes Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and California. They're young drag racers aged 8 to 17 and their family crews will all be convening at the Irwindale Drag Strip this weekend to see who really is: "... The best in the west".
There are real NHRA "Wally" trophies on the line here along with savings bonds, gold cards, other trophies, awards, and even special commemorative jackets.
Racing will take place on Saturday and Sunday September 14 and 15, with roll-in and pit setup taking place on Friday, September 13 from 2 to 8pm.
"This event is a mini-version of a full-on NHRA Drag meet and everything's in the right scale except for the intensity of competition ... there's much more here," said track GM/COO Bob Klein.
"The competition will be fierce, these young men and women and their families will not be here for a fun weekend at the racetrack. These are the finals, and like any finals in any level of motorsport, the most serious of the serious will be here and racing for a championship."
Klein estimates that upwards of 150 teams will take to the Irwindale eighth-mile over the two days of drag racing competition. "We'll meet a lot of old friends and make many new ones here this weekend; we're all very excited about this great event," Klein added.
Fans are invited and may purchase tickets right at the event. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids 6-12 are $5 (per day). Gates open at 7am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday with eliminations starting at 11:30am on Saturday and at 10:30am on Sunday. There's no charge for parking and (just like at the "big" NHRA races) the "pits" are open and accessible all event long.
NHRA Junior Dragsters offer kids ages 8-17 a chance to race half-scale dragsters in a controlled environment at many of NHRA's 130 member tracks throughout the United States and in Canada long before they can obtain a state driver's license. Membership in the Jr. Drag Racing League is required for competition.
The cars that Jr. Drag Racing League competitors race are called Jr. Dragsters and are half-scale versions of Top Fuel dragsters. Using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, a Jr. Dragster can go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in the eighth-mile.
Many of NHRA's 130 member tracks offer weekly Jr. Drag Racing League programs where kids can race to earn points toward track championships in their age group. The points leaders in each class are then chosen to represent their track at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western or Eastern Conference Finals depending on the location of the track.
This event is a perfect opportunity for NHRA fans to get a look at the true stars of tomorrow of the Drag Racing world...