Right Trailers NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Final set for Texas Motorplex Debut

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DALLAS, TX – June 6, 2024 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – For the first time, historic Texas Motorplex will host the Right Trailers NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals presented by Capco Contractors.

The legendary facility just south of Dallas will host hundreds of young competitors June 8-15 during the event, which is an annual highlight of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, a popular racing league for kids ages 5-17.

The famed Texas Motorplex has played host to a variety of events during its illustrious history and now is thrilled to welcome the Right Trailers NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals presented by Capco Contractors for the first time. The event is as big as it gets for Jr. Drag Racing League racers west of the Mississippi who have been competing at NHRA Member Tracks all season for this opportunity.

The track has several Texas-themed events planned for the young drivers and their families, including the Right Trailers Ice Cream Social as part of the kickoff party on Friday.

“Hosting the Western Conference Finals will be a great way to start our summer season of racing,” Texas Motorplex Co-Owner Christie Meyer Johnson said. “We are going to give these kids and their families some Texas-style memories that will last forever on and off the track. Being able to show off Texas Motorplex to the next generation of Mission Foods, Lucas Oil and Summit Racing Series competitors and their families is a huge honor. We can’t wait to see some amazing racing action and family fun.”

With special events each day, the Western Conference Finals are loaded with fun and action on and off the track. Racing starts on Saturday with time trials that continue through Thursday.

A special 64-car Jr. Shootout and Outlaw 330 Race also takes place on Thursday, leading into the Western Conference Finals on Friday and Saturday. On championship Saturday, the young drivers are racing alongside their home track teammates for a team championship. After racing against each other at their home track, these drivers will now team up, competing against other teams, with the best Jr. Drag Racing League racers competing for a chance to take home a second Wally as a team.

NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League competitor’s race cars, called Jr. Dragsters, are half-scale versions of the iconic Top Fuel dragsters. They go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in the eighth-mile using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, though younger age groups are restricted to slower times and speeds.

Since its start in 1992, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League has provided a place for young racers to compete and been the start for many top NHRA professional drivers. The list includes world champions like Pro Stock’s Erica Enders and Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon, who won a JDRL national championship in 1997, as well standouts such as Top Fuel’s Leah Pruett; Funny Car driver J.R. Todd; Pro Stock competitors Deric Kramer and Chris McGaha; Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Gaige Herrera, Cory Reed and many more.

For more information on the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, please visit http://jrdragster.nhra.com/.

About NHRA

Headquartered in San Dimas, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 20 national events featuring the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series and NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, as well as the Congruity NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by LearnEV+, NHRA Flexjet Factory Stock Showdown™, NHRA Holley EFI Factory X and Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock at select national events. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and NHRA Street Legal™. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street® program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League® for youth ages 5 to 17. With 110 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services® (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv®, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates three racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park; and In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip in Southern California. For more information, log on to www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Source: National Hot Rod Association

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