NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Divisional Finals Set for Sept. 24-25 at Auto Club Dragway


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2011) – Their cars may only be half the size of a NHRA Top Fuel dragster, but they have just as much heart and passion for drag racing.  Nearly 150 Jr. drag racers, ages 8 to 17 from the NHRA Pacific Division will vie for their own Wally trophy in five different categories in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Divisional Finals at Auto Club Dragway on Sept. 24-25.

The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League (JDRL) offers junior drag racers the chance to race half-scale dragsters in a controlled environment where they can compete to earn points toward championships in their age group.  Over 4,000 members at over 130 tracks in North America, with California producing the majority of competitors, use a single-cylinder engine that can go as fast as 85 mph traveling as quick as 7.90 seconds in an eighth-mile. 

For 19 years, the JDRL has been a stepping stone for youth who wish to pursue a career in drag racing.  Most notably, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel racers Shawn Langdon, Spencer Massey and Pro Stock racer Erica Enders all graduated from the JDRL.

The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Divisional Finals at Auto Club Dragway gets under way on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.  Sunday’s activities begin at 9 a.m.

The off-track competition will be just as fierce as spectators help pick the winner in several categories such as best decorated car, best appearing crew and best engineered car – just to name a few.

Spectator tickets are $15 per day and children 12 years old FREE.  Spectator tickets can be purchased at the gate.  As an added bonus, every ticket is a pit pass.  For more information call (909) 429-5060 or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/dragway.


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About Auto Club Dragway:
Auto Club Dragway is the championship, quarter-mile premier drag racing facility in Southern California.  Located north of the Auto Club Speedway backstretch, the dragstrip hosts events nearly every weekend of the year, anything from professional drag racers competing in NHRA drag racing events to amateur drag racers in the street legal drag racing program.

No matter what the event, Auto Club Dragway serves as a popular weekend destination for families that compete in Dragway events or enjoy as a spectators in the grandstands.  Race fans looking for high-speed action thrills throughout the year, there are plenty of events at Auto Club Dragway to keep your adrenalin pumping all year round.

For more information on Auto Club Dragway, or for the event schedule visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/dragway or call (909) 429-5060.

About Auto Club Speedway:  
Auto Club Speedway, is a two-mile oval located in Fontana, California and is home to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race each March. The track also hosts the IZOD IndyCar Series, Historic Sports Car Festival, NHRA drag racing on the track’s Auto Club Dragway, and community events including Red White & Cruise, the annual Fourth of July celebration. In addition to auto racing and community events, the Speedway is home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. The track is active for more than 320 days every year. 

Tickets to NASCAR and IndyCar Weekend at Auto Club Speedway are on-sale now.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.  For more information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway.



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