NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Rolls Into Auto Club Dragway, June 18 – 19


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (June 15, 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 100 Jr. drag racers, ages 8 to 17, will descend on Auto Club Dragway June 18-19 to vie for trophies in five different categories in the NHRA Jr.  Drag Racing League (JDRL) Races 6 and 7.

The JDRL offers Jr. drag racers a 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.  

If you haven’t seen a Jr. dragster, then you haven’t seen the future of NHRA Drag Racing.  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 action gets under way on Saturday at 9 a.m. with time trials followed by eliminations and trophy presentations for Race No. 6 racers.  Time trials for the seventh race kick off Sunday’s activities and the awarding of trophies ends the weekend spectacular.

Adult spectator tickets are $15 per day, children 8 -18 years old are $10 per day and children 7 years old and under are FREE.  Lefty’s Kids Club Members are FREE*.    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.

•  Free membership to Lefty’s Kids Club is available for children 12 years old and under at www.autoclubspeedway.com/kidsclub


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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 the Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club: 
Lefty’s Kids Club offers a free Green Flag membership for children 12 years old and under and an upgraded Checkered Flag membership for $10 that includes the official Auto Club Speedway Kids Club hat, folder, lanyard and drawstring backpack. Both Kids Club memberships offer children the exclusive opportunity to special events including free general admission seats on Friday and Saturday of NASCAR weekend at Auto Club Speedway and many events throughout the year at Auto Club Dragway. 

During Sunday of race weekend, admission tickets for Lefty’s Kids Club members are as low as $15 and members will enjoy the DiscoverIE FanZone Scavenger Hunt, Story time with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver and the opportunity to win special prizes.  For more information or to sign up for either Green or Checkered Flag Kids Club membership at www.autoclubspeedway.com/kidsclub or call 800-944-RACE (7223).



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