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Champions crowned at Jr. Eastern Conference Finals

Cade Poe picked up a record fifth Conference Finals/National Championships Wally to headline the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance at Bristol Dragway. Poe was joined by seven first-time individual champions and a first-time team champion.
20 Jul 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Eastern Conference Finals champions

Cade Poe continued to add to his record as the winningest driver in the history of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League’s National Championships/Conference Finals when he added a fifth Wally to his collection. Poe, who won four Western Conference Finals titles, made his first trip across country to the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance pay off when he outlasted the field in the 15-year-old age category. No other competitor in history has more than two wins in National Championships/Conference Finals competition. 

Poe was joined in the winner’s circle by seven first-time champions: Shawn Sanseverino (age 6-9), Brady Snack (10), Wyatt Palmatier (11), Savannah Bilton (12), Richie Fluck (13), Ashley Pumphrey (14), and Zach Lewis (16-17). Mason-Dixon Dragway won the team championship. Click here for complete results.

FRIDAY

After a couple of time runs yesterday, Jr. racers are back on track at Bristol Dragway for the second day of action at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals presented by  Huddleston Performance. Today’s schedule features one more time runs ahead of the first round of eliminations this afternoon. Following today’s on-track activities, racers and their families will be treated to a cookout and special-awards ceremony.

For updates throughout the event, visit the official event page on JrDragster.NHRA.com.

PREVIEW

JrECF.pngBRISTOL, Tenn. — The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance will take place at 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 engines 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 Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.

Each of the 10 members of the team champion 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 champion’s jacket.

Gates at Bristol Dragway open at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Participants in each category will receive two time-trial runs on Thursday, starting at 8 a.m. On Friday, they will all get one time-trial pass, starting at 8 a.m., to be followed by the first round of eliminations in each class, starting at 2 p.m. Eliminations in all age categories continue on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Bristol Dragway is located in Bristol, Tenn., at exit 69 off Interstate 81. For more information call the track, (423) BRISTOL, or visit www.BristolDragway.com.

FACT SHEET

WHAT: NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance, where teams of 10 drivers, ages 6-17 years old, from tracks across the eastern United States and Canada, compete in eight age classes for individual and team honors. Kids drive half-scale dragsters powered by five-horsepower engines and may run the eighth-mile track as quick as 7.90 seconds. One of two Conference Finals events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.

WHERE: Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn. Track is located in Bristol, Tenn., at exit 69 off Interstate 81.

WHEN: Thursday through Saturday, July 20-22, 2017.

SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, July 20 - Gates open at 7:30 a.m.
Time trials begin at 8 a.m. Each age group will have two time trial runs.

FRIDAY, July 21 - Gates open at 7:30 a.m.
Time trials start at 8 a.m. Each age group will get one time trial.
First round of elimination at 2 p.m.
Cookout 5 p.m.
Special-awards ceremony 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 22 - Gates open at 8 a.m.
Eliminations continue at 9 a.m.

PURSE: Individual winners for the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals event will each earn $1,500, along with the champion’s NHRA Wally trophy and jacket; runners-up will each earn $500; round money starts with Round 2 winners. Each member of the team champion will receive the coveted NHRA Wally trophy.

2016 EVENT WINNERS: Hope Capley, 6-9; Cody Hoberg, 10; Corey Kyle, 11; Callie Martel, 12; Wallace Wilson, 13; Jonathan Northrop, 14; Austin Alvey, 15; Rachael Weis, 16-17; Virginia Motorsports Park, team champion

FEATURES: More than 500 drivers in eight age categories: 6-9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16-17. Drivers compete in half-scale dragsters powered by five-horsepower engines that may reach speeds up to 85 mph and run as quick as 7.90 seconds.

TICKETS: For more information please call Bristol Dragway, (423) BRISTOL or visit www.BristolDragway.com