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Champions crowned at Jr. Western Conference Finals

Nolan Baker, Gage Wilson, Jonathan McClain, Graeme Rufenacht, Hayley Cline, Caylyn Cunningham, Monica Roberts, Colin Broermann, and Osage Tulsa Raceway Park were the big winners at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance.
16 Jun 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Jr. Western Conference Finals champions

Nolan Baker (age 6-9), Gage Wilson (10), Jonathan McClain (11), Graeme Rufenacht (12), Hayley Cline (13), Caylyn Cunningham (14), Monica Roberts (15), Colin Broermann (16-17), and Osage Tulsa Raceway Park (team) were the big winners at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance, which wrapped up on Friday. It was the second Western Conference Finals victory for Cline, who also won the event in 2012. All other champions, including the team, were first-time winners of the first of two national events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. Click here for complete results.

THURSDAY

After a couple of time runs yesterday, Jr. racers are back on track at Osage Tulsa Raceway Park for the second day of action at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance. Today’s schedule features two more time runs ahead of eliminations tomorrow. Following today’s on-track activities, racers and their families will be treated to a cookout, the special-awards ceremony, and a concert from former Jr. racer PJ North.

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

PREVIEW

Jr. Western Conference Finals logoTULSA, Okla. – Osage Tulsa Raceway Park will host the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance June 14-16. NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League racers from across the western United States, ages 6 to 17 years, will compete for team and individual honors and a share of the event purse.

Teams of drivers in eight age categories — 6-9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16,17 — drive half-scale dragsters powered by five-horsepower engines that may reach speeds up to 85 mph. They can cover the eighth-mile track in as quick as 7.90 seconds. Also in competition is the Jr. Comp class for racers 16 years and older, which run as fast as 110 mph in 6.90 seconds.

In addition to vying for titles in the individual age groups, racers will also earn points towards an overall team championship. Each of the 10 members of the team champion at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals 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 Tulsa Raceway Park open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Each age category will get two time trials on Wednesday, beginning at 8 a.m., followed by additional time trials on Thursday, and final eliminations on Friday morning, beginning at 9 a.m.

Tulsa Raceway Park is located at 3101 North Garnett Road, Tulsa, Okla. For ticket information contact the track, (918) 437-7223, or visit TulsaRacewayPark.com.

FACT SHEET

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

WHERE: Tulsa Raceway Park, 3101 N. Garnett Road, Tulsa, Okla. (Northeast of downtown Tulsa)

WHEN: Wednesday through Friday, June 14-16

SCHEDULE: Wednesday, June 14 - Gates open at 8 a.m.
Tech Inspection 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Time runs begin at 8 a.m. Each age group will have two time trial runs.
Half Scale Dragster Welcome Party at 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 15 - Gates open at 8 a.m.
Tech inspection 8 a.m.-noon.
Time runs begin at 8 a.m.
Racer barbecue 5 p.m.
Special awards 7 p.m.
Concert 8 p.m.

Friday, June 16 - Gates open at 8 a.m.
Final eliminations at 9 a.m.

PURSE: Individual winners for the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance will each earn $1,500, along with the champion’s NHRA Wally trophy and jacket; runners-up will each earn $500. Each member of the team champion will receive the coveted NHRA Wally trophy.

2016 EVENT WINNERS: Caden Ball, 6-9; Rylie Trumble, 10; Madison Gordon, 11; Kinley Wolfford, 12; Aaron Jordan, 13; Cade Poe, 14; Leslie Grissom, 15; Vernon Harris, 16 -17; Justin Ball, Jr. Comp; Auto Club Famoso Raceway, team champion.

TICKETS: Call Tulsa Raceway Park, (918) 437-7223, for ticketing information.