The two premier events for the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, the popular series for young NHRA racers, will return to familiar surroundings for the 2021 season. The Western Conference Finals will once again take place at Osage Hotel Tulsa Raceway Park in Oklahoma, and the Eastern Conference Finals will again visit Bristol Dragway in Tennessee.
Oklahoma’s Osage Hotel Tulsa Raceway Park hosts the event for the fifth consecutive season on June 21-25, while the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals returns to Eastern Tennessee’s famed Thunder Valley Raceway Park July 15-17.
“The Eastern and Western Conference Finals features the future stars of the sport competing for the ultimate prize of a world championship,” said NHRA Vice President of Racing Administration Josh Peterson. “Both events not only provide the highest level of on-track competition but off-track fun, making the events an ultimate experience for all participants.”
Osage Hotel Tulsa Raceway Park is a member of NHRA’s Division 4, South Central Division, and has been hosting the Western Conference Finals since 2016. The track continues to grow the event each season.
“We at Osage Hotel Tulsa Raceway Park look forward to this NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League event every year,” said Todd Martin, co-owner of Osage Tulsa Raceway Park. “We are always excited to host such an important event for the NHRA. From the great competition, sportsmanship, and family effort put forth, it is an awesome event to host. It means so much to us to have the young racers in the Summit Jr. Dragster programs from across the country carry on the legacy of competition at such a young age. The skill that these young drivers show, gunning for their chance at being a Western Conference Champion is the most exciting and rewarding part to watch.”
Bristol Dragway started hosting the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004. The fan-favorite track annually hosts the popular NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals of the professional NHRA Camping World Racing Series.
The region will welcome hundreds of young racers and their families for a week full of racing activities, beginning July 15.
“We are thrilled to welcome back the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League’s Eastern Conference Finals to Thunder Valley in 2021,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway. “It’s an event that we always look forward to and one that truly showcases the bright future of the sport of NHRA Championship Drag Racing. During the weeklong event, the kids learn the importance of hard work, teamwork, and sportsmanship while pursuing their racing dreams.”
Nearly 1,000 kids will compete for individual and team honors at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Each winner will take home the NHRA Wally champion’s trophy as well as a share of the event purse. Tracks in NHRA’s Divisions 1, 2, and 3 will send teams to the Eastern Conference Finals, and tracks in Divisions 4, 5, 6, and 7 will compete at the Western Conference Finals.