The first of seven NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League shootouts will take place during this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, featuring an eight-car field of young Division 2 drivers competing for the title.
Racers in the series, a popular racing league for kids ages 5-17, compete in half-scale versions of the iconic Top Fuel dragsters. They go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in the eighth-mile using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine.
Drivers will each make a time trial pass Friday and then compete in round one, with the semifinals scheduled for Saturday and the final round on Sunday.
These eight-car shootouts will put a major spotlight on competitors in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, which is celebrating its 30th season in 2022. The final round will take place on Sunday and be featured on the television broadcast during eliminations on either the FOX broadcast network or FOX Sports 1 (FS1), with racers running alongside the stars in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Along with the exciting television spotlight for drivers in the final round, the event winner will also be included in the parade of champions at each national event, giving the driver the chance to be recognized in front of the crowd and on NHRA.tv.
These special NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League events will also take place at Norwalk on June 23-26 for Division 3 competitors, Denver on July 15-17 for racers in Division 5, Seattle on July 29-31 for competitors in Division 6, Reading on Sept. 15-18 for Division 1 drivers, Dallas on Oct. 13-16 for Division 4 drivers, and Pomona at the season finale for competitors in Division 7 on Nov. 10-13.
Full qualifications for competitors, which varies by division, have been posted by each NHRA division director and can be viewed at http://jrdragster.nhra.com/schedules/2022-national-shootouts/