MINIMUM AGE RESET FOR NHRA SUMMIT RACING
JR. DRAG RACING LEAGUE
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 31, 2014) – Today at Old Bridge Township
Raceway Park, the birthplace of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag
Racing League, NHRA officials announced that, effective June 15,
the minimum age for kids eligible to participate in the league
will be 5 years old.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League was founded in
1993 by NHRA and Raceway Park founder Vinnie Napp. Napp
developed the first small-scale replica dragster for his son in
1991 and the first pair of NHRA Jr. Dragsters launched down the
Raceway Park dragstrip in 1992. Today the league has grown
dramatically and the program is offered at most NHRA Member
Tracks across the United States.
In the 5-year-old classification, the Trainee category,
participants can begin running a Jr. Dragster with a crate
engine from Briggs & Stratton with a slide valve limiting the
power output of the engine. Trainee participants will make
single passes down the dragstrip to get familiar with the car
and track surroundings in a non-pressure environment.
Another separate classification for 6-and-7-year-olds also has
been created, the Youth category, which will allow participants
to begin competing head-to-head on the track at the 13.90-second
index with a crate engine and slightly increased power output
from the Trainee category engine.
“It is important to provide competition opportunities for
children in these age groups so they can become exposed much
earlier to the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League and the
sport of NHRA Championship Drag Racing,” said Josh Peterson,
NHRA vice president of racing administration. “With similar
introductory programs available in stick and ball sports for
‘pee-wee’ competitors, we wanted to put an NHRA drag racing
option into that mix for families to consider.”
NHRA also instituted a new licensing process for all new Summit
Racing Jr. Drag Racing League participants that require each
driver to complete a cockpit orientation, basic driving test,
track orientation and test passes.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League also offers
different categories for age groups up to 17 with speed and
elapsed time restrictions for participants based on age and
experience. Those categories are novice (8-9), intermediate
(10-12) and advanced (13-18).
In addition to the weekly programs offered at NHRA Member
Tracks, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League offers two
marquee events. The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western
Conference Finals is set for July 10-12 at Utah’s scenic Rocky
Mountain Raceways and the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern
Finals will be held July 24-26 at Tennessee’s famed Thunder
Valley, Bristol Dragway. Nearly 1,000 kids compete for
individual and team honors at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League
Eastern and Western Conference Finals, with nearly $50,000 being
awarded at each event including $2,500 and an NHRA Wally
champion’s trophy to each individual winner.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League creates family
involvement in drag racing at an affordable level. Many of the
league’s former participants have gone on to compete in other
NHRA classes. Top Fuel racer Shawn Langdon (the 2013 NHRA Mello
Yello Series Top Fuel world champion and a two-time Super Comp
national champion in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series) and
current NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens, are
among the league’s most accomplished graduates.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary
sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United
States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series and NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides
competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA
Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style
presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Youth Racing for teens
and the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages
5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing
facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at
Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas
Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in
Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com,
or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and
Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Can we combine the Youth category (6 and 7 year olds) with
other age groups?
Yes, we recognize you may not have a large turnout of the other
age groups and by combining the Youth category will assist in
running the event, prizes, etc..
2. Is the Youth category able to participate in the 2014 Jr.
No, however we are exploring the idea of adding the Youth
category to the 2015 Jr. Conference Finals.
3. Can a competitor in the Trainee (5 year olds) and Youth
category use any engine?
No, we have limited the engine for the Novice and Youth category
to the Briggs and Stratton 206 (p/n: 124332 8201 01)
4. Is the license application applicable to only Novice and
No, the license application is applicable to all new competitors
entering the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.
5. How will our tech officials determine if the participant is
using the correct slide valve?
Each slide valve is anodized. The approved slide valve for the
Novice category is red (p/n: 555733) and the approved slide
valve for the Youth category is blue (p/n: 555733).
6. Do the parents need to present anything to the track
officials prior to making test runs?
Yes, the parent must present to the track official notarized
waiver which is included in the application. Application can be
downloaded from NHRARacer.com and the application must be
printed in color. Link to application.
7. Who can sign off the test passes?
An adult with a current NHRA Competition license or qualified
track official (for example starter, race director, tech
8. Do existing Jr. Participants need to go through the license
Jr. participants with a current NHRA Jr. Competition license
will not be required to go through the new application process.
However; if you feel a participant would benefit from the new
application process, this we would support your decision.
9. What is the reason for the license application process?
The NHRA wants to ensure the participant is given every
opportunity to put their best foot forward when entering the
sport. The application provides a cockpit orientation, basic
driving test and track orientation to help overcome any concerns
the participant may have about their first test pass. In
addition, the NHRA considers this time an investment into the
future of our sport. Without the process the participant may not
overcome their fear and we all could lose a potential
participant for the future.
10. Where do we send completed applications for processing?
NHRA; 2035 Financial Way, Glendora, CA; 91741; ATTN: NFO Dept
11. If a new participant has completed their test passes can
they compete the same day?
12. If I have questions who should I contact?
Please feel free to contact your respective Division Director,
Eric Lotz, Brett Lyons or Josh Peterson
13. If the participant’s parents have a question who should I
direct them to?
Hopefully this quick reference guide will help you address many
of the questions you might receive, if not please feel free to
direct them to your respective Division Director, Eric Lotz,
Brett Lyon or Josh Peterson.
14. Where can I get the latest updates about the NHRA Summit
Racing Jr. Drag Racing League?
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League website and
facebook page are the best sources of information about the
series. In addition we encourage you visit www.NHRARacer.com
periodically for any updates to competition procedures and
15. Where can I direct a parent of a potential participant to
purchase a Briggs and Stratton motor?
The Briggs and Stratton website has a link to a dealer locator:
If anyone is having difficulties or has engine questions feel
free to contact Briggs and Stratton directly at
16. Can a participant use the Briggs and Stratton motor in other
Yes, during preliminary testing we have found by removing the
slide valve the performance of the Briggs and Stratton 206
engine the engine will be competitive in the Novice category.
17. If a new participant in Novice, Intermediate and Advanced
categories has submitted the old application and NHRA receives
it after the 15th will it be returned?
No, we will process the application up until August 31, 2014.
18. What is the base price of the Briggs & Stratton Junior 206?
The engine cost approximately $500.
19. The application calls for six test passes; can we require
them to do more if deemed necessary?
Yes, if you feel the participant will benefit from additional
test passes you have the ability to require additional test
20. Are there any other NHRA Youth Program?
Yes, Jr. Street, Street Legal and Summit Racing Series.