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Powell Hauls In 5th Win of 2014 at HPT!

POSTED ON July 7th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

Topeka, KS – Jim Powell Jr. is enjoying his new home track. In 2014 Powell decided to run the USRA Stock Car class and its been beneficial to him. Saturday night at Heartland Park Topeka Powell logged his 5th win in 10 races. Powell had to hold off a tough Steve Herrick to get the win. Jay Bailey became the 6th different feature winner in the USRA B Mod division when he was declared the winner after Dakota Foster was DQed. The Pure Stock feature went to Dylan McDonald. Jared Rogers took home his 1st win of the season in the USRA Modified divsion. With the win Rogers becomes the 6th different feature winner of the season.

Article Reposted from In The Pits

Image: Reed Bros. Racing

Increased Payout for July 5th Dirt Track Event

POSTED ON July 2nd  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

July 5th, 2014 at Briggsauto.com Speedway for the Super 8 @ Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown:

BIGGER KIDS ZONE for the kids!!! Sponsored by Bailey and Sons Motor Co. in Lyndon, Kansas
Prizes sponsored by Mars Candy

Bigger Payouts for the racers!!! Sponsored by Super 8 @ Forbes Landing in Pauline, Kansas

Free Military GA Ticket with an I.D.!!!

Concession Specials: $1 Corndogs, $1 Root Beer Floats, $1 Margaritas!!!

We will be hosting a bigger Kids Zone with Carnival type games for fun and prizes for the kids, being Sponsored by Jay Bailey at Bailey and Sons Motor Co. in Lyndon, Kansas. Games will include “the Duck Pond”, “a Ring Toss”, “Balloon Darts”, “Water Balloon Toss”, “Quarterback Throw” “Bouncy House”, and “Face Painting”.

Increasing Payouts to the winner in each class:

A-Mod – $850 to win
B-Mod – $475 to win
Stock Car – $350 to win
Pure Stock – $200 to win
Sport Compact – $110 to win

Pit Gates open at 4:00 pm
Spectator Gate opens at 5:00 pm
Hot Laps start at 6:15 pm

We will see you at The Races!!!

Image: Daryl’s Photos

Summit Racing NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League FAQs

POSTED ON July 2nd  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

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..

Is the Youth category able to participate in the 2014 Jr. Conference Finals?

No, however we are exploring the idea of adding the Youth category to the 2015 Jr. Conference Finals.

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)

Is the license application applicable to only Novice and Youth categories?

No, the license application is applicable to all new competitors entering the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.

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).

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.

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 official).

Do existing Jr. Participants need to go through the license application process?

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.

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.

Where do we send completed applications for processing?

NHRA; 2035 Financial Way, Glendora, CA; 91741; ATTN: NFO Dept

If I have questions who should I contact?

Please feel free to contact your respective Division Director, Eric Lotz, Brett Lyons or Josh Peterson

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.

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 rules.

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: http://www.briggsandstratton.com/engines-racing/support/dealerlocator. If anyone is having difficulties or has engine questions feel free to contact Briggs and Stratton directly at BriggsRacing@basco.com.

Can a participant use the Briggs and Stratton motor in other age groups?

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.

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 passes.

Are there any other NHRA Youth Program?

Yes, Jr. Street, Street Legal and Summit Racing Series.

NHRA Jr. Street

POSTED ON July 2nd  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

As many of you are aware, NHRA announced in March a new racing program for 13-16 year-olds that combines racing and car safety. Through the NHRA JDRL Facebook page, an online poll was introduced to select a fitting name for the program. After a couple weeks and several hundred votes later, Jr. Members and their families showed very strong support for Jr. Street.

Check out below the NHRA Jr. Street page which includes Rules and Application.

Jr. Street

SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: DUSTIN THULIN

POSTED ON June 24th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

Topekan Dustin Thulin has been a factor throughout his six-year career in Heartland Park Topeka’s Saturday Showdown dirt track series, but Thulin is still looking for his first championship, with last year’s third-place finish in the B Modified class his highest ever.

But if Thulin can continue the hot pace he’s set thus far in 2014 his first title could be in his future.

Thulin has won the past two weeks in the No. 45 and has three wins on the year while building a 73-point lead over Brian Murphy in the B Mod standings.

“It’s been pretty good the last few weeks,” Thulin said. “We’re kind of starting to hit our stride we feel like anyway.”

Some drivers like to avoid championship talk but Thulin admits that winning a title is one of his primary goals.

“It’s been a goal for a couple of years now,” he said. “We haven’t always been able to commit 100 percent as far as being there every week, but we’ve kind of chased it a couple of years now and it’s definitely a goal. It’s 100 percent the goal.”

 With the season right at the halfway point, Thulin’s key to holding on to the points lead will be consistency while also getting to victory lane whenever the opportunity presents itself.

“(Consistency’s) probably not been my strongest point,” Thulin said. “I’ve always been kind of a guy that’s going to go for the win at all costs. In year’s past that has probably hindered me as far as winning the championship.

“But right now, with it being as early as it is, I’m focused on winning but obviously finishing is the biggest goal and making sure you get to the end.”

And Thulin knows that there are plenty of competitors in the B Mod class capable of making a run at the title he so badly wants to win.

“It’s a real strong class,” Thulin said. “Generally you have at least two or three former champions running against you every night in that class.

“You’ve got some guys who come and go and there’s a couple that people may not know their name as well but they’re real strong. It’s always a fun battle for us.”

HPT.com will feature racers throughout the 2014 season. If you have someone you would like to see spotlighted send details and contact information to rick.peterson@cjonline.com - Rick can also be reached on Twitter @peterson_rick

Mullens Takes Home Win During First Trip To HPT!

POSTED ON June 22nd  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

Topeka, KS – Tanner Mullens continued his hot streak on the week at Heartland Park Topeka Saturday night. Mullens, fresh off 2 top 10 finishes with the USMTS, picked up a win Friday night and followed it up Saturday night by winning the USRA Modified Feature. It was Mullens first trip to HPT this season. Dustin Thulin rolled from the pole position and wired the field in the USRA B Mods in-route to winning his 3rd feature of the season. Jim Powell Jr. had an awesome battle at the front of the pack and would hold on for his 4th win of the season in the USRA Stock Cars. Randy Kohn is having a banner year in the Pure Stocks, Saturday night he takes home win #4 on the season. James Lemke took home the gold in the Sport Compacts.

Article Reposted from In The Pits

Image: Reed Bros. Racing

Fuqua Pulls Off 3rd Straight At HPT

POSTED ON June 14th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

Topeka, KS – It was BigTime Bail Bonds Night at the races and extra money was dropped on all the divisions. Darron Fuqua, who drives the BigTime Bail Bonds GRT, came up ‘BigTime’ late in the Modified feature. Fuqua battled with Jeremy Chambers for several laps before Fuqua went by on the outside and took the lead for good going on to his 5th win of the season. Dustin Thulin inherited the B Mod feature win after a post race inspection DQ (it was Thulin’s 2nd win of the season), Robert Garst was the hero of the night as he pulled off the double play! Garst not only took home a win again in the Stock Car class but he also logged the victory in the Pure Stock division. William Joyce became the 2nd different feature winner at HPT in the Sport Compacts.

Article Reposted from In The Pits

Image: Reed Bros. Racing

Minimum age reset for NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League

POSTED ON June 11th  - POSTED IN News

 Effective June 15, the minimum age for kids eligible to participate in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League will be 5 years old. The announcement was made at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the birthplace of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.

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 (13-17).

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 Top Fuel world champion and a two-time Super Comp national champion in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series) and current NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens are among the league’s most accomplished graduates.

 Originally posted at NHRA.com

Image courtesy of mx2jrdragsters.com

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