Thursday, July 08, 2010

NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals, Thursday from Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colo.


MORRISON, Colo. (July 8, 20010) – Racing kicked off today for hundreds of kids and the 2010 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals at Bandimere Speedway. The facility, just outside of Denver, plays hosts to kids ages 8 to 17 years old and their families for the annual event presented by Lucas Oil and JR Race Car. Competitors in nine categories race in half-scale dragsters at speeds up to 70 mph on the eighth-mile track in search of both team and individual honors and a share of nearly $100,000 in savings bonds.

Today was day one of the 3-day event which included two time trail runs for all competitors. Bandimere Speedway also hosts a number of events leading up to the Western Conference Finals extending the event to a full week of fun activities for all.

Friday’s action will include a single, and final, time trail for all racers and then round one of eliminations scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday will consists of the remainder of eliminations and the crowning of champions in the 8 to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 to 17 year-old age groups as well as the Jr. Comp Champion and the Team Champions from tracks throughout the western United States. Each team is made up of 10 racers.

Seven of the nine champions from last year’s event are on the entry list and are looking to double up this year including Colorado racers Jeremy Romero of Littleton, Colo., and Travis Thorsten of Avada, Colo. Bailey Jones, Wichita, Kan., is returning as last year’s 8-9 year-old champion as well as a member of the 2009 Team Champions from S.R.C.A. Dragstrip in Great Bend, Kan. Jones is again racing for the team from S.R.C.A. Dragstrip.

Gates at Bandimere Speedway open at 7 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. For additional information call Bandimere Speedway (303) 697-6001 or visit