WICHITA RACEWAY TAKES TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP; JONES GOES TWO FOR TWO WITH REPEAT
MORRISON, Colo. (July 10, 2010) – Team number one from Wichita Raceway Park out of Iowa Park, Texas, took home the Team Championship for the 2010 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals presented by Lucas Oil and JR Race Car today at Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver. The team gathered 34 points for the win and was led by Emily Herod of Jacksboro, Texas, who won the 16-17 year old class. Tri-State Raceway, Earlville, Iowa, took the No. 2 spot in the team standings with 30 points followed by the No. 3 team from host track Bandimere Speedway in the third spot with 29 points.
Herod held off Grant Snedeker, Chickasha, Okla., with a pass of 7.953 seconds at 79.22 mph while Bailey Jones, Wichita, Kan., took home his third NHRA Wally trophy in two years winning the 10 year old division over Aaron Philpot of Boerne, Texas. Jones won the 8-9 year old class last year and was also a member of the 2009 Team Champions from S.R.C.A. Dragstrip.
Three Colorado racers earned winner honors this weekend with local racer Kaitlyn Tripp, Golden, Colo., picking up the win in the Visions Race Cars Jr. Comp class with a 6.918 second pass at 95.83 mph over Curtis Moffer, Modesto, Calif., who clocked in at 96.22 mph. Running for Pueblo Motorsports Park, Sebastian Vennard, Castle Rock, Colo., held on for the win in the 11 year old class against Sydney DeLuzio, Strasburg, Colo., and Victoria Flores of Littleton, Colo., outran Lakewood, Colo., racer Cruise Worthley in the 14 year-old group with a lap of 7.948 seconds at 78.39 mph.
Oahe Speedway got on the winner’s board as Carly Jo Ellingson, Rapid City, S.D., downed Elizabeth Halley, Placentia, Calif., in the all girl final for the 15 year old class. Ellingson clocked in at 7.968, 79.98 mph. Keoki Desa of North Las Vegas, Nev., and running for Las Vegas Motor Speedway won over Tori Greene, Burleson, Texas, in the 8-9 year old class while Travis Steffens, Debuque, Iowa, won out of the Tri-State Raceway stable in the 12 year old division. Steffens, beat Richelle DeYoung, Littleton, Colo., with a run of 9.465 seconds, 68.06 mph. Conner Anderson, Spanish Fork, Utah, rounded out the winner’s circle as he won the 13 year old class running for Western Colorado Dragway. Anderson went 8.015 seconds at 77.12 for the win against Tanner Poe, Los Alamitos, Calif., who ran 8.177, 78.87.
The 8-17 year old kids from the Eastern United States and Canada will get their shot at a championship when the 2010 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals kicks into gear later this month at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.
The Following are the top 10 team finishers and the final round results from the 2010 NHRA Western Conference Finals presented by Lucas Oil and JR Race Car at Bandimere Speedway:
1. Wichita Raceway Park #1 34
2. Tri-State Raceway #1 30
3. Bandimere Speedway #3 29
4. The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway #1 25
5. Bandimere Speedway #2 24
6. Western Colorado Dragway #2 24
7. Thunder Valley Raceway #1 22
8. Julesburg Dragway #1 22
9. Speedworld Dragstrip #1 22
10. SRCA Dragstrip #1 21
8-9 YEAR OLDS
Keoki Desa, North Las Vegas, Nev., 13.195 seconds, 47.82 mph def. Tori Greene, Buleson, Texas, 13.336, 49.14
10 YEAR OLDS
Bailey Jones, Wichita, Kan., 9.020, 72.30 def. Aaron Philpot, 9.032, 70.94
11 YEAR OLDS
Sebastian Vennard, Castle Rock, Colo., 10.011, 64.12, def. Sydney Deluzio, Strasburg, Colo., 9.440, 70.77
12 YEAR OLDS
Travis Steffens, Dubuque, Iowa., 9.465, 68.06 def. Richelle DeYoung, Littleton, Colo., 8.945, 75.36
13 YEAR OLDS
Conner Anderson, Spanish Falls, Utah, 8.015, 77.12 def., Tanner Poe, Los Alamitos, Calif., 8.177, 78.87
14 YEAR OLDS
Victoria Flores, Littleton, Colo., 7.948, 78.39, def. Cruise Worthley, Lakewood, Colo., 8.030, 76.88
15 YEAR OLDS
Carley Jo Ellingson, Rapid, City, S.D., 7.968, 79.98 def. Elizabeth Halley, Placentia, Calif., 8.293, 76.88
16-17 YEAR OLDS
Emily Herod, Jacksboro, Texas, 7.953, 79.22 def. Grant Snedeker, Chickasha, Okla., 7.920, 78.12
VISIONS RACE CARS JR COMP
Kaitlyn Tripp, Golden, Colo., 6.918, 95.83 def. Curtis Moffet, Modesto, Calif., 6.890, 96.22