All the way to the track this morning, I was thinking what a great day it was going to be. Championship day for the Juniors and the weather report was excellent. Upon arrival, I learned that shortly after I left last night, there was a serious crash involving Frank Podlogar. That quickly brought things into perspective. Like I asked in a previous post, please keep Frank in your prayers. Now, onto today's Championship Junior Dragster racing. In qualifications, Katie Rusiniak and Colin Summers in Junior Modified and Junior Sportsman, respectively had Best Reaction Time. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of Colin.
After the Qualification Round, Dave Granger (Rt. 66 Staff) rolled out the future of Drag Racing with two young racers applying for their licenses. This is a program developed and implemented by the NHRA in the last year. Max Bakutis, age 10 and Ayden Lane, age 9.
Their first trees!
At the conclusion of the testing, both Max and Ayden received their NHRA licenses. Congratulations!
After the Qualifications were completed, the Elimination Rounds began. The Modified Division was led by TJ Trench. He had a one point lead over his sister Tori and a two point lead over Sydney Senko. Then things got interesting when TJ redlighted in the first round and was eliminated. This threw the Track Championship up for grabs. In round two both Tori and Sydney were eliminated which salvaged the Championship for TJ. This was his last race in the Juniors and beginning next year he will take over his Dad's car, which is leading the Rocket Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Super Pro Series.
We had to hurry with the Victory Lane pictures because the new owner of the car was there to pick it up along with Tori's car. Tori will have a new car for 2016.
The racing continued with Brandon Loeschen winning the race and Julia Hooten being the runner-up.
In the Sportsman Division, Bobby Churchill continued his winning ways with his win today. In addition, he wrapped up the Sportsman Track Championship.
Here are some more images from today's Junior action.