About Jr Dragsters
The cars that Jr. Drag Racing League competitors’ race is called Jr. Dragsters and are half-scale versions of Top Fuel dragsters.
Using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, a Jr. Dragster can go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in an eighth-mile, though younger age groups are restricted to slower times/speeds.
Who Can Join?
One of the great things about the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League is that boys and girls of all ages can join! You don’t have to race to be part of the scene. However, to actually drive a Jr. Dragster, you must be 5 to 17 years old. You can belong to the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League as either a non-driving MEMBER or a driver/PARTICIPANT.
Non-driving members pay just $19 per year. Membership benefits include Jr. DRAGSTER, the official publication of the JDRL (now exclusively online!); an official membership card; official member patch, pin, and decal; and the JDRL Rulebook. For a non-driving membership application, call NHRA Membership Services at (626) 914-4761.
Members who drive Jr. Dragsters are called participants. Participants pay just $34 per year. Membership benefits include Jr. DRAGSTER, the official publication of the JDRL (now exclusively online!); an official membership card; official member patch, pin, and decal; and the JDRL Rulebook.
Important: You are not eligible to race until you have your participant card. NHRA will not give you the card until your parents or legal guardians have signed the required Waiver of Liability and Statement of Health forms that NHRA will send them in the mail.
NHRA Announces New Junior Drag Racing League Safety Requirements for the 2020 Season
The NHRA Technical Department has announced new Junior Drag Racing League safety requirements for the 2020 season. Beginning June 1, 2020, all drivers in the Trainee, Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Jr. Comp categories will be required to wear a head and neck restraint/system meeting SFI 38.1.
Additionally, beginning January 1, 2020, roll-cage padding meeting SFI Spec 45.1 or SFI 45.2 will be mandatory anywhere a driver’s helmet may come in contact with roll-cage components during an accident.
The track is 1/8 of a mile, and depending on class, is contested as a bracket-race or an indexed heads-up start on a 5-tenths sportsman tree.
Racers E.T (Elapsed Time) is determined by age categories.
Drivers age 5 can only test in single-car passes and can go no quicker than 20.00 seconds. The ET standards or restrictions for each age group are as follows.
6 to 7 – 13.90
8 to 9 – 11.90
10 to 12 – 8.90
13 to 18 – 7.90
At WHPMP 6 till 12 race against each other while 13 to 18 runs in competition as well. Each car requires a dial in to be displayed on the left hand side of the vehicle. To review the complete NHRA Jr Dragster Rules, download the 2020 JDRL Rulebook. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park follows ALL NHRA Jr Dragster rules for competition and safety.