Thursday, July 16, 2015

Start Your Jr. Engines! NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals Start Today

A group of 33 talented drivers will make the trip to Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah, to represent The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at this weekend’s NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals.

The three-day event begins Thursday and runs through Saturday and will award “Wallys” in eight age brackets, as well as to the overall team and Jr. Comp exhibition winners. The Strip is sending a total of four teams from Las Vegas’ “Team Neon Nitro” to the prestigious competition.

Four of those drivers are past Western Conference Finals champions, including 13-year-old Cadie Del Toro of Las Vegas, who won the 12-year-old class title a year ago. Las Vegas’ Tabitha Boardman, 11, won the 8-9 age group in 2013 and will compete for The Strip’s Team 2 squad.

Cody Webber of Kingman, Ariz., who won the 14-year-old bracket championship in 2012, will be joined by Las Vegas’ Keoki Desa – the Western Conference 8-9 age group champion in 2010 – on The Strip’s Team 2. Webber is competing in the 16-17 bracket, while Desa will line up in the 13-year-old division.

The three-day competition will feature time trials and Lucas Oil age-group racing on Thursday, followed by time trials and a Top of the Mountain race on Friday before eliminations begin on Saturday morning. To compete in the Western Conference Finals, a racer must qualify for a team from one of the NHRA’s member tracks in Divisions 4, 5, 6 or 7.

Junior dragsters compete at The Strip at LVMS on a regular basis, and the next event will be races No. 9 and No. 10 Sept. 12-13. The junior dragster series concludes Sept. 19-20 with the NHRA Division 7 Jr. Dragster Finals, where divisional season championships will be decided.
           
The Strip at LVMS’ NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals teams

Team 1
Name                           Hometown                             Age bracket
Doniphan Schmidt      Golden Valley, Ariz.              6-9
Jake Taylor                  Las Vegas                              6-9
Preston Howard           Las Vegas                               6-9
Taylor Lee Taylor        Las Vegas                             12
Trinity Howard            Las Vegas                              13
Cadie Del Toro            Las Vegas                              13
Peyton Januik              Las Vegas                             14
Elizabeth Strones         Flagstaff, Ariz.                      14
Brianna Weins             Las Vegas                             15
Gabrielle Schmidt       Golden Valley, Ariz.             16-17

Team 2
Name                          Hometown                             Age bracket
Jessica Boardman        Las Vegas                              6-9
Carleigh Garceau        Las Vegas                               6-9
Aaron Covington        Las Vegas                               10
Tabitha Boardman      Las Vegas                               11
Reilly Garceau            Las Vegas                               11
Cody Garceau             Las Vegas                               13
Keoki Desa                 Las Vegas                               13
Hannah Ellison           Las Vegas                              13
Trey Vetter                 Las Vegas                              16-17
Cody Webber             Kingman, Ariz.                      16-17

Team 3
Name                          Hometown                             Age bracket
Mason Phlegar            Las Vegas                               6-9
Kayslee Price              Las Vegas                               6-9
Kialyn Armstrong       Mesa, Ariz.                             6-9
Ryan Linde                 Bullhead City, Ariz.               10
Brittney Sturdevant    Draper, Utah                           11
Josh Gagnon               Las Vegas                               14
Jena Bryant                 Apple Valley, Calif.               14
Jamie Sturdevant        Draper, Utah                           14
Casey Armstrong        Mesa, Ariz.                             16-17
Clay Armstrong          Mesa, Ariz.                             16-17
Team 4
Name                          Hometown                             Age bracket
Nick Ariotti                 Boulder City, Nev.                 6-9
Hunter Eberwein         Waddell, Ariz.                        12
Cason Segundo           Boulder City, Nev.                 14

For more information or to order tickets, log on to LVMS.com or call 800-644-4444.

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