Drag racing fans interested in watching the sport’s future stars will want to head to Thunder Valley for the July 24-25 Mike Bos Chassis Craft Junior Dragster Nationals.

Scheduled the weekend before the July 26-31 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals, this event kicks off eight days of Jr. Dragster action and allows racers to gain more time on the track in preparation for the ECF. 

Because the event attracts racers from across the East Coast, the Mike Bos Chassis Craft Nationals continues to gain popularity as one of the most popular Jr. Dragster events on the calendar. Drivers ranging in age from eight to 17 will participate in several racing events throughout the course of the weekend.

One exciting part of the event is the return of the Thunder Valley 330’. Not only does this race give participants an extra chance to fine-tune their setups, it gives them the opportunity to show they truly are the best in Thunder Valley. Bragging rights are on the line and only the quickest will survive this battle.


In addition to the Thunder Valley 330’, racers will compete in several index and bracket classes and the King/Queen of the Hill competition. Drivers will race in one of four age groups, 8-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-17. U.S. Savings Bonds will be awarded to the top finishers in each race.

Index class racing will take place on Saturday in 7.90, 8.90, 9.90, 10.90 and 12.90 classes. The 12.90 index class is reserved for the 8-9 year old class only.

Gates open at noon on Friday with registration and tech inspection also slated for noon. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday with Time Trials beginning at 9 a.m. Index class eliminations take place at 3:30 p.m.

Sunday’s gates open at 9 a.m. A church service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. A single round of Time Trials takes place at 10:30 a.m. Eliminations begin at 1 p.m., with the King/Queen of the Hill set for 5 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for juniors each day. A weekend pass also is available for adults for $25 and $10 for children.

For more information about the Mike Bos Chassis Craft Jr. Dragster Nationals, please call (423) 764-DRAG, or visit www.bristoldragway.com.