During last month’s Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Erica Enders, a graduate of the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League, found herself in the Pro Stock final against Mike Edwards. While she didn’t take home the Wally that day, the foundation she built racing Jr. Dragsters is helping her achieve great things in the Pro Stock category this season.

Drag racing fans interested in watching the sport’s next big stars, like Enders, will want to head to Thunder Valley for the July 23-24 Mike Bos Chassis Craft Junior Dragster Nationals presented by Huddleston Performance.

Because of its location on the schedule, the event is the perfect chance for Jr. Dragster competitors to tune up for the all-important NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals which take place July 25-30. This event kicks off eight days of Jr. Dragster action at Bristol Dragway. 

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.

Racers once again will be able to compete in the Thunder Valley 330’ Outlaw class. 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 Friday with registration and tech inspection also slated for noon. Gates open at 8 a.m. 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 presented by Huddleston Performance, please call (423) 764-DRAG, or visit www.bristoldragway.com.