Drag race fans ready to see the sport’s next generation of stars should head to Thunder Valley July 21-22 for the Huddleston Performance Junior Nationals presented by Mike Bos Chassis Craft.

One of the largest Junior Dragster races on the schedule, the event allows competitors an important chance to prepare for the July 23-28 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals. In all, Bristol Dragway will host eight days of Jr. Dragster action in Thunder Valley. 

Because of its prime location on the calendar, the Huddleston Performance Junior Nationals continues to gain in popularity. 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.


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 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 Huddleston Performance Junior Nationals presented by Mike Bos Chassis Craft, please call (423) 764-DRAG, or visit www.bristoldragway.com.