Looking For A New Sport For Your Kid? Try NHRA Jr. Drag Racing
Looking for a sport for your child? Want them to learn discipline and responsibility? Not interested in the typical sports? Fascinated with cars?
Then NHRA Jr. Drag Racing may be the sport for your child.
My daughter Ellie has just startedÂ her first full season drag racing. She ran 6 of the 13 races last year. And out of 37 kids she ended 17th. She even took 2nd place in one of the races, complete with her first trophy!
Now I’m sure you’re thinking:
â€œHow oldÂ is she?
How fast does she go?
And um…is it safe?â€
Well, toÂ be eligible to drag race you have to be 8-years old,Â obtain a NHRA Jr. Drag racing competition license, and have aÂ car that can pass a tech inspection. There are several different brackets, with different regulations for different ages. From ages 8 â€“ 18, the kids are out there running their cars with anything from a Briggs and Stratton to a Harley Davidson engine (of course, HD is the older bracket!).
Ellie is 10 years old, so she competes in the JR Thunder bracket. She runs mid 11 seconds in the 1/8Â mile with a speed of 55 mph.Â Â She wears fire pants, a fire jacket and a full face helmet. She has a five-point harness and arm restraints. To be honest, she’s kept safer than most of us driving our SUVs.
Drag racing is something thatÂ has been in my husband’s family for many years.Â HeÂ started drag racing when he was in high school andÂ continues to this day. I, myself, started racing as well a few years back. So this has truly become a family sport. Ellie races on Saturdays, we camp overnight, and my husband and I race on Sundays. Our home track is Bremerton Raceway, which is aÂ very family-friendly track. And the Jr. Dragster program is great.Â They really make it all about the kids.
Now, I must confess, this is not a cheap sport. But letâ€™s face it, if your child gets serious about any sport and gets on a select team, etc.Â it won’t be an inexpensive venture. And where else can you sit and watch good, clean, legally-sanctioned racing? And did I mention that the cars are great to look at? Everything from VW bugs to Diesel trucks, classics and new cars.
So if you are looking for something to keep your kids out of trouble and give them goals,Â this may be a great sport to try.
We currently have two sponsors for Ellie: Impromptu Portraits and Duke’s Transmission.Â But weâ€™re looking for additional sponsors! As you can imagine, keeping three cars going is quite an expense. If youâ€™re interested in sponsoring Ellie or just have questions about the sport, you may contact us by e-mail [email protected].
Anyone who sponsors we can put the name of their business on the side of her car as an advertisement.
Links of interest:
- www.impromptuportraits.com â€“ click on gallery then Family and you will see additional pictures of our family and cars
[EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was written and submitted by BTB Reader Julie Tallant. We encourage all our Readers to submit interesting stories, and ask only that they pertain to something local, are not obvious advertisements, and are interesting. Have any idea? Email us and we’ll consider it!]