Bandimere Speedway teams up with U.S. Air Force to present the U.S. Air Force Jr. Drag Racing Series

Bandimere Speedway teams up with the U.S. Air Force to present the U.S. Air Force Jr. Drag Racing Series

By Ronnie Kohrt

Bandimere Speedway and the U.S. Air Force have teamed up to aim high and present the U.S. Air Force Jr. Drag Racing Series.

This nine-race series features youth racing at Bandimere Speedway’s legendary race track all summer long from April through October. Kids ages 5-17 race down the quarter-mile in half-scale “Jr Dragsters” and compete in a safe environment, teaching them valuable skills and lessons about competition, safety, sportsmanship and integrity as they progress through the program and age into young adults.

“Bandimere Speedway was founded back in 1958 on the roots of giving youth an opportunity to experience the thrill of speed, but in a safe and controlled environment, “ Sporty Bandimere General Manager of Bandimere Speedway stated. “We are so thankful to partner with the U.S. Air Force in our 65th Anniversary year to bring the U.S. Air Force Jr Drag Racing Series to Bandimere Speedway in 2023. Our youth programs at the dragstrip like Race to Read and the Jr. Dragster program are so important to us and to have the U.S. Air Force supporting the program allows youth to continue to race and spend priceless weekends with family up on Thunder Mountain. We are so thankful for the men and women who fight for

our country to allow us to be able to spend the weekends doing what we do at the race track.”

The U.S. Air Force Jr. Drag Racing Series will also compete to finish a 5-day week marathon of racing during the Jr. Dragster Western Conference Finals, June 21st through the 25th.

This is the largest Jr. Dragster race in the region where kids compete in age groups and earn the shot at competing for NHRA Wally’s, as well as team championships for their representing track around the western half of the United States.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside Bandimere Speedway and by sponsoring the 2023 Jr Drag Racing program!” said U.S. Air Force Enlisted Accessions Recruiter Staff Sergeant Cody Ewer.

“This is a great opportunity to help fuel the goals and ambitions of today's students. The racing starts early for these members, and the goal line may even be flying a jet, serving our nation, or working on aircraft. Please come support the wonderful events that Bandimere Speedway has lined up, and hopefully, we will see you all out there cheering for your family and friends! AIM HIGH!”

You can view the entire U.S. Air Force Jr Drag Racing Series schedule and the speedway’s entire 2023 schedule online at For more information about the U.S. Air Force, visit



In 1958, John Bandimere Sr. purchased a parcel of land on the west side of Denver nestled up against the hogback leading up to the Rocky Mountains.  He and his family began the process of constructing a small but efficient drag strip that was used to augment their auto parts business.  It was also the fulfillment of a dream of John Sr. and his wife Frances to provide a safe environment for young people to learn about cars and race them off the streets.  In 1988, a major renovation took place, allowing the facility to host larger events while providing major exposure opportunities for the race track and its sponsors.  For more information about Bandimere Speedway's 65th Anniversary year, log on to or visit the official Bandimere Speedway pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

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