Weekend Preview: Junior Dragsters kick-off the 2021 racing season
By Ronnie Kohrt
The 2021 season kicks-off this weekend with the Kinsco Jr. Dragster test on Thursday April 8th and Bandimere Speedway's first points race of the year on Friday, April 9th featuring the Crossroads Trailer Jr. Drag Racing Series!
A program that started back in 1993, kids ages 5-17 get to race at Bandimere Speedway as an entry to racing in a safe and secure environment with all the necessary safety gear. Families get together over the full nine-race season long series presented by our partner Crossroads Trailer and via for trophies and championships with every round win.
Inside the Crossroads Trailer Jr Drag Racing Series, kids are split into multiple age categories and race inside their classes of "JD1" featuring six-through-nine year-olds, "JD2" featuring 10-12 year olds and "JD3" is the big kids, 13-17 year olds.
The Jr. Dragster program also features JDT and JDY for the youngest kids as early as the age of five for just making passes down the race track.
The half-scale dragsters are based on the full-scale rear-engine dragster and Jr. Dragsters run motors that are based off the 5-horsepower Briggs and Stratton motors, much of like you find in a lawnmower.
Now racing today has certainly changed a lot since it's beginning in the Jr. ranks. Many dragsters are powered by billet, 3''+ bore motors running on alcohol and utilize a centrifugal clutch to power down the 1/8 race track that they run on.
Racing inside the Jr. Dragster ranks often leads to kids taking the next step in racing once they age out of the program, moving towards bigger full-scale cars and often times, the professional circuit.
Professional racers Leah Pruett, Erica Enders, Shawn Langdon are just some of the many on the tour that graduated from the Jr. Drag Racing program and hundreds of former Jr. Racers take the race track locally as 'big car' racers to run the 1/4 race track as Jr. Dragster graduates.
Champions from 2020
JD1 Nico Hasenack
JD2 Logan Duhachek
JD3 Branson Kaiser
It's a family fun atmosphere at Bandimere Speedway when the Jr. Drag Racing program races down Thunder Mountain! Racing begins at 4:30 on Friday, the 9th. Spectators are welcome and tickets can be purchased by CLICKING HERE and racers can buy their tech card for the event and all future races online by CLICKING HERE.
The Crossroads Trailer Jr Drag Racing Series races nine times in 2021 at Bandimere Speedway and can be found zipping up and down the race track on these dates.
April 9th, May 1st, May 16th, May 29th, June 12th, June 27th, August 8th, August 21st, Sept 11th
The Crossroads Trailer Jr. Drag Racing Series is presented by our friends at Kinsco, MagnaFuel, Security Safe of Colorado, ColoradoLift, Pepsi, Fineline, JR Race Car, Lucas Slick Mist, Tops Heating and Air Conditioning and SRA Photo.