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As part of its wide variety of racing series, NHRA offers the Jr. Street program, in which
teenagers who are 13 to 16 years old can race one another in street vehicles, be they vintage
machines or models straight from the showroom floor. The cars must be full-bodied street-legal
vehicles that meet program requirements. Participants must have a licensed supervising adult in
the car on all runs, which are made on the eighth-mile track using an elapsed time dial-in format
and limited to 9.00 seconds and slower.
Jr. Dragster Racing Program Updates for 2015
East Coast Outdoor Power Equipment Jr Dragster Program Splits for 2015.
The 2015 E.C.O.P.E. Jr. Dragster Program will be contested in 2 different classes for the 2015 season. Classes will be divided into two age groups 6-9 year olds and 10-18 year olds. The first class will be comprised of 6 & 7 year olds which are restricted to 13.90 seconds or slower ET, and 8 & 9 year olds restricted to 11.90 seconds or slower ET. The second class will be comprised of 10-12 year olds which are restricted to 8.90 seconds or slower ET and 13-18 year olds which are restricted to 7.90 seconds or slower ET. New England Dragway feels this will create a more relaxed atmosphere for the younger competitors and increase their odds at bringing home some hardware. All NHRA safety rule apply to both classes.
New England Dragway will also introduce the new Trainee class that NHRA has created for 5 year olds. This class is for noncompetition single passes only. The Trainees are restricted to 20.00 seconds or slower ET.
A special note to the 5 year old Trainee class and the 6 & 7 year old competitors. This group is restricted to the use of the factory sealed Briggs & Stratton 206 engine.
These programs will be run in conjunction with the VP Racing Fuels ET Series.
Jr. Dragster King of the Track race added for 2015.
Saturday October 17, 2015 a Jr Dragster King of the Track Race will be contested between the champions of the two E.C.O.P.E. Jr Dragster Classes. Race will be conducted on a best 2 out of three runs. The race will be run at the conclusion of the Buddy Scurto Memorial Jr Dragster Bracket Race. If the two competitors are eliminated early in the Bracket race we will start the King of the Hill race early.
Important Update for racers using Rotary Engines.
As outlined in the 2015 NHRA Rule Book 13.49 or quicker you must have an SFI 1.1 1.2 Flywheel and Clutch. Additionally 11.49 or quicker rotary engine cars must have a flywheel shield. For futher details and info refer the 2015 NHRA Rule Book.
In order to help our Street Fighter and Top Bike racers be able to race in other series we have adjusted the Street Fighter and Top Bike schedules as follows:
Street Fighter race on 4/25/15 has moved to 4/18/15
Street Fighter and Top Bike have been removed from 8/1/15
Street Fighter race on 10/3/15 has moved to 10/24/15
New England Dragway will run the new Jr. Street Program on the following dates
05/03, 05/30, 06/20, 07/08, 09/05, 09/06
B.R.A.K.E.S. Program added to 10/31/15 NO TEST & TUNE
2015 NHRA Rule Books are now available in the 1320 Express OnLine Store.
Putting together a championship drive is tough. Ask anyone who was lucky enough to come out on top and they likely will tell you it’s a daunting task. That isn’t lost on Mark Winterbottom. But, to see him week in and week out you wonder if ever fazes. He is what many call a racing machine. Mark captured his 9th A&B Tire Pro Eliminator championship this year in dramatic fashion. Yet, even when he was locked into a tight, four-way battle with brothers Jared Kinson and Jason Mazzotta, and long time friend Joe Silva, Mark kept his cool.
Everything came down to the final VP Race Fuels ET Series events of the season. Kinson entered the day with a comfortable 56 point lead over Winterbottom, who held a slim two point margin over Kinson’s brother Jason and a four point lead over Silva. According to Mark he felt it was going to be a race for second place. “I figured it was pretty much a fight for number two,” he said. Mark knew in order to stay in the hunt he would have to go rounds and hope Kinson, Mazzotta and Silva fell early in competition. Part of that scenario came to fruition when Silva lost in round one and Kinson fell prey to a determined Shelby Kingsley in the third round. That meant Sylva ended his season with 444 points and Kinson would finish with 514 points; still ahead of Mark, but now vulnerable. Winterbottom kept his focus and moved forward scoring wins over Dave Nadeau in the second round and Bob Minarik in the third. Despite the fact Jared went out in round two, the pressure remained intense because Mark knew Jason was still in the hunt. It was really coming down to Mark winning the race for his spot on the podium. All the while Jason was beating up the competition until the fourth round when he came out on the short end of a double breakout with Dave Gibbons. Now it was up to Mark and his iconic Mustang.
Winterbottom had a bye run in the fourth round. It would prove to be his only easy win of the day. In the fifth he squared off against the fiercely competitive Joe Henderson. At this point he had a total of 488 points. When the run against Henderson was over he had 498. Round six found him against an equally tough Pat Smith. When the win light came on Mark had 508 points. Close, but still behind Kinson. The final would determine it all. Winterbottom came up against Dave Gibbons. Win this round and the championship was his. Lose and it was second place. It turned into a breakout affair with Mark coming out with the day’s win and another championship crown.
Mark is still wondering how it all came together. “Man this is a tough class. Any one of us in the top four that day could have won the championship. I still have a hard time believing it was me. ” The championship marks his eighth in the footbrake class. His ninth championship was in Indy Auto Parts Super Pro. Oh, and when you see Mark at this year’s banquet on January 31, be sure to ask him about a directive he gave to his doctor during a routine medical procedure. It’s something that is trademark Winterbottom!
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