During the recent Super Chevy Show many Jr. Dragsters were competing. We saw everything from a 6-year-old boy chasing his helmet to a 16-year-old girl getting suited up and packing herself into a small dragster.
Last year the NHRA announced it’s 5-year-old classification for Jr. drag racing
“In the 5-year-old classification, the Trainee category, participants can begin running a Jr. Dragster with a crate engine from Briggs & Stratton with a slide valve limiting the power output of the engine. Trainee participants will make single passes down the dragstrip to get familiar with the car and track surroundings in a non-pressure environment.”
Imagine starting NHRA drag racing at 5 years old! Once the youngster turns 18 yrs old they “age out” of the NHRA Jr. Dragster Racing League and must move on.
To continue moving up the ladder in drag racing the next logical progression for a young person is a “door car”.
The Jr Dragster family transition to a “door car” and bracket racing
This transition for both the parent and their adolescent is an exciting time. There is so much more to bracket racing than just driving a car down a drag strip.
The time slip here is from a 1972 Vega Pro Street. It runs a JEGS 350 SBC crate motor, and DOT street tires. The Vega is a perfect size car, and would make any drag racing family proud.
The Reaction Time .000
The perfect R/T takes, concentration, practice, and a reliable car. The third factor is very important during this transition.
A transition to a “door car” should be a smooth one. It most likely will be an exciting time, and in-turn, encourage the young adult to continue the sport of drag racing.
The dial in time is another very important element in bracket racing. You don’t want to win the race and “break out”. Plus you may be racing a car that is allowed to leave a few seconds before you. Many skills can be improved with bracket racing a door car.
The 72 Vega Pro Street is ready to perform and grow with the young racer. Once they have mastered the 350 SBC – this car can move with them to the next skill level of drag racing. 500 HP would be perfect for this car, but it could take 1000 HP easily.
The NHRA Inspector who certified the Vega to 8.50 said, the car was built like a 7.50 car.
The Vega was built with affordability in mind. Build it right the first time so when more cash is available – a larger motor can easily fit. Same with tires – there is plenty of room for slicks on this car.