Champions crowned at JDRL Western Conference Finals
Camden Teel (6-9 years), Emma Elliott (10), Tyler Wied (11), Kayden Salter (12), Cole Foster (13), Jada Sexton (14), William Craft (15) and Braiden Chesleigh (16 – 17) outlasted the field in their respective age groups to take top honors in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals at Osage Tulsa Raceway Park. All are champions for the first time at the event, one of two national events in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.
After finishing second last year, Teel was able to go the distance this time around, beating Revin Mosley in the final round of the class 6-9. Mosley made Teel’s job a little easier when he turned on the red light, lighting the victory fire in Teel’s lane. Teel rolled a 12.263 (dial 12.10) on his victory pass.
Elliott came off the starting line first in the 10-year-old class final, 0.030-0.051, and took the advantage to secure a narrow 0.007-second victory over 2020 champion Jenna Chesleigh, who was attempting to rejoin his older brother Braiden in the winner’s circle. Elliott ran 9.390 (9.31) to beat Chesleigh’s 9.076 (9.01).
Wied never trailed in the 11-year-old group title round against Logan Atkins. Wied was better at tree, 0.021 to 0.055, then posted a score of 8.919 (8.90) to beat Atkins’ 8.947 (8.90).
The 12-year-old bracket final was decided at the start line when Colby Wattenbarger narrowly missed the Tree, going red by 0.001 seconds. Salter proved she would have been tough to beat anyway, cutting off a near-perfect 0.001 light before reducing her dragster to 9.169 (8.90).
Eli Hager had a .010 reaction time advantage in the 13-year-old age-group title round, but he carried too much momentum in the high-end and broke with a score of 7.767 (7 , 93). This opened the door for Foster, who shed some light on the win with 7.937 (7.90).
A start at a red light was the deciding factor in the 14-year-old class final. This time, Conner Elliott, who was hoping to join his sister Emma as champion, left against Sexton too early. With the victory light already on in his lane, Sexton posted an 8.065 (7.90) on his victory pass.
Division 2 racer Craft had one of the best runs of all final rounds, combining a lightweight 0.001 to 8.021 (8.00) to defeat former Western Conference Final champion Jonathan McClain in the 15 years. McClain ran straight to his 7.91 clock, but that wasn’t enough to overcome a deficit of more than seven hundredths at the start line.
A lead of more than a tenth of reaction time gave Braiden Chesleigh the victory in the 16-17 age group. Chesleigh facilitated his entry at 8.325 (8.16) to light up the victory over Hayden Trumble, who finished with 8.024 (7.96).
Osage Tulsa Raceway Park Team 2 won the Tag Team Championship, edging out Houston Raceway Park Team 1, 29-28. Ardmore Dragway (24 points), Houston Raceway Park Team 2 (23), and Mid-America Dragway Team 1 (21) completed the first five.
The winners of the special awards were Tulsa Raceway Park (Team Spirit), Mid-America Dragway (Best Track), Breyla Tilson (Best Car) and Adalynn Atkinson (Best Engineering Car). The awards for best reaction time went to Haven Moberly (6-9 years), Kenzie Wells (10), Taylor Freeman (11), Colby Wattenbarger (12), Stephen Skelton (13), Conner Elliott (14), Ryker Cromwell (15), Trent Augustyn (16-17). The drivers who won the Closest to Dial Awards were Camden McDonald (6-9), Jenna Chesleigh (10), Noah Peyton (11), Mason Acosta (12), Alex Karst (13), Emma Wyman (14), Rylie Trumble (15) and Dylan Moody (16-17).
FINAL ROUND RESULTS
Camden Teel, Newcastle, Oklahoma, 0.100, 12.263 (12.10 dial) def.
Revin Mosley, Montgomery, Texas, -0.021, 12.079 (12.01)
Emma Elliott, Yale, Oklahoma, 0.030, 9.390 (9.31) beat.
Jenna Chesleigh, Claremont, CA, 0.051, 9.076 (9.01)
Tyler Wied, Neenah, Wisconsin, 0.021, 8.919 (8.90) def.
Logan Atkins, Lewisville, Texas, 0.055, 8.947 (8.90)
Kayden Salter, Baytown, TX, 0.001, 9.169 (8.90) defeated.
Colby Wattenbarger, Wayne, Oklahoma, -0.001, 8.945 (8.94)
Cole Foster, Conroe, TX, 0.024, 7.937 (7.90) defeated.
Eli Hager, Noble, Oklahoma, 0.014, 7.767 (7.93)
Jada Sexton, Camila, Georgia, 0.055, 8.065 (7.90) d.
Conner Elliott, Yale, Oklahoma, -0.026, 7.930 (7.95)
William Craft, Melbourne, Fla. 0.001, 8.021 (8.00) def.
Jonathan McClain, Bosier City, Louisiana, 0.073, 7.912 (7.91)
Braiden Chesleigh, Claremont, Calif., 0.044, 8.325 (8.16) d.
Hayden Trumble, Pasadena, Texas, 0.170, 8.024 (7.96)