Champions crowned in JDRL Eastern Conference final in Bristol
Camden Teel wiped out the events of the 2021 Conference Finals when he outlasted the field in the 6-9 age group in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals presented by Mike Bos Chassis Craft. Teel added the Eastern Conference final in Wally to the one he won in the Western Conference final in June. Ava Smith (10), Ava Ward (11), Morgan Harp (12), Phillip Radford (13), Gage Wilson (14), Ian Burt (15), Gage Rachford (16-17) and Atlanta Dragway Team 1 ( team) also claimed victory at Bristol Dragway.
Teel became the first driver to win both conference finals in the same year when he outlasted Autumn Wright in the 6-9 age bracket. Teel came out first from the starting line in the final, turning the advantage into a 12.227 (12.18) to 11.917 (11.90) victory over Wright.
In the 10-year-old class final, Myles Heatherly was better at the tree, but carried too much momentum at the top and won with an 8.919 (8.94). This opened the door for Smith, who lit the victory light with an 8.993 (8.95).
Ward paired a lightweight 0.047 with an 8.954 (8.94) to claim the victory in the 11-year-old bracket final against Ava Badgett, who broke with an 8.867 (8.90).
Harp won his second Eastern Conference Finals championship, adding this year’s 12-year-old title to one he won in the 10-year-old class in 2019. Harp had a 0.014-0.082 lead. to the shaft in the final and used the advantage to defeat Dylan MacNicol, 8.950 (8.92) to 8.895 (8.92).
Radford got the automatic green light in the 13-year-old age group final when 2020 Eastern Conference Final champion Kade Renoll fouled 0.007 seconds. This lit the light of victory in the lane for Radford, who celebrated with a victory lap of 7.932 (7.92).
Former Western Conference Finals champion Wilson added an Eastern Conference Final Wally to his trophy case when he won a close game against Gavin Shoemaker in the round of the 14-year-old title. Shoemaker had a slight lead at the start line, .052 to .055, but he broke with an 8.092 (8.10). Wilson ran right on his 7.90 dial to turn on the victory light.
The 15-year-old final was another close battle with Burt ahead of fellow Ohio national Kaitlyn Morgan. After getting a slight 0.004 second advantage at the Tree, Burt reduced his entry to 7.935 (7.91) to defeat Morgan, who burst by 0.001 seconds.
The 16-17 title round was decided at the start line when Addyson Owen started 0.007 seconds too early, turning on Rachford’s victory light. Rachford cut a light 0.004 and ran a 7.893 (7.93) on the way to victory.
Atlanta Dragway Team 1 collected the most points in the eliminations to win the 2021 Tag Team Championship.
The winners of the special awards were Christian Handwerk (best car), James Libby (best engineering car), Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park (best team) and Huntsville Dragway (team player).
FINAL ROUND RESULTS
Camden Teel, Newcastle, Oklahoma, 0.103, 12.227 (dial 12.18) def.
Autumn Wright, Blountville, Tennessee, 0.165, 11.917 (11.90)
Ava Smith, Taylorsville, Ky., 0.097, 8.993 (8.95) def.
Myles Heatherly, Inman, SC, 0.065, 8.919 (8.94)
Ava Ward, Anderson, SC, 0.047, 8.954 (8.94) def.
Ava Badgett, Mount Airy, NC, 0.128, 8.867 (8.90)
Morgan Harp, Souderton, Pa., 0.014, 8.950 (8.92) d.
Dylan MacNicol, North Port, Florida, 0.082, 8.895 (8.92)
Phillip Radford, Riner, Virginia, 0.017, 7.932 (7.92) d.
Kade Renoll, El Mirage, Arizona, -0.007, 7.946 (7.90)
Gage Wilson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 0.055, 7.905 (7.90) d.
Gavin Shoemaker, Hunlockcreek, PA, 0.052, 8.092 (8.10)
Ian Burt, Grove City, Ohio, 0.040, 7.935 (7.91) d.
Kaitlyn Morgan, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 0.044, 7.939 (7.94)
Gage Rachford, Calif., Ky., 0.004, 7.893 (7.93) defeated.
Addyson Owen, Corsica, Texas, -0.007, 7.938 (7.93)