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NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals will move to Utah’s scenic Rocky Mountain Raceways for the first time, July 10-12
NHRA STORY: Friday, November 22, 2013
The 2014 NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League’s Western Conference Finals and Eastern Conference Finals will be held at Rocky Mountain Raceways near Salt Lake City and Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, respectively.

The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals will move to Utah’s scenic Rocky Mountain Raceways for the first time, July 10-12, 2014, while the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Finals will return to Eastern Tennessee’s famed Thunder Valley, July 24-26.

“We are extremely excited about the 2014 NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League season,” said Gary Darcy, senior vice president of sales and marketing, NHRA. “We welcome Rocky Mountain Raceways as the host of the Western Conference Finals and we are pleased that Bristol Dragway is returning to host the Eastern Conference Finals. Both venues will provide great backdrops for these very important events where the future stars of NHRA Drag Racing will be showcased.”

In 2014, both tracks will also be hosting activities and events throughout each of their respective race weekends in addition to the racing action that will occur on the track. Both will also host events earlier in the week leading up to the Conference Finals events.

“We are proud that the Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals once again will take place in Thunder Valley,” said Julie Bennett, vice president of Bristol Dragway. “Imagine the excitement of these kids knowing their first national event win could take place at a track with the history and tradition of Bristol Dragway. These drivers are our future, and we can’t wait to show them a good time here in Bristol.”

Bristol Dragway has played host to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2004, and Rocky Mountain Raceways takes over the Western Conference Finals from Denver’s Bandimere Speedway, which held the event for the past 14 years.

“We are really excited for the opportunity to host the 2014 Western Conference Finals,” said Mike Eames, general manager, Rocky Mountain Raceways. “We will work really hard to put our own touches on what is already a great event. I know that our staff and local racers will roll out the red carpet for all participants traveling both near and far to race with us in July.”

Nearly 1,000 kids compete for individual and team honors at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern and Western Conference Finals, with nearly $50,000 being awarded at each event including $2,500 and an NHRA Wally champion’s trophy to each individual winner.

Summit Jr. Drag Racing League

Created in 1992, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League allows kids between the ages of 8 and 17 to experience the thrill of motorsports competition in a controlled environment at tracks in each of NHRA’s seven geographic divisions. The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League creates family involvement in drag racing at an affordable level. Many of the league’s former participants have gone on to compete in other NHRA classes. Top Fuel racers Shawn Langdon (the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel world champion and a two-time Super Comp national champion in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series) and seven-time NHRA Pro Stock winner Erica Enders-Stevens, are among the league’s most accomplished graduates, while 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Stock national champion Joe Santangelo II and the 2010 Lucas Oil Super Stock national champion Ryan McClanahan are both former Conference Finals champions.

 

National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Bill Matern-Rocky Mountain Raceways 2013 Super Pro Champion

Bill Matern-RMR Super Pro Champion

Joe’s Trophies and Gift’s Champion’s Corner

Name: Bill Matern, 68′ Camaro

Class: Super Pro

Hometown: Layton, UT

Sponsors: Fastlane Machine 

 

What are your thoughts on the 2013 season?

The 2013 season was a blast!!! Made some new friends and got to know old ones better!

What was the highlight of your 2013 racing season?

Winning the Super Pro class.. and winning day three of the Summer Send Off!

What will you be doing in the off season?

Off season.. of course getting the car ready for next year!

What do you hope to accomplish next season?

 Maybe run in the Fastlane Machine Extreme Series and win a couple.

Special Thanks to:

Thanks to all of the RMR staff, you guys did a great job all season long. My friends at Chuck’s Service. Larry, Mike and Jen from Fastlane Machine and of course my mom & dad, without them racing wouldn’t be possible.

 

Joe's Trophies and Gifts ChampionCorner-Tyler Whetstone

Joe's Trophies and Gifts ChampionCorner-Tyler Whetstone

Joe’s Trophies and Gift’s Champion’s Corner

Name: Tyler Whetstone

Class: Maverik Modifieds

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Sponsors: Certified Automotive, United Fence, Victor’s Tires 

What are your thoughts on the 2013 season?

Overall, I thought the 2013 season went pretty good. I saw some positive things done with the officiating. For example, it seemed like when the rules were blatantly broken, there was a penalty enforced this year, which in years past there has been lack of enforcement. On the other hand, I feel like there was a lack of tech before and after the races, which I believe was noticed by the racers. It was also nice to see the crowd attendance up for 2013, but I feel like the car counts were down.

What was the highlight of your 2013 racing season?

Obviously besides winning the championship, the highlight of my season was capturing fast time for qualifying 6 times.

Did any one event or person change the outcome of your season?

Not Really. I believe the outcome of the season was due to consistency, patience, a knowledgeable and dedicated crew, and racers luck.

What will you be doing in the off season?

Trying to find something to do! There’s no racing, and it’s too cold to go camping. . . So I will probably tinker on the car and watch football.

What do you hope to accomplish next season?

I would like to defend my championship. But mainly just come out and try to win races and have fun doing it.

Special Thanks to: 

I would like to thank my dad (Keith Whetstone), my friend and crew guy (Anselmo Castro), my mom (Pam Ludwig), my lucky charm (Amy Luttmer), and my biggest fan and daughter (Rylie Rae Whetstone). Also I would like to thank Certified Automotive, United Fence, Victor Tires, Crazy Car Ads, and Creative Resource and Design

QUICK STATS

00 Tyler Whetstone Points- 990 Quick Time-6  Wins- 0 Top 5-10 Top 10-12