A talented group of 33 junior dragsters did a great job representing The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals, with a number of them taking home awards at the three-day event.
The Strip's "Neon Nitro" team claimed the Team Spirit Award, three drivers advanced to the finals of their age brackets and LVMS racers took home a variety of honors at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah.
Thursday, July 16 - Lucas Oil Age Group Race
This specialty race featured an all-Team Vegas final in the 14-year-old age bracket.
Elizabeth Strones - Winner
Josh Gagnon - Runner-up
Friday, July 17 - Top of the Mountain
Each age group raced, and then the winner and runner-up from each age group all raced against each other to determine a winner in this specialty race.
LVMS race qualifiers
Saturday, July 18 - Western Conference Finals
6-9-year-old bracket - Jessica Boardman - Runner-up
10-year-olds - Aaron Covington -- Quarterfinalist
11-year-olds - Brittney Sturdevant - Runner-up
13-year-olds - Hannah Ellison - Semifinalist
16-17-year-olds - Trey Vetter - Runner-up
Other specialty awards
Team Spirit Award - The Strip at LVMS Team Neon Nitro
Coolest Car - Cason Segundo
Closest to Dial (6-9-year olds) - Jake Taylor, who ran a 13.907 on a 13.90-second dial-in
Closest to Dial (10-year olds) - Aaron Covington, who ran an 8.920 on an 8.90-second dial-in