Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 12:42 PM
Original NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Competitor Returns to Where it All Began
Courtesy of Kelly Topolinski, On All Cylinder
Photo credit: NHRA
David Napp, near lane, and Jill Caliendo (now McKenna)
the very first pass down the
racetrack in half-scale dragsters in 1992.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League celebrates its 25th anniversary this year,
spotlighting a program that offers children from ages 5-17 the opportunity to race half-scale
dragsters in a controlled environment and follow in the footsteps of many of the stars of the NHRA
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
It all began 25 years ago, when the first Jr. dragsters were built by Old Bridge Township Raceway
Park founder Vince Napp. Comp Eliminator veteran John Caliendo purchased one of those first
half-scale dragsters for his daughter, Jill. Napp's son, David, was close friends with Jill, and
the two fathers planned a race between their offspring as an exhibit in front of a packed house at
the NHRA Summernationals.
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