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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)
make 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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