POINTS BATTLE FIERCE AS JUNIOR DRAG RACERS FACE OFF FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

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Only two points separate the top two drivers in the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League Modified Jr. point standings at Route 66 Raceway, with one race left to go this season.

Track Champions for the JDRL will be crowned on Saturday (August 21).

Will it be Nate Kelley, who’s currently No. 1 with 147 points? No. 2 Jeremy Lensing hopes not. Then there’s Nichole Medeisis in third place, only 21 points away from the top spot.

Lensing and Medeisis faced each other in the final round at the Junior Dragster Challenge on August 7, where Lensing treed Medeisis (.110 to .149 reaction time) with a better reaction time on the starting line, then drove to the stripe in 7.932 seconds on a 7.90 dial-in (81.56 mph) for a hole-shot win. Medeisis turned in an 8.913 at 73.15 on an 8.90 dial.

Lensing, who also plays soccer for Peotine High School, said his favorite part of the day was holding his Wally trophy.

Bobby Bode, son of NHRA Full Throttle Series Funny Car driver Bob Bode, has a cushier lead in the Sportsman Jr. category, but not by much. The younger Bode has just a 14-point lead over David Kovar Jr. going into the final race of the year.

David Roloff won the Junior Dragster Challenge Wally when he drove to a 13.066 at 48.89 on a 13.05 dial. Runner-up Bobby Bode put one too many coals on the fire and broke out, with a 12.978 at 50.97 (12.98 dial).

Best Reaction Time awards went to Briana Sevik in Modified Jr. and David Kovar Jr. in Sportsman Jr.

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