New Junior Dragster engine lowers costs for families

The NHRA hopes to stimulate growth in the Summit Racing NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League

NORWALK, Ohio -- The National Hot Rod Association approved on January 18, 2013 a less expensive Junior Dragster engine to lower entry level costs for families.Girls race Junior Dragsters, too.

Beginning in 2013, competitors in the Summit Racing NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League may use a Briggs & Stratton 206 engine.

The accepted 206 crate engine is factory sealed with no alterations or modifications allowed except for installation of an exhaust header and air filter.

“We could not be more excited to announce this new program and renewed relationship with Briggs & Stratton,” said Josh Peterson, vice president of racing administration of the NHRA. “The program will greatly reduce the entry level costs for families to get involved in the sport and stimulate the growth of the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League.”

The NHRA approved the 206 crate engine for all age groups: ages eight to nine years, 12.90-seconds and slower; ages 10 to 12 years, 8.90 and slower; and ages 13 to 17 years, 7.90 and slower.

According to a news release from the NHRA, Briggs & Stratton launched the 206 crate engine program in 2008 to give racers a simple out-of-the box, cost-effective, performance solution.

Building from proven reliability of the Animal racing engine, each 206 crate engine is hand built in a dedicated facility to exacting standards and measured against a factory developed set of rules.

The end result is a performance racing engine -- right out of the box -- with proven repeatability leading to four years of world-wide wins at the highest levels of racing.

“We are incredibly excited to once again have the opportunity to work with the NHRA and their Jr. Drag Racing League,” said David Klaus, director of Briggs & Stratton Racing. “As one of the original founding partners, we were able to help be a part of the growth of the league as well as get to know the racing families involved.

“This sport makes great racers, but it also helps make family memories,” David Klaus said. “That is something that Briggs & Stratton Racing loves to be a part of, and we look forward to the future.

Kids say spending time with family is one of the best reasons to race Junior Dragsters, other than fun, of course

“Families now have another cost-effective option to help build memories that will last a lifetime,” David Klaus said.

For information and availability of the 206 engine, part number 124332 8201-01, visit the Website at

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States.

The 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.

And the 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.

Also, NHRA offers the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing league for youth ages eight to 17.

In addition, 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 information go to, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

The NHRA office in Glendora, Calif., provided all of the above information in a news release.

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