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Top Fuel driver Joe Morrison to host Jr. Street licensing event at Island Dragway

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Leverich Racing Top Fuel Dragster driver Joe Morrison is hosting a Jr. Street Licensing event at Island Dragway in Great Meadows, New Jersey. The event will take place on Saturday, May 7th. 

Morrison will host approx. 25 teenagers and their parents at the dragstrip in the continuation of the NHRA’s Dedication to Safety through Ingenuity in Action. The NHRA launched the Jr. Street program for 13-16-year-olds in 2015. 

Leverich Racing Top Fuel Dragster driver Joe Morrison puts on his glasses before making a pass at an event
Joe Morrison puts on his glasses before making a pass at an event (Photo by

“As a Jersey guy, I was raised to embrace the importance of never forgetting where you came from and to share your passion with anyone who will listen,” noted Morrison, who cut his teeth in drag racing at Island Dragway in the late 1980s and currently holds the Alcohol Nostalgia Funny Car top speed record at 215 mph. “The NHRA Jr Street program is the perfect way for parents and kids to enjoy time together while bringing in new drivers to our great sport. To run this program at my home track of Island Dragway is just perfect.”

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Those participating in the event will go through a tech inspection to talk about safety before going down the track. Morrison will teach the students about bracket racing, track protocol and etiquette, concentration skills, and consistency. 

Everyone, who meets the requirements, will be able to participate in the Summit Racing ET Series that day. 

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“Our goal is to raise the bar for awareness and growth of the NHRA Jr Street program – in fact, we want to turn the knobs to 11,” a smirking Morrison concluded in reference to one of his favorite movies, This is Spinal Tap. “I’m lucky to work with such amazing partners who understand that it takes financial investment to seed an opportunity like this. We’ve gathered inspiration from other NHRA tracks like Maple Grove, Tucson, and New England Dragway, who have established exceptional grass-roots Jr. Street programs. 

“But like any other competitive racer – I’m looking to follow in Big Daddy’s [Don Garlits] footsteps of breaking barriers here at Island Dragway. The fact that our partners were immediately on board with this program shows their dedication to the future of our sport.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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