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Monday, April 15, 2024

C.J. Jenkins Big Winner at Rock’s 4th Holiday Junior Jam

Jenkins claims 10-13 Age Group Title and $5,000 Main Event win at the 4th Annual Holiday Junior Jam at Rockingham Dragway.

Featured Photo by Terry Clark Photo

Write-up provided by Rockingham Dragway

ROCKINGHAM, NC – A steady, methodical C.J. Jenkins waded through a field of 148 of the nation’s best Jr. Dragster racers Saturday, beating Hailey Pumphrey of Waldorf, Md., in the final round to win the Main Event in the fourth annual Holiday Jr. Jam at Rockingham Dragway.

In an event showcasing the future stars of the NHRA series, Jenkins was in a class by himself. Locked ontoa 7.90 target, the Jamestown sharpshooterused a Beeline ZR4 engine to put up times that didn’t vary by more than .052 of a second – from 7.895 to 7.947.

A three-time track champion who won this year’s Jr. championship at Coastal Plains Dragway in Jacksonville, “The Executer” was as good in the cockpit as his car.

Over the course of the weekend, the 14-year-old phenom, whose goal is to one day compete in the Top Fuel class, won 18 racing rounds on the way to claiming his 13th and 14th winners’ trophies of the 2021 season. In addition to the Main Event, he also won the 10-13 age group title on Friday.

C.J. Jenkins, $5K Main Event Winner

Not a bad weekend’s work for someone who was introduced to the sport through television coverage of the NHRA pro tour.

Other winners included Louis Crockett of Hopewell, Va., who won the always entertaining golf cart race before losing to Jenkins in round six of the Main Event.

In the Index classes, Kaiden Groves of Mechanicsville, Md., hoisted the trophy in 7.90; Anthony Magliocco of Erial N.J., beat Ava Ward of Anderson, S.C., daughter of reigning Rockingham Dragway track champ Matt Ward in the 8.90 final; Rebekah Peterson of Martin, Mich., claimed the 11.90 Index champ trophy to join her brother, Samuel, as a Holiday Jr. Jam champion; and Mason Maddox of Northboro, Mass., outran Andy Anderson of York, Pa., in an all-Northeast final in 13.90.

Other performances of note were those of Kole Paone of Galloway, N.J., and Danika Cox of Bronson, Mich. The latter was runner-up to Groves in the 7.90 Index class before advancing to the round of six in the Main Event where she lost to Mocksville’s Noah Cornatzer, a 2017 runner-up in The Rock’s old Southeaster nJr. Spring Nationals.

As for Paone, he reached the final round for the third straight year in the Thanksgiving weekend classic. The 13.90 Index winner in 2020 and the 13.90 runner-up the year before, he advanced to the 6-9 age group final this year before losing to Michael Groves Jr. of Mechanicsville, Md., on a foul start.

Remaining age group winners were C.J. Jenkins, 10-13 year olds, and Blaine Bazell in the 14- 18 year old group.

Congratulations to all winners and finalists from the 4th Annual Holiday Junior Jam at Rockingham Dragway.

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