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NITRO RATZ: Fueling our passion for motorsports- 19 years ago in partnership with a dedicated group of parents, a non-profit organization was created to develop a local racing division for children ages 7-17. The Nitro Ratz Junior Dragster Association is a group of dedicated kids, families and volunteers who promote early respect for automobiles and safe driving skills, sportsmanship, camaraderie, team spirit and lifelong friendships.  We are proud to have raised over $120,000 for the youth racing program over the past 12 years.


In Partnership with Castrol Raceway fundraising initiatives, over the past 4 years the Nitro Ratz community of families have helped raise over $25,000 for Santas Anonymous. At the end of each racing season, the "Ratz" host a team building shopping spree; the Ratz Kids come together to purchase and donate toys to the Santas Anonymous toy drive, giving back to other kids thier age in the commmunity.


What is Junior Drag Racing?
Jr. Drag Racing offers kids ages 7-17 the opportunity to experience the thrill of racing half-scale dragsters in a controlled racing environment.   The cars that Jr. Drag Racing competitors race are called Jr. Dragsters and are half-scale versions of Top Fuel dragsters. Using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, a Jr. Dragster can go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in an eighth-mile. 

How Safe is it?
Just like their full-size Top Fuel counterparts, Jr. Dragsters must meet stringent technical specifications. Castrol Raceway also places speed and elapsed-time restrictions on competitors based on their age and experience. 

Is there a school where I can learn to drive ?
There are no schools or other type of formal training where you can learn to drive a Jr. Dragster. Before you get involved in the sport, you may want to attend a Jr. race at Castrol Raceway to see what all is involved with it. Go through the pits and ask Jr. racers/parents and other officials their advice for getting started

How much does Jr. drag racing cost?
A basic Jr. Dragster costs about $5,000. Additional costs include but are not limited to helmet and other required safety equipment, maintenance, fuel, entry fees, and optional equipment. Equipment will vary in cost according to what type of equipment you choose to purchase. Contact the companies that sell the equipment to see what is available and what it will cost. Entry fees vary per event. Also, there are often used Jr Dragsters for sale, walk around the pits and ask Jr racers/parents for more information.

What is the Nitro Ratz?
The Nitro Ratz is an association in Edmonton dedicated to the promotion of fun and safety through Jr Drag Racing in the local area. They organize the Jr Racers, supply the trophies and host the Spring Burnout party to get the season started. It’s a great way to meet your fellow competitors and make new and long lasting friends.

How can I join the Nitro Ratz?
Walk around the pits and talk to Jr Racers/parents and they will direct you to one of the executives. Membership is $25.00 per family.

Who do I contact if I’d like to join or have more questions?
You can always contact the Nitro Ratz by emailing them at: and you can check them out on Facebook as well by searching nitroratz!!!