Four races into their NHRA season, the father and son duo of Justin and Jimmie Hutto have landed in a strong points position in the NHRA Division and National Championship chase. Justin Hutto has driven the teams AA/SA 1969 Corvette to a semi-final, 4th round and two 3rd round finishes to rack up some early season points in the NHRA Stock Eliminator category, which is the Hutto’s primary focus for 2021.
Hutto now sits 8th of 104 in NHRA Division 4 Stock Eliminator points, which is a promising position for the amount of races attended: each Sportsman competitor may claim points earned at their first 8 divisional events for a NHRA Division Championship.
Hutto also sits number 27 of 544 in NHRA Stock Eliminator World Championship points without any National Events claimed toward his point total: the best 3 of your first 6 National events are allowed in addition to the best 5 of your first 8 Divisional events for a Sportsman NHRA World Championship.
The team will continue on in hopes of Justin’s best NHRA Division Championship and World Championship finish yet, following a 9th place finish in 2020’s South Central Division (Division 4) Comp Eliminator points chase, placing higher than NHRA pros like Erica Enders and Aaron Stanfield to successfully retire the Green family Comp program.
The next scheduled event for Hutto’s 2021 Stock Eliminator championship campaign is the NHRA Divisional event at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS, July 22-25.
With the Sportsman portion of the NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston postponed to October, the first National event the team will appear at is the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Sept. 1-5, immediately following the teams scheduled NHRA Divisional event in Bowling Green, KY, August 27-29.
From there, the team may keep their racing operation in Indianapolis to economically compete at the NHRA St. Louis National Event before bringing their operation back to the South for a three race stretch comprising the NHRA Oklahoma City Divisional event, the postponed NHRA Spring Nationals (Houston) and NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas.
In addition to a budding NHRA championship campaign, Hutto also intends to make a number of career moves in the industry and bracket race at events in the South Central division throughout the balance of 2021.
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About Justin Hutto Racing: Justin Hutto is a NHRA drag racer from Houston, TX. He began his racing career in 2008 at the young age of 10. In his first two races in a Jr. Dragster, Hutto accomplished runner-up finishes. In 2013, he raced in his first full points series, won three races, the most-improved driver award for the series, and his first championship. The following year he won six races, won the NHRA Jr. Dragster Top Performer Award (national recognition), won two more championships, and qualified for the IHRA World Finals- an invite only event for the top 16 drivers in the world.
In 2015, Hutto moved up to Stock Eliminator and runner-uped in his first IHRA race in the class- he won in his second. He also drove in the Jr. Dragster class that year and won seven races- including a double up victory in Stock and Jr. Dragster.
In 2016, Hutto made multiple final round appearances as he moved into the NHRA side of Stock Eliminator racing. In 2017, he won his first NHRA Divisional in Stock Eliminator and finished 12th out of 107 in the NHRA South Central division.
Since 2018, Hutto has moved up to racing a 195+ mph Comp Eliminator dragster, honored as a member of Drag Illustrated Magazine’s 30 under 30 list, made quarter and semi-final appearances in Comp and Stock Eliminator on the NHRA tour and won AA/SA class Wally’s at three NHRA national events.
His ultimate goal is to race 330+ mph Top Fuel Dragsters professionally while showing what’s possible through consistent work and faith.