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  • Dina Parise Racing debuts Stella at IHRA Nitro Jam

    Dina Parise Racing debuts Stella at IHRA Nitro Jam

    Palm Beach

    ‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm!’~ Winston Churchill. One thing the Dina Parise Team is certainly not lacking is enthusiasm. For that matter the team continues to make strides with their new Cadillac CTS-V Pro Mod Stella. No outing is ever considered a failure, it is considered a learning experience.

    “We are making steady progress with Stella”, Stated Andrew Parise. “She (Stella) has lived up to her stubborn Italian namesake (Dina’s grandmother). So, that stubbornness is not foreign to me, but I do know how to get a handle on it! I’m positive her stubbornness will be advantageous in the end! ” He laughs.

    The DPR team is running the IHRA Nitro Jam, Crower Racing Racing Products Pro Mod series. The first two stops were Bradenton Motorsports Park and Palm Beach International Raceway.

    The racing report for Stella the Cadillac at IHRA Nitro Jam Crower Pro Mod at Bradenton Motorsports Park was for sure less than stellar. Stella was plagued with mechanical issues all weekend long. The DPR crew worked continuously throughout the event to rectify the issue, but to no avail.

    “Just when you think you are making progress, BAM… something comes up and bites you”, Stated Dina Parise. “My crew is the absolute best! They worked their tails off! But I do need to thank Crower Racing Products (Don, Louis and the gang), Pluchino Racing, Dave Tomasino, Hank Williams and everyone else who pitched in to help. It was a valiant effort to get Stella down the track.”

    If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again! The Dina Parise Racing team did just that. Next it was on to IHRA Nitro Jam Crower Pro Mod at Palm Beach International Raceway. Dina qualified 5th with a 6.442 sec. /213.30MPH. Not a stellar number by any means but the bugs had left the Cadillac! It was ultimately a first round loss for DPR, but in the scheme of things progress was made.

    “Stella left great and I was with Jimmy (Keen) until about ½ track. At that point Stella headed for the wall and I had to get out of it.” Said Dina. “I just had to watch him blow by me. I really wanted that win light for my crew. Andrew (Parise), Butch (Branzelle) and Dave (Jordan). They worked so hard. We will get them in Cordova!”

    Next stop on the IHRA Nitro Jam tour is Cordova International Raceway May 29-30 for the Summer Nationals! The DPR team is looking forward to more head to head Crower Pro mod action! Head out to the track to take in the action! Not near there? Well, you can watch the Live feed ! Just head to IHRA.com and click on the ‘Live webcast’ for Nitro Jam!

    People always ask how the DPR team can get out there to do what they do. Of course their Marketing Partners are the key to DPR’s success! The DPR team works hard to keep their Advertisers happy! Check out the Advertisers and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all! Thank you to NGK, LAT Racing Oils, USA Auto Supply, DJ Safety, Stainless Works, Speedwire Systems, Hoosier Racing Tire and CRC Industries for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners  for all their websites and details! Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner as well! Let DPR work for you!

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    ** The team would like to wish Cale Aronson a speedy recovery! **

    Story by DPR

    Photos : Holloway Sanders/ Roger Richards

  • 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season opens this weekend at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson

    The International Hot Rod Association’s 2015 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season will open this weekend at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz.


    The fifth annual Good Vibrations Motorsports Southwestern Nationals presented by Budweiser – featuring the fastest cars and the biggest stars in the sport of drag racing – will take place on Friday and Saturday. Gates will open both days at 9 a.m. The Nitro Jam (Nitro Funny Cars, CIFCA Funny Cars, Pro Stocks, Nitro Harleys and Jet Cars) will start at 4 p.m. each day. Tickets are $25 for adults on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Kids tickets are $10 each day. Fans may save $5 by purchasing their tickets in advance at www.nitrojam.com.


    Southwestern International Raceway (www.raceswir) is located at 12000 S. Houghton Rd. in Tucson.


    The annual IHRA Nitro Jam season-opener continues to grow. This year’s Good Vibrations Motorsports Southwestern Nationals presented by Budweiser will feature the largest fields in the history of the event as the stars of the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley and Jet Dragster classes will converge on southern Arizona.
    Southwestern International Raceway is expecting a large field of AMSOIL Nitro Funny Cars and California Independent Funny Car Association (CIFCA) entries. At least 20 of the best nostalgia racers in the country will burn up the quarter-mile drag strip at speeds in excess of 260 miles per hour.
    Among the Nitro Funny Car stars expected in Tucson are the top five drivers from the 2014 IHRA championship standings, including defending IHRA champion Jason Rupert in the Bays & Rupert Black Plague Camaro. Other drivers scheduled to compete include “Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders, Mike “McAttack” McIntire and Tim Boychuk in the “Forever Forward” Pontiac.
    The Nitro Jam event also will feature the U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stocks (including defending champion Cary Goforth), Nitro Harleys and Jet Dragsters.
    The IHRA pit experience allows fans to tour the pit area, meet the drivers and take part in a number of fun family activities, including the Larsen Motorsports Jet Technology Center. A special attraction this year is the renowned Hollywood Cars of the Stars collection from the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection. The exhibit will include famous television and motion picture cars including the TV Batmobile from 1966, the General Lee Dodge Charger from theDukes of Hazzard TV series and the DeLorean time machine from the 1985 cinema hit, Back to the Future.


    For more information on the Good Vibrations Southwestern Nationals presented by Budweiser, please visit www.nitrojam.com.
    For more information, please contact the IHRA at (419) 663-6666 or visit www.IHRA.com. Follow IHRA and Nitro Jam on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Bealko collects first career Ironman at IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals at US 131


    MARTIN, Mich. (August 9, 2014) – For the past seven years, Kevin Bealko has played second fiddle on his own race team.

    Not anymore.

    After nearly a decade of success in the world of Pro Stock, just not in his own car, Bealko finally broke through with his first career Mountain Motor Pro Stock victory Saturday night in front of a jam-packed crowd at the IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park.


    Kevin Bealko won his first career race Saturday at US 131 Motorsports Park

    Bealko bested No. 1 qualifier and the quickest man all weekend, Scott Hintz, to collect his first career Ironman trophy, doing so on a holeshot as the entire Black Diamond Motorsports team gathered on the starting line to witness the occasion. Joining Bealko in the winner’s circle on Saturday were Ron Maroney (Nitro Altered), Randal Andras (Nitro Harley), Marisha Falk (Jet Dragster) and Dom Lagana (Top Fuel) as the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season winds down with only one race remaining on the tour.

    “This means a heck of a lot to me. I have never been able to win a Pro Stock race in all these years of trying and to do it here today in this division, with these great racers, on the quarter-mile and right here in Michigan where John (DeFlorian) got his first win a few years back, is just tremendous,” Bealko said. “The whole gang has done a wonderful job for us, we are fortunate to have them. I just strap in and drive this thing; they deserve all the credit here.”

    The Black Diamond Motorsports team, headed by Bealko, has enjoyed a great deal of success since it was founded in 2007. The team has won multiple races, set a number of world records and has been a force in the world of Pro Stock for the past several seasons. But a lot of that success has resided with Bealko’s teammate, Missouri native John DeFlorian, and not with Bealko himself.


    Bealko eliminated Hintz, Goforth and Berner on his way to the win

    On Saturday, however, Bealko had his own moment in the spotlight as the Bridgeport, W.Va. native drove the AMSOIL-sponsored Black Diamond Motorsports 2014 Chevrolet Camaro to the winner’s circle in dramatic fashion. Going up against top qualifier Scott Hintz in the final, Bealko got the jump on the line with a .039 reaction time to a .085 and used that narrow margin to edge his opponent with a 6.289-second pass at 222.13 mph. Hintz ran a 6.280 at 223.60 in the runner-up effort.

    “There are just so many people to thank. My wife, she has put up with a lot these past few years, AMSOIL has been great to us and we think the world of their product and IHRA has just been magnificent. This has been the best drag racing experience I have ever had running with a great organization like IHRA,” Bealko said.

    Bealko added wins over Pete Berner and Cary Goforth on his way to the victory.

    “The car has been great lately. We had to tweak it a bit on day one when it was brand new, but slowly we have been getting the balance right on it,” Bealko said. “We have strived to win one of these with our second car for a while and now that we have done it, it is a pretty good feeling. The Lord has blessed us in a big way.”

    Ron Maroney was Saturday’s other big winner as the driver of the “Blind Faith” Nitro Altered collected his third win of the year and, more importantly, locked up his second career Nitro Altered championship.


    Randal Andras made his bid for the Nitro Harley title with another win

    Maroney was quickest in class for most of the weekend and entered the finals as the fast car from round one. In the final, Maroney drew Kyle Hough and dominated from starting line to finish line with a 6.382-second pass at 217.95 mph. Hough had a 6.899 at 162.48 as he just missed collecting his first win of the season.

    With the win, Maroney locked up his second IHRA Nitro Altered championship, winning his first back in 2010 running in the very same car Hough drove in Martin.

    “It is exciting to get our second championship. They both mean a lot to me, but they are also very different,” Maroney said. “I love the Hough family to death and they gave me that opportunity to drive the ‘Nanook’ car, a car I grew up idolizing, to win a championship. Now, to win it in my own car, a car that my wife and I own 100 percent, is really special.”

    Maroney’s victory capped a wild weekend in the nostalgia class as three different teams had run-ins with the wall while others took out timing blocks and traded lanes, a trademark of the class.

    “It was a great weekend, but it was a weekend that really showed what these Altereds are all about. We went out and ran 6.20s on one pass, then the next pass we are taking out cones while other guys are hitting the wall. Then we come back and run 6.30s right down the center,” Maroney said. “You just never know what these things are going to do. Sometimes they go straight as an arrow and sometimes you are just along for the ride.”


    Ron Maroney survived a thrilling weekend in Nitro Altered

    Troy Martin and Shane Harter collected consolation round wins to close out the Nitro Altered class.

    IHRA’s other major eliminator, Nitro Harley, was won by Louisiana native Randal Andras as the championship battle in the nitro-powered motorcycle class reaches new heights. Any one of four drivers will have an opportunity to clinch the title in Memphis in two months.

    Andras made his case for the Nitro Harley championship with his second win of the season, besting Mike Pelrine in the final. Andras had little trouble powering down the US 131 quarter-mile with a 6.857 at 220.15 pass in the final, while Pelrine ran into trouble and had to shut it off early.

    Andras added wins over Jim Fagan and Alvin Kobernusz on his way to the win.

    Dom Lagana ceremoniously welcomed Top Fuel Dragster back to the IHRA Nitro Jam lineup over the weekend as the younger of the two Lagana brothers swept the weekend, taking all four round wins over his brother Bobby.


    Dom Lagana bested his brother Bobby all four passes

    To cap the weekend, Dom had passes of 4.664 at 306.27 and 4.835 at 243.71 to seal the win.

    Finally in Jet Dragster, Marisha Falk placed the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University jet-powered dragster in the winner’s circle as the Florida native dominated the class from start to finish. Falk was the top qualifier on Friday and used that momentum to eliminate Allison West and Elaine Larsen for her third Ironman of the season. Falk had a 5.744 at 278.17 in the final, just edging Larsen’s 5.799 at 275.38.

    The IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will return to action October 10-11 at Memphis International Raceway for the season finale at the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals featuring the Nitro Jam Nationals.



    Martin, Mich. – Final results from the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park

    Top Fuel Dragster – Dom Lagana, Scarsdale, N.Y., dragster, 4.835, 243.71 def. Bobby Lagana Jr., Scarsdale, N.Y., dragster, 5.266, 206.26

    Pro Stock – Kevin Bealko, Bridgeport, W.Va., ’14 Camaro, 6.2899, 222.13 def. Scott Hintz, Odessa, Texas, ’13 Mustang, 6.280, 223.60

    Nitro Harley – Randal Andras, Amelia, La., motorcycle, 6.857, 220.15 def. Mike Pelrine, Bruderheim, Alb., motorcycle, 9.075, 102.89

    Nitro Altered – Ron Maroney, Chandler, Ariz., ’32 Bantam, 6.382, 217.95 def. Kyle Hough, Las Vegas, Nev., ’23 Ford T, 6.899, 162.48

    Jet Dragster – Marisha Falk, Port Orange, Fla., 5.744, 278.17 def. Elaine Larsen, Port Orange, Fla., 5.799, 275.38


    Martin, Mich. – Final round-by-round results from the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park

    Top Fuel Dragster

    Round 1 – Dom Lagana, 4.664, 306.27 def. Bobby Lagana Jr., 4.881, 322.53

    Final – Dom Lagana, 4.835, 243.71 def. Bobby Lagana, 5.266, 206.26

    Pro Stock

    Round 1 – Scott Hintz, 6.301, 223.53 def. Dean Goforth, 6.295, 222.29; Todd Hoerner, 6.356, 221.44 def. John DeFlorian, 6.396, 220.15; Cary Goforth, 6.354, 220.37 def. Matt Bertsch, 6.402, 218.96; Kevin Bealko, 6.355, 219.19 def. Pete Berner, 6.378, 219.07

    Semis – Bealko, 6.365, 212.88 def. Goforth, broke; Hintz, 6.297, 221.45 def. Hoerner, 6.346, 221.13

    Final – Bealko, 6.289, 221.21 def. Scott Hintz, 6.280, 223.60

    Nitro Harley

    Round 1 – Mike Pelrine, 6.897, 159.65 def. Jay Turner, 8.202, 107.53; Mark Cox, 6.476, 215.11 def. Lyle Newton 7.740, 131.42; Randal Andras, 6.418, 217.91 def. Jim Fagan 7.273, 186.71; Alvin Kobernusz, 7.389, 153.69 def. Mike Scott, 10.613, 85.06

    Semis – Pelrine, 6.380, 206.17 def. Cox, foul; Andras, 6.368, 228.97 def. Kobernusz, 7.230, 163.11

    Final – Andras, 6.857, 220.15 def. Pelrine, 9.075, 102.89

    Nitro Altered

    Round 1 – Ron Maroney, 6.205, 221.28 def. Troy Ray, no time; Kyle Hough, 6.250, 227.00 def. Shane Harter 6.408, 207.02; Don Blackshear, 6.600, 216.16 def. Troy Martin, DQ

    Consolation – Martin, 6.284, 204.16 def. Ray, 8.990, 148.57; Harter, 6.382, 220.14 def. Blackshear, 7.154, 141.14

    Final – Maroney, 6.382, 217.95 def. Hough, 6.899, 162.48

    Jet Dragster

    Round 1 – Marisha Falk, 5.780, 274.96 def. Allison West, 6.044, 195.54; Elaine Larsen, 5.851, 271.41 def. Kat Moller, 6.026, 264.22

    Consolation – West, 6.009, 199.75 def. Moller, foul

    Final – Falk, 5.744, 278.17 def. Larsen, 5.799, 275.38

  • IHRA Summit World Finals get underway October 11-12


    For the first time ever at Memphis International Raceway the IHRA Nitro Jam professional drag racing series will make its debut as the fastest, most exciting racecars in the world do battle at over 320 miles per hour!


    Nitro Jam will make its debut at Memphis International Raceway Friday and Saturday night with a nitro-powered show featuring Top Fuel Dragster, AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Fuel Altered and Nitro Harley, plus the return of Grave Digger to the dragstrip as the world’s most famous monster truck takes on the 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet-powered ’57 Chevy.


    Highlighting Nitro Jam will be the return of six-time IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Clay Millican to the IHRA as he battles longtime rival Bruce Litton.


    Millican won six consecutive IHRA Top Fuel championships from 2001-2006, winning 52 races and visiting more than 60 finals during that span. He won 68 percent of the races during his six-year reign atop the IHRA Top Fuel world including recording an amazing 21 wins in 24 races in a two year span. He also set both ends of the IHRA Top Fuel world record and was the very first IHRA driver to dip into the 4.40s on the quarter-mile.


    And the man that was runner-up during nearly all of those Millican wins was Bruce Litton. Litton is IHRA’s second most decorated Top Fuel competitor with one championship coming in 2007 and the fifth most wins in IHRA history under the previous IHRA format. Under the new Nitro Jam system Litton has added even more wins to his resume.


    From 2002 to 2004 Millican and Litton met in the finals of Top Fuel 17 times, including nine meetings in 12 races in 2002 alone.


    But that isn’t all. The 2013 IHRA Summit World Finals will feature one of the most exciting nostalgia funny car races of the season as four of the top competitors in the country do battle in Memphis.


    IHRA’s winningest Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car competitor Peter Gallen and the “Poverty Stricken” team will make their Memphis debut alongside Mike Minick in the “Chi-Town Hustler,” Greg Jacobsmeyer in the “All-Star Dodge” and the world famous “Candies & Hughes” team.


    Rounding out the nitro portion of the schedule are two of the most famous and out-of-control nostalgia Fuel Altereds in the world headed by defending Nitro Jam World Champion Kyle Hough in the “Nanook” machine and Ron Hope in “Rat Trap”. Daredevil Jay Turner and the “big pig” Nitro Harley will also be in action in a battle of side-by-side 220 mph motorcycles.


    The 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet-powered truck will bring the evening to a close as the flame-throwing machines goes head-to-head with the most recognizable name in all of motorsports – Grave Digger.


    Fireworks and an incredible pyrotechnics display will close the evening.






    This weekend the battle for the 2013 IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Championships officially get underway in Memphis, Tennessee as the best drivers from across North America hit the track at the Summit World Finals October 11-12 at Memphis International Raceway.


    At the center of this huge weekend of racing are IHRA’s two championship tournaments – the Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions and the Summit SuperSeries. A total of 10 championships will be on the line during these two races as well as over $200,000 in cash and prizes.


    In the Summit Tournament of Champions, 117 drivers from 20 states and five Canadian provinces will represent their divisions as the best drivers from the 2013 IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour. The drivers will be competing for a world championship in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod.


    A total of 16 former IHRA World Champions will make up this year’s field of top three finishers on the Summit Pro-Am Tour, including six of last year’s seven world champions. 47 drivers are in the tournament for the second year in row while 10 drivers will have more than one opportunity to take home a championship by qualifying in multiple classes. Those drivers competing for a championship in multiple classes are Steve Dweck, Brett Nesbitt, Chad Traylor, Darcy Clarke, Mark Faul, Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Mark Miles, Laramie Reid, Vernon Rowland and Mike Shannon.






    To kick off the International Hot Rod Association’s biggest race of the season, the IHRA and Memphis International Raceway will hold a press conference and fan celebration on Thursday, October 10 at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street to ring in the 2013 IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals.


    The media day and fan celebration will include displays from IHRA’s biggest stars including the Top Fuel Dragsters of Clay Millican and Bruce Litton, the world famous Grave Digger monster truck, the legendary Rat Trap Fuel Altered, Chase Huffman’s PCD Wraps and Graphics sponsored Quick Rod dragster and more.


    A press conference will take place at 2 p.m. inside the Hard Rock Café, with speakers including IHRA Motorsports CEO Jason Rittenberry, six-time IHRA Top Fuel World Champion and west Tennessee native Clay Millican and opponent Bruce Litton, Grave Digger’s Randy Brown and more. Refreshments will be served during the event.






    In what can only be described as the “biggest” drag race in IHRA history, fans at the 2013 IHRA Summit World Finals will get to see the world’s most powerful truck, the 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet-powered truck, take on the world’s most famous truck, the legendary Grave Digger.


    And what a race it will be.


    In one lane you have the Super Shockwave jet truck. Producing 30,000 horsepower and 12,500 pounds of thrust from two J34-48 jet engines that eat nearly 80 gallons of diesel fuel per run, the Super Shockwave has been clocked at over 370 miles per hour from a standing start making it one of the fastest trucks in the world.


    In the other lane is Grave Digger. Housed under a 1950-style Chevrolet body, Grave Digger weighs nearly 12,000 pounds and produces over 2,000 horsepower from its 575 cubic inch Chevrolet Big Block engine. Standing at nearly 12 feet tall with 66 inch tall, 43 inch wide tires, Digger makes its presence felt when it pulls onto any track.


    And while the two machines have very few similarities and are designed for two totally different forms of racing, they both share one very common characteristic – when they pull onto the track, fans take notice.






    Thanks to a collaborative effort between the International Hot Rod Association and Motor Mania TV, the IHRA is pleased to announce that the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals from Memphis International Raceway will be broadcast live exclusively on IHRA.com the weekend of October 11-12.


    Both days of the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals will be broadcast live through a special partnership with Motor Mania TV as the Summit SuperSeries, the Summit Tournament of Champions and the complete Nitro Jam professional show will all be seen live and uncut throughout the weekend on IHRA.com.


    Last year the live broadcast received over 35,000 views from 25 different countries and from as far away as Russia all tuning in live to watch the IHRA crown its champions.

  • Canada’s biggest drag race returns to Edmonton July 5-7


    The 2013 IHRA Nitro Jam series returns to Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta July 5-7 for the MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports. This exciting 1/4 mile competition is the biggest drag race in Canada and will feature racing in over a dozen different classes with professional and sportsman racing taking place all three days.


    Here is what’s making headlines entering this weekend’s race:


    EVENT: MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports


    SUMMIT PRO-AM DIVISION: Division 6 Border Bandits


    WHERE: Castrol Raceway | 10 Minutes south of Edmonton. Highway 19 and Highway 2, Nisku, Alberta, Canada


    WHEN: July 5-7


    CONTACT: (780) 461-5801 | www.castrolraceway.com


    MEDIA DAY: Thursday, July 4 @ The Canadian Brewhouse from 4-7 p.m. | 9538 Ellerslie Road, Edmonton, Alberta, T6X 0K6






    Edmonton native and Funny Car ace Tim Boychuk will be going for his fourth consecutive win at his home race this weekend.


    Based right down the road from the track, Boychuk has made a name for himself in the nostalgia Funny Car ranks over the past few years setting records and winning some of the biggest races in the sport including taking home the famed March Meet crown at Bakersfield, California earlier this year. But nowhere has Boychuk been better than at the track where he got his drag racing start.


    Over the past three years Boychuk has dispatched of Andy Beauchemin, Michael Grekul and Jim Obalek in the AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car finals to take wins in the only qualified-field Funny Car competition on the Nitro Jam schedule. Boychuk also took a runner-up finish in Top Fuel in 2010.


    This year’s competition will without a doubt be Boychuk’s toughest yet as he squares off against a stout field of competitors including three-time IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Paul Romine in the “Power Steel” Camaro and the famed “Candies & Hughes” Funny Car team and March Meet runner-up Mark Sanders.


    Fans will be in for a treat if Boychuk can once again take home the Ironman in the biggest IHRA race of the year.






    Speaking of Funny Car competition, if you haven’t heard three-time IHRA Top Fuel World Champion and recent nostalgia Funny Car star Paul Romine will be coming out of retirement and traveling from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana to Edmonton to compete in his first race in over a year.


    Romine received a call from Jim Broome, owner of the famed “Candies & Hughes” Funny Car team, earlier this year to drive his newly acquired “Power Steel” Camaro and Romine happily obliged. After taking a mini-retirement from the sport, Romine will return to action this weekend alongside his “Candies & Hughes” teammate as one of the most iconic Funny Car teams in the sport travel to Edmonton to battle Tim Boychuk and western Canada’s best racers.


    Adding to the excitement, Romine will be reuniting with his old crew as he teams with longtime tuner Mike Cavalieri and crewman John Bullard – both of whom have played pivotal roles with Romine over the years – as the team tries to get the “Power Steel” Camaro up to snuff against a very tough field in IHRA’s only qualified Funny Car competition of the season.


    “We are getting the band back together,” Romine said. “It has been a little while since the last time I was behind the wheel, but with these guys I am sure we can get the car and myself up to speed pretty quickly. Mike used to help me with the Funny Car and John has been with me forever and having those guys with me up in Edmonton will make for a pretty awesome weekend.”






    Hall of Fame crew chief and Edmonton native Bernie Fedderly, long associated with legendary Funny Car driver John Force, has been named the Grand Marshal for the upcoming IHRA MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations.


    Fedderly, who retired from racing earlier this year, spent more than two decades with John Force Racing where he served alongside Austin Coil in guiding Force to 15 NHRA Funny Car championships. Fedderly was elected into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame in March and the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1996.


    Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Fedderly has been around drag racing for more than 40 years. He broke onto the scene in 1980 when he guided Terry Capp to a victory at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and went on to win more than 100 national events with six different drivers in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.


    With his Edmonton roots and longtime association with Castrol, Fedderly will serve as Grand Marshal for one of Canada’s biggest motorsports events, the International Hot Rod Association’s MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nationals set for July 5-7 at Castrol Raceway.






    One of the things that makes the MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals so special is the unique lineup of racers and racecars. Between professional and sportsman competitors over a dozen different classes will fill the lanes this weekend including one of the wildest assortments of show cars found anywhere in the sport.


    Professional competition will be conducted in Top Fuel Dragster, AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Fuel Altered, Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car and more.


    In addition to all of the racing, the 2013 Rocky Mountain Nationals will also feature one of the biggest shows in the history of the event.


    Multiple wheelstanders, jet dragsters and even a pair of jet trucks will join Alcohol Funny Cars, wheelstanding Police Cars and more. It will be a nice complement to an already stellar lineup of racing!






    One of the oldest rivalries in all of IHRA drag racing is that between Top Fuel veterans Bruce Litton and Bobby Lagana Jr.


    The two have competed against one another for over a decade, each winning multiple races and even a few championships during that span. But this year the two haven’t seen much of each other – that is until this weekend.


    Lagana and Litton will renew their age-old rivalry at Castrol Raceway as the two Top Fuel pilots, both winners of this event in the past, will join Kyle Wurtzel and a fourth Top Fuel team in an old-fashioned 320 mile-per-hour shootout to determine the fastest racer on the property. Last year it was Litton, who will take this year’s showdown?






    Over the past few years one of the most popular classes to emerge from the Rocky Mountain Nationals is the similarly named Rocky Mountain Funny Car group.


    What began as an exhibition class at this event several years ago has grown into an integral part of the Edmonton event as the racers, from all across western Canada and the United States, travel to Castrol Raceway in their unique assortment of race vehicles looking for a shot at their biggest win of the year.


    Racing on an index, these wild-bodied race cars qualify and compete in a 16-car field with the winner taking bragging rights for the year. And to add to the excitement – you never really know who is going to take the win.


    Last year’s Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car race was marred with upsets as No. 13 qualifier Shane Reykdal went on a tear eliminating one contender after another – including top qualifier David Brant – to eventually take home the win over Troy Sitko.

  • Pittsburgh Nitro Jam Fact Sheet

    NEW ALEXANDRIA, Pa. (May 29, 2012) – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Nitro Jam series returns to Pittsburgh Raceway Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. on June 1-2 for the Pittsburgh Nitro Jam.


    This year’s Pittsburgh Nitro Jam features multiple professional and sportsman classes spread over the two-day weekend. The 2012 Pittsburgh Nitro Jam will feature professional competition in Pro Fuel Dragster, AMSOIL Prostalgia™ Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley and Fuel Altered. The event will also feature multiple exhibitions including the 30,000 horsepower Shockwave jet-powered semi and the return of the legendary Grave Digger monster truck.


    The weekend will also include a double Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL event with competition in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod. Pro-Am points will be awarded Saturday and Sunday and winners during Saturday’s Nitro Jam portion of the weekend will earn a spot in the year-end Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL.


    This is the fourth race of the 2012 IHRA Nitro Jam season with championship points on the line in all professional classes. A spot in the year-end Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions is on the line for racers in the sportsman classes on Saturday.



    WHAT: The Pittsburgh Nitro Jam is the fourth race of the 2012 IHRA Nitro Jam season.


    The event will include four professional classes including Pro Fuel Dragster, AMSOIL Prostalgia™ Nitro Funny Car, Fuel Altered and Nitro Harley, multiple sportsman classes including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod and thrilling exhibitions including Grave Digger, the Shockwave jet-powered semi and more.


    WHEN: Friday-Saturday, June 1-2


    WHERE: Pittsburgh Raceway Park – 538 Stone Jug Road, New Alexandria, PA 15670


    TICKETS: Available at the gate day of show or in advance at www.nitrojam.com. Tickets are $25 for adults day of show ($5 off in advance) and $10 for kids ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.


    CONTACT: Call Pittsburgh Raceway Park at (724) 668-7600 or visit www.nitrojam.com orwww.pittsburghracewaypark.com. For media requests, contact Larry Crum with IHRA Communications at (304) 812-0104 or at lcrum@feldinc.com.



    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)


    FRIDAY: Spectator gates open @ 2 p.m.; FanFest Pit Party @ 6:30 p.m.; Nitro Jam @ 8 p.m.


    SATURDAY: Sportsman Racing @ 9 a.m.; Spectator gates open @ 2 p.m.; FanFest Pit Party @ 5:30 p.m.; Nitro Jam @ 7 p.m.


    SUNDAY: Sportsman Racing @ 9 p.m.


    2011 PITTSBURGH NITRO JAM WINNERS: Pro Fuel – Robin Samsel (Fri) & Mike Manners (Sat); Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car – Peter Gallen (Fri) & Mike McIntire (Sat); Nitro Harley – Jay Turner (Fri) & Mike Scott (Sun)


    2011 PITTSBURGH PRO-AM WINNERS: Top Sportsman – Mike Sowards & Doug Gbur; Top Dragster – Will Crawford & Josh Rietscha; Super Stock – Pete D’Agnolo & Craig Marshall; Stock – Jim Boburka & Brent Darroch; Quick Rod – Kathy Fisher & Jeremy Mason; Super Rod – David Moore (2); Hot Rod – Ricky Roe & Greg Fowler



  • Kyle Hough finally handed keys to fast family ride set to make Nanook debut at Arizona San Antonio events

    TUCSON, Ariz. (March 16, 2012) – There is nothing cooler as a kid than finally getting the keys to the family car.


    Whether an old station wagon, truck, fixer-upper or, if you are lucky, a fancy new ride, the feeling of finally getting behind the wheel is one of both extreme exhilaration and overwhelming freedom.


    But what if the family car you have been waiting for your whole life isn’t your typical grocery getter? What if your first car requires safety harnesses and a roll cage? That is where 19-year-old Kyle Hough comes into the picture. Your typical teenager in just about every way, Kyle is smart, charismatic and, by the way, just so happens to drive a 230 mile per hour nitro machine in his spare time.


    Kyle Hough will take over the famous Nanook beginning at the Arizona Nitro Jam March 23-24


    Not exactly your typical first car, that is for sure.


    As it turns out Kyle is the grandson of legendary racer Dave Hough, the original driver of the famous Nanook Fuel Altered, and the son of second generation Nanook racer Rick Hough. And ever since he was a boy Kyle has been patiently awaiting his turn to get behind the wheel of one of the most famous drag racing vehicles ever to grace the quarter-mile and continue the family business of entertaining thousands of race fans around the world.


    “My earliest memories are of my father driving that car for the very first time in 1999,” Hough recalls. “From that moment on I have simply been waiting for my turn. When I was about 13 I started to actually tear into the motor and work on the car and that just pushed me even further. I knew this was for me and I knew I wanted to drive.”


    The Nanook Fuel Altered first debuted in 1965 with veteran racer Dave Hough behind the wheel. Hough campaigned the wild machine across the United States, Canada, Mexico and even England, setting records and winning races around the world. One of those records, an incredible 6.18 second elapsed time at 236 mph back in 1977, stood for over a decade.


    Born into a racing family, Kyle has been preparing for his time in the spotlight since he was a kid


    Dave drove the car off and on for the better part of 34 years before his son Rick took over the famous ride in 1999. Rick too had plenty of success behind the wheel of the Nanook, but an unfortunate accident at Gainesville in 2006 forced him to retire from driving prematurely.


    With the Hough family unfortunately unable to continue to drive the legend that they created, they handed over pilot duties to other family members and eventually Ron Maroney at the end of 2010. With a new fulltime home for the class on the Nitro Jam tour beginning in 2011, Maroney campaigned Nanook in its first full season and did incredible things behind the wheel, racking up five wins and piloting the car to its first championship in its maiden Nitro Jam voyage.


    But while Maroney was taking Nanook to new heights, third generation racer Kyle was busy behind the scenes making training passes with the goal of one day taking over his family’s famous ride. And after 46 years of racing, eight versions of Nanook and multiple wins in multiple countries, Kyle will finally get his chance to do something few have done before him when he debuts behind the wheel of Nanook at the Arizona Nitro Jam March 23-24 at Southwestern International Raceway with a full season of Nitro Jam racing ahead.


    Last year Ron Maroney piloted Nanook to the 2011 Nitro Jam championship


    “I have always dreamed of driving the car after my grandfather and father and I knew my day would eventually come,” Hough said. “I just didn’t think it would come this fast! It means so much to be a third generation racer. I believe I am one of the only third generation drivers out there that is driving the same car that my grandfather and father both drove.


    “It means a lot to me and my family, but it also says a lot about the sport. Drag racing is a family game and I am honored to be a part of it.”


    To prepare for his big debut, Kyle spent the better part of his childhood behind the wheel of a Junior Dragster with hopes of one day taking over the green and brown monster. Kyle also spent a lot of time behind the scenes, traveling with the team and working on the car. With every victory and every defeat, Kyle had an opportunity to experience life as a racer from a very early age. After making a few test passes, Kyle finally got his license in 2010 and has made roughly 16 passes between the two variations of the car. Kyle’s best run to date is a 6.41, 228 at Bakersfield in September.


    Now Kyle will try to fill the shoes of his famous family in addition to the big aspirations of the car Maroney just got through piloting to the championship last year. And he will waste little time getting acclimated to his surroundings. Kyle will be behind the wheel at all eight Nitro Jam events on the 2012 season, competing against other famous Fuel Altereds such as Pure Hell, Bradford’s Fiat, Pure Heaven, Rat Trap and even Blind Faith driven by, you guessed it, defending champ Ron Maroney.


    “I am very excited for my debut and a little nervous at the same time,” Hough said. “I just want to go out and make a great first pass and put on a show for the fans. Win or lose it is all for the fans. They are the reason this family keeps racing. So putting on a show for them will be my biggest goal.”


    And fans won’t have to wait long to see as Kyle and Nanook to start the year as Kyle prepares for back-to-back races in Arizona and Texas to start the 2012 season at the Arizona Nitro Jam March 23-24 followed by the San Antonio Nitro Jam March 30-31.


    “My family and I would like to thank IHRA for bringing Fuel Altereds back so that fans all over America can see them run again,” Hough said. “We look forward to 2012 and putting on a great show for the fans and for IHRA.”


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  • IHRA to add more benefits for sportsman racers at Nitro Jam events in 2012

    NORWALK, Ohio (November 30, 2011) – In an effort to add to the benefits of IHRA sportsman racing on the national level the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is pleased to announce a new sportsman structure at most IHRA Nitro Jam national events in 2012.

    Beginning next season select IHRA Nitro Jam events, which for now includes San Antonio Raceway, State Capitol Raceway, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, Rocky Mountain Raceways, Castrol Raceway and U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, will feature a double Summit Pro-Am held in conjunction with the Nitro Jam professional show with a chance to qualify for the Summit Tournament of Champions and national event contingency still a major part of the racing weekend. The move will allow the IHRA to further feature its sportsman classes on the national level and give racers more racing opportunity for their travel budget. Continue reading  Post ID 9046

  • Maroney pilots legendary ‘Nanook’ to first championship

    NORWALK, Ohio (September 9, 2011) – There is nothing quite like meeting your idol.

    Richard Petty, Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan – all legends that most
    kids dream of having the opportunity to meet. But what happens when you actually get
    to walk in the shoes of the legend you admire? Continue reading  Post ID 9046