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  • Hough, Rupert Blast to Victory at Arizona Nitro Jam


    TUCSON, Ariz. (March 23, 2013) – Last year was a bit of an oddball season for IHRA rookie Kyle Hough.


    Hough was good alright, visiting seven finals and winning the 2012 Nitro Jam Fuel Altered championship all in his first season behind the wheel. But, despite his championship producing season, Hough didn’t collect one victory. Not one.


    That all changed Saturday night.


    Kyle Hough

    Fuel Altered driver Kyle Rough won his first career Nitro Jam Saturday at SIR


    With consistency being key to Hough’s championship during his rookie campaign last season, Saturday Hough put it all on the line and let the numbers do the talking as the Las Vegas, Nevada native blasted to his first career Nitro Jam win behind the wheel of the famed “Nanook” machine at the Arizona Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good Vibrations Motorsports at Southwestern International Raceway.


    Hough joined AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car champion Jason Rupert, also collecting his first Nitro Jam win, and sportsman winners Vern Bolton (Top Dragster), Howard Gerstel (Top), John Nacis (Mod), Grant Jones (Junior Master) and Samantha Barajas (Junior Beginner).


    Hough put together two solid laps on Saturday, blasting past Ron August Jr. in the “Pure Hell” machine in round one and adding another winning pass against the fan-favorite “Arizona Thunder” driven by Mike Hilsabeck. Knowing he had been to this point seven times in 2012 only to come up short, Nanook steered the “Nanook” Fuel Altered right down broadway with a 6.829, 198.52 in the final to collect his first career win over Hilsabeck who ran a 7.081, 160.21. The pair had identical .176 reaction times.


    In the Fuel Altered consolation round Ron Maroney in “Blind Faith” drove around August in the “Pure Hell” entry.



    Jason Rupert collected the win in AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car when opponent Steven Densham went red


    Also picking up his first win on Saturday was California native Jason Rupert in his shiny new “Bays & Rupert” Camaro Funny Car. Rupert, the two-time defending NHRA Heritage Series champion, had the lane all to himself in round one against a broke Mike Halstead and used a red light from Steven Densham in the “Teachers Pet” Camaro to collect his first career Ironman. John Hale in the “Nitro Boss” Mustang won the consolation pairing over Halstead and the “Candies & Hughes” team with the best Funny Car pass of the night, a solid 5.903, 247.02


    Saturday’s other big winner was Indianapolis, Indiana native Bruce Litton who drove his Top Fuel machine to two easy wins over Curt Eierdam in the “Invader” jet-powered dragster. While Eierdam closed the night with the fastest speed of the weekend, Litton’s 8,000 horsepower machine was too much off the line and easily coasted across the finish line for two round wins.


    In sportsman action Roswell, New Mexico’s Vern Bolton went four big rounds on Saturday to win the Top Dragster shootout, defeating Tucson’s own Tom Koenen in the final with a near-perfect .001 light and a 7.92 on a 7.963 dial at 156.77 miles per hour.


    Top winner Howard Gerstel, of Sahuarita, Arizona, drove his unique 1975 Ford Pinto six rounds on Saturday to pick up a win over Luis Martin who broke out, while John Nacis of Huachuca, Arizona won in Mod over Bruce Stone with a 10.80 on an 11.292 dial at 97.76 mph in his ’68 Chevy Camaro.



    Bruce Litton brought the sold out crowd to its feet Saturday at Southwestern International Raceway


    Rounding out Saturday’s big winners were Grant Jones who defeated Gabriel Brown in the Junior 13-17 category and Samantha Barajas who defeated Keeli Tatge in the Junior 8-12 category.


    Next up for Nitro Jam is a trip to San Antonio Raceway for the biggest U.S.-based Nitro Jam of the year. Featuring Top Fuel Dragster, AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Fuel Altered, Nitro Harley, jet dragsters, jet funny cars, the 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet truck, wheelstanders, fireworks and more, the San Antonio Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good Vibrations Motorsports promises to be a night fans won’t soon forget.


    The San Antonio Nitro Jam is April 5-6 at San Antonio Raceway. For tickets visit www.nitrojam.com.


    IHRA2013LogoAbout IHRA Motorsports

    Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) promotes professional, semi-professional and local level racing for drivers of all levels. The Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is a North American professional drag racing series comprised of events in major cities throughout the United States and Canada. The IHRA also oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL and Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL. For more information on IHRA Motorsports visit www.ihra.com.

  • 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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