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  • Boychuk gets Edmonton hat trick with three straight


    EDMONTON, Alberta (July 8, 2012) – Three years, three races, three big wins for Tim Boychuk.

    With thousands of Canadian fans filling the stands, Edmonton’s own Tim Boychuk proved the man to beat once again at his hometown track with his third victory in a row at the MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals at Castrol Raceway, giving the driver of the “Troy Lee Designs” ’77 Firebird a natural hat trick at Canada’s premier drag racing event.

    “To win here again is just awesome,” an elated Boychuk said in victory lane. “We have been working and working on this car because it hasn’t been running well and we have had some issues over the past few races. That we were able to get it sorted out and win here again in front of these incredible fans is amazing. I feel confident that we have the car back where we want it.”


    AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car winner Tim Boychuk

    Boychuk qualified No. 5 on the AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car ladder and went three rounds on Sunday defeating Mission, British Columbia’s Jim Obalek in a wild final. Boychuk got off the line first and kept in the throttle in the Funny Car finale as Obalek kissed the wall and darted across the track behind him, falling in line and tailing Boychuk across the finish line.

    “I didn’t know what was going on behind me, but I heard from everyone that it was pretty wild,” Boychuk said. “We were setup for a good run, all I had to do was cut a good light and I managed to do that. It was a big weekend for everyone involved with this team.”

    Joining Boychuk in victory lane at the 10th annual MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals was Scott Palmer (Top Fuel), Randal Andras (Nitro Harley), Tom Padilla (Fuel Altered) and Shane Reykdal (Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car).

    Sunday’s finale also featured a Summit Tournament of Champions qualifier for IHRA competitors and the finale of Division 6 on the Summit Pro-Am Tour. Sunday’s big winners earning a spot in the TOC at Memphis International Raceway in the fall were Randy Modersohn (Edmonton, Alberta) in Top Sportsman, Donna Patterson (Lorette, Manitoba) in Top Dragster, Art Congdon (Calgary, Alberta) in Super Stock, Mark Faul (Tacoma, Wash.) in Stock, Eric Goulden (Airdrie, Alberta) in Quick Rod, Dave Stobbe (Kamloops, British Columbia) in Super Rod and Casey Plaizier (Edmonton, Alberta) in Hot Rod.

    Plaizier, Congdon and Goulden doubled up on the weekend with wins both Saturday and Sunday night.

    Other sportsman winners in Edmonton were Derek Rose in Top ET, Wayne Plester in Mod ET, Ethan Ochitwa in Junior Master, Erick Crooks in Junior Advanced and Dutch Farr in Junior Beginner.

    Boychuk was the fifth fastest car on the nitro Funny Car ladder after two days, running a 6.001/234.98 under the blazing hot conditions in western Canada. On Sunday Boychuk picked it up even more with wins over Jay Mageau and Ken Webster before matching up with Jim Obalek in the “Twig Zeigler” tribute ’69 Satellite in the final.

    In the final Boychuk had a .091 light and ran a 5.972/234.57 in picking up the win, staying just ahead of the near-wreck behind him.


    AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car winner Tim Boychuk

    Nitro Harley provided one of the most competitive races of the weekend as Randal Andras, traveling over 2,000 miles to Alberta from Amelia, La., defeated North Carolina’s Jay Turner in the final. After three incredible days of competition, the final proved a bit anti-climactic as Turner broke on the line and Andras coasted down the quarter-mile with a 6.678/217.53 to keep the trophy for the nitro-powered motorcycle class in the States for the second year in a row.

    Andras’ win also snapped a streak of four consecutive wins by Turner in Nitro Jam competition.

    “We had a great time up here playing with the Canadians. We have a lot of friends up here and they are great to race with,” Andras said. “This was a great place to come race and when you have an event that is this competitive and a crowd that is this big, it makes the trip even more worthwhile.”

    Andras qualified fourth on the Nitro Harley ladder and defeated Joey Stenotti and top qualifier Damian Cownden before meeting Turner in the final. The stout field saw all 10 bikes separated by only two tenths in qualifying and provided some great racing with speeds approaching 230 mph.

    “Coming out here the air was a little bit different from where we race, but we were able to find a decent spot in the motorcycle to make it happy,” Andras said. “We were at the top of qualifying for a while, but that went away quickly as the field got more competitive. The long and short of it is we were able to maintain lane choice which gave us an advantage we needed to get the win.”


    Nitro Harley winner Randal Andras

    This is the second year in a row that a driver from the U.S. has claimed a win in the bike category at Castrol Raceway as Jay Turner took the title in 2011.

    Sunday’s biggest surprise winner was Shane Reykdal from Edmonton in Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car. Reykdal qualified 13th on the ladder and provided four upset wins on Sunday on his way to picking up his first career Ironman in one of the most unique classes on the Nitro Jam tour found only in Edmonton.

    Reykdal had wins over Arvid Fonstad and Ron Sekura in the 6.99 index class before meeting top qualifier David Brant in the semifinals as Brant broke out by a few thousandths at the line. In the final Troy Sitko got off the line first with the Ace sponsored ’37 Chevy, but Reykdal ran closer to the numbers in his ’79 Omni with a 7.074/180.07 to Sitko’s 7.167/191.62 to pick up the win.

    “We struggled like crazy with the tune-up this weekend, but we kept picking at it and we finally got it working the way we wanted,” Reykdal said. “My crew did one heck of a job with the quick turnaround and the hot weather and we finally figured it out for the final. We had some lucky rounds, but sometimes luck is the way you have to go.”


    Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car winner Shane Reykdal

    In regular Nitro Jam competition Missouri’s Scott Palmer picked up his first ever victory in Nitro Jam competition in Top Fuel, beating Bruce Litton in round one and getting a freebie in the final when Kyle Wurtzel’s “High Yield” Top Fuel Dragster failed to make the call.

    Despite the final result, Palmer and Litton matched up in the final pass of the weekend in professional competition as a salute to the fans and Litton smoked his opponent with low elapsed time of the weekend on the tricky track with a 5.097/280.14. Litton, the very first ever winner in Top Fuel at Castrol Raceway, won on Friday night.

    Bobby Lagana Jr. won the consolation round on a bye.

    Tom Padilla wrapped up the professional competition at Canada’s biggest drag race with a win in Nostalgia Fuel Altered behind the wheel of the famous “Nasty Benjamin” machine. Padilla had low E.T. in round one with a 6.530/217.81 to give him lane choice, but that mattered little as his final round opponent Kyle Hough’s “Nanook” altered developed a leak on the line, allowing Padilla to have a nice leisurely Sunday drive to pick up the win.

    In the consolation round Saturday night winner Randy Bradford defeated Ron Hope.

    Next up for the Nitro Jam tour is a trip east across the great country of Canada to the Grand Bend Motorplex in Ontario for the MOPAR Nitro Jam Nationals July 21-22.


    Top Fuel winner Scott Palmer


  • Litton returns to victory lane a decade later

    It was déjà vu all over again at Castrol Raceway.

    Exactly 10 years ago Bruce Litton visited victory lane at the inaugural MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals on a beautiful summer weekend in 2003. A decade later not much has changed.

    Driving the exact same car he took to victory lane in 2003 to commemorate the 10th running of the MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals, Litton returned to victory lane in front of a full house Saturday night during the SMS Komatsu Night of Fire with a big win over Bobby Lagana Jr., ending Lagana’s two-year run at the track and giving Litton his first Ironman since June of 2011.

    Top Fuel winner Bruce Litton visited victory lane in his retro dragster

    “We really wanted to do something special to remember that first race in Edmonton so we brought the retro car that has been sitting in the shop all this time,” Litton said. “Returning to victory lane with that same car a decade later was definitely a special moment for the team and something we will remember for a very long time.”

    Litton was joined in victory lane by Randy Bradford in Nostalgia Fuel Altered as the two winners from Saturday night. The other professional categories featured qualified fields as Jim Obalek (AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car), Damian Cownden (Nitro Bike) and David Brant (Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car) topped their respective fields entering championship Sunday.

    Saturday’s sportsman winners were Darryn O’Conner (Fort St. John, British Columbia) in Top Sportsman, Tom McAvoy (Edmonton, Alberta) in Top Dragster, Art Congdon (Calgary, Alberta) in Super Stock, Tom Skjonsberg (Red Deer, Alberta) in Stock, Eric Goulden (Airdrie, Alberta) in Quick Rod, Jeff Crooks (Brandon, Manitoba) in Super Rod, Casey Plaizier (Edmonton, Alberta) in Hot Rod, Derek Rose (St. Albert, Alberta) in Top ET, Mark Bold (Red Deer, Alberta) in Mod ET, Shelby Sereda (Spruce Grove, Alberta) in Junior Master, Rain Farr (Canyon Lake, Calif.) in Junior Advanced and Dutch Farr (Canyon Lake, Calif.) in Junior Beginner.

    Fuel Altered winner Randy Bradford

    Saturday’s Top Fuel final was filled with tension as Litton and Lagana went head-to-head for the fifth time in a row at Castrol Raceway in front of the usual jam-packed Edmonton crowd.

    Litton topped the Top Fuel field after round one, running a 5.121/272.56 under tricky track conditions to take lane choice in the final. In the finale Lagana performed his trademark quarter-mile burnout while Litton waited patiently, unfortunately Lagana’s run looked a lot like the burnout as smoke filled the air moments after stabbing the throttle and Litton drove to a weekend-best 5.007/290.44 to take the win.

    “The track has been very hot and tricky and we were just trying to make sure the car went down the track,” Litton said. “We have been having computer problems with this older car and we have been diagnosing them with a camera facing the engine to find any problems. So far it has worked wonders as we had a bad leak and the camera caught that. I just want to thank Mike Wolfarth and the crew who have been doing an awesome job, especially running this car with no data.”

    In the consolation pairing Kyle Wurtzel finally found his groove as he drove his “High Yield” Top Fuel Dragster to a win over Friday’s top performer Scott Palmer.

    AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car top qualifier Jim Obalek

    Saturday’s other big winner was Randy Bradford as he picked up his first career victory behind the wheel of “Bradford’s Fiat” in the final against rookie Kyle Hough in “Nanook.” Hough looked like this was his night to take his first career Ironman trophy, but the young driver’s engine went sour midway into the run and Bradford was able to overtake him for his first career Ironman trophy.

    In the consolation round Tom Padilla in “Nasty Benjamin” defeated Ron Hope and the “Rat Trap” team.

    The rest of the professional rounds featured qualified fields headed by the AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car class. At the head of the field was Mission, British Columbia’s Jim Obalek who topped the field with a solid 5.829/241.20 entering eliminations on Sunday. Behind Obalek was Jay Mageau, Ken Webster, Tim Nemeth and Tim Boychuk.

    The biggest field of the weekend resides in Nitro Bike as another British Columbia native Damian Cownden, hailing from Victoria, topped the field with a very quick 6.516/217.84. North Carolina’s Jay Turner sits second atop the “Big Pig” Nitro Harley, followed by Nitro Jam regulars Mike Scott and Randal Andras. Joey Stenotti round out the top five entering final eliminations.

    Nitro Harley top qualifier Damian Cownden

    In Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car David Brant drove the wildly popular “Reaper” ’77 Firebird to the top of the charts in the 6.99 index class with a 6.993-second run. Cal Tebb sits second, followed by Norm Kolwich, Arvid Fonstad and Ron Sekura.

    Saturday’s SMS Komatsu Nitro of Fire concluded with exhibitions passes by Alcohol Funny Cars, Alcohol Dragsters, Pro Modified, jet dragsters, the Super Shockwave jet truck and Edmonton’s debut matchup between the Grave Digger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster trucks as Grave Digger kept his winning streak alive.

    The 10th annual MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals will conclude on Sunday with more trophies handed out in Top Fuel and Nostalgia Fuel Altered and eliminations in AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Bike and Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car.


  • A Look Back: 10 years at the IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals

    IHRA Nitro Jam returns to Castrol Raceway July 6-8

    EDMONTON, Alberta (July 2, 2012) – No one knew quite what to expect.

    That was the sentiment when the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) first traveled to Edmonton, Alberta for the first time in the spring of 2003 with the very first Rocky Mountain Nationals.

    The venue was right, that much was certain. Castrol Raceway had grown into one of the premier motorsports destinations in the country in preparation for the event. The time of year was also good. And the lineup was stellar with the stars of IHRA making the long trek north of the border right in the thick of the championship hunt. But questions still remained.

    The Rocky Mountain Nationals has always contained a unique variety of racing classes

    How would people react to the thunder of Top Fuel and the precision of Pro Stock at the maiden voyage for each class at the track? How much support would racers in the northwest show this unique event thousands of miles from IHRA’s primary hotbed in the southeast. And most importantly, how would the fans react? Would there be 5,000 people or 500 in the stands when the lights flashed green for the very first time.

    As it turns out, there was never any need to worry. This was the event racers, fans and the track had been waiting for.

    On that beautiful weekend in June the experimental venture proved one of the most successful inaugural events in the history of the sanctioning body with thousands of diehard fans watching racers from five Provinces and 22 states take to the track in what would prove one of the most important race weekends in IHRA history. That was the day drag racing truly arrived in Canada.

    “What I remember most are the rabid fans. In our first year I remember walking through an empty pit with Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican. I commented that no one was in the pits and we were going to get killed,” said IHRA President Aaron Polburn. “Clay said he had something to show me. We wandered up to the starting line and I almost had a heart attack when I saw about 6,000 people in the stands watching Super Rod. It was an amazing site.

    “For 10 years Edmonton fans have been the best in drag racing. Period.”

    IHRA President Aaron Polburn (with mic) talking with Castrol Raceway owner Rob Reeves in 2003

    Today, the event now known as the MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals has grown into the largest event on the IHRA calendar and the biggest drag race in all of Canada. It hosts a unique lineup of classes and cars not found anywhere else in the sport and provides an entertainment package completely unique to this event.

    And in 2012 Castrol Raceway and the IHRA will celebrate the 10th running of the Rocky Mountain Nationals with a show unlike any before the weekend of July 6-8 at the famed Edmonton facility.

    Over the past decade thousands of racers from across the United States and Canada have made the pilgrimage to the biggest, most over-the-top event in drag racing today and a select few have walked away with a special Ironman that proudly proclaims, “I won the Rocky Mountain Nationals.” Many have come, but only a select few have outlasted the track, the tricky weather and the best racers in North America. Of those some of the winningest drivers in the events short history include Eddy Plaizier and Bobby Lagana Jr. with four wins apiece, Edmonton’s own Tim Boychuk with a record three wins in three different classes, and other multi-time winners including Mark Faul, Clay Millican, Mike Shannon, Bruce Litton, Scott Taylor and more.

    To celebrate the past 10 years, the 2012 running of the MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals will feature nearly every class to ever grace the famed Edmonton facility in a tribute to a decade of excellence at Castrol Raceway. But before the event gets underway in just a few short days, you must first understand how an experimental race 10 years ago has grown into the crown jewel of drag racing in Canada.

    And perhaps one of the most knowledgeable experts on that history is Edmonton’s own Eddy Plaizier. A lifelong racer who grew up watching the greats of drag racing past and present on television and in the states, Plaizier longed for competition which led him to travel the country in search of that next big win.

    But in the early 2000s when Plaizier learned that the IHRA would be coming to town and a national event would finally take place in his hometown, it changed the face of drag racing in the area forever.

    Eddy Plaizier

    “As a seasoned traveling racing family, having the IHRA national event come to Edmonton was the best news you could get for me and my family,” Plaizier said. “To watch the names, the rigs and the IHRA roll into our own city on move-in day was worth the wait. It was truly amazing that first year. It was like being a kid in a candy store.

    “Watching Pro Stock and Pro Mod all my racing life on television and down south and then have them come to our town and be able to show them our hospitality was an honor. Adding to that, to compete for an Ironman and being able to say that our home track was able to host a national event was amazing.”

    And that was only the beginning of the excitement for Plaizier and his family. At the inaugural event Plaizier piloted his dragster to a victory in Quick Rod and began a stretch unmatched in the history of this event with four wins in five finals over the past decade, adding three more wins behind the wheel of his nostalgia Funny Car. His son has since continued that tradition, becoming the youngest driver in IHRA history to win two classes at a national event when he took the Ironman in Super Stock and Hot Rod back in 2009.

    This year, Plaizier and his family will be back for more with a total of four cars entered and four opportunities to continue the tradition of a Plaizier in victory lane.

    “Winning Quick Rod that first year will always stand out. Just being able to hold that Ironman, see it on the trophy shelf and know that you are an IHRA national event winner speaks volumes,” Plaizier said. “Backing that up the next year in Pro Nostalgia was even sweeter. Today, my son (Casey) is carrying on that tradition as he became the youngest in IHRA history to win two classes at a national event. This year we are entering four cars and we are very much looking forward to many more years competing at this great event.”

    Another driver that has enjoyed plenty of success on the Edmonton quarter-mile is Top Fuel racer Bobby Lagana Jr. Hailing from Scarsdale, NY, Lagana consistently has one of the longest hauls of any driver to make the trek to Edmonton, but does so every year simply because of the support and hospitality shown to him by the fans.

    Eddy Plaizier (near lane) taking on Jay Mageau

    “Out of all 10 years we have missed only one event. The trip really doesn’t bother us because of how much we enjoy the fans and the atmosphere,” Lagana said. “The fans are the number one reason that we go. They are so dedicated and they consistently come out every year to watch us perform and that makes you want to come back year after year.”

    And the wins don’t hurt either. While Lagana won only once in his first six visits, he has turned that around with four wins the last two years thanks to the new Nitro Jam format, tying him with Plaizier for the most wins all-time at this event.

    “We have had our struggles, hurt some parts, but we have never come back from a trip to Edmonton disappointed that we went,” Lagana said. “People think that we are crazy making this trip every year, but we have developed a lot of friendships up there and the competition is always great. Once again we are looking forward to going back up there and giving our all to the fans.”

    Perhaps the most famous face centered on the festivities of Edmonton race weekend is local favorite Tim Boychuk. With his home base of operations not far from the track, Boychuk used to work at the track before he decided to try his hand at the straight-line game.

    Since getting behind the wheel Boychuk has been to the finals of this race five times in three different classes, winning three times. Spending his whole life around the track and, most recently spending the past decade directly involved with this race, Boychuk has won in two of IHRA’s premier classes, taking an Ironman behind the wheel of his record-setting “Troy Lee Designs” Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car and also showing success in Top Fuel and in a second nostalgia Funny Car class.

    “Racing in Edmonton is huge for me as it is my hometown and I have a lot of friends and family there,” Boychuk said. “Winning at home the last two years was definitely the highlight of my career and winning both nights was unbelievable. Setting records and collecting all those wins was incredible and made for one of the greatest races of my life.

    “This year defending my title is going to be a bit nerve racking as I feel like we have a big target on our backs. Everyone will be gunning for us and trying to take our title away from us. It should be another great event. I can’t wait to get on the track.”

    Tim Boychuk

    But the man who kicked off the IHRA’s historical run in Edmonton is Spruce Grove, Alberta’s Jay Mageau. Behind the wheel of his “Prospector” ’57 Corvette Funny Car, Mageau was presented the very first Ironman at the Rocky Mountain Nationals back in 2003 and to this day holds that moment as the most important in his racing career.

    “Back then I ran with a vibrant group of nostalgia funnies based out of western Canada called the International Blown Alcohol Association. We were so excited that Edmonton was getting an IHRA national event that our whole group entered,” Mageau said. “The event was amazing. The crowd was huge, the weather was perfect and our car was running superb. We worked our way to the finals in front of a full house on Saturday and we faced off against Brent Harris in his blown Willys. We both did huge burnouts and I swear I could hear the crowd cheering over the roar of the engine. We staged and seven seconds later my win light came on.

    “I don’t remember the run, which is odd because I remember them all, but I do remember seeing that win light and becoming overwhelmed. My crew came flying down the return road and handed me a Canadian flag and I remember the electricity buzzing through the crowd when I popped out the top of the car with that flag in hand. It was amazing.

    “I have won other big races, including the Rockies several times since, but nothing will ever replace that amazing first Ironman.”

    Bobby Lagana Jr.

    Since that first win Mageau has switched from his old ’57 Corvette body to a newer ’78 Vette in the Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car category – a class that began as an “extra” but quickly became a regular at the event – but Mageau has kept the winning going. And at the 2012 Rocky Mountain Nationals Mageau has plans to run both bodies to commemorate the 10th anniversary of both the event and the very first Ironman awarded to Mageau and his family.

    “This year, as a special nod to IHRA, Castrol Raceway and especially the fans, we are doing one pass with the ‘Prospector’ ’57 Corvette on Saturday night,” Mageau said. “This pass will be run to commemorate the 10th anniversary of IHRA in Edmonton, my team’s first big win and to remember our friend Maynard Garrity who passed away a few months ago after a long fight with cancer.”

    After so many questions that very first year, now the only question that remains for Mageau and the rest of the Edmonton faithful is what is around the corner for Canada’s biggest drag race?

    “So in 10 years Rob Reeves, Ron Hodgson, Castrol Raceway and the IHRA have managed to take an already huge event and elevate it to the top level in Canada,” Mageau said. “The biggest question now is where can we put more stands for the next 10 years?”

    The 10th anniversary celebration of the IHRA MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals will take place July 6-8 at Castrol Raceway.


  • CROWDS FILL ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAYS FOR NITRO JAM FINALE


    Big sweeps in Salt Lake City in front of packed house
    Savage, Padilla, Gledhill repeat at NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (June 30, 2012) – As a kid we are all taught to share.

    Apparently that lesson didn’t stick for some.

    Despite enough Ironman trophies to go around, a few competitors took it upon themselves to hoard the stash as Mike Savage (AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car), Tom Padilla (Fuel Altered) and Ron Gledhill swept the weekend in the professional categories with only Don St. Arnaud in Pro Fuel breaking through in front of a jam-packed house during the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Cricket Wireless finale Saturday at Rocky Mountain Raceways.


    Fans filled Rocky Mountain Raceways for the finale of the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam

    Sportsman winners were also crowned Saturday night in front of the standing room only crowd, earning their way into the Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL in the process. Those winners were Kenneth Covington (Grand Junction, Colo.) in Top Sportsman, Paul Snell (Sandy, Utah) in Top Dragster, Carroll Warling (Brighton, Colo.) in Super Stock, Jesse Sanderson (West Jordan, Utah) in Stock, Russ Stevenson (South Jordan, Utah) in Quick Rod and Ed Olpin (Pleasant Grove, Utah) in Super Rod.

    Other winners from Saturday night included James Shepherd (Springville, Utah) in Top ET, Travis Gaylord (Sandy, Utah) in Mod ET, Mike Cragun (Sandy, Utah) in Motorcycle and Kyle Anderson (Sandy, Utah) in Junior Dragster.

    Savage had the biggest showing over the weekend with a pair of victories in arguably the toughest AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car competition ever assembled in Nitro Jam competition. After dispatching of Bob Godfrey and the “Burn N’ Money” entry on Friday, Savage had another big night on Saturday, setting low elapsed time for the weekend and taking down Jason Rupert in the “Mert Littlefield” tribute machine on his way to his third career Nitro Jam victory.


    AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car winner Mike Savage

    “It felt great right from the start of the run. The track improved considerably from the first run to the final and once we hit the throttle it felt awesome,” Savage said. “It was incredible to take two wins here this weekend against such a tough group of racers. Now I have two trophies to show for my trip here. I can’t wait to get them home.”

    In continuing his winning streak, Savage opened the night with low elapsed time of round one in a win over Tim Boychuk. Despite the hindrance of nearly 7,000 feet of adjusted air, Savage drove the “Candies & Hughes” Barracuda to a 6.151/228.25 in the opening stanza.

    In the final Savage had to wait a bit longer than normal after Steven Densham flamed up on the top end, but the Tucson, Ariz. native showed that he had a bit more left in the tank with a three hundredths holeshot at the green followed by a tremendous 6.007/236.22 to take the win. Rupert echoed his opponent with an equally solid 6.150/231.18, but he couldn’t catch him at the top end.

    In the consolation round Dale Pulde drove the “War Eagle” to a win over Roger Garten, Tim Boychuk took a round win over Bob Godfrey and Steven Densham made a solo pass.


    Dale Pulde battled Steven Densham in a classic Funny Car showdown on Saturday

    Tom Padilla and the “Nasty Benjamin” also claimed a double on Saturday night in Nostalgia Fuel Altered, defeating Ron Hope and the “Rat Trap” in his big return to the strip following an accident in New Zealand earlier this year.

    After downing Kyle Hough in Friday’s final, the Arlington, Wash. native set his sights on Hope on Saturday, blasting to a .164 reaction time and thundering down the quarter-mile with a 6.528/214.43 to Hope’s 6.873/195.73. Padilla reached the final with low ET of the night, a quick 6.528/214.43.

    In the consolation round Kyle Hough kept the candles lit the length of the track in the “Nanook” machine in a big win over Randy Bradford.

    Saturday’s other repeat winner was Ron Gledhill who went four-for-four in Nitro Harley to pick up his first Ironman trophies. Gledhill capped his tremendous weekend with a weekend-best 6.752/208.28 Saturday in defeating Tony Ruggiero.

    Canadian Don St. Arnaud was the only winner to break the mold in professional competition, claiming his first career Ironman trophy in Pro Fuel Dragster over Friday winner Casey Grisel.


    Pro Fuel winner Don St. Arnaud

    Grisel had low elapsed time of round one with a solid 5.913/233.76 to take lane choice in the final, but it mattered little as St. Arnaud led from green to beams in taking the win. St. Arnaud had a .046 reaction time and ran a 5.791/242.00 in the closest final of the evening as Grisel nearly matched him step-for-step with a 5.801/247.11 in taking runner-up honors.

    In the consolation round Johnny Ahten defeated Kristen Dennis.

    In the sportsman competition all six touring IHRA class winners earned a spot in the 2012 Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions at Memphis International Raceway in October. The evening concluded with another win by Grave Digger in the “world’s biggest drag race” and the excitement of four jets, the Jelly Belly wheelstander and Brent Harris’ “Nitro Thunder” nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster brought the capacity crowd to its feet.

    Next up for the Nitro Jam tour is a stop in Canada at the famed Castrol Raceway for the 10th running of the MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals July 6-8 in Edmonton, Alberta.


  • Rocky Mountain Raceways sets stage for Nitro Jam


    Just beyond the grandstands that seat thousands of eager motorsports fans, just beyond the tasty concessions, miles of open pits and the state-of-the art facilities exists a view that is worth the price of admission alone.

    And it only exists at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

    Now in its 16th year of operation, Rocky Mountain Raceways is one of the most modern multi-use racing facilities in the western half of the U.S. Located in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City, RMR is home to some of the best racing in the country including its newest spring tradition, the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Cricket Wireless that will take place this year the weekend of June 29-30.


    Rocky Mountain Raceways offers one of the most unique views in motorsports

    Many of the best drivers and exhibition cars in the west will travel to Utah for two nights of over-the-top drag racing action and it all takes place later this month at a place that has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting racing facilities in the nation.

    After last year’s event produced massive crowds and set attendance records at the track, this year’s event is expected to surpass last year’s numbers as Nitro Jam brings in four of the fastest and most exciting racing classes in the world.

    In sportsman competition six IHRA classes will be featured as the stars of Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod and Super Rod will battle for a spot in the year-end Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL. Last year’s winners included Frank Santarosa (TS), Sheldon Gecker (TD), Les Norton (SS/STK), Russ Stevenson (QR) and Ed Olpin (SR).

    In the professional ranks four nitro classes will fill the lanes at Rocky Mountain Raceways highlighted by the biggest AMSOIL Prostalgia™ Nitro Funny Car race held all year and one of the biggest Funny Car races in the country.

    Among the loaded list of Funny Cars will be the most famous nostalgia machine of them all as Dale Pulde returns to the wheel of the famed “War Eagle” 1977 Trans-Am at Salt Lake City as he takes on two of the quickest and fastest Funny Cars in the game today. Steve Densham, son of NHRA Funny Car driver Gary Densham, will try his hand at Nitro Jam competition for the first time behind the wheel of the “Teacher’s Pet” Camaro and Jason Rupert in the “Mert Littlefield” tribute Camaro will add to the thrilling lineup. Rupert recently reset the DRO Series speed record earlier this year at 253.14 mph, nearly a full mile per hour faster than the current Nitro Jam record.


    Some of the best Funny Car drivers in the world will be on hand in Salt Lake City

    Also in action at the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam will be 2012 Nitro Jam winners Tim Boychuk in the record-setting “Troy Lee Designs” Pontiac and Mike Savage in the “Candies & Hughes” Barracuda as they join Roger Garten in “War Horse”, Bob Godfrey in “Burn N’ Money” and local favorite Jack Harris in “Nitro Thunder”.

    The eight Funny Cars will compete for an Ironman trophy both Friday and Saturday night in Chicago-style eliminations where the quickest winners from round one will meet in the final. The remaining competitors will square off in the consolation rounds ensuring two full rounds of nitro-burning competition.

    The NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam will also feature the return of the 100-percent nitro-powered Pro Fuel Dragster class as 2011 winner Johnny Ahten in the “Stump Puller” battles Nitro Jam’s Texas native Kristen Dennis in “Ladies First”, Don St. Arnaud and Casey Grisel.

    Rounding out the nitro classes at the San Antonio Nitro Jam are the stars of the out-of-control Fuel Altered class and the stars of Nitro Harley as two of the most extreme classes in drag racing return for four exciting rounds of racing. In the Fuel Altered class rookie sensation Dave Hough in “Nanook” will join “Nasty Benjamin,” “Rat Trap” and “Bradfords Fiat” in a showdown of classic machines. In Nitro Harley four of the fastest racers on two wheels will do battle at over 220 miles per hour from the back of a motorcycle.


    The NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam is this Friday and Saturday at Rocky Mountain Raceways

    The exhibition portion of the event will feature Utah’s first-ever monster truck drag race between Grave Digger driven by former Monster Jam World Champion Randy Brown and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle driven by Joey Parnell in a showdown featuring halftrack burnouts on towering, mammoth tires and wheel-to-wheel racing like fans have never seen before.

    Wrapping up the evening will be the incredible show put on by Les Shockley’s 25,000 horsepower Super Shockwave twin-engine jet truck.

    In addition to all the on-track action, new in 2012 will be the revamped FanFest Pit Party beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday The FanFest Pit Party will feature driver autographs and various activities for racers and fans of all ages prior to the start of the Nitro Jam professional rounds.

    And it will all take place at RMR. Rocky Mountain Raceways is truly a top-notch venue, offering not only outstanding views of the snow-covered Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, but also providing the best programs and amenities possible for racers and fans alike making this the perfect destination for families and fans of all ages.

    Don’t miss out on the biggest motorsports event in Utah June 29-30 at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Tickets start at just $20 if purchased in advance so act now if you want to get a ticket to a night of speed, fire and entertainment.

    For more information logon to www.nitrojam.com or call Rocky Mountain Raceways at (801) 252-9557.


  • All-star Nitro Funny Car lineup headlines NAPA Nitro Jam

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (June 19, 2012) – Fans of drag racing past and present will be in for a treat when Nitro Jam returns to Utah June 29-30.

    Some of the best Nitro Funny Car drivers in the world are coming to Salt Lake City during the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Cricket Wireless at Rocky Mountain Raceways, joining three additional nitro classes, four jets and a “monster” drag race between the Grave Digger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster trucks.


    IHRA legend Dale Pulde will return to action at the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam in Salt Lake City

    After three very successful events at RMR since its inception in 2009, Nitro Jam returns to the Beehive State with its most ambitious and exciting event yet as eight of the quickest, fastest and most famous AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars in the sport will matchup on the Utah quarter-mile in the headlining event for the title of Nitro Jam’s King of the Track.

    Among the loaded list of Funny Cars will be the most famous nostalgia machine of them all as Dale Pulde returns to the wheel of the famed “War Eagle” 1977 Trans-Am at Salt Lake City as he takes on two of the quickest and fastest Funny Cars in the game today. Steve Densham, son of NHRA Funny Car driver Gary Densham, will try his hand at Nitro Jam competition for the first time behind the wheel of the “Teacher’s Pet” Camaro and Jason Rupert in the “Mert Littlefield” tribute Camaro will add to the thrilling lineup. Rupert recently reset the DRO Series speed record earlier this year at 253.14 mph, nearly a full mile per hour faster than the current Nitro Jam record.


    Among the competitors will be former champion Jason Rupert in the “Mert Littlefield” tribute
    James Drew/DragRacingOnline.com Photo

    Also in action at the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam will be 2012 Nitro Jam winners Tim Boychuk in the record-setting “Troy Lee Designs” Pontiac and Mike Savage in the “Candies & Hughes” Barracuda as they join Roger Garten in “War Eagle”, Bob Godfrey in “Burn N’ Money” and local favorite Jack Harris in “Nitro Thunder”.

    The eight Funny Cars will compete for an Ironman trophy both Friday and Saturday night in Chicago-style eliminations where the quickest winners from round one will meet in the final. The remaining competitors will square off in the consolation rounds ensuring two full rounds of nitro-burning competition.

    Also in action at the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam will be four of the best Pro Fuel Dragsters in the west as 2012 Nitro Jam winners Johnny Ahten in the “Stump Puller” and Kristen Dennis in the “Ladies First” nitro dragsters will join Nitro Jam newcomers Don St. Arnaud and Casey Grisel.


    The NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam will take place June 29-30 at Rocky Mountain Raceways

    The event will conclude with four legendary Fuel Altereds including “Nanook”, “Nasty Benjamin”, “Rat Trap” and “Bradfords Fiat”, Nitro Harleys, three jet dragsters, the “Shockwave” jet-powered semi and the world’s “biggest” drag race between Grave Digger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

    The 2012 NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam takes place June 29-30 at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City. Showtime is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

    Tickets and additional information can be found online at www.nitrojam.com.


  • Rocky Mountain Raceways undergoes massive repaving

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (June 7, 2012) – Rocky Mountain Raceways’ quarter-mile IHRA drag strip just finished up a repaving project that involved the removal of the old surface and placement of a new asphalt track all ahead of the biggest drag race in the state June 29-30 at the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Cricket Wireless.

     

    Staker Parson undertook the project that finished late last month.

     

    RMR recently got a fresh new track ahead of an exciting season of racing in 2012

     

    “After 16 years of providing a great racing surface for the racers at RMR, our old surface has been removed and a new asphalt track put in its place. Staker Parson started by removing the top 2.5 inches of the current asphalt surface, then threw down a nice new track from the 330 foot mark to the finish line,” says Mike Eames, General Manager of Rocky Mountain Raceways. “They have machines that are capable of surfacing the road with continuous paving machines, which should give us one of the smoothest quarter miles in the country.”

     

    Rocky Mountain Raceways drag strip was originally paved in 1997, when the Young Automotive Group purchased the racetrack and remodeled the entire facility.

     

    “Staker Parson is a company with great credentials and did the first paving of the track 16 years ago and it was and still is one of the smoothest, flattest tracks in the country.  This repaving will again be the best in the country and should produce some great ET’s and speeds,” says Ron Craft, Rocky Mountain Raceways Drag Strip Manager.

     

    The NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam returns to Salt Lake City June 29-30

     

    More than anything, the repaving project will give Utah race fans faster speeds and better racing when the stars of Nitro Jam visit the track June 29-30. The 2012 NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam will feature four nitro classes including Pro Fuel Dragsters, AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, Fuel Altereds and Nitro Harleys in addition to a ton of extras including the Utah debut of the Grave Digger versus Teenage Mutant Nina Turtle monster truck drag race, the return of the 30,000 horsepower Shockwave jet-powered semi plus a full contingent of IHRA sportsman classes competing for a spot in the Summit Tournament of Champions.

     

    “I am very excited to have a new racing surface and would like to thank the Young Automotive Group for their support and believing in the sport of drag racing and all the participants that come from across the United States and Canada,” Craft said.

     

    Don’t miss the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam June 29-30 at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

     

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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 4622