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  • Top Funny Car teams ready to tangle in Texas

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 1, 2013) – Let’s face it, the 2013 San Antonio Nitro Jam won’t be a race for the timid.


    With many of the top teams from across the country gearing up for a wild ride down 1,320 feet of Texas asphalt, there is no room for “comfort” when the fastest machines in the land take to the strip. No, when the top teams tangle in Texas, it will be “all out” for five seconds of 300 mile-per-hour glory with the winner taking home one of the most coveted trophies of the year – an Ironman from the San Antonio Nitro Jam.


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    Greg Jacobsmeyer will make his 2013 debut in the ‘AllStar’ Dodge this weekend in San Antonio


    Heralded as the biggest Nitro Jam in the United States, the sport’s top racers will be on hand for two days of nitro-powered racing action as drivers in Top Fuel, AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Fuel Altered and Nitro Harley battle it out alongside nearly half a dozen jet-powered machines, wheelstanders, fireworks and more at the 2013 San Antonio Nitro Jam presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and CarSafe.


    And headlining that list is a lineup of Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars that will leave fans talking.


    Want the defending race winner, a Texas native with a wild Lone Star State theme coloring the side? How about Nitro Jam’s quickest and fastest machine, owning all of the records there is to set and two championships to boot? How about the fastest talker in the west, a man known better by a nickname than by his own name with a go-or-go-home personality straight from the glory days? Yes, the San Antonio Nitro Jam has it all.


    “The entire ‘explosive’ team is ready to take on the best in the country and they are coming to San Antonio to finish some unfinished business,” said Mark Sanders, better known to the public as “Mr. Explosive.” “Don’t miss this one. Texans know how to party and we are ready for all of them in the winner’s circle to hang with us.”


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    Two-time defending IHRA World Champion Peter Gallen will also be making his 2013 debut this weekend


    Leading the way into San Antonio is two-time defending Nitro Jam World Champion Peter Gallen. With a brand new design on the side of his record-setting 1978 Monza bodied “Poverty Stricken” Funny Car, Gallen is looking forward to his first race of the 2013 season as he tries to take home his first win at the San Antonio facility since winning the series’ first race back at the track in 2011.


    “There is still more we want to do in this car,” Gallen said. “We are always pushing our car and our team harder, to be the best, and even with the success we have enjoyed over the last few years we aren’t backing down one bit. There are still mountains out there left to climb.


    “The race in San Antonio is filled with heavy hitters and we didn’t get to show our stuff last year due to some problems with the car. We think we got those problems ironed out and we are ready to show our stuff in front of those great fans.”


    While Gallen will certainly be the one to watch, the man who will hold the most support from the crowd is defending race winner and Texas native John Hale. Hale’s “Nitro Boss” Mustang Funny Car features a unique design with a skull, Texas flag and the phrase “don’t mess with Texas” spilling across the back. And as the 2012 winner of this very race, you can be certain Texas fans will once again be pulling for the “Boss.”


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    2012 race winner and Texas native John Hale will return to defend his title in ‘Nitro Boss’


    “Everyone on the team is excited about having a Nitro Jam in our great state of Texas. I have raced with many of these cars before and I am looking forward to competing against them. They are all a great bunch of racers.


    “Nitro Jam really puts on a great show for the fans and we look forward to being a part of it once again.”


    Perhaps the hottest driver at the end of 2012 is multi-time race winner Greg Jacobsmeyer in the “AllStar” Dodge Challenger. Jacobsmeyer won two of the final three races of the 2012 season, both coming against eventual series champion Peter Gallen giving Jacobsmeyer and his crew plenty of bragging rights in the offseason. Since then the “AllStar” team has been busy focusing on lower times and faster speeds hoping to make an even bigger splash in 2013, beginning in San Antonio.


    “The new motor, clutch and injection system met every expectation last year, but there is always room for improvement,” Jacobsmeyer said. “To extract every ounce of performance requires mastery of many variables and is best done with reliable data collection and analysis to inform tuning and adjustment decisions. New sensors, data recording and analysis capability are in store for this season to ensure that is possible.


    “Couple that with advice from experts in the sport and we predict even quicker speeds and ETs are in store for the ‘AllStar’ Dodge Challenger.”


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    With one huge final already under his belt, ‘Mr. Explosive’ Mark Sanders will look to make a statement in Texas


    Mark Sanders presents the biggest wildcard of the bunch as “Mr. Explosive” returns to Nitro Jam action for the first time in almost two years. After a bad crash in March of 2012 put the “Mr. Explosive” machine out of commission for the year, Sanders returned in a big way in 2013 with a brand new 1970 Mustang that he took to the final round of the biggest nostalgia Funny Car race of the season at the March Meet. With a new car and a proven winner, Sanders looks forward to matching blows with the best-of-the-best.


    “We are back in a big way. We had a bad crash in 2012, but we have put that behind us. My son Jake built a brand new, tough as nails nitro-breathing Funny Car and boy does that thing fly,” Sanders said.


    The nitro foursome will clash Friday and Saturday night the weekend of April 5-6. Pairs will be drawn at random each night, with the round one winners returning for the final later in the night. First round losers will square off in the consolation round.


    Don’t miss the San Antonio Nitro Jam April 5-6 at San Antonio Raceway!


    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 composed 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.

  • Monster crowd on hand for San Antonio Nitro Jam finale

    The San Antonio Nitro Jam had something for everyone.


    Saturday’s San Antonio Nitro Jam finale saw one of the biggest crowds in San Antonio Raceway history as fans packed in four deep on the fence and filled every bit of real estate in the stands to witness a thrilling night of racing that featured just about everything you could cram into a night of drag racing.


    SAR reached max capacity during Saturday’s San Antonio Nitro Jam finale


    Jet Funny Cars battled Nitro Funny Cars, Grave Digger overpowered Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle in a huge monster truck showdown and in the end four drivers walked away winners in the nitro classes as Kristen Dennis (Pro Fuel), Mitch King (AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car), Ron Maroney (Fuel Altered) and Jay Turner (Nitro Harley) all picked up Ironman trophies.


    Also grabbing wins Saturday night were a number of sportsman racers of which seven earned their way into the year-end Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL at Memphis International Raceway. Those winners were Joseph Tinsley (Top Dragster), Pete Peery (Super Stock), Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. (Stock), Michael Pennington (Quick Rod), Joe Collier (Super Rod) and David Bills (Hot Rod). Junior Dragster winners were Chris Pearson (Master), J.D. Legg (Advanced) and Aaron Jordan (Beginner).


    Top Sportsman will finish its final rounds on Sunday during the second Summit Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL race of the weekend.


    Texas was well represented thanks to Pro Fuel racer Kristen Dennis


    Kristen Dennis had Saturday’s biggest win behind the wheel of her “Ladies First” Pro Fuel Dragster as the Magnolia, Texas native powered past Friday winner Bill Evans in the “Black Pearl” machine using her career best pass to pick up her second career Ironman trophy. With the capacity crowd on their feet cheering her on, Dennis ran a 5.385/276.92 in the win to best Evans’ 5.512/264.39 in an absolutely tremendous drag race.


    “Go big or go home, that is how we do it in Texas,” Dennis said. “The car wasn’t acting itself so we spent the day working on it and putting in a lot of work to get it ready.


    “Once we stabbed the throttle that thing was hungry. It really took off, but of course I was afraid Bill would sneak up on us. Thankfully we never once saw him from the moment we left the line and posted our best ever speed in the win. We are just so excited.”


    With the Texas flag flying proudly behind her on every burnout, Dennis began the evening with an opening round win over Robin Samsel to propel herself into the final. In Saturday’s consolation pairing Samsel rebounded with a win over Cherissa Smallwood.


    Ron Maroney has started the 2012 season with four straight wins


    Another Texas native visiting victory lane on Saturday was Muldoon’s own Mitch King. Driving the “Brand X” 1971 Mustang, King unexpectedly advanced to the final after a wild first round and matched up with Mike Savage in the “Candies & Hughes” Barracuda in the final. In another incredible final King picked up a holeshot win over Savage with a 5.943/235.85 run to Savage’s 5.852/239.11.


    Adding to the excitement, Saturday’s victory marked King’s first trip to victory lane since guiding 2009 and 2010 Top Fuel World Champions Spencer Massey and Del Cox Jr. to big seasons.


    “It was a much needed win for us and for Henry,” King said. “We were thrilled to get into the finals and to win it all was icing on the cake.”


    In the consolation round Tim Boychuk defeated John Hale. Adding to the excitement of Saturday’s huge race was Dale Pulde in the “War Eagle” taking on the “First Strike” jet funny car in exhibition action with the two cars splitting the evening.


    In the remaining two nitro classes Ron Maroney and Jay Turner swept the weekend.


    Jay Turner won again atop the most unique Nitro Harley in the game today


    Maroney, the defending champion in Fuel Altered, made it four in a row on Saturday with yet another Ironman trophy in a win over Randy Bradford. Driving his own “Blind Faith” entry this season after piloting “Nanook” last year, Maroney advanced to the final via a bye run in round one and was then gifted another round when Randy Bradford went red to continue the winning for the defending champ.


    Wrapping up the pro categories was Jay Turner who piloted his “big pig” Nitro Harley to a second consecutive win. The North Carolina native defeated Steve Dorn in round one and then bested Jake Stordeur in the final with a 6.834/161.00 to Stordeur’s 7.823/128.76.


    In exhibition action Grave Digger bested Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle three times in four runs over the weekend to take the inaugural monster truck crown. The evening was brought to a close with a jet dragster vs. jet funny car matchup and the Super Shockwave jet semi.


    Racing action will continue on Sunday with the second Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL event of the weekend. Next up for the Nitro Jam tour is a stop at State Capitol Raceway in Baton Rouge May 4-5.



    About Feld Motor Sports

    Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy® Supercross, IHRA® Nitro Jam®, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz℠ and Thunder Jam. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

  • Nitro Jam announces all-star Funny Car lineup for March 30-31 San Antonio Nitro Jam

    NORWALK, Ohio (February 16, 2012) – Fans of nostalgia funny car racing will be in drag racing heaven at the San Antonio Nitro Jam March 30-31 at San Antonio Raceway.

    Last year’s San Antonio Nitro Jam attracted record crowds for the much anticipated return of nitro racing to the Alamo City and this week Nitro Jam announced the biggest and most competitive “all-star” lineup of AMSOIL Prostalgia™ Nitro Funny Cars ever assembled in Nitro Jam competition.

    2011 Nitro Jam Champion Peter Gallen returns to San Antonio Raceway March 30-31

    The San Antonio Nitro Jam will feature eight of the best Funny Cars in the country as 2011 Nitro Jam champion and current world record holder Peter Gallen and the “Poverty Stricken” team will take on 2010 Nitro Jam champion Steve Nichols in the “Mill Road Boys” Camaro, three-time IHRA champion Dale Pulde’s “War Eagle”, Tim Boychuk in “Troy Lee Designs”, Mike Savage in “Candies and Hughes”, Jon Capps in “Jungle Jim”, John Hale in “Nitro Boss” and Mark Sanders in “Mr. Explosive.”

    Among the drivers scheduled to compete at the San Antonio Nitro Jam are the quickest and fastest AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars in the country and a collection of drivers with over half a dozen championships among them. The Prostalgia showdown will also showcase the best racers in the east and west battling for supreme bragging rights all at the biggest Nitro Jam in the U.S. March 30-31 at San Antonio Raceway.

    Last year’s San Antonio Nitro Jam was one of the biggest events in series history

    In addition to AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, the 2012 San Antonio Nitro Jam will also feature Pro Fuel Dragsters, Nitro Harleys and Fuel Altereds in addition to a thrilling show featuring Grave Digger battling the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster truck, the 30,000 horsepower Shockwave jet semi, side-by-side 300 mph Jet Dragsters, the “Crazy Train” wheelstander and more.

    Tickets for the March 30-31 San Antonio Nitro Jam are on sale now. Act now and save $5 when you purchase tickets in advance at www.nitrojam.com.

    About Feld Motor Sports

    Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy® Supercross, IHRA® Nitro Jam®, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz℠ and Thunder Jam. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.