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  • DeFlorian, Rupert top record-setting night at IHRA San Antonio Nationals

    It was a night of big numbers and record runs as the stars of the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series produced a memorable and historic night in front of yet another capacity crowd at the IHRA San Antonio Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports at San Antonio Raceway.

     

    John DeFlorian erased a half-decade old record in Mountain Motor Pro Stock on his way to picking up his first career IHRA victory and Jason Rupert won his second straight Ironman in Nitro Funny Car to the thrill of the overflow crowd during the second stop of the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam season. They were joined in the winner’s circle by Randal Andras (Nitro Harley), Ron Hope (Nitro Altered) and Elaine Larsen (Jet Dragster).

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    John DeFlorian set a new IHRA record with a 226.70 mph pass 

     

    DeFlorian obliterated the IHRA speed record in Mountain Motor Pro Stock, a record that has stood since the fall of 2008. The record, which stood at 223.95, was topped on two separate occasions by the Arnold, Missouri native, ending with an outstanding 226.70 mph pass in the final.

     

    The run not only gave the driver of the Black Diamond Motorsports Camaro the record, but it also helped propel DeFlorian to his first victory in IHRA competition as he bested Cary Goforth in the final. DeFlorian overcame a slight starting line disadvantage as Cary Goforth in the Goforth’s Casing 2013 Chevrolet Camaro got the jump, but DeFlorian battled back on the top end with a 6.224-second elapsed time at 226.70 mph to take the win, just ahead of Goforth’s equally stout 6.299, 224.22.

     

    “This weekend has been absolutely dynamite. I have never raced out here before, so when we rolled in here the other day I kept thinking ‘man, this is going to be a lot of fun.’ They told me the crowds would be spectacular and boy they weren’t kidding. What an amazing place to race,” DeFlorian said. “Getting to race here is a treat and getting a win here is just amazing. We are so excited to get the win. I used to race IHRA years ago, but I never could get a win. Now, I can take this amazing trophy and record home with us.”

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    In addition to setting a new record, DeFlorian also picked up the win – his first in IHRA 

     

    DeFlorian had a rather mistake-free day in his bright gold ride, posting laps of 6.291, 6.250 and 6.224 during the afternoon and evening hours with wins attached to those numbers over Kevin Bealko, Scott Hintz and Goforth. And it was destined from the beginning that DeFlorian and Goforth would meet in the final.

     

    The pair qualified first and second on Friday and remained welded together throughout the afternoon, with Goforth at one point flirting with the other half of the IHRA Pro Stock record with an outstanding 6.189 in round one. The loss was Goforth’s first round loss in the new car.

     

    “The battle between Cary and I goes way back, a lot longer than people realize. We have been racing each other for years, trading records and wins back and forth. It is something each team likes to brag about and go after and to come away from here with the win and the record is pretty amazing,” DeFlorian said. “We felt like we could get after it, but I never dreamed we could come out here and put down a number like that. I was thinking maybe 225 tops. To set the record and get the win against a great team like the Goforths just makes this even more special.”

     

    The other half of the storybook evening at the San Antonio Nationals belonged to Jason Rupert who won his second consecutive Ironman in IHRA’s premier Nitro Funny Car class.

     

    Jason Rupert  Jason Rupert won for the second week in a row in Nitro Funny Car 

     

    Sitting behind the wheel of the Bays and Rupert “Black Plague” Camaro, Rupert rocketed to the top of the charts on Friday and remained there throughout the weekend. Rupert recorded round wins over Ronnie Young, Greg Jacobsmeyer and John “Bodie” Smith on his way to his second IHRA victory of the season, once again saving his best stuff for the final with a very fast 5.764, 252.38 pushing the California native past Smith in the “Jungle Jim” Vega and into the winner’s circle.

     

    Smith had the jump on the line with a narrow starting line advantage, but gave that advantage up on the top end. Smith crossed the line with a 5.883, 242.98 pass.

     

    “When you look at these cars, all of them are just so competitive. We are lucky to have the great help and great team that we have to make this all happen,” Rupert said. “Today we knew we were going up against a Paul Smith-tuned car, so when you are racing that guy you had better not be bashful at all. I knew we could run a good number, but I also knew they could run a good number. We just had to be on our game and thankfully we put it all together on that last run.”

     

    While his car was on a rail throughout the weekend, Rupert received one lucky break in the semifinals when his car went up in smoke just after the hit of the throttle. Seemingly out of it, Rupert received a break when his opponent also ran into trouble allowing Rupert to coast to the line and into the final.

     

    Rupert defeated Mark Sanders at the IHRA season opener in Tucson one week ago, giving him two wins in a row in the ultra-competitive class that produced a 5.968 bump on Friday.

     

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    Randal Andras took the win in Nitro Harley

     

    In other nitro action, Randal Andras collected the win in Nitro Harley over Jay Turner in an upset-filled bracket.

     

    Andras qualified near the top of the field in second, but Turner saw two poor runs turn into a spot in eighth on the ladder. But with the bike turned around, Turner upset No. 1 qualifier Mike Scott in round one and stringed together one win after another to set up the final between two of the fastest bikes on the property.

     

    With an Ironman on the line, Andras got off of the line first and held that advantage throughout with a 6.468, 217.92 to Turner’s 6.499, 209.40. Andras also had wins over Ron Gledhill and Steve Dorn to reach the final.

     

    In Nitro Altered, Ron Hope overcame a pair of challenging runs to take the win in the “Rat Trap” nostalgia machine, recording wins over Ron Maroney and Mike Hilsabeck to collect the hardware. In the final both Hope and Hilsabeck ran into trouble, but Hope found enough traction at the top end to blast across the line with a less-than-stellar 8.008, 161.12 to take the win.

     

    Finally, in Jet Dragster Elaine Larsen had two tremendous passes of 5.746 and 5.707 – both at over 270 mph – to take the win. In the final Larsen and Dawn Perdue put on a tremendous show ending with a 5.707 to a 5.774 in favor of Larsen.

     

    Next up for the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour is a trip to Bradenton Motorsports Park for the IHRA Southern Nationals April 11-12 and watch for the series on MAV TV coming this fall.

     

    FRIDAY FINAL RESULTS

     

    Marion, Texas – Final results from the 2014 IHRA San Antonio Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports at San Antonio Raceway.

     

    Nitro Funny Car – Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif., ’69 Camaro, 5.764, 252.38 def. John Smith, Delray Beach, Fla., ’74 Vega, 5.883, 242.98

     

    Pro Stock – John DeFlorian, Arnold, Mo., ‘ 13 Camaro, 6.224, 226.70 def. Cary Goforth, Holdenville, Okla., ’13 Camaro, 6.299, 224.22

     

    Nitro Harley – Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 6.468, 217.92 def. Jay Turner, Julian, N.C., 6.499, 209.40

     

    Nitro Altered – Ron Hope, Franklin, Tenn., ’32 Bantam, 8.008, 161.12 def. Mike Hilsabeck, Phoenix, Ariz, ’23 Ford T, 10.742, 81.26

     

    Jet Dragster – Elaine Larsen, Middleton, Mich., 5.707, 271.58 def. Dawn Perdue, Philadelphia, Pa., 5.774, 256.70

     

    FRIDAY ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS 

     

    Marion, Texas – Final results from the 2014 IHRA San Antonio Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports at San Antonio Raceway.

     

    Nitro Funny Car

    Round 1 – Greg Jacobsmeyer, 6.058, 238.10 def. Mike McIntire Jr., 6.352, 216.66; John Smith, 5.883, 244.03 def. Tim Boychuk, 6.284, 192.14; Mark Sanders, 6.325, 235.97 def. John Hale, 6.357, 238.73; Jason Rupert, 5.810, 244.96 def. Ronnie Young, 6.019, 229.24

    Semis – Smith, 5.849, 245.90 def. Sanders, 6.017, 248.76; Rupert, 6.584, 167.54 def. Jacobsmeyer, 16.389, 68.15

    Final – Rupert, 5.764, 252.38 def. Smith, 5.883, 242.98

     

    Pro Stock

    Round 1 – Todd Hoerner, 6.312, 220.59 def. Pete Berner, 6.338, 219.19; Scott Hintz, 9.874, 122.45 def. John Konigshofer, foul; John DeFlorian, 6.291, 224.44 def. Kevin Bealko, 6.294, 223.44; Cary Goforth, 6.189, 223.55 def. BYE

    Semis – DeFlorian, 6.250, 223.21 def. Hintz, 8.550, 110.51; Goforth, foul (.006) def. Hoerner, foul (.018)

    Final – DeFlorian, 6.224, 226.70 def. Goforth, 6.299, 224.22

     

    Nitro Harley

    Round 1 – Mike Pelrine, 6.672, 219.51 def. Rickey House, 9.693, 96.19; Steve Dorn, 6.839, 176.96 def. Alvin Kobernusz, 7.148, 158.83; Randal Andras, 6.456, 212.67 def. Ron Gledhill, 9.317, 95.79; Jay Turner, 7.309, 145.49 def. Mike Scott, foul

    Semis – Turner, 6.408, 223.99 def. Pelrine, 6.651, 193.97; Andras, foul (.007) def. Dorn, foul (.013)

    Final – Andras, 6.468, 217.92 def. Turner, 6.499, 209.40

     

    Nitro Altered

    Round 1 – Ron Hope, 7.489, 191.90 def. Ron Maroney, 7.473, 144.05; Mike Hilsabeck, 6.555, 201.70 def. Jim Maroney, broke

    Final – Hope, 8.008, 161.12 def. Hilsabeck, 10.742, 81.26

     

    Jet Dragster

    Round 1 – Elaine Larsen, 5.746, 272.89 def. Kat Moller, 7.185, 114.59; Dawn Perdue, 5.841, 238.85 def. Marisha Falk, foul

    Consolation – Moller, 7.103, 158.34 def. Falk, foul

    Final – Larsen, 5.707, 271.58 def. Perdue, 5.774, 256.70


  • San Antonio hosts IHRA Nitro Jam’s best during San Antonio Nationals March 28-29

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    It is the single biggest IHRA drag racing event in the United States and this year, the San Antonio Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports at San Antonio Raceway are bigger than ever before.

     

    After returning to the famed facility at SAR in 2011 following a two-year hiatus, the International Hot Rod Association’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series has enjoyed record growth with a newer, entertainment-based show. And in 2014 the IHRA will bring the best of both worlds to Texas with a perfect marriage of traditional championship drag racing and the newer, entertainment-first approach as the world’s best drivers compete in the second of 12 events on the 2014 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour during the San Antonio Nationals March 28-29 at San Antonio Raceway.

     

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    The IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series returns to San Antonio Raceway March 28-29 

     

    This year, every lap matters as the stars of Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Nitro Altered, Mountain Motor Pro Stock and Jet Dragster push their machines to the limit in their chase for the 2014 IHRA World Championships. Qualifying will take place Friday, March 28 followed by eliminations on Saturday, March 29, both under the lights and both with high stakes on the line.

     

    “San Antonio has truly grown into one of the major high points of our season. The fan support there is unparalleled which is why we are so excited to bring the new look of the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series to the fans,” said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports. “The new Nitro Jam is a perfect blend of traditional drag racing and high speed, high horsepower entertainment and this year, we are bringing the best of the best in five amazing classes which should make this year’s event one of the biggest events yet.”

     

    Highlighting the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is the Nitro Funny Car class, combining modern-world technology with classic body styles and old school, nostalgia drag racing. These machines regularly push 260 mph on the quarter-mile with fire bursting from the headers.

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    Texan John Hale (near) will try to keep his winning streak alive in his home state against the world’s best nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, including legends such as “Blue Max” (far) 

     

    This season, the Nitro Funny Car class will revolve around a quartet of talented drivers that have dominated the class over the past few years. Multi-time class champions from the NHRA Heritage Series and DRO series Jason Rupert in the “Black Plague” Camaro and John Hale in the “Mike Burkhart” tribute Camaro will lead the class into the 2014 season, joining IHRA regular Tim Boychuk and the crowd-favorite “Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders.

     

    Rupert enters the event having won the season opener in Tucson, Arizona over the weekend. Sanders finished second to the California native.

     

    Other legendary names include the “Blue Max” driven by Ronnie Young, joining IHRA veterans Mike McIntire in the bright orange “McAttack” Camaro and Greg Jacobsmeyer in the “All-Star Dodge,” the legendary “Jungle Jim” Funny Car and Bruce Litton, stepping over from more than a decade of Top Fuel racing to pilot the “U.S. Male” Vega.

     

    In addition to Nitro Funny Car, perhaps the most anticipated competition this season is the return of IHRA’s original class, Mountain Motor Pro Stock. Featuring 800 cubic inch power plants powering these factory hot rods more than 220 mph down the track, this season will mark the return of these powerful beasts to the traditional drag racing distance of a quarter-mile.

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    Pro Stock is back and San Antonio fans will see some of the best this weekend 

     

    Tucson race winner Cary Goforth and the Goforth Racing team, which swept the finals, will jointwo-time IHRA champion Pete Berner along with John Deflorian, Kevin Bealko, Brad Waddle, Scott Hintz and more.

     

    Also making history at Tucson will be the debut of the world’s only Jet Dragster championship program being contested by the four fastest women in drag racing – the Larsen Motorsports jet team. This four-car team is made up of four very talented female competitors with vastly different backgrounds. From a 19-year-old college student, to a female test pilot and an entrepreneur who holds the operation together, the team of Elaine Larsen, Marisha Falk, Dawn Perdue and Kat Moller will compete in 300 mph, side-by-side jet-powered drag racing action.

     

    IHRA’s other nitro divisions will include Nitro Harley and Nitro Altered, two radical and extreme classes that are among the most popular in the world for their death-defying competition.

     

    Tucson winner Mike Scott and Nitro Harley legend Jay Turner, runner-up in Arizona, lead the class into the Texas event.

     

    Nitro Altered, another extreme class once banned from organized competition due to the extreme danger behind the wheel, will include Arizona native Ron Maroney in “Blind Faith,” Las Vegas native and third generation racer Kyle Hough in “Nanook, the popular “Arizona Thunder” driven by Mike Hilsabeck, Randy Bradford’s “Bradford’s Fiat” and more.

     

    In addition to all of the on-track action, the 2014 San Antonio Nationals will feature an all-new and fully interactive Fan Fest pit experience. Fans can tour the pits, meet the drivers and take part in a number of fun family activities including the Larsen Motorsports Jet Technology Center, a hands-on look at the design and technology behind a jet-powered racing team, and the Hollywood Cars of the Stars featuring real cars from famous movies and television shows.

     

    Tickets to the 2014 San Antonio Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports are $20 on Friday and $30 on Saturday for adults and $10 for children. Adults can save $5 if they purchase their tickets in advance at www.nitrojam.com.

     

    Showtime is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday for qualifying and 6 p.m. on Saturday for eliminations.

     

    For more information on the 2014 IHRA San Antonio Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports, visit www.nitrojam.com.


  • Wright, Reid, Wilkins double up at San Antonio Summit Pro-Am

    image001SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 9, 2013) – It was a thrilling weekend for sportsman racers at the annual San Antonio Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good Vibrations and Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am presented by AMSOIL doubleheader weekend as tens of thousands of rabid fans packed San Antonio Raceway to see thrilling nitro racing and some of the best sportsman racers Texas has to offer.

     

    At the end of the day three racers found themselves holding more than one Ironman as Kamron Wright, from Odessa, Texas, doubled up in Top Sportsman, Scooter Wilkins of Hubbard, Texas took home two wins in Hot Rod and Laramie Reid, from Iowa Park, Texas, won in Quick Rod and Super Rod.

     

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    Scooter Wilkins doubled up in his first-ever Hot Rod race

     

    Other winners from the 2013 Summit Pro-Am at San Antonio Raceway were Lewis Cleveland and Kevin Wilson in Top Dragster, Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. and Pete Peery in Super Stock, Jimmy Hutto Jr. and Jerry Emmons in Stock, Kyle Williams in Quick Rod and Josh Eisemann in Super Rod.

     

    Junior Dragster winners were Aaron Philpot and Mia Carrola in Junior Masters, Matthew Keylich and Kenneth Hillin in Junior Advanced and Carson Russell and Braden Bettis in Junior Beginner. Sunday’s ET winners were Branden Bass in Top ET and Jay Robinson in Mod ET.

     

    Wilkins laid claim to easily the most unexpected victory of the weekend as he took his ’67 Camaro usually reserved for bracket racing and took it 10.90 racing for the very first time. Having never even raced the quarter-mile in his silver Chevy, Wilkins battled his way to both Saturday and Sunday to claim the Hot Rod double in his first attempt at the class.

     

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    Kamron Wright scored two big wins in San Antonio behind the wheel of his beautiful 2011 Pontiac GXP

     

    Wilkins went six rounds both days ending with a pair of close finals decided on the tree. On Saturday Wilkins found himself up against Dillion Bontrager and hammered the tree with a .008 light to hold the advantage after running a 10.925, 133.21 to Bontrager’s 10.918, 140.54. On Sunday both Wilkins and his final round opponent Marvin Allemand lit the red light, but Wilkins was closest to the green with a -.006 light to take home his second Ironman.

     

    Top Sportsman was absolutely dominated by Kamron Wright and Monte Weaver as the pair of Texas competitors found themselves matched up in the final both days, with Wright taking both wins. Unfortunately Weaver lit the red bulb both days in the final to hand Wright the win, wasting Wright’s .001 and .003 lights in the two finals.

     

    Laramie Reid claimed the weekend’s only multi-class double as he took the Super Rod Ironman on Saturday and the Quick Rod trophy on Sunday. In Super Rod Reid faced former IHRA World Champion Tommy Maedgen and won on the tree with a .052 light helping overcome a 9.930, 153.01 in the 9.90 class. In Quick Rod Reid won in a double-breakout against Clayton Nance with an 8.889, 166.54 to a 8.881, 174.49 in the 8.90 class.

     

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    Laramie Reid claimed wins in Quick Rod and Super Rod in San Antonio

     

    Other winners of note from the San Antonio event included Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. who continued his dominance of the class with yet another Super Stock Ironman and Kyle Williams, a 16-year-old racer claiming his very first big-car Ironman after winning in Junior Dragster at the San Antonio event just the year before.

     

    Renegades Division racers head to Dallas Raceway for their next IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour event May 17-19.

     

    The following are the final results from the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL double-header at State Capitol Raceway:

     

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    The following are Saturday’s final results from the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Renegades Division 4 day two at San Antonio Raceway:

     

    TOP SPORTSMAN – Kamron Wright, Odessa, Texas, ’11 Pontiac GXP, 9.373, 91.33 def. Monte Weaver, Lubbock, Texas, ’63 Chevy Corvette, foul.

     

    TOP DRAGSTER – Lewis Cleveland, Odessa, Texas, 7.544, 177.73 def. Matt Levatino, LaPlace, La., 7.259, 183.30.

     

    SUPER STOCK – Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., ’02 Pontiac Firebird, SS/HA, 10.128, 112.64  def. Jim Hanig, Houston, Texas, ’80 Chevy Monza, GT/IA, foul.

     

    STOCK ELIMINATOR – Jimmy Hutto Jr., Pearland, Texas, ’69 Chevy Camaro, AA/SA, 10.322, 127.23 def. Ty Casey, Abilene, Texas, ’68 Camaro, F/SA, 11.375, 108.38.

     

    QUICK ROD – Kyle Williams, Rockdale, Texas, dragster, 8.896, 160.09 def. Darryl Patton, Highlands, Texas, dragster, 8.890, 176.68.

     

    SUPER ROD – Laramie Reid, Iowa Park, Texas, 9.930, 153.01 def. Tommy Maedgen, Troy, Texas, ’27 Ford roadster, 9.907, 151.52.

     

    HOT ROD – Scooter Wilkins, Hubbard, Texas, ’67 Chevy Camaro, 10.925, 133.21 def. Dillion Bontrager, Wylie, Texas, ’69 Camaro, 10.918, 140.54.

     

    JUNIOR DRAGSTER MASTERS – Aaron Philpot, Boerne, Texas, dragster, 8.067, 79.89  def. Mia Carrola, Boerne, Texas, dragster, 7.913, 80.52.

     

    JUNIOR DRAGSTER ADVANCED – Matthew Keylich, San Antonio, Texas, dragster, 9.044, 70.92  def. Aaron Jordan, Ft. Worth, Texas, dragster, 8.935, 71.16.

     

    JUNIOR DRAGSTER BEGINNER – Carson Russell, Rockwall, Texas, dragster, 12.393, 51.76  def. Trace Casey, Van Vleck, Texas, dragster, foul.

     

    SUNDAY

     

    The following are Sunday’s final results from the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Renegades Division 4 day two at San Antonio Raceway:

     

    TOP SPORTSMAN – Kamron Wright, Odessa, Texas, ’11 GXP, 7.499, 134.21 def. Monte Weaver, Lubbock, Texas, ’63 Corvette, foul.

     

    TOP DRAGSTER – Kevin Wilson, Houston, Texas, dragster, 7.492, 173.01 def. Austin Cowan, San Antonio, Texas, dragster, 7.245, 182.48.

     

    SUPER STOCK – Pete Peery, Bowie, Texas, ’91 Calais, GT/FA, 9.901, 131.16 def. Tony Cowell, Hudson Oaks, Texas, ’81 Camaro, GT/JA, 10.436, 127.19.

     

    STOCK ELIMINATOR – Jerry Emmons, Pasdena, Texas, ’69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.707, 123.66  ef. Brian Massingill, Houston, Texas, ’12 Camaro, BBFIA, foul.

     

    QUICK ROD – Laramie Reid, Iowa Park, Texas, dragster, 8.889, 166.54 def. Clayton Nance, Anson, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 8.881, 174.49.

     

    SUPER ROD – Joshua K. Eisemann, Sugarland, Texas, ’63 Chevy II, 9.887, 137.66 def. Chris Eidson, Mineral Wells, Texas, ’63 Corvette, foul.

     

    HOT ROD – Scooter Wilkins, Hubbard, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 10.937, 133.61 def. Marvin Allemand, Raceland, La., ’05 Cavalier, foul.

     

    TOP ET – Branden Bass, Universal City, Texas, dragster, 7.775, 160.60 def. Lewis Cleveland, Odessa, Texas, dragster, 14.576, 45.58.

     

    MOD ET – Jay Robinson, Santa Fe, Texas, ’73 Nova, 14.651, 53.06 def. Jeffrey K. Eisemann, Sugarland, Texas, ’76 Nova, foul.

     

    JUNIOR DRAGSTER MASTERS – Mia Carrola, Boerne, Texas, dragster, 7.949, 80.30 def. Kristen Velasquez, San Antonio, Texas, dragster, 7.971, 77.35.

     

    JUNIOR DRAGSTER ADVANCED – Kenneth Hillin, San Antonio, Texas, dragster, 8.909, 75.74 def. Ashley Hubbell, San Antonio, Texas, dragster, 9.049, 70.44.

     

    JUNIOR DRAGSTER BEGINNER – Braden Bettis, DeLeon, Texas, dragster, 12.552, 53.41 def. Carson Russell, Rockwall, Texas, dragster, 12.542, 51.31.

     

    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.


  • Nitro Jam’s biggest stars hit the track at San Antonio Raceway April 5-6

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 27, 2013) – When the International Hot Rod Association’s Nitro Jam series made its return to San Antonio Raceway in 2011 the event was deemed an overwhelming success.

     

    The largest crowd in San Antonio Raceway history was on hand for the return of the IHRA’s unique brand of motorsports entertainment as fans in and around the Alamo City embraced the thrills of the world’s fastest machines. Then, in 2012, the event grew even bigger with another capacity crowd on hand for the largest U.S.-based Nitro Jam of the year.

     

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    San Antonio Raceway will once again host Nitro Jam’s biggest event April 5-6

     

    Now, after two incredibly successful and entertaining seasons, the third annual San Antonio Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good Vibrations Motorsports returns to San Antonio Raceway for what is easily the biggest Nitro Jam of the entire year. The event will feature four nitro classes, including the return of the Kings of the Sport in Top Fuel Dragster, plus nearly half a dozen jets, wheelstanders, fireworks and much more all jammed into one weekend April 5-6 at San Antonio Raceway.

     

    “San Antonio is a great city and I enjoy racing at the track,” said 2007 San Antonio Top Fuel winner Bruce Litton. “This event has grown exponentially over the past few years and I know the IHRA has a great show planned for the fans this season. And speaking of the fans, they are among the best out there and I look forward to spending some time meeting them before putting on a 300 mile-per-hour show for them.”

     

    Among the four nitro classes in action at this year’s San Antonio Nitro Jam are the fastest racecars in the world as Bruce Litton brings his bright orange “Nitro Jam” themed 8,000 horsepower Top Fuel Dragster to the party to take on young sensation Kyle Wurtzel in the “High Yield” machine in a side-by-side 320 mph showdown.

     

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    Texas will be well represented at the San Antonio Nitro Jam. Pictured is defending race winner John Hale in “Nitro Boss.”

     

    Fans will also enjoy the return of the fastest growing motorsports class in America as the stars of AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car take their 4,000 horsepower nostalgia machines down the Texas quarter-mile at speeds in excess of 250 mph. Among this year’s Funny Car pilots are two-time defending class champion and world record holder Pete Gallen in the brand new “Poverty Stricken” ’78 Monza, Texas-native and last year’s winner John Hale in the “Nitro Boss” Mustang, Greg Jacobsmeyer in the “AllStar” Dodge Challenger and “Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders.

     

    Rounding out the nitro classes are the out-of-control Fuel Altereds of Kyle Hough in “Nanook” and Ron Hope in “Rat Trap” plus the daredevil’s of the 220 mph Nitro Harley class starring Jay Turner in the record-setting “Big Pig” ride.

     

    In exhibition action fans will be in for a treat as five different jets fill the lines including the battle of jet trains between the “Cannonball Express” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”, the incredible “First Strike” and “Top Secret” jet-powered Funny Cars and the 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet-powered truck. Fireworks, the world’s fastest wheelstander and more will bring both nights to a close.

     

    Fans of powerful classic cars will also enjoy watching the world’s fastest sportsman racers take center stage during intermission as the stars of the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour battle for an Ironman trophy in front of an anticipated sellout crowd.

     

    The 2013 San Antonio Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good Vibrations Motorsports is April 5-7 at San Antonio Raceway. Showtime is scheduled for 7 p.m. both evenings with two rounds of Nitro Jam action each night.

     

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    Top Fuel returns to San Antonio April 5-6

     

    Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under and fans can save $5 on adult passes when they purchase tickets in advance at www.nitrojam.com.

     

    Don’t miss Nitro Jam’s two biggest nights of racing April 5-6 at San Antonio’s famous quarter-mile dragstrip just south of the city.

     

    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.

     


  • San Antonio Raceway set to host Sportsman Spectacular

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 10, 2012) – In 2011 the International Hot Rod Association created a revolutionary new program for sportsman racers known as the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Spectacular presented by AMSOIL.

     

    Created as a unique way to celebrate the IHRA’s 40th anniversary season, the sports only true sportsman-only national event proved an overwhelming success as hundreds of racers from all across North America took advantage of this unique program awarding big payouts, big prizes and big competition at two experimental races last year at Maryland International Raceway and Virginia Motorsports Park.

     

    Now, with an overwhelming demand for its return and a year under its belt, the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Spectacular presented by AMSOIL returns with three big races in 2012 beginning with a stop at San Antonio Raceway in Texas the weekend of May 25-27.

     

    The first Sportsman Spectacular of 2012 will take place at SAR the weekend of May 25-27

     

    San Antonio Raceway has already seen one big race in 2012 as the San Antonio Nitro Jam in March saw a 45 percent increase in car count and an extremely competitive race and with such a strong showing once already this year, and even more on the line coming up later this month, IHRA officials are expecting the first Summit Sportsman Spectacular of 2012 to be one of the biggest yet.

     

    “The Sportsman Spectacular is an event designed specifically for the racers. What began as an experimental way to celebrate our 40th anniversary season quickly took on a life of its own and has turned into one of our biggest events on the schedule,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA VP of Race Operations. “We have opened our doors to the best drivers in the world regardless of what HRA you call home as a way to give back to those that support the great sport of drag racing.

     

    “The overwhelming support we saw last year showed us that we needed to expand this season and we have done just that by adding a great venue like San Antonio Raceway to the schedule. I expect great racing and a great event later this month at SAR. With a spot in the TOC and $5,000 on the line for event winners, this should be one memorable race.”

     

    In all a grand total of $5,000 is up for grabs in each IHRA class for winners as the event features open fields consisting of both IHRA and NHRA competitors and a spot in the year-end Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL up for grabs making this the must-attend sportsman drag race of the season.

     

    All IHRA and NHRA members can take part in this unique event

     

    The Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Spectacular all gets underway on Friday, May 25 with a test and tune for all racers followed by a full day of qualifying and the first round eliminations on Saturday, May 26. Saturday’s race will also feature a re-entry round for first round losers to get back in the competition if the class car count is less than 64 cars, however any driver that loses first round and goes on to win the event will not earn a berth in the Tournament of Champions. Racers will conclude the event on Sunday with a huge purse, Ironman, national event contingency and a spot in the Summit Racing Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL for IHRA members all up for grabs.

     

    Racing will be conducted in IHRA’s seven regular touring Pro-Am classes of Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod with each winner collecting a $5,000 payday. Also in competition at SAR will be Top ET, Mod ET and Junior Dragster.

     

    Entry into the event is only $200 with a guaranteed $5,000 to win for Pro-Am classes plus national event contingency going to the winner in each of the regular IHRA touring classes.

     

    And to add to the grandness of the event, for the first time ever, the IHRA has opened its doors to allow all IHRA and NHRA members to compete in one event for the top prize at IHRA’s biggest-ever sportsman drag race May 25-27.

     

    This is the first of three Summit Sportsman Spectacular events in 2012. Maryland International Raceway will host the next Sportsman Spectacular July 13-15 and Memphis International Raceway will host the third the weekend of October 12-14 in conjunction with the IHRA World Finals.

     

    Don’t miss the biggest sportsman drag race this season at San Antonio Raceway as the Summit Sportsman Spectacular presented by AMSOIL returns May 25-27. For more information visit www.ihra.comor call San Antonio Raceway at (210) 698-2310.


  • Wild night of racing concludes Friday San Antonio Nitro Jam

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 28, 2012)– They said it was too heavy. They said it was too different.

    But it is Jay Turner who is having the last laugh now.

     

    Turner, who spent a majority of the offseason working on a brand new and very unique Nitro Harley, debuted what his team calls the “big pig” in front of a large Friday crowd at the San Antonio Nitro Jam at San Antonio Raceway and drove the bike to a victory over friend and rival Jake Stordeur on opening night.

     

    Jay Turner had a big night atop his ‘big pig’ Nitro Harley in picking up the win

     

    The new Nitro Harley, which is quite a bit longer than the other bikes with some added weight, blasted down the quarter-mile with dual flames kissing the ground as he drove to a 6.526, 208.53 to storm past Stordeur who ran a 7.605, 155.82 in his seventh career Nitro Jam win.

     

    “Everyone had doubts about this bike, but we knew what it was capable of,” Turner said. “We heard it all, but mostly people thought it was just too heavy to go fast. But with the way this thing is made, it gives us a few advantages over others that I think we can turn into some consistently fast passes throughout the season.”

     

    Other pro winners from Friday’s San Antonio Nitro Jam included Texas native and fan favorite John Hale in the “Nitro Boss” AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Bill Evans in the “Black Pearl” Pro Fuel Dragster and Ron Maroney in the “Blind Faith” Fuel Altered.

     

    Turner showed just what his new bike could do right from the start on Friday with an opening round shot of 6.470/198.59 to drive around defending champion Steve Dorn to reach to final. In the main event Turner left first and never looked back, lighting up the night sky with a flame show not often seen on a motorcycle straight through the trap. In the consolation round Dorn defeated Mike Scott.

     

    John Hale was another driver making a statement on Friday, winning in his very first passes in Nitro Jam competition. Hale, going against one of the toughest AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car fields of the season, bested last weekend’s winner Mike Savage in “Candies & Hughes” in round one before meeting defending series champion Peter Gallen in the “Poverty Stricken” machine in the final.

     

    Texas native John Hale won in AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car

     

    Despite such a thrilling final round pairing, the show turned anticlimactic when Gallen broke and Hale took an easy stroll down the quarter-mile in a makeshift victory lap. With the loss, Gallen fell short again in what is the worst stretch of his young nitro career.

     

    In the consolation rounds Dale Pulde put a check in the win column in his big return behind the wheel of the “War Eagle” in a win over Savage, Mitch King drove the “Brand X” Mustang to a win over Brad Thompson and Tim Boychuk rounded out the list with a solo pass in the “Troy Lee Designs” Pontiac.

     

    Of all the classes running at Nitro Jam, the driver making it look the easiest is defending Fuel Altered champion Ron Maroney who drove to his third consecutive win Friday night at SAR. Maroney, behind the wheel of the “Blind Faith” machine, took out Jason Richey in round one and then put down a solid 6.531/191.65 to defeat rookie Kyle Hough’s 6.816/206.42 in the final.

     

    Rounding out the pro rounds on Friday was Bill Evans’ big win in Pro Fuel Dragster. Evans had two very consistent laps on Friday on his way to a victory, ending the night with a win over Kristen Dennis for his ninth career Ironman. Evans ran a 5.539/250.28 in the final to Denis’ 6.024/208.53. In the consolation pairing Cherissa Smallwood defeated Robin Samsel.

     

    Even thought he didn’t get the win, Kyle Hough has been very exciting to watch as of late

     

    One of the most anticipated matchups of the evening ended with a split between Grave Digger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as Randy Brown drove Digger to a victory in round one and drag racing newbie Joey Parnell claimed the second matchup.

     

    The wild evening concluded with a few unexpected long runs into the nets when the Chattanooga Choo-Choo jet train went long, but the remaining jet dragster, jet funny cars and jet truck put on a tremendous show.

     

    The San Antonio Nitro Jam will continue on Saturday with day two at San Antonio Raceway. Gates open at 11 a.m. with FanFest set to being at 6:30 p.m. and two rounds of Nitro Jam at 8 p.m.

     

    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.


  • New faces on top entering San Antonio Nitro Jam

     

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 28, 2012) – Nitro Jam may be a sport that is all about flash, excitement and entertainment, but for the drivers it can get pretty intense on the track.

     

    Sure putting on a good show is foremost in their minds, but beating the guy in the other lane is really the driving force for their being. Just ask the stars of Nitro Jam’s top two classes.

     

    After struggling through much of 2011, Smallwood has won two races in a row

     

    Winning races and ultimately a championship is what it is all about for the drivers in the Pro Fuel Dragster and AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car classes and for some that goal is not being met in the early part of the Nitro Jam season. Defending Prostalgia World Champion Peter Gallen is off to the worst start of his career, with three round losses already after losing just four in the entirety of 2011, and the man who was supposed to dominate in Pro Fuel – 2010 champ Bill Evans – left Tucson without a trophy as well.

     

    In their place are a few new stars who have stepped up and are looking to keep the momentum going entering one of the biggest races of the entire 2012 season at San Antonio Raceway this Friday and Saturday.

     

    “It has been an overwhelming start to the year. We ended last year on a high note after struggling most of the season and now to start 2012 with a win has given this team the confidence we need to go out there and do our thing,” said Cherissa Smallwood, Friday winner at last weekend’s Arizona Nitro Jam. “When you gain some momentum you start feeling like you can win against anyone and that is the attitude we are going to need if we are to contend for the championship this season.”

     

    Smallwood will be looking to make it three straight in San Antonio

     

    Smallwood, driver of the “Nitro and Lace” dragster, is currently enjoying one of the most incredible turnarounds in recent motorsports history. Sitting at 0-16 in round wins entering the final race of the 2011 season, Smallwood found her groove at the season finale in Michigan and drove to her first career victory at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.

     

    Seven months later at the Nitro Jam season opener in Tucson, Ariz. last weekend Smallwood repeated that feat with another victory and is currently on pace for her best season ever entering this weekend’s San Antonio Nitro Jam. The reason for the turnaround? Attitude.

     

    “We have a new trailer and have totally stripped our dragster to the bare chassis. We did some major adjustments to the driver’s compartment and the overall appearance of the car including new parts from front to back, a new rear and we are also giving 100 percent nitro a shot this year,” Smallwood said. “But more than anything, it is all about the confidence we gained at the end of last year that took us into 2012 with our heads held high”

     

    Savage won his first career Nitro Jam in Tucson last weekend

     

    Smallwood won three of four rounds in Arizona and ran her career best elapsed time and speed under the hot desert sun and is gearing up for another tall task this weekend. Smallwood will once again go toe-to-toe with Bill Evans and the “Black Pearl” team and Robin Samsel in “Predator,” but this weekend she will also face off against another strong female competitor in Kristen Dennis from Magnolia, Texas.

     

    Dennis, driver of “Ladies First,” has one career Nitro Jam start to her credit, a victory at the Northern Nitro Jam at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park the same weekend that Smallwood picked up her first career win. Will it be a ladies weekend once again in Texas?

     

    “I think so,” Smallwood said. “There is just something to be said for a little girl power.”

     

    Another driver enjoying a ton of early season success in 2012 is Mike Savage, driver of the “Candies & Hughes” AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car. Savage had three Nitro Jam starts in 2011 with one final round appearance, but had never won a race until this past weekend at his home track.

     

    San Antonio will feature the biggest Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car race of the year

     

    Savage broke through for his first career Nitro Jam victory last Saturday at the Arizona Nitro Jam over defending champion Peter Gallen. Gallen beat Savage off the line, but in one of the closest drag races of the early season Savage charged back on the top end and bested the driver of the purple and gold “Poverty Stricken” machine.

     

    Now it is off to San Antonio for the Tucson native to face off in one of the biggest nostalgia Funny Car races of the entire year for bragging rights that will last an entire season.

     

    “There is a very tough field waiting for us Texas and we are certainly looking forward to the challenge,” Savage said. “I treat each and every one of these guys I race against the same. They all have quality cars and great drivers and I am proud to get an opportunity to show what I can do.”

     

    Savage will square off with Gallen, 2010 Nitro Jam champion Steve Nichols in the “Mill Road Boys” Camaro, James Day in “War Eagle,” Tim Boychuk in “Troy Lee Designs,” John Hale in “Nitro Boss,” “Jungle Jim” and more.

     

    The San Antonio Nitro Jam is this Friday and Saturday at San Antonio Raceway. For ticket information visitwww.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.


  • San Antonio Nitro Jam Fact Sheet

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 26, 2012) – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Nitro Jam series returns to San Antonio Raceway in San Antonio, Texas on March 30-31 for the San Antonio Nitro Jam.

     

    This year’s San Antonio Nitro Jam features multiple professional and sportsman classes spread over the two-day weekend. The 2012 San Antonio Nitro Jam will feature professional competition in Pro Fuel Dragster, AMSOIL Prostalgia™ Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley and Fuel Altered and multiple sportsman classes including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and Junior Dragster. The event will also feature multiple exhibitions including the 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet semi, side-by-side 300 mph jet dragsters and jet funny cars, wheelstanders and the world debut of the Grave Digger vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster truck drag race.

     

    This is the second 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. Last year’s event was the largest U.S. event in Nitro Jam history, so spectators are advised to arrive early. Adult tickets are only $25 if purchased in advance.

     

    Spectator gates open at 2 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday with the FanFest Pit Party set to begin at 6:30 p.m. both nights followed by the Nitro Jam professional show at 8 p.m. Sportsman racing will be contested throughout the day.

     

     

    WHAT: The San Antonio Nitro Jam is the second 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 the 30,000 horsepower Shockwave jet semi, 300 mph jet dragsters and jet funny cars, wheelstanders and the world debut of the Grave Digger vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster truck drag race.

     

    Friday and Saturday will feature sportsman racing throughout the day followed by the FanFest Pit Party at 6:30 p.m. The FanFest Pit Party features driver autographs and interactive stations for fans of all ages. FanFest and complete VIP access to the pit area is included with the price of admission. The Nitro Jam professional rounds will begin at 8 p.m. both nights.

     

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, March 30-31

     

    WHERE: 3641 S. Santa Clary Road, Marion, TX 78124

     

    CONTACT: Call San Antonio Raceway at (210) 698-2310 or visit www.nitrojam.com or www.sanantonioraceway.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 at 2 p.m.; FanFest Pit Party at 6:30 p.m.; Nitro Jam at 8 p.m.

     

    SATURDAY: Spectator gates open at 11 a.m.; FanFest Pit Party at 6:30 p.m.; Nitro Jam at 8 p.m.

     

    IMPORTANT LINKS: SAN ANTONIO NITRO JAM PREVIEW  SAN ANTONIO NITRO JAM EVENT PAGE  SAN ANTONIO NITRO JAM TICKETS


  • 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 8613