MILLINGTON, TN – The final race of the 2015 International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season was at Memphis International Raceway was filled with excitement and suspense. The Summit Racing Equipment World Finals featuring Nitro Jam produced two world records, championship runs and a first-time winner in the series.
Jason Rupert was looking to defend his AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive world championship title against Mike McIntire Jr. heading into Memphis International Raceway. The veteran driver not only claimed the championship, he won the final race of the year while breaking the ET world record in the process. Rupert went up against number one qualifier Shawn Bowen in the final round and posted a 5.595 second run at 261.72 mph against Bowen’s 5.766 and 238.55 mph. McIntire lost in the semifinals to Bowen when he posted a 6.257 at 183.49 mph.
MILLINGTON, TN – The Summit Racing Equipment World Finals featuring Nitro Jam will resume tomorrow due to unsafe conditions on the drag strip. The dew point and moisture in the shutdown area raised some safety concerns.
Sportsman eliminations and the final round of Nitro Jam eliminations will take place Sunday morning at Memphis International Raceway. The continuation of sportsman racing will start at 9 a.m. CT and the final round of Nitro Jam eliminations will begin at 11 a.m. CT.
Spectators with tickets from today’s eliminations will be honored tomorrow at the gate. Please present the gate agent with a ticket stub or receipt for proof of purchase.
PITTSBORO, NC – Precision Turbo Pro Boost is a unique animal in the Professional Drag Racers Association class lineup. While the other professional categories are grouped together by similar motor combinations, Pro Boost has a mix of configurations competing against each other. Despite the variety of the class, it is proving to be the most tightly contested. With just one race left in the PDRA tour, less than one round separates Kevin Rivenbark’s blown 2015 Corvette from Kevin Fiscus’ twin turbo 2012 Mustang.
Rivenbark and Fiscus have been neck-and-neck all year. By winning the first event of the season, Fiscus gained the early points lead, but it wasn’t long before Rivenbark captured his own PDRA trophy and took over the points lead. Rivenbark started out the year in his trusty 1967 Mustang, then debuted a new 2015 Corvette halfway through the season. Working out new car bugs cost him the points lead at the Summer Drags, and once again Fiscus was back on top. At the most recent PDRA event, Dragstock XII, Rivenbark was able to go one round further than Fiscus, giving him the lead by 80 points. Now there are just four qualifiers and four elimination rounds left to determine who will be the next PDRA Pro Boost World Champion.
The schedule will resume Saturday with sportsman qualifying starting at 9 a.m. followed by two rounds of Nitro Jam qualifying at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies kick off at 4:45 p.m.
Tickets purchased for qualifying today will be valid for tomorrow’s activities. Please present your ticket stub or a receipt to the personnel at the MIR gate for entry.
FONTANA, CA – Reflecting its move to drag strips across the country as well as identifying the standards in which it is recognized by drivers, fans, and tracks all over the U.S., the PSCA has re-christened itself the Premier Street Car Association.
PSCA has expanded already with its successful Rocky Mountain Summer Series at the legendary Bandimere Speedway and is looking at the possibility of a third Street Car Super Nationals in Florida. While it will always identify with its West Coast roots, the time has come for the series to become a national force, said PSCA President Mel Roth.
“First and foremost, the name change doesn’t mean we’re forgetting about those who helped us get where we are today,” Roth said. “The people and the partners who have built us over the past 16 years will always be an integral part of our organization. With the success of the second Street Car Super Nationals in St. Louis, we realized drag strips all over the country are hungry for our kind of doorslammer racing. We feel we’re one of the premier associations in the country, so why not have that reflected in our name?”
LANCASTER NATIONAL DRAGWAY SET TO CLOSE OUT 2015 SEASON ON SATURDAY WITH PRO MOD-A-PALOOZA & CHAMPIONSHIP RUN OFFS
LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster National Dragway will cap off a remarkable 2015 season this Saturday (October 10) with one of its biggest drag racing events of the season, Pro Mod-a-Palooza and the Season Championship Run-Offs.
The track champions for our four weekly Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing classed plus Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Quick 16 will be crowned with our final points race of the season. The class champions will then go head-to-head to decide who will become the inaugural K100/Bauer Racing Lancaster National Dragway Grand Champion. The winner of this ultimate contest will take home a package of $5,000 in cash and prizes.
ENNIS, TX – Blake Alexander will continue his Funny Car journey this season at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals. The race, contested Oct. 15-18 at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, is the first event in which Alexander will compete since his semifinal finish in Gainesville in March.
Alexander and Paul Smith have advanced past the first round of competition at the last three events they have entered and will look to continue their streak in Dallas.
“We are excited to unveil the new Monroe Shocks/National Pronto Association livery on our Dodge Charger Funny Car.” said Alexander. “Racing in this event holds a lot of meaning to me and the guys since this is where I got my license when I was a junior in college. It also will hold a new special meaning as the National Pronto Associations Headquarters’ is located nearby in Grapevine, Texas. I want to first thank Monroe Shocks for helping us lay a foundation for the program we hope to build in the future.”