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IHRA announces newly created Division 6 on Summit Pro-Am tour

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Norwalk, OH – Just one month after announcing the creation of a new division in the Summit SuperSeries consisting of tracks in the western United States and Canada, the International Hot Rod Association is pleased to announce that it will also be expanding the Summit Pro-Am Tour as well with the creation of Division 6 consisting of five races in 2011 in British Columbia and Alberta.

The newly created division, also known as the Border Bandits, will expand the IHRA’s regional touring series to include its new western markets and provide racers on the west coast who have never had an opportunity to compete for an IHRA title a chance to compete for points and a championship on the Summit Pro-Am Tour.

“We have been looking to reach out to racers on the west coast for a long time and with the creation of the new division and with so many great tracks getting involved I think this is the first step in really making some noise in areas of the country we have never touched before,” said division director Frank Kohutek. “We are going to try some things out this first year, get racers used to the way these things are done, before we step it up and really grow the division over the next few years. This is certainly an exciting time to be a part of the IHRA.” 

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Bennett in ‘Heaven’ entering Mardi Gras Nitro Jam

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PORT ALLEN, LA – For most racers, the first event of the season is typically a chance to shake off the cobwebs of a long offseason and try to get back in rhythm with a few smooth, consistent laps.

That certainly wasn’t the case for third generation racer Chris Bennett.

You could almost say Bennett was in “heaven” following the opening race of the 2011 Nitro Jam season as Bennett and the “Pure Heaven” Fuel Altered team fired off one career best lap after another en route to winning the first ever Fuel Altered race as a part of Nitro Jam competition while setting the bar for the new class entering the second event of the year February 19-20 at the Mardi Gras Nitro Jam in Baton Rouge.

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Memphis International Raceway joins IHRA family

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Norwalk, OH – Feld Motor Sports and the International Hot Rod Association are proud to announce that Memphis International Raceway has signed a multiyear sanctioning agreement with the IHRA and plans are already in place to add a Feld Motor Sports event to the schedule in the near future.

The recently purchased Memphis facility will reopen as an IHRA sanctioned facility later this year, with the Summit SuperSeries sportsman racing program and weekly test and tune sessions to take place immediately. The new owners are also working diligently to add national and regional events to the schedule for the 2011 season.

“I’m incredibly excited to add Memphis International Raceway as an IHRA facility,” said IHRA President Aaron Polburn. “Obviously we’ve had great success with this same group at Palm Beach International Raceway. Memphis is a great market and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling and start getting IHRA events at the facility.”

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Sanders runs low E.T. three out of four rounds in Palm Beach

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MAPLE VALLEY, WA – After traveling nearly 4,000 miles across the country from Seattle to southern Florida for the first race of the 2011 Nitro Jam season, the “Mr. Explosive” team headed by driver Mark Sanders finally returned home with an Ironman in hand this week as Sanders kicked off the young season with a victory at the Palm Beach Nitro Jam at Palm Beach International Raceway last month.

Sanders qualified with the top spot on opening night at the Palm Beach Nitro Jam with a very quick 5.82 second lap at 244 miles per hour, a precursor of things to come as Sanders went on to meet up with another drag racing superstar in the final.  With the IHRA Chicago style format, Sanders’ time was good enough to advance the “Mr. Explosive” Funny Car into the finals against IHRA legend Paul Romine.  In that final round matchup Sanders was out of the gate first and never looked back, putting down another consistent 5.87 second lap at 242 mph, defeating Romine’s 5.941, 240 mph. 

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Southwestern International Raceway to host third stop on 2011 Nitro Jam tour

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Norwalk, OH – After a few weeks of deliberation culminating with a unanimous vote by the racers, the International Hot Rod Association and Feld Motor Sports is proud to announce that Tucson, Ariz. based dragstrip Merles Southwestern International Raceway has joined the IHRA family of member tracks.

Merles Southwestern International Raceway has confirmed that the venue will be sanctioned by the IHRA and, according to new owner LJ Motorsports and CEO Bernie Longjohn, the IHRA affiliation will bring with it many racer friendly programs including the Summit SuperSeries and Teen Championship Racing, culminating with the southwestern United States debut of the fastest growing motorsports event in the country as Nitro Jam comes to SIR the weekend of March 25-26 with one of the biggest shows of the year.

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Lagana blasts to victory at Palm Beach Nitro Jam

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JUPITER, Fl – In more than 12 years of Top Fuel drag racing, Bobby Lagana Jr. had posted only two runs of over 320 miles per hour in his entire career.

After Saturday night, he has a few more to add to his totals.

Lagana, in front of a huge southern Florida crowd, blasted to the best weekend of his entire career with four consecutive runs of over 320 mph, including a career best lap Saturday night, and a weekend sweep of the quickest category in drag racing to give the defending Top Fuel champion an incredible start to the 2011 season at the Palm Beach Nitro Jam Saturday night at Palm Beach International Raceway.

“This was absolutely the best Top Fuel show the IHRA has ever seen,” Lagana said. “I had two 320 mile per hour passes in my life before this weekend and now I have six. Actually all eight runs between the two of us were over 300 miles per hour so that was great for the fans and great for us. Bruce did a great job and so did our group.”

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Troy Coughlin Jr. starts season in South Florida at Nitro Jam

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PALM BEACH, Fl – With a bright new paint job and a take-no-prisoners attitude, T.J. Coughlin and his JEGS dragster is starting the season with a mini-tour of Florida.

He started his racing season with a second round breakout loss in the Quick Rod class this weekend at the Nitro Jam opener at Palm Beach International Raceway.
 
“It went OK. I have a lot of confidence in the car,” Coughlin said. “I’ve just got to focus on smacking the tree and making sure the car stays in shape.”
 
Coughlin qualified No. 6 in the Quick Rod field and faced Ray Llanusa in the opening round. Coughlin cut a .014 second light and made a 8.905 second pass at 173.76 mph on a 8.90 second index. Llanusa broke out with a 0.079 light with a 8.870 breakout finish at 164.99 mph.

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