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Top Sportsman and Top Dragster back in the spotlight at IHRA

Courtesy of IHRA

Norwalk, OH – They are the quickest and fastest sportsman cars on the planet, and once again they are going to be a feature attraction at all Nitro Jam events in 2011.

Known as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, they are the premier sportsman classes in Nitro Jam competition and feature incredible racing, quick times and unique designs and the two classes will once again have an opportunity to showcase their talents on the biggest stage in the sport during the professional rounds of Nitro Jam competition this season.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to feature our two quickest and fastest classes during the professional rounds all season long,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA VP of Race Operations. “IHRA invented Top Sportsman and Top Dragster and we are the only ones really committed to showcasing these classes in front of thousands of fans and I’m very proud of that.

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Jan-Cen Power Takes Janis to Semi-Final Finish in Charlotte

Courtesy of: Mike Janis Racing Inc.

Elma, NY– Mike Janis took his 2010 Ford Mustang to a semi-final finish at the O’Reilly Auto NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC this past weekend.

Janis’ run to the winner’s circle was halted by a faulty pneumatic valve; causing incorrect timing early in his semi-final run.

“We’ve had a problem this year with little things getting us,” said Crew Chief, Mike Janis Jr. “We’re confident we have the power to run with anyone here. OK, the turbo car is in a class of his own right now but, if we can string a few runs together I like our chance against anyone.”

Janis started eliminations from the number six position after running a best of 5.95 at just under 244 miles per hour in qualifying. In round one Janis took on Californian Danny Rowe at the wheel of his Sterling Bridge ’68 Camaro. The race was over at the tree when Rowe fouled out turning on the red light. The win over Rowe set up a second round pairing of Janis versus Burgess. Roger Burgess, a self made millionaire from Duluth, Georgia, made his way to the second round by defeating his teammate Ray Commisso in round one.

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Round Three of PMRA Pro Modified Racing goes to Stawicki

Courtesy of the PMRA

GRAND BEND, ONTARIO – Mike Stawicki has made it known that he is the force in Pro Modified racing this season.  The veteran driver of the G-Force Race Cars MSR Performance powered 1968 Firebird from Medina, New York, qualified number one for race three in the 2010 Pro Modified Racing Association tour, and went the distance to win his first PMRA event of the year and the first IHRA Ironman of his career.

Stawicki beat former Alcohol Funny Car driver Paul Noakes of London, Ontario in the final. Noakes, who has settled nicely behind the wheel of the Noakes and Martin Racing 1963 Corvette, qualified seventh, and ran a stout 6.293, 223.28 final but it was no match for Stawicki’s 5.820, 253.28 victory run.

While Stawicki qualified number one, to win the Marydel Homes Qualifying Bonus with a 5.881, 252.05 lap, it was the New Yorker’s final run that set low ET and top speed during the IHRA Nitro Jam Nationals held at the Grand Bend Motorplex. Stawicki has been running in the five-second range since he set the PMRA Series record with a 5.803 at 255.15 during the previous event at the Cayuga Dragway.

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