Tuesday, August 7, 2012
IHRA CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam this Friday and Saturday
by Larry Crum
MARTIN, Mich. -- The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Nitro Jam series returns to U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. on August 10-11 for the annual CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam.
This year’s CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam features multiple professional and sportsman classes spread over the two-day weekend as U.S. 131 Motorsports Park celebrates 50 years of incredible drag racing action. The 2012 CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam will feature professional competition in the four nitro classes of Pro Fuel Dragster, AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley and Fuel Altered. Being the final race of the 2012 Nitro Jam season, championships are on the line in all four classes. The event will also feature multiple exhibitions including the 25,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet truck and the Michigan debut of the “biggest” drag race in the world as the Grave Digger monster truck takes on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
The weekend will also include a Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL qualifier with competition in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot rod plus a full contingent of Michigan’s best local racers.
This is the eighth and final race of the 2012 IHRA Nitro Jam season with championships on the line in all 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.
WHAT: The CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam is the eighth and final race of the 2012 IHRA Nitro Jam season.
Pro Fuel Dragster
AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car
Grave Digger monster truck
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster truck
Super Shockwave jet-powered truck
EVENT INFO: Friday and Saturday will feature sportsman racing throughout the day followed by the FanFest Pit Party at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. 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. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
WHEN: Friday-Saturday, August 10-11
TICKETS: Available at the gate day of show or in advance at www.nitrojam.com. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.
CONTACT: Call U.S. 131 Motorsports Park at (269) 672-7800 or visit them on the web at www.us131msp.com.
2011 WINNERS: Pro Fuel Dragster – Cherissa Smallwood & Kristen Dennis; AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car – Peter Gallen (2); Fuel Altered – Ron Maroney & Tom Padilla; Nitro Harley – Jay Turner & Steve Dorn; Top Sportsman – Rob Harvishak; Top Dragster – Tony Myers; Super Stock – Bob Lowry; Stock – Michael Beard; Quick Rod – Nick Folk; Super Rod – Chris Yates; Hot Rod – Craig Meyer
SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)
FRIDAY: Sportsman Testing @ 2 p.m.; FanFest @ 6:30 p.m.; Nitro Jam @ 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Sportsman Racing @ 9 a.m.; Fan Fest @ 5:30 p.m.; Nitro Jam @ 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Sportsman Racing @ 9 .m.
IMPORTANT LINKS: CARSAFE NORTHERN NITRO JAM PREVIEW – CARSAFE NORTHERN NITRO JAM EVENT PAGE – CARSAFE NORTHERN NITRO JAM TICKETS