IHRA Nitro Jam at San Antonio Raceway March 30-31
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Marion, Tx.,(March 31st, 2012) After a strange, mysterious opening night for San Antonio Raceways IHRA Nitro Jam Friday night, drivers, teams and fans returned to the second night of Nitro Jam action. Amosoil Prostalgia Funny Cars, Pro Fuel Dragsters, Fuel Altereds and Nitro Harley’s headlined the show, with Jet Dragsters and Funny Cars, Monster Trucks and a Jet Truck also in competition on the 14 mile track just outside San Antonio.
After one round of qualifying in the Top Sportsman and Top Dragsters on Friday night, all other Sportsman classes (Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod classes, plus ET Box and No-Box along with the Jr. Dragsters) beginning the day with two rounds of time trials to help set the ladders in each class, as part of the Summit Pro-Am Touring Series.
The second hosting of the newest Nitro Jam version saw a near capacity crowd, with four deep along the fence come through the gates. A near record number of entrants made this year’s Nitro Jam one of the tracks most successful events.
First alternate, Mitch King(Galveston, Tx.), who has made passes on San Antonio Raceway in a Top Fuel Car over past years, found his Brand X Prostalgia Funny Car equally up to the task against Mike Savage(Candies & Hughes) in the finals. King was off the light first by a tenth(.10) and used nearly all of that to hold off Savage, who was .09 faster, but ran out of race track trying to run him down.
Amsoil Prostalgia Funny Cars
Mike Savage, Candies & Hughes, 5.85 @ 239.11
Mitch King, Brand X, 5.94 @ 235.85(hole shot win)
Tim Boychuk, Troy Lee Designs, 7.30 @ 179.50
John Hale, Nitro Boss, 7.72 @ 134.13
Tim Boychuk, Troy Lee Designs, 7.72 @ 112.97
Brad Thompson, 6.37 @ 209.40
John Hale, Nitro Boss 11.48 @ 73.72
Peter Gallen, Poverty Stricken, 5.85 @ 243.64
Mitch King, Brand X, 6.22 @ 207.95
Mike Savage, Candies & Hughes, 5.84 @ 235.85
Magnolia, Texas’, Kristen Dennis(Ladies First) picked up her first win of the year in Pro Fuel bettering Bill Evans(Black Pearl) in the finals. Dennis’ win made it two victories for home state drivers after Mitch Kings Prostalgia Funny Car win.
Kristen Dennis, Ladies First, 5.38 @ 276.92
Bill Evans, Black Pearl, 5.51 @ 264.39
Robin Samsel, Predator, 5.85 @ 238.90
Cherissa Smallwood, Nitro & Lace, 7.12 @ 145.82
Robin Samsel, Predator, 5.41 @ 259.37(red)
Kristen Dennis, Ladies First, 6.16 @ 206.04
Cherissa Smallwood, Nitro & Lace, 5.72 @ 207.76
Bill Evans, Black Pearl, 5.33 @ 268.50
Randy Bradford(Bradford Fiat) went red at the hit of throttle handing the trophy to Ron Maroney(Blind Faith) Maroney’s time would have been good enough without Bradford’s red light.
Ron Maroney, Blind Faith, 6.74 @ 192.91
Randy Bradford, Bradford Fiat, 7.97 @ 172.61(red)
Ron Maroney, Blind Faith, 6.74 @ 170.97
Kyle Hough, Super Nanook, 8.69 @ 105.09
Randy Bradford, Bradford Fiat, 7.17 @ 203.34
The Nitro Harley final saw Jake Stordeur with a slight advantage off the line, but he began to have trouble giving Jay Turner the chance to go past to pick up the win.
Jay Turner, 6.83 @ 161.00
Jake Stordeur, 7.82 @ 128.70
Steve Dorn, 6.36 @ 122.55
Mike Scott, unable to run
Steve Dorn, 8.19 @ 110.21
Jay Turner, 6.54 @ 192.72
Mike Scott, Broke off line
Jake Stordeur, 7.26 @ 165.93
In a Nitro Jam first, the Jet Funny Car of RichHannah(Gojo) paired off with the Prostalgia Funny Car of Dale Pulde(War Eagle). Hannah took the wins in both rounds with both being good side by side battles.
Jet Funny Car vs Prostalgia Funny Car
Rich Hannah, Gojo, 5.93
Dale Pulde, War Eagle, 5.99
Rich Hannah, Gojo, 5.89 @ 269.30
Dale Pulde, War Eagle,5.94 @ 215.83
After losing to a hole shot in round 1, Ken Hall(Top Secret) came back in the final round to take the victory.
Jet Funny Car vs. Jet Dragster
Ken Hall, Top Secret, 6.68 @ 238.22
KC Jones, Cannonball Express, 6.83 @ 222.22(Hole shot win)
Ken Hall, Top Secret, 6.03 @ 267.86
KC Jones, Cannonball Express, 6.81 @ 221.67
Grave Digger and Ninja Turtle once again split the Monster Truck exhibition.
Randy Brown, Grave Digger---won
Joey Parnell, Ninja Turtle
Randy Brown, Grave Digger, 9.03 @ 79.02
Joey Parnell, Ninja Turtle, 8.96 @ 74.52
Les Shockley made two nearly identical passes in his 57 Chevy Truck
Les Shockley, Shockwave Jet Truck, 7.87 @ 206.04
Les Shockley, Shockwave Jet Truck, 7.90 @ 206.42