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MARION -- It is the single biggest International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) drag racing event in the United States, and this year, the San Antonio Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports at San Antonio Raceway are bigger than ever before.

After returning to the famed strip at San Antonio Raceway in 2011, the IHRA’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series has enjoyed record growth with a newer, entertainment-based show. And in 2014, the IHRA will bring the best of both worlds to Texas as the world’s best drivers compete in the second of 12 events on the 2014 North American Tour during the San Antonio Nationals Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, at San Antonio Raceway.

This year, every lap matters, as the stars of Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Nitro Altered, Mountain Motor Pro Stock, and Jet Dragster push their machines to the limit in their chase for the 2014 IHRA World Championships. Qualifying will take place Friday, followed by eliminations on Saturday. Both are under the lights with high stakes on the line.

Highlighting the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is the Nitro Funny Car class, combining modern-world technology with classic body styles and old school, nostalgia drag racing. These machines regularly push 260 mph on the quarter-mile with fire bursting from the headers.

In addition to Nitro Funny Car, perhaps the most anticipated competition this season is the return of IHRA’s original class, Mountain Motor Pro Stock. Featuring 800 cubic inch power plants powering these factory hot rods more than 220 mph down the track, this season will mark the return of these powerful beasts to the traditional drag racing distance of a quarter-mile.

Also making history will be the debut of the world’s only Jet Dragster championship program being contested by the four fastest women in drag racing -- the Larsen Motorsports jet team. This four-car team is made up of four very talented female competitors with vastly different backgrounds. From a 19-year-old college student to a female test pilot and an entrepreneur who holds the operation together, the team of Elaine Larsen, Marisha Falk, Dawn Perdue, and Kat Moller will compete in 300 mph, side-by-side jet-powered drag racing action.

In addition to all of the on-track action, the 2014 San Antonio Nationals will feature an all-new and fully interactive Fan Fest pit experience. Fans can tour the pits, meet the drivers, and take part in a number of fun family activities.

Adult tickets are $20 on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Children are $10. Adults can save $5 by purchasing tickets online at www.nitrojam.com.

Qualifying starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and eliminations begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit www.nitrojam.com.
 

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