Nitro Jam returns to the desert March 23 at Southwestern International Raceway
By IHRA Media
Mar 20, 2013
Always one of the most anticipated stops on the
International Hot Rod Association’s Nitro Jam tour, the biggest names in
nostalgia nitro racing plus a few surprises will highlight Nitro Jam’s return
to the desert March 23 at the Arizona Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good
Sportsman racers will be in for a treat as the track
welcomes the best Top Dragster competitors in the land for a showdown featuring
the quickest and fastest sportsman machines in drag racing. Southwestern
International Raceway will also host it usual bracket program with Saturday’s
winners taking home an IHRA Ironman in front of the sold out SIR crowd.
Last year Tucson’s very own Cindy Hawk took the Ironman in
the Top Dragster desert shootout.
AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car driver Steven Densham will be in Tucson
The Arizona Nitro Jam will open the 2013 Nitro Jam season
with its biggest show ever at the famed Southwestern International Raceway as
the series and the track welcome some of the most famous names in nostalgia
nitro racing plus the return of Top Fuel Dragster to Tucson’s quarter-mile
Former IHRA Nitro Jam World Champion Bruce Litton will highlight
Nitro Jam’s return to the desert with his 8,000 horsepower Top Fuel Dragster as
he battles Curt Eierdam in the “Invader” jet-powered dragster in the most
unique-side-by-side drag race in Nitro Jam history. Both vehicles are capable
of speeds in excess of 300 mph, but both reach those unthinkable numbers in two
very different ways.
Litton’s Top Fuel Dragster will reach 100 miles per her in
less than one second while pulling 8Gs and will reach 300 miles per hour in a
little over four seconds. Eierdam’s jet dragster has a bit of a slower start,
but his 10,000 horsepower jet engine more than makes up for the difference as
the two machines reach side-by-side competition near the finish line all while
throwing fire high into the night air.
It is sure to be one of the most exciting races in Nitro Jam
history and it will take place twice on Saturday, March 23 at the Arizona Nitro
The famous Candyland wheelstanding stage coach is always a hit with the fans
Joining the 300 mph showdown will be four of the most famous
AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars to ever grace the quarter-mile. The world
famous “Candies & Hughes” Barracuda Nitro Funny Car will be piloted by
newcomer Mike Halstead as the most recognizable racecar in nostalgia racing
today tries to make it three-in-a-row at the Arizona Nitro Jam. Also in
competition in Tucson will be Steven Densham in the “Teacher’s Pet” 1969
Camaro, Jason Rupert in the “Mert Littlefield” tribute 1969 Camaro and John
Hale in the “Nitro Boss” 1969 Mustang.
Rounding out the nitro portion of the schedule are four of
the most famous and out-of-control nostalgia Fuel Altereds in the world headed
by defending Nitro Jam World Champion Kyle Hough in the “Nanook” machine.
Joining Hough in Tucson will be Jason Rupert in “Pure Hell”, Mike Hilsabeck in
“Arizona Thunder” and Tucson’s own Ron Maroney in the “Blind Faith” entry.
The 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet-powered truck will
bring the evening to a close alongside Ed Jones and his one-of-a-kind
“Candyland” wheelstanding stagecoach. Fireworks and an incredible pyrotechnics
show will close the evening.
Tickets to the third-annual Arizona Nitro Jam presented by
CarSafe and Good Vibrations Motorsports are $30 for adults and $10 for
children. Adults can save $5 if they purchase their tickets in advance at
Showtime is scheduled for 7 p.m. with two rounds of Nitro
For more information on the 2013 Arizona Nitro Jam visit
Top Fuel returns to the desert