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Highly Anticipated IHRA Hot Rod Classic to Feature Big Money and Big Fun

Thursday, 11 January 2024 Written by 
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HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. — The excitement is real as big money and big fun are guaranteed when the International Hot Rod Association brings back blasts from the past with the IHRA Hot Rod Classic.

The IHRA, along with partners Don Baskin Truck Sales LLC, M&M Transmission and Extreme Racing Oil, announces large guaranteed payouts to go along with the special black powder-coated IHRA Ironman trophies and specially designed IHRA medals for the winners in the different classes.

Payouts for Pro Mods will be $10,000 to the winner and $3,000 to the runner-up with the exception of the Texas Pro Mods at Xtreme Raceway Park, which will be released at a later date.

Real Steel N/T racers will compete for $5,000 for the winner and $1,000 for the runner-up. Top Dragster and Top Sportsman payouts include $3,000 for the winner and $1,000 for the other finalist. 

Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod have $2,000-to-win prizes and $750 for the runner-up with all the races broadcast on the IHRA-TV channel on YouTube.

Bracket racers will compete for big money too in 64-car shootouts for the Box, No Box and Junior classes. These will be pre-entered and on a first-come, first-serve basis with no double entries. Box and No Box payouts are $5,000 for the winner and $1,000 for the runner-up. The Junior Dragsters have $750 to win and $500 for the final round.


“We wanted to bring back a little of the history of IHRA, but we don’t want to forget our grassroots racers,” IHRA Owner and CEO Larry Jeffers said. “That’s why the bracket and junior racers will always be part of our programs.”

In all HRC classes with the exception Pro Mod, drivers will compete for special championship trophies will be based on four out of five races. 

The points for the Texas Pro Mods at Xtreme Raceway Park will be separate as part of their own program. 

For the other Pro Mod drivers, they will accumulate points at the other four races — Darlington Dragway, Alabama International Dragway, Muncie Dragway, Kuhnle Motorsports Park — in an effort to earn a season championship.

The schedule includes a test-and-tune, along with golf cart and pit bike races as selected events on Thursday. Friday’s schedule includes Gamblers races for Box and No Box and qualifying for all the classes. Saturday features a full day of racing including a Box and No Box “Run for the Money” time trial and the final round of Hot Rod Classic qualifying.

Opening ceremonies take place at 2 p.m. Saturday with final round of eliminations scheduled at 10 p.m. A preliminary schedule for the Darlington race can be seen on the IHRA Facebook page.

Don’t miss out. Be sure to become an IHRA member and join in the fun. Click here to check out the IHRA membership center or call membership coordinator Heather Roth at 85-JOIN-IHRA.

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