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Your complete guide to the 2014 IHRA Northern Nationals

Monday, 04 August 2014

MARTIN, Mich. – The International Hot Rod Association’s (IHRA) Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series returns to US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan August 8-9 for the annual IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals.

This year’s Northern Nationals mark the return of traditional competition to the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series. The event will feature competition in five professional classes with qualifying on Friday, August 8 and eliminations on Saturday, August 9 all under the lights at US 131 Motorsports Park.

The professional classes will include more than 20 nitro-powered cars in Top Fuel Dragster, Nitro Altered and Nitro Harley, plus the return of Mountain Motor Pro Stock and the debut of the fastest women in drag racing – the Larsen Motorsports Jet Dragster racing team. Points and big money are on the line for all of the teams in attendance as the best racers in the world travel to Michigan for two days of championship drag racing.

The event will welcome the only US appearance of Top Fuel Dragsters with the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series just one year after Dom Lagana made the fastest pass in IHRA and US 131 Motorsports Park history at over 330 miles per hour.

The Northern Nationals is the 11th of 12 races on the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour. It is the final race before the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series championship finale at Memphis International Raceway in October.

WHAT: IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals

PROFESSIONAL CLASSES
Top Fuel Dragster
Nitro Harley
Nitro Altered
Mountain Motor Pro Stock
Jet Dragster

EVENT INFO: The 2014 IHRA Northern Nationals will feature the best racers from the world of drag racing in five professional categories. Each day will feature sportsman racing throughout the day and professional racing at night. Nitro Jam professional racing begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

New in 2014, the IHRA will host an all-new FanFest pit area centered around the Larsen Motorsports compound. FanFest will feature driver autographs and interviews, an interactive display showcasing how to build, design and race a jet-powered racecar in the Jet Technology Center and the exciting Hollywood Cars of the Stars collection featuring some of the most famous cars ever driven in film and television including the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Batmobile from the 1960s Batman television series and more.

The FanFest pit area opens at 4 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

WHEN: Friday-Saturday, August 8-9

WHERE: US 131 Motorsports Park | 1249 12th Street, Martin, MI 49070

TICKETS: Available at the gate day of show or in advance at www.nitrojam.com.

CONTACT: Call US 131 Motorsports Park at (269) 672-7800 or visit them at www.us131msp.com. For media requests contact Larry Crum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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SCHEDULED TO APPEAR (subject to change)

Top Fuel Dragster: Bobby Lagana, Dom Lagana
Nitro Altered: Kyle Hough “Nanook,” Ron Maroney “Blind Faith,” Don Blackshear “Bullet Bob,” Mike Hilsabeck “Arizona Thunder,” Troy Martin “Missing Pieces,” Shane Harter “Nasty Benjamin,” Troy Ray “Wild Side,” Skip Hullgren “Mr. Boston”
Nitro Harley: Jay Turner, Mike Scott, Randal Andras, Larry Brancaccio, Alvin Kubernusz, Mark Cox, Mike Pelrine, Rocky Jackson
Mountain Motor Pro Stock: Pete Berner, Cary Goforth, Todd Hoerner, Dean Goforth, Kevin Bealko, John DeFlorian, John Konigshofer, Brad Waddle, Matt Bertsch, Scott Hintz, Anthony Paone
Jet Dragster: Elaine Larsen, Marisha Falk, Kat Moller, Allison West

2014 WINNERS

Tucson, Arizona
Nitro Funny Car – Jason Rupert over Mark Sanders
Pro Stock – Cary Goforth over Todd Hoerner
Nitro Harley – Mike Scott over Jay Turner
Nitro Altered – Mike Hilsabeck over Jim Maroney
Jet Dragster – Marisha Falk over Elaine Larsen

San Antonio, Texas
Nitro Funny Car – Jason Rupert over John Smith
Pro Stock – John DeFlorian over Cary Goforth
Nitro Harley – Randal Andras over Jay Turner
Nitro Altered – Ron Hope over Mike Hilsabeck
Jet Dragster – Elaine Larsen over Dawn Perdue

Bradenton, Florida
Nitro Funny Car – Mike McIntire Jr. over Jason Rupert
Pro Stock – Cary Goforth over John DeFlorian
Nitro Harley – Mark Cox over Joey Sternotti
Nitro Altered – Don Blackshear over Brian Hope
Jet Dragster – Marisha Falk over Elaine Larsen

Palm Beach, Florida
Cancelled due to weather

Rockingham, North Carolina
Nitro Funny Car – Jason Rupert over Peter Gallen
Pro Stock – Brad Waddle over Kevin Bealko
Nitro Harley – Mike Scott over Randal Andras
Nitro Altered – Ron Maroney over Shane Harter
Jet Dragster – Marisha Falk over Dawn Perdue

Budds Creek, Maryland
Nitro Funny Car – John Hale over Peter Gallen
Pro Stock – John Konigshofer over Todd Hoerner
Nitro Harley – Mike Scott over Randal Andras
Nitro Altered – Don Blackshear over Ron Maroney
Jet Dragster – Elaine Larsen over Dawn Perdue

Grand Bend, Ontario
Nitro Funny Car – Jason Rupert over Mark Sanders
Pro Stock – Anthony Paone over John Konigshofer
Nitro Harley – Nate Gagnon over Mike Pelrine
Nitro Altered – Ron Maroney over Troy Martin
Jet Dragster – Elaine Larsen over Dawn Perdue

Edmonton, Alberta
Nitro Funny Car – Tim Nemeth over Tim Boychuk
Pro Stock – not contested
Nitro Harley – Damian Cownden over Nate Gagnon
Nitro Altered – not contested
Jet Dragster – Dawn Perdue over Marisha Falk

Cordova, Illinois
Nitro Funny Car – Shawn Bowen over Jason Rupert
Pro Stock – Dean Goforth over John DeFlorian
Nitro Harley – Mark Cox over Larry Brancaccio
Nitro Altered – Troy Martin over Kyle Hough
Jet Dragster – Kat Moller over Elaine Larsen

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Postponed due to weather

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PRO POINTS (Top 5)

Nitro Funny Car: 1. Jason Rupert, 2. Mark Sanders, 3. Mike McIntire, 4. Tim Boychuk, 5. Bruce Litton
Nitro Altered: 1. Ron Maroney, 2. Don Blackshear, 3. Mike Hilsabeck, 4. Ron Hope, 5. Kyle Hough
Nitro Harley: 1. Mike Scott, 2. Randal Andras, 3. Jay Turner, 4. Mark Cox, 5. Alvin Kobernusz
Pro Stock: 1. Cary Goforth, 2. John DeFlorian, 3. Todd Hoerner, 4. Kevin Bealko, 5. Pete Berner
Jet Dragster: 1. Elaine Larsen, 2. Dawn Perdue, 3. Marisha Falk, 4. Kat Moller

PROFESSIONAL WORLD RECORDS

Top Fuel Dragster ET: 4.484 (Clay Millican, 2005)
Top Fuel Dragster Speed: 328.14 (Clay Millican, 2007)

Pro Stock ET: 6.224 (John DeFlorian, 2014)
Pro Stock Speed: 226.70 (John DeFlorian, 2014)

Nitro Harley ET: 6.250 (Joey Sternotti, 2014)
Nitro Harley Speed: 230.76 (Mark Cox, 2014)

Nitro Altered ET: 6.030 (Chris Bennett, 2011)
Nitro Altered Speed: 230.21 (Chris Bennett, 2011)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS (subject to change; all times local)    

FRIDAY : Sportsman Testing @ 4 p.m.; FanFest Opens @ 4 p.m.; Nitro Jam @ 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY : Sportsman Racing @ 10 a.m.; FanFest Opens @ 2 p.m.; Nitro Jam @ 6 p.m.  

IMPORTANT LINKS

NORTHERN NATIONALS EVENT PAGE

NORTHERN NATIONALS 2014 SCHEDULE

NORTHERN NATIONALS TICKETS

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Last modified on Wednesday, 06 August 2014

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