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Your complete guide to the Southwestern Nationals March 21-22 at Southwestern Int'l Raceway

Monday, 17 March 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – The International Hot Rod Association’s (IHRA) Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series returns to Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. on March 21-22 for the IHRA Southwestern Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports.

This year’s Southwestern Nationals marks 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, March 21 and eliminations on Saturday, March 22 all under the lights at Southwestern International Raceway.

The professional classes will include more than 20 nitro-powered cars in Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Altered and Nitro Harley, plus the return of Mountain Motor Pro Stock to IHRA competition 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 Tucson for two days of championship drag racing. The weekend will also include a bracket race featuring the best racers in the southwest.    

The Southwestern Nationals are the first of 12 races on the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour.

Blue Max

WHAT: IHRA Southwestern Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports   

AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car
Nitro Harley
Nitro Altered
Mountain Motor Pro Stock
Jet Dragster

EVENT INFO: The 2014 IHRA Southwestern Nationals will feature the best racers from around the world 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. The FanFest pit area opens at 4 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

WHEN: Friday-Saturday, March 21-22

WHERE: Southwestern International Raceway | 12000 S. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ 85747  

TICKETS: Available at the gate day of show or in advance at Tickets are $25 on Friday and $30 on Saturday and kid’s tickets are only $10. Fans can save $5 by purchasing their tickets in advance.

CONTACT: Call Southwestern International Raceway at (520) 762-9700 or visit them at For media requests contact Larry Crum at

Nasty Benjamin

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR (subject to change)

Nitro Funny Car: Mike Halstead “Candies & Hughes,” Ronnie Young “Blue Max,” Mike McIntire “McAttack,” John Hale “Mike Burkhart Tribute,” Tim Boychuk “Forever Forward,” Jason Rupert “Black Plague,” Mark Sanders “Mr. Explosive,” Bruce Litton “US Male,” Kris Krabill “Bucky's,” Roger Garten “War Horse”
Nitro Altered: Kyle Hough “Nanook,” Mike Hilsabeck “Arizona Thunder,” Ron Maroney “Blind Faith,” Randy Bradford “Bradford’s Fiat,” Derick Snelson “Nasty Benjamin,” Jim Maroney “Legacy”
Nitro Harley: Jay Turner, Mike Scott, Randal Andras, Steve Dorn, Mike Pelrine, Ron Gledhill, Jake Stordeur, Steve Heidner
Mountain Motor Pro Stock: Pete Berner, Cary Goforth, Dean Goforth, Kevin Bealko, John DeFlorian, Brad Waddle, Scott Hintz
Jet Dragster: Elaine Larsen, Marisha Falk, Kat Moller, Dawn Perdue


First race of 2014


First race of 2014

SCHEDULE (subject to change; all times local)    

FRIDAY : Sportsman Testing @ 5 p.m.; FanFest Opens @ 4 p.m.; Nitro Jam @ 7:30 p.m. 

SATURDAY : Sportsman Racing @ 1 p.m.; FanFest Opens @ 2 p.m.; Nitro Jam @ 6 p.m.  





 Nitro Harley

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