International Hot Rod Association - All IHRA News http://www.ihra.com Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:15:05 -0600 cyberspeed en-gb IHRA Junior Dragster Profile: Hannah Grace Snipes http://www.ihra.com/junior-superseries-news/item/3415-ihra-junior-dragster-profile-hannah-grace-snipes http://www.ihra.com/junior-superseries-news/item/3415-ihra-junior-dragster-profile-hannah-grace-snipes IHRA Junior Dragster Profile: Hannah Grace Snipes

HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. — The International Hot Rod Association is proud to continue highlighting top youth racers across North America.

The latest is Hannah Grace Snipes, a 13-year-old from Heath Springs, S.C., with three years of racing experience. She drives a 2021 Halfscale dragster and her racing heroes include Steve Fast and Courtney Enders.

Snipes knows the ups and downs of racing. She has been a winner at Pageland Dragway, but she also had a wreck her second year where she crashed into a Tahoe. Snipes came out without any major injuries so she feels safe in the car.

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Her passion for the sport is evident as she loves the racing community. Hannah plans to race the rest of her life, but would also love to have a podcast such as “The Shake and Bake Show.” That’s where her favorite subject in school, English, should help her become a strong communicator.

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Stay up to date as other Junior Dragster racers are highlighted on IHRA.com and our social media pages. 

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Summit Junior SuperSeries News Fri, 16 Feb 2024 07:10:22 -0600
IHRA Gives Tracks Chance to Make Extra Money, Attract New Racers http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3414-ihra-gives-tracks-chance-to-make-extra-money,-attract-new-racers http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3414-ihra-gives-tracks-chance-to-make-extra-money,-attract-new-racers IHRA Gives Tracks Chance to Make Extra Money, Attract New Racers

HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. — There has never been a better time to be an International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) member track with chances to make extra money and attract new racers to your facility.

The IHRA Summit SuperSeries remains the gold standard for grassroots, Sportsman racing programs with over $275,000 in payouts and prizes last season. With over two decades of history, it’s the most prestigious national championship in all of bracket racing. After racing at the local tracks, it culminates with the popular IHRA Summit Team Finals and the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering.

Extreme Racing Oils have taken care of all sanctioning fees for IHRA member tracks once again, meaning you pay nothing to be part of this program. Tracks can also add value by hosting an IHRA Ironman Classic. The IHRA also offers other programs like the IHRA Hot Rod Classic and IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering and FuelTech.

Reaction to the news the IHRA Hot Rod Classic is returning in 2024 has been overwhelming. Fans across the country have expressed great excitement about the return of the ground-pounding Pro Mods, awesome racing for Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod classes and heads-up racing with Real Steel N/T. Each of these events also feature exciting 64-car shootouts for the Box and No Box classes.

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For a second straight year, eligible winners of IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering and FuelTech gain entry into the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals in conjunction with entering at least two other IHRA races. Current IHRA membership is required.

Member tracks without a Hot Rod Classic or Sportsman Spectacular this season, but interested in hosting one of these events in 2025, please contact your division director.

In addition to the great racing, tracks will soon be distributing tickets for a chance to win a new Ford F-150 crew cab XLT sport truck with 4-wheel drive estimated at $60,000 from Morrow Brothers Ford. The truck is being built by Ford for the IHRA with tickets sold exclusively by IHRA-member tracks.

“Events like the IHRA Hot Rod Classic and IHRA Sportsman Spectacular bring excitement to the track’s current racers and attract new ones to their facilities,” IHRA Owner and CEO Larry Jeffers said. “Then, you have the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the truck giveaway and our team always thinking about new ways to add more value, what a great time to be an IHRA member track.”

For those facilities which would like to become an IHRA-member track, contact IHRA President Mel Roth at mel@ihra.com or call 636-376-7622.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Track News Thu, 15 Feb 2024 14:20:34 -0600
Crossville Dragway to Offer IHRA Summit SuperSeries Program in 2024 http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3413-crossville-dragway-to-offer-ihra-summit-superseries-program-in-2024 http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3413-crossville-dragway-to-offer-ihra-summit-superseries-program-in-2024 Crossville Dragway to Offer IHRA Summit SuperSeries Program in 2024

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Crossville Dragway is ready to take full advantage of the International Hot Rod Association Summit SuperSeries program in 2024.

While the Tennessee drag strip is a longtime IHRA member track, this year it’s stepping up a commitment with a strong bracket racing program which includes Box, No Box, Sportsman and Junior Dragster in a series known as Crossville’s Mountain Madness. There’s also a plan to send a team to participate in the IHRA Summit Team Finals.

It has been welcome news to the track’s racers with the chance to participate in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering. Over $275,000 in payouts and prizes were awarded to racers in 2023.

“I’ve always been with IHRA and had great customer service with them,” track owner Michael Newcome said. “They’ve always been ‘Johnny on the spot.’ But this year, we’re doing a bracket program and plan to race in the team finals. It seemed to make a lot of people happy that we’re doing that.”

The track has some good history in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries as David Bigham, representing Crossville Dragway, won the Sportsman title at the 2021 World Finals.

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As for Newcome, he has owned the track for seven years and gained a great reputation among his fellow track owners as one good to work with. He’s been great to coordinate schedules where they aren’t scheduling big events on top of each other. His track certainly stands out with a familiar green paint you easily see when one passes by on Interstate 40.

Newcome had the entire track ground to take out some minor bumps and dips. Then, he had Total Venue Concepts come by and work on the track surface, making it a terrific place for the racers to power down the track.

Besides the bracket racing, they have heads-up radial racing and a good No Prep series. They even hosted the Outlaw Diesel Series in 2023 where multi-time champion racer Van Greer took home the victory. Outside of drag racing, they also host a demolition derby and tractor pulls.

The concessions are considered top notch as people come to the track Friday nights just to get hamburgers. On the hot days, the racers appreciate that the restrooms are air conditioned. 

He still has a passion for the track and the sport. He also likes the accessibility of IHRA officials including IHRA CEO and Owner Larry Jeffers and IHRA President Mel Roth.

“When I’ve needed something, there’s an immediate response,” Newcome said. “We’re excited about this year and ready to get going.”

You can keep up with the latest Crossville Dragway news by clicking here to check out the track’s Facebook page.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Track News Wed, 14 Feb 2024 17:34:38 -0600
Penwell Knights Raceway to Host IHRA Sportsman Spectacular Opener Next Month http://www.ihra.com/sportsman-national-championship-tour-news/item/3412-penwell-knights-raceway-to-host-ihra-sportsman-spectacular-opener-next-month http://www.ihra.com/sportsman-national-championship-tour-news/item/3412-penwell-knights-raceway-to-host-ihra-sportsman-spectacular-opener-next-month Penwell Knights Raceway to Host IHRA Sportsman Spectacular Opener Next Month

ODESSA, Texas — Big opportunities await racers when the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering and FuelTech gets off to a roaring start in the Lone Star State next month. 

Penwell Knights Raceway will host the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular opener March 16. Racers in Box, No Box, Sportsman, Motorcycle and Junior Dragster classes will compete for prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies and the very popular oversized championship checks. IHRA members will also be in the running for limited-edition Sportsman Spectacular commemorative medals.

Racers can also gain entry to the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering by winning the main event in one of the aforementioned classes in conjunction with entering at least two other IHRA races (an IHRA-member track Summit SuperSeries team race or Sportsman Spectacular) before the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals. Current IHRA membership is required. OTI copy

The race features $1,500-to-win races for the Box and No Box classes with the chance to “Double Down” and win added purse money. See the flyer for more details as each event is tailored to the host track’s racing programs. 

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OTI Electrical Services is sponsoring the Box class, while Hughes Oil Field Transportation is the sponsor of the No Box class. Ignition Service and Supply serves as the sponsor for the Junior Dragsters.

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IHRA Division Director Cody Pollage is scheduled to be on hand at Penwell Knights with chassis certifications and memberships on site. 

Click here to check out the Penwell Knights Raceway at Caprock Motorplex website. Be sure to enjoy all the benefits of being an IHRA member. Click here to visit our membership or call 85.JOIN.IHRA where our friendly IHRA membership coordinator Heather Roth can take you through the process of getting you on track.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) IHRA Sportsman Spectacular News Tue, 13 Feb 2024 15:48:33 -0600
Wichita Raceway Park Returns to IHRA Family With New Vision http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3411-wichita-raceway-park-returns-to-ihra-family-with-new-vision http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3411-wichita-raceway-park-returns-to-ihra-family-with-new-vision Wichita Raceway Park Returns to IHRA Family With New Vision

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Keith Starr has a vision for Wichita Raceway Park and the International Hot Rod Association plays prominently into that role.

Starr, who has been involved with WRP the last six years, took over as owner of the 1/8-mile drag strip in North Texas in January. He has specific plans in the short term and some exciting ideas long range for a track just 13 miles from the Oklahoma state line.

“The biggest thing is continuous improvement,” Starr said. “We’re about having old values with new technology. I was raised where a man’s word is more important than his signature. We want a reputation for a good, consistent preparation of the surface and providing a fair place to race.”

While the track has a great following for No Prep and Index racing, he wants to build up the bracket racing program.

The best way is through the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the most prestigious national championship in all of bracket racing. Last year, there were over $275,000 in payouts and prizes awarded at the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering.

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“I’ve got people out of the wood work saying they’re glad to have bracket racing back,” Starr said. “Everybody has been on board with IHRA. When IHRA offered the opportunity to become a member track at no charge, that made it very appealing.”

Starr has been busy working at WRP on upgrades, maintenance, mowing and such. In 2020, Starr purchased all the equipment from North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas, including the cleaning Zamboni, tire drags, concrete barriers, light poles and restaurant equipment.

That’s not all. There has been a lot of infrastructure spending including a new return road and concrete staging lanes. He’s upgraded the sound system and lighting, and has also purchased a new safety catch net and plenty of traction compound.

Using his background as a software engineering, Starr plans to have a system where the video feed can switch to different points like on national broadcasts of drag racing. It will give the racers multiple points of view of their runs. Starr even has ideas for Fantasy Racing to get the spectators more involved.

“Some of these things might be off the wall and could even fail, but I’ve never feared failing,” Starr said. “We have a futuristic looking tree, we might use during test and tunes. We will have an automated driver entry with a barcode. We want to bring cutting edge technology to the track like a robotic sprayer for the lanes. We want to add things that make it more fun and adds more value.”

Much like IHRA Owner Larry Jeffers has an open line of communication, Starr encourages the racers to also offer their ideas for the track. Some might not be doable, while others might be something they’re willing to try. Most important, he’s willing to entertain their ideas and look at drag racing in a different way.

The IHRA certainly welcomes Wichita Raceway Park to the family. Check out the WRP website here for the 2024 schedule and other exciting news.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Track News Mon, 12 Feb 2024 17:36:44 -0600
IHRA Junior Dragster Profile: Evelynn David http://www.ihra.com/junior-superseries-news/item/3410-ihra-junior-dragster-profile-evelynn-david http://www.ihra.com/junior-superseries-news/item/3410-ihra-junior-dragster-profile-evelynn-david IHRA Junior Dragster Profile: Evelynn David

HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is highlighting the talented youth across the country in a special series about those who race Junior Dragsters.

Evelynn David, a 10-year-old from New Lenox, Ill., is part of a family of racers with her papaw, dad and brother known as Tuffguy Racing. She will move up to 8.90 class this season at Bunker Hill Dragstrip.

She has been racing a 2011 Motivational for two years and hopes to duplicate the success of her racing hero Erica Enders. David won the Strange Engineering Perfectly Strange Award for a perfect time at a Midwest Junior SuperSeries race. She’s made it to the semifinals and now is looking forward to a first win.

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She enjoys math in school, but loves being at the race track even more with the thrill of going fast and being around family and friends. Looking ahead, Evelynn would like to drive a door car in the Top ET class once she graduates from Junior Dragsters.

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Keep checking out IHRA.com and our social media channels as more racers are highlighted in the coming weeks.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Summit Junior SuperSeries News Fri, 09 Feb 2024 16:27:32 -0600
Roxboro Motorsports Park Ready to Kick Off 65th Season http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3409-roxboro-motorsports-park-ready-to-kick-off-65th-season http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3409-roxboro-motorsports-park-ready-to-kick-off-65th-season Roxboro Motorsports Park Ready to Kick Off 65th Season

TIMBERLAKE, N.C. — Roxboro Motorsports Park has been providing great racing action since 1959.

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) sanctioned track near the North Carolina and Virginia border will do so again in 2024 during the 65th anniversary season. It gets off to a bang with a canned food drive and test-and-tune on March 2, a racer appreciation event on March 23 and the 65th annual Easter Bash from March 29-31. 

The Easter Bash features a Friday test-and-tune along with $1,000-to-win Gamblers races for the Top and Footbrake classes. 

Action really ramps up Saturday with the Classic Gear Jammers. There’s also an IHRA Ironman Classic. This special race pays $4,000 to win and $800 for the runner-up in the Top and Footbrake classes. There are also races for Sportsman, Motorcycle and Junior Dragsters as drivers in all bracket classes compete for the prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies.

Like the famous infomercials, “Wait there’s more,” as Saturday and Sunday counts as the first two IHRA Summit SuperSeries points races of the season.

Sunday features the 4.70 Outlaws with an $11,000 total payout to go along with the great bracket racing. Gates open at 9 a.m. with Easter activities at 10 a.m. and racing to start at 12:30 p.m.

Top and Footbrake racers can enter Saturday and Sunday for $70 per day or $150 for the whole 3-day weekend. It’s $50 entry per day for Sportsman, Motorcycle and Juniors. Spectators are $20 per day or $50 for the 3-day weekend.

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This is just the first of multiple big events throughout the anniversary season. There are High Winding Gear Jammer races, Big Tire, Small Tire events and big-money bracket races.

Roxboro Motorsports Park even has a Junior Dragster Ironman Classic from June 21-23 with $5,000-to-win and $1,000 for the runner-up during Saturday’s main event.

The track participated in the IHRA Division 1 (Patriots) Summit Team Finals in 2023. Sportsman champion Glenda Cochran headlined the racers who qualified for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering through the track points. Other champions included: Mike Keyton (No Box) and Kayla Moorefield (Junior Dragster).

Another way the track and its staff stand out is racing for a cause. Over the past couple of years, Roxboro Motorsports Park has brought awareness to breast cancer and autism. This year, the track is highlighting mental health issues. 

It’s another way the track serves as much more than a racing facility, also a valued member of the community.

To keep up with the latest news surrounding Roxboro Motorsports Park, click here to check out the track’s Facebook page. For the racers, click here to become an IHRA member and participate in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries points program.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Track News Wed, 07 Feb 2024 13:58:24 -0600
Hoosier Racing Tire Joins IHRA as Major Marketing Partner http://www.ihra.com/ihra-news/all-news/item/3408-hoosier-racing-tire-joins-ihra-as-major-marketing-partner http://www.ihra.com/ihra-news/all-news/item/3408-hoosier-racing-tire-joins-ihra-as-major-marketing-partner Hoosier Racing Tire Joins IHRA as Major Marketing Partner

LAKEVILLE, Ind. — Hoosier Racing Tire has joined the International Hot Rod Association as a major marketing partner for the IHRA Hot Rod Classic.

It includes posting in the Hot Rod Classic Championship Contingency Fund. IHRA Hot Rod Classic points winners who run Hoosier Drive Tires and two Hoosier tire decals all season will be eligible for the payouts.

Pro Mod, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster champions have the opportunity to win $1,000 prizes. The champions in Real Steel, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod have the chance to earn an extra $500.

WIth Tires Designed for Champions, Hoosier is the largest race tire manufacturer in the world and produces over 100 different types of race tires. The company has its own 300-mph test wheel, a technology center, state-of-the-art, fully integrated production facilities, and a high-tech mixing plant.

It has come a long ways from its beginning. Bob and Joyce Newton began producing their own race tires in 1957 by re-treading street tires with softer compounds out of an abandoned horse barn in South Bend, Indiana. The familiar purple color comes from Bob’s first race car. 

Starting on the short asphalt tracks of the Midwest, the Newtons teamed with Mohawk Rubber and built the first purpose-built racing tires. After Mohawk closed, they opened their own factory, the first specifically dedicated to producing race tires in Plymouth, Indiana.

Hoosier entered the NASCAR Cup Series in 1988 and their tires were on race winner Darrell Waltrip’s car at the 1989 Daytona 500. They also offer products for dirt track racing, karting, rally, off road and an impressive lineup for drag racing. 

The Hoosier Racing Tires Drag Racing Division has been producing winning race tires for over 30 years. They are engineered for consistent ET’s and maximum traction with superior construction and compounding for most drag race applications. 

The company ties in nicely with the IHRA as Hoosier produces purpose-built, bias-ply drag slicks and drag radials that are reliable, fast, consistent and affordable from the professional racer to the weekend sportsman racer. Hoosier builds a complete line of front tires to compliment the rear drive tire applications for drag cars and dragsters for a complete race tire package.

This week, Hoosier introduced a new drag tire to the existing line. This new tire — the 18154D05 — is designed to handle the roughest “No Prep” surfaces. It has been tested and proven to enhance performance on less prepped and rougher surfaces. 

For more information about Hoosier Racing Tire, click here to check out the company’s website which includes products, services and a list of distributors domestic and abroad. Click here to check out the 2024 schedule for the IHRA Hot Rod Classic.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Sponsor News Mon, 05 Feb 2024 17:07:33 -0600
Alabama Hot Rod Classic Tickets Available Starting Tuesday http://www.ihra.com/ihra-news/hot-rod-classic/item/3407-alabama-hot-rod-classic-tickets-available-starting-tuesday http://www.ihra.com/ihra-news/hot-rod-classic/item/3407-alabama-hot-rod-classic-tickets-available-starting-tuesday Alabama Hot Rod Classic Tickets Available Starting Tuesday

STEELE, Ala. — Tickets go on sale Tuesday as Alabama International Dragway will host a blast from the past with the IHRA Hot Rod Classic on June 6-8.

History returns with ground-pounding Pro Mods, exciting classes like Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod, and Real Street N/T racing to win big money and incredible prizes like special black powder-coated IHRA Ironman trophies, specially-designed IHRA medals.

For the bracket racers, it’s vitally important to get signed up early in the pre-sale for 64-car, $5,000-to-win Box and No Box Shootouts. Spaces are limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Click here for the pre-sales link which will go live Tuesday at 7 p.m. You can also set reminders to be ready to go.

Entries for all other classes and spectator tickets will also be available. While registration will be available at the track, racers are highly encouraged to get their entries in early as planning for parking and other items take place.

Pro Mods will race for a $10,000 winner’s purse with $3,000 for the runner-up. Real Steel N/T racers will compete with $5,000 to the winner and $1,000 to 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 feature $2,000-to-win and $750 for runner-up with all the races broadcast on the IHRA-TV channel on YouTube.

Bracket racers have big-money showdowns in Box and No Box with $5,000 for the winner and $1,000 for runner-up. Junior Dragster racers face off with $750 for the winner and $500 for runner-up.

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Each entry must be an IHRA member and have an IHRA competition license in the ET range of the vehicle utilized during competition.

Crew weekend passes are $75 and a single-day pass for Saturday is $35. VIP Pit Parking Pass is $50 plus credentials for each occupant. Spectator costs (No restricted area access) are $70 for the 3-day weekend, $55 for a 2-day (Friday-Saturday) wristband and $30 for a single-day ticket.

You can click here for a listing of the Alabama HRC schedule, payouts, entry fees and rules. You don’t want to miss out on this exciting event as it’s never been easier to become an IHRA member. Click here to visit the IHRA membership center or call 85.JOIN.IHRA where our membership coordinator Heather Roth will get you ready to race down the track.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) IHRA Hot Rod Classic Sat, 03 Feb 2024 20:16:30 -0600
Pro Mod Rules and Payouts Announced for IHRA Hot Rod Classic Events http://www.ihra.com/ihra-news/hot-rod-classic/item/3406-pro-mod-rules-and-payouts-announced-for-ihra-hot-rod-classic-events http://www.ihra.com/ihra-news/hot-rod-classic/item/3406-pro-mod-rules-and-payouts-announced-for-ihra-hot-rod-classic-events Pro Mod Rules and Payouts Announced for IHRA Hot Rod Classic Events

HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. — It’s time to get back to the old-school action with extreme fun, amazing creativity and heart-pounding excitement just like the early days of the IHRA.

Check out the graphic as rules and payouts have been announced for the four races which will determine the 2024 IHRA Hot Rod Classic champion. While we love seeing the Camaros and Mustangs, we can’t wait to see some of the other great creations rocket down the drag strip live at the track and on the IHRA-TV channel on YouTube. 

With $10,000 to the winner at each event, $3,000 to the runner-up and $1,000 for the semifinals along with the unique black powder-coated IHRA Ironman trophies and specially designed IHRA medals, the competition will be fierce. 

Don’t forget all the other exciting classes like Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and Real Steel N/T as well as big money, 64-car Box and No Box Shootouts and even the Junior Dragsters.

Click here to purchase racer entries and event tickets for the Darlington Hot Rod Classic on May 2-4.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) IHRA Hot Rod Classic Fri, 02 Feb 2024 17:46:35 -0600