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Canada’s most exciting motorsports spectacle returns to Castrol Raceway July 5-7

Friday, 07 June 2013

It is no longer just a race.

No, after a decade of competition and extreme thrills the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else in the country, the annual Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports has become more of pilgrimage. Drivers, crews and fans travel from all corners of North America to compete in Canada’s biggest drag race and that excitement will continue this season with the 11th annual Rocky Mountain Nationals to be held July 5-7 at legendary Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta.

And this year’s event promises to be one of the biggest yet

“This is ‘the big one’ when it comes to drag racing and Canada. For over a decade now the IHRA has traveled to Castrol Raceway with a show unlike any other and this year will be no different,” said Aaron Polburn, President of IHRA Motorsports. “Every year we circle this event on the calendar and once again we look forward to traveling to Edmonton with our unique brand of motorsports entertainment and putting on a show that will leave fans speechless.”

The 2013 Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports will once again feature a unique lineup of professional and sportsman competition totaling hundreds of racers in over a dozen different classes all spread over three days with Ironman trophies being handed out Saturday and Sunday.

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   Many of the best Funny Cars in the country will try to dethrone three-time winner Tim Boychuk

In sportsman competition the International Hot Rod Association’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL will feature seven traveling classes in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod plus Top ET, Mod ET and Junior Dragsters. Racers in Pro-Am competition within IHRA’s Border Bandits Division will battle in two separate races Saturday and Sunday with Sunday’s winners receiving a special edition Nitro Jam Ironman.

Defending winners of the Division 6 Summit Pro-Am at Castrol Raceway are Darryn O’Conner and Randy Modersohn (Top Sportsman), Tom McAvoy and Donna Patterson (Top Dragster), Art Congdon (Super Stock), Tom Skjonsberg and Mark Faul (Stock), Eric Goulden (Quick Rod), Jeff Crooks and Dave Stobbe (Super Rod) and Casey Plazier (Hot Rod).

In professional competition the Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals will feature five classes highlighted by the 320 mile per hour stars of Top Fuel. Former Edmonton winners Bruce Litton and Bobby Lagana will renew their on-track rivalry for the first time in 2013, joining Kyle Wurtzel and Canadian Ike Maier.

A full field of Canada’s fastest nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars will be on display as three-time defending Rocky Mountain Nationals winner and Edmonton native Tim Boychuk returns in the “Troy Lee Designs” Pontiac to try and defending his AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car title.

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   Top Fuel will once again light up the night in Edmonton

Rounding out the event will be a full field of Nitro Harleys, the famous Nostalgia Fuel Altereds of “Nanook” driven by Kyle Hough, “Rat Trap” driven by Ron Hope, “Nasty Benjamin” driven by Tom Padilla and “Bradford’s Fiat” driven by Randy Bradford and the fan-favorite Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car class featuring unique body styles and wild racing.

Bringing the show to a close will be a unique exhibition featuring an Alcohol Funny Car showdown, the 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet-powered truck, Mike Kunz’s wheelstanding PT Cruiser, jet dragsters and more!

Fireworks and an incredible pyrotechnics display will close the evening.

Tickets to the 11th Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports are on sale now and can be purchased online at or at the gate.

For more information on the 2013 Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam visit

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   Don't miss the legendary MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals July 5-7 at Castrol Raceway

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