Fans of drag racing past and present will be in for a treat when Nitro Jam returns to Utah June 29-30.
Some of the best Nitro Funny Car drivers in the world are coming to Salt Lake City during the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Cricket Wireless at Rocky Mountain Raceways, joining three additional nitro classes, four jets and a “monster” drag race between the Grave Digger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster trucks.
After three very successful events at RMR since its inception in 2009, Nitro Jam returns to the Beehive State with its most ambitious and exciting event yet as eight of the quickest, fastest and most famous AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars in the sport will matchup on the Utah quarter-mile in the headlining event for the title of Nitro Jam’s King of the Track.
Among the loaded list of Funny Cars will be the most famous nostalgia machine of them all as Dale Pulde returns to the wheel of the famed “War Eagle” 1977 Trans-Am at Salt Lake City as he takes on two of the quickest and fastest Funny Cars in the game today. Steve Densham, son of NHRA Funny Car driver Gary Densham, will try his hand at Nitro Jam competition for the first time behind the wheel of the “Teacher’s Pet” Camaro and Jason Rupert in the “Mert Littlefield” tribute Camaro will add to the thrilling lineup. Rupert recently reset the DRO Series speed record earlier this year at 253.14 mph, nearly a full mile per hour faster than the current Nitro Jam record.
Also in action at the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam will be 2012 Nitro Jam winners Tim Boychuk in the record-setting “Troy Lee Designs” Pontiac and Mike Savage in the “Candies & Hughes” Barracuda as they join Roger Garten in “War Eagle”, Bob Godfrey in “Burn N’ Money” and local favorite Jack Harris in “Nitro Thunder”.
The eight Funny Cars will compete for an Ironman trophy both Friday and Saturday night in Chicago-style eliminations where the quickest winners from round one will meet in the final. The remaining competitors will square off in the consolation rounds ensuring two full rounds of nitro-burning competition.
Also in action at the NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam will be four of the best Pro Fuel Dragsters in the west as 2012 Nitro Jam winners Johnny Ahten in the “Stump Puller” and Kristen Dennis in the “Ladies First” nitro dragsters will join Nitro Jam newcomers Don St. Arnaud and Casey Grisel.
The event will conclude with four legendary Fuel Altereds including “Nanook”, “Nasty Benjamin”, “Rat Trap” and “Bradfords Fiat”, Nitro Harleys, three jet dragsters, the “Shockwave” jet-powered semi and the world’s “biggest” drag race between Grave Digger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
The 2012 NAPA Auto Parts Nitro Jam takes place June 29-30 at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City. Showtime is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.
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