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Next IHRA Nitro Jam Event: Southern Nationals, April 17-18

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series heads to the sunshine state for the third race of the 2015 season at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. The IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals will mark the biggest drag race in the history of Bradenton at one of the sanctioning body’s most prestigious tracks in United States.

IHRA Nitro Jam is “heads-up” drag racing – first racer to the finish line wins in all five pro categories.


Bradenton Motorsports Park

21000 SR. 64

Bradenton, Florida 34212

(941) 748-1320



Friday-Saturday, April 17-18


CROWER PRO MOD: The wildest class in drag racing returns to its birthplace – the IHRA! Nitrous oxide and supercharged engines rocketing the cars (everything from ’57 Chevrolets to new Cadillacs) down the quarter mile at speeds in excess of 250 miles per hour. Pro Mod will compete at eight Nitro Jam events in 2015, beginning with Bradenton Motorsports Park (April 17- 18), followed by Palm Beach International Raceway (April 24-25), Cordova International Raceway (May 29-30), Maryland International Raceway (June 19-20), Grand Bend Motorplex (June 26-28), US 131 Motorsports Park (August 7-8), Dragway 42 (September 11-12) and Memphis International Raceway for the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals (October 9-10).

AMSOIL NITRO FUNNY CAR presented by Aeromotive -- The loudest, fastest nitromethane-burning nostalgia Funny Cars in the country making up the fastest- growing class in drag racing. With new rules allowing these cars nearly unlimited power, the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car class is the most exciting new class in more than 40 years of Nitro Jam drag racing history. The class utilizes “old school” Funny Car bodies (fiberglass replicas of ‘60s and early-‘70s cars) the fans can relate to. The Baton Rouge event should feature one of the biggest fields of AMSOIL Nitro Funny Cars, featuring Mike McIntire and Jason Rupert. McIntire, of Mentor, Ohio, set a new speed record for the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car class at the recent season-opener in Tucson, Arizona, in his new “McAttack”1971 Camaro. Rupert, of Yorba Linda, California, is the defending IHRA Nitro Funny Car champion and drives the black “Bays & Rupert” 1969 Camaro.

U.S. BOUNTY HUNTERS PRO STOCK – Once referred to as “factory hot rods,” these stock-appearing American cars are powered by “mountain motor” V-8s. For example, Cary Goforth’s Camaro that won the season-opener at Tucson, Arizona, is powered by a naturally-aspirated, piston-driven V-8 engine that measures in excess of 826 cubic inches. The class is sponsored by the U.S. Bounty Hunters TV show on the Destination America channel.

NITRO HARLEY – Exactly what it means: nitromethane-burning Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Certainly not for the faint of heart, these riders literally don a flack vest and straddle a nitro-burning rocket down the track at speeds in excess of 220 miles per hour on the back wheel.

JET DRAGSTERS – Belching flames and smoke, these rear-engine dragsters are powered by General Electric J-85 jet engines which produce more than 5,000 horsepower and can exceed 300 miles per hour in the quarter mile. Each Nitro Jam features a four-car competition with qualifying and eliminations. The four Florida-based Larsen Motorsports cars all are piloted by females, including defending champion Elaine Larsen and 19-year-old Katerina Moller, a University of South Florida mechanical engineering student.

U.S. JET FIRE TRUCK – Last but not least, what’s not to love about a jaw-dropping, dual-engine, jet-powered 1940 Ford fire truck making track-scorching exhibition passes?


Friday, April 17:

Spectator gates open – 2 p.m.

Show begins – 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 18 14:

Spectator gates open – 2 p.m.

Show begins – 5 p.m.




Friday Adult -- $10.

Friday Child (ages 6-12) -- $10.

Saturday Adult -- $25.

Saturday Child (ages 6-12) -- $10.


Friday Adult -- $15.

Friday Child (ages 6-12) -- $10.

Saturday Adult -- $30.

Saturday Child (6-12) -- $10


Last modified on Friday, 20 March 2015

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