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Sat, 05 May 2012, 08:56 AM

NHRA Heritage Nitro Funny Cars will Headline 42nd Annual NAPA Ignitor Opener in Idaho's
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BOISE, Idaho -- Capital City of Boise

The oldest professional racing event in the Pacific Northwest, the 42nd Annual NAPA Auto Parts IGNITOR returns to Firebird Raceway, Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2012. The double header weekend of racing will offer points in both NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Race Series with upwards of 400 racers expected from 12 states and Canada.

Pro testing will get underway at 4 pm on Fri., May 4. AA/Funny Car qualifying is set for 1 and 5 pm on Sat., May 5, followed by final professional eliminations at Noon on Sun., May 6. Gates open daily at 9 am. To secure more details and information on the weekend, go to: www.firebirdonline.com.

Steeped in over four decades of tradition, the inaugural Ignitor was captured by Don "the Snake" Prudhomme (in addition to a victory in `78). Other Ignitor Funny Car champions have included the likes of Jerry Ruth (`72, `74), Ed McCulloch (`75, `76), Gary Densham (`90), Roland Leong's Hawaiian (`73, `80) and many others.

Headlining the open 8-car qualified field will be the defending NHRA Heritage national champion Jason Rupert from Yorba Linda, Calif. Rupert is also the reigning Ignitor victor and track speed record holder at 250.62 mph. NHRA Hot Rod Reunion winner John Hale from Dallas, Texas, will be racing his "Mike Burkhart Tribute" Camaro Funny Car. Other top runners include Firebird track e.t. record holder (at 5.77) Bucky Austin, Kent, Wash., joined by new driver Ryan Davenport; former Nightfire champion Jack Harris, Kaysville, Utah, who will team up with Steve Macklyn; Twig Zeigler, Ferndale, Wash., Will Martin, San Dimas, Calif., Dan Horan Jr., Sylmar, Calif.; Kurt Cruise, Fair Oaks, Calif.; and the possibility of a couple of other teams trying to make the second stop in the Heritage tour.

"We are thrilled to have AA/Funny Cars a part of the 42-year history of our oldest event, the Ignitor," mentioned track general manager Bill New. "Funny Cars have been an instrumental part of the fabric of Firebird dating all the way back to when Dale Pulde was the first Funny Car to race in Boise back in 1968. We can't wait to host the second stop in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series."

Tracing back to 1969 Firebird has played host to a vast array of NHRA Division 6 point's earning and record setting events. The Lucas Oil Drag Race Series will be the opening stop in the Northwest Division for racers in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, and Sportsman Bike/Sled, along with the Firebird Gold Cup bracket eliminators of Super Pro, Pro and Heavy throughout the weekend.

Firebird is located 5 miles north of Hwy 44 on Hwy 16 (just follow the highway directional signs), northwest of Eagle. Hours & Admission

Saturday, May 5th

Gates Open: 8 am
NHRA Record Runs & Qualifying: 9 am
Comp Qualifying: 3 pm
AA/Nitro Funny Car Qualifying: 1 pm & 5 pm
Gates Close: 8 pm
Adults Pit Side: $20 in advance ($22 day of event)
Kids 15 & Under: Free

Sunday, May 6th

Gates Open: 8 am
Sportsman eliminations: 9 am
AA/Nitro Funny Car Eliminations: 1 pm
Sportsman Elimination: Afternoon
AA/Nitro Funny Car Semi-Finals: 3 pm
AA/Nitro Funny Car and NHRA Lucas Oil Finals: 5 pm
Adults Pit Side: $20 in advance ($22 day of event)
Kids 15 & Under: Free

For more ticket information, Firebird hotline: 208.938.8986 or drop by www.firebirdonline.com.





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