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Wed, 20 Mar 2013, 16:00 PM

Nitro Jam Returns to the Desert March 23 at Southwestern International Raceway
Courtesy of IHRA Communications

TUCSON, Ariz. --

Top Fuel driver Bruce Litton
Always one of the most anticipated stops on the International Hot Rod Association's Nitro Jam tour, the biggest names in nostalgia nitro racing plus a few surprises will highlight Nitro Jam's return to the desert March 23 at the Arizona Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good Vibrations Motorsports.

The Arizona Nitro Jam will open the 2013 Nitro Jam season with its biggest show ever at the famed Southwestern International Raceway as the series and the track welcome some of the most famous names in nostalgia nitro racing plus the return of Top Fuel Dragster to Tucson's quarter-mile strip.

Former IHRA Nitro Jam World Champion Bruce Litton will highlight Nitro Jam's return to the desert with his 8,000 horsepower Top Fuel Dragster as he battles Curt Eierdam in the "Invader" jet-powered dragster in the most unique-side-by-side drag race in Nitro Jam history. Both vehicles are capable of speeds in excess of 300 mph, but both reach those unthinkable numbers in two very different ways.

The Invader jet dragster will battle
Top Fuel champ Bruce Litton
Litton's Top Fuel Dragster will reach 100 miles per her in less than one second while pulling 8Gs and will reach 300 miles per hour in a little over four seconds. Eierdam's jet dragster has a bit of a slower start, but his 10,000 horsepower jet engine more than makes up for the difference as the two machines reach side-by-side competition near the finish line all while throwing fire high into the night air.

It is sure to be one of the most exciting races in Nitro Jam history and it will take place twice on Saturday, March 23 at the Arizona Nitro Jam.

Joining the 300 mph showdown will be four of the most famous AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars to ever grace the quarter-mile. The world famous "Candies & Hughes" Barracuda Nitro Funny Car will be piloted by newcomer Mike Halstead as the most recognizable racecar in nostalgia racing today tries to make it three-in-a-row at the Arizona Nitro Jam. Also in competition in Tucson will be Steven Densham in the "Teacher's Pet" 1969 Camaro, Jason Rupert in the "Mert Littlefield" tribute 1969 Camaro and John Hale in the "Nitro Boss" 1969 Mustang.

Rounding out the nitro portion of the schedule are four of the most famous and out-of-control nostalgia Fuel Altereds in the world headed by defending Nitro Jam World Champion Kyle Hough in the "Nanook" machine. Joining Hough in Tucson will be Jason Rupert in "Pure Hell", Mike Hilsabeck in "Arizona Thunder" and Tucson's own Ron Maroney in the "Blind Faith" entry.

The 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet-powered truck will bring the evening to a close alongside Ed Jones and his one-of-a-kind "Candyland" wheelstanding stagecoach. Fireworks and an incredible pyrotechnics show will close the evening.

Tickets to the third-annual Arizona Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good Vibrations Motorsports are $30 for adults and $10 for children. Adults can save $5 if they purchase their tickets in advance at

Showtime is scheduled for 7 p.m. with two rounds of Nitro Jam.

For more information on the 2013 Arizona Nitro Jam visit

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