BRADENTON, Fla. -- After two memorable trips to Bradenton Motorsports Park in the late 90s, the International Hot Rod Association's Nitro Jam series didn't visit the state of Florida again until 2010 with two very successful trips to the southern end of the state. Now, 14 years later, Nitro Jam is finally back at Bradenton Motorsports Park with the first of two consecutive Florida events the weekend of April 19-21 with a show fans won't soon forget.
"This is by far one of the most exciting events we have done in some time. The last time we were in Bradenton we had two memorable events and we are looking forward to our return with an exciting show fans will have to see to believe," said Aaron Polburn, President of IHRA Motorsports. "To see four nitro classes plus the biggest, meanest race machine on the planet in Grave Digger racing a jet truck, it will just be one of those nights that screams 'wow' when you see it in person. We are expecting a great event at a place known for its incredible fans."
Joining the "Kings of the Sport" in Bradenton will be four of the most well-recognized Funny Cars in drag racing history in AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car. The world famous "Candies & Hughes" Barracuda Nitro Funny Car piloted by newcomer Mike Halstead will battle defending IHRA World Champion Peter Gallen in the "Poverty Stricken" Monza along with the famous "McAttack" and "Chi-Town Huster" machines.
Rounding out the nitro portion of the schedule are two 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 and Ron Hope in "Rat Trap". Daredevil Jay Turner and the "big pig" Nitro Harley will also be in action in a battle of side-by-side 220 mph motorcylces.
Fireworks and an incredible pyrotechnics display will close the evening.
Sportsman racers will be in for a treat as this large-drawing event gives racers in Division 2 an opportunity to compete in front of packed stands full of eager race fans. The 2013 Bradenton Nitro Jam will feature a double Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL weekend with points racing Saturday and Sunday and, new this season, a single round of qualifying Friday night.
Tickets to the Bradenton Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe, Southern Ford Dealers and Metro PCS are $30 for adults and $10 for children. Adults can save $5 if they purchase their tickets in advance at www.nitrojam.com.
Showtime is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with two rounds of Nitro Jam. Sportsman racing will take place throughout the day.
For more information on the 2013 Bradenton Nitro Jam visit www.ihra.com.
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