JUPITER, Fla. --
Thousands packed into PBIR to witness the return to Nitro Jam's unique brand of motorsports entertainment and the fans did not walk away disappointed as Bruce Litton (Top Fuel), Peter Gallen (AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car), Jay Turner (Nitro Harley) and Kyle Hough (Fuel Altered) took home Ironman trophies during the 2013 CarSafe Palm Beach Nitro Jam.
Under the direction of Palm Beach International Raceway track manager and new IHRA CEO Jason Rittenberry, the unique event was a hit and capped a very successful tour of Florida following a record-breaking stop at Bradenton Motorsports Park the week prior.
On the track, the competition was as fierce as ever.
With a stellar track underneath them Nitro Jam's top stars posted some incredible numbers, none more so than reigning AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car World Champion Peter Gallen. The Broomall, Pennsylvania native posted two blistering laps on the cool Florida evening to take his fourth Funny Car win in a row and stake his claim as the fastest Funny Car on the east coast.
Gallen had laps of 5.775, 248.29 and 5.794, 246.12 on the PBIR quarter-mile to put the purple and gold "Poverty Stricken" Monza in the winner's circle once again. In the final opponent Mike Halstead ran into trouble immediately off the line and coasted across the line in the "Candies & Hughes" entry with an 8.345, 122.05 in the runner-up effort.
Both of Gallen's laps were without issue as the Pennsylvania native continues to make a name for himself only a few years after rejoining the sport.
In the consolation round Mike Minick drove the "Chi-Town Hustler" to a win over Mike McIntire and the "McAttack" team with a very fast 5.897, 239.74 lap. All four drivers had stellar times Saturday night, with Gallen, Minick and Halstead posting sub-six second runs in round one.
Finally in Fuel Altered Kyle Hough traded jabs with Ron Hope, but came away with the Ironman after Hope broke in the final. With a clean track and no competition, Hough still posted a solid 6.762, 218.72 in the "Super Nanook" Altered to take the win.
JUPITER, Fla. -- Saturday's final results from the IHRA CarSafe Palm Beach Nitro Jam at Palm Beach International Raceway. The race is the fourth of nine in the 2013 Nitro Jam Series:
TOP FUEL Bruce Litton, Indianapolis, Ind., 5.807, 177.42 def. Kyle Wurtzel, Warsaw, Ind., BROKE.
PROSTALGIA NITRO FUNNY CAR Peter Gallen, Broomall, Pa., '77 Monza, 5.794, 246.12 def. Mike Halstead, Fontana, Calif., '70 Barracuda, 8.345, 122.05.
NOSTALGIA FUEL ALTERED Kyle Hough, Las Vegas, Nev., '23 roadster, 6.762, 218.72 def. Ron Hope, Franklin, Tenn., '33 Bantam, BROKE
NITRO HARLEY Jay Turner, Julian, N.C., 6.492, 218.97 def. Tracy Kile, Asheville, N.C., 6.591, 212.06.
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