All eyes in the nostalgia world will shift their focus toward the capital city of Idaho when Firebird Raceway rolls out the red carpet for the 43rd edition of the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals. Set for August 7th thru 10th, a strong turnout of racers are anticipated for the premiere motorsports happening located in the Treasure Valley foothills northwest of Boise. Operated by the New Crew, the featured NHRA Hot Rod Heritage point's event will host a pair of open eliminators in both Nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel.
The Nightfire is steeped in history dating back to 1972. Twig Zeigler and Dale Armstrong scored Nightfire victories in the event's inaugural year. Over the years, champions have included the likes of Don Prudhomme, Ed McCulloch, John Force, Gordie Bonin, Raymond Beadle, Tom McEwen and quite a variety of other top teams.
Leading the charge in the AA/Funny Car class will be the number one ranked team in Heritage points, Dan Horan Jr. with his Patriot Mustang. Horan was runner-up at the season opening Ignitor and winner of the Heritage event at Rocky Mountain Raceway in Salt Lake City. In AA/Fuel Dragster, the class will be led by Tony Bartone who will be bringing his points-leading Top Fueler from New York. In Outlaw Pro Modified, defending Nightfire champion Marc Meadors Camaro will lead the charge in the key West Coast Outlaw Pro Modified Association event.
In addition, the Nightfire weekend will also play host to the longest running major bracket tournament in America (dating back to 1976) recognized as the Bracketeer Series. Racers from 12 states and three Canadian provinces will compete for a purse topping $80,000 in guaranteed payout. The event will also include a 4-day overall point's series within the National Dragster Challenge. Daily champions in Bracketeer will pocket $5,000 to win on Thurs., Fri., and Sun., along with a $7,500 payday on Saturday night. The event will also showcase the Lucas Oil Top Fire eliminator for the quickest 12 open-wheelers and 12 full-bodied rides in a special “race within a race”.
Approaching three dozen Professional racers will compete under the lights nightly, including qualifying at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by finals at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon and continuing until nightfall. Tickets are available by contacting the Firebird hotline at 208-938-8986 or by dropping by the track website: www.firebirdonline.com
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