CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam Results - August 11-12
Photos Courtesy of IHRA/Nitro Jam
It all came down to one night.
After seven stops, nearly 10,000 miles logged and a ton of racing, the chase for Nitro Jam’s professional championships all came down to Saturday’s competition at the CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.
After Friday’s event was rained out, Nitro Jam’s professional teams had one less day to make up ground in the championship chase making for a frantic – and very exciting – showdown in front of a packed house as a near capacity crowd watched Jay Turner seal the 2012 Nitro Jam Nitro Harley championship at the CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam.
Nitro Harley daredevil Turner turned Saturday into a double, winning the event in addition to clinching the championship. Jay Turner came into the event with a sizable gap over defending champion Steve Dorn and he showed why Saturday night, setting low ET of the night while cruising to his sixth win of the year, the most by any pro in 2012.
“Nobody gave us much of a chance at the beginning of the year with this new bike, but we proved that it is consistent and it can be really fast,” Turner said. “We have proven all season long that this bike is the real deal and we showed them again tonight. It was exciting to cap the year with a win and to win this trophy means a lot to me and my guys. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Turner finished the season with two near-identical passes on the “Big Pig” Nitro Harley, blasting a 6.387/209.93 and a 6.349/211.09 in the final over a struggling Jake Stordeur who had to shut it off near halftrack to get the double. And the scary part? This is only the beginning for this team.
“We can do big things with this bike and next year we are going to step it up even more and do things that have never been done before in this class,” Turner said.
Saturday wrapped up the season for the Nitro Jam professional teams, while sportsman racers still have a full day of racing on Sunday with a spot in the Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL on the line. Dew Saturday night forced the first sportsman race to be finished up on Sunday joining a second Pro-Am already on the schedule.