Nitro Jam : Nitro Harley heads to Maryland International Raceway 6/19-20
Next IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Event:
President’s Cup Nationals At Maryland International Raceway
The IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is headed to the East Coast again, this time to Maryland International Raceway on June 19-20 for the annual President’s Cup Nationals. The quarter-mile-only drag racing series featuring five pro classes has been developing some interesting story lines since the Summer Nationals concluded in Cordova, Illinois, on May 31.
Halfway: The President’s Cup Nationals at MDIR is the sixth race on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam schedule and will mark the halfway point of the season.
New faces in the winner’s circle: Tii Tharpe won his very first Nitro Harley race at Cordova, while Ruben Tetsoshvili scored his first IHRA Nitro Jam win in the Crower Pro Mod final. There are no repeat winners this year in three Crower Pro Mod races since the class was reinstated at the Bradenton, Florida, event in April.
New points leaders: With his Cordova Summer Nationals victory, Ruben Tetsoshvili also has jumped to the top of the Crower Pro Mod points battle. Summer Nationals Nitro Harley runner-up Randal Andras has taken the points lead from Jay Turner.
Undefeated: Mike McIntire has entered four of the five IHRA Nitro Jam events held so far in 2015 and has won them all. McIntire’s “McAttack!” Camaro also has set three new IHRA records in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car Presented By Aeromotive class.
Numbers: The Cordova Nitro Jam also boasted a season-high AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car entry list of 14 cars. The President’s Cup Nationals’ Crower Pro Mod entry list stands at eight so far (Ruben Tetsoshvili, Dina Parise, George Williams, Bill Lutz, Chuck Mohn, Vinny Budano, Billy Harper and Robert Patrick).
And: Look for a top Nitro Funny Car driver to arrive at MDIR with a completely new paint scheme and theme.
Two rounds of Nitro Jam qualifying will take place on Friday, June 19. Final qualifying and eliminations are scheduled for Saturday, June 20.
IHRA NITRO JAM PRESIDENT’S CUP NATIONALS SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Pre-race ceremonies – 6:45 p.m.
First round of Nitro Jam qualifying – 7 p.m.
Second round of Nitro Jam qualifying – 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
Final round of Nitro Jam qualifying – 2 p.m.
Pre-race ceremonies — 4:45 p.m.
First round of Nitro Jam eliminations – 5 p.m.
Second round of Nitro Jam eliminations – 7 p.m.
Final round of Nitro Jam eliminations – 8:30 p.m.
Schedule subject to change.
Current points for the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series after five events.
The next event on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule is the June 19-20 President’s Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville, Maryland.
After five events
1. Randal Andras (Amelia, Louisiana) 399
2. Jay Turner (Julian, North Carolina) 390
3. Tracy Kile (Asheville, North Carolina) 387
4. Alvin Kobernusz (Manly, Iowa) 246
5. Jim Fagan (Valley City, Ohio) 226
6. Brian Jernigan (Cypress, Texas) 214
7. Rickey House (Humble, Texas) 195
8. Larry “Drums” Brancaccio (Nutley, New Jersey) 190
9. Tii Tharpe (East Bend, North Carolina) 186
10. Takeshi Shigematsu (Ehime, Japan) 96
11. Lyle Newton (Naniamo, British Columbia, Canada) 83
12. Ron Gledhill (Cochise, Arizona) 74
13. Bob Molloy (Elmton, Maryland) 72
14. Rocky Jackson (Youngsville, Louisiana) 51
15. Mark Conner (Robertsville, Missouri) 51
16. Chris Streeter (Cleveland, Ohio) 20
17. Paul Kelly (Mohall, North Dakota) 10
NITRO JAM SCOREBOARD: 2015 Nitro Harley Victories To Date
Jay Turner – 2 (Feb. 7 – Tucson; April 25 – Palm Beach)
Tracy Kile – 1 (March 14 – Baton Rouge)
Randal Andras – 1 (April 18 – Bradenton)
Tii Tharpe – 1 (May 31 – Cordova)
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