IHRA Northern Nationals Kick Off Qualifying

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IHRA Entertainment, LLC, a newly formed corporation held by the ownership group of Palm Beach Int'l Raceway and Memphis Int'l Raceway, has acquired the International Hot Rod Ass'n.

MARTIN, Mich. – With a few weather delays, the first round of Nitro Jam qualifying was completed Friday night during day one of the Northern Nationals presented by Aeromotive at US 131 Motorsports Park.

Jason Rupert is set to break both end of the Amsoil Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive record after making a huge qualifying pass.

Rupert laid down a 5.555 at 262.39 mph in his 1969 Camaro. If he can back it up during today’s qualifying session, he’ll take back the record from Mike McIntire Jr., who set the mark earlier this year in Bradenton. Shawn Bowen qualified second with a 5.725 pass and Mark Sanders currently sits in third after his 5.841 run. Two racers failed to qualify; Tim Boychuk had problems on the starting line and failed to make a qualifying pass while McIntire had an oil down during his pass.

Steve Matusek is the pole sitter in the Crower Pro Mod class. His 6.006 at 199.82 mph pass earned him the top spot for the evening while Billy Harper made a 6.247 run at 163.76 mph to qualify second. Bill Lutz went 6.421 at 227.27 mph, qualifying in third.

Randal Andras, who sits in third for Nitro Harley points, qualified at the top of the ladder with a 6.362 run at 219.62 mph. Rickey House made a 6.378 at 217.18 mph to qualify second while points leader Jay Turner went 6.431 at 230.41, qualifying third.

Pro Stock competition saw JR Carr take the top spot with a 6.289 at 222.88 mph while Trevor Eman made a 6.314 run at 221.89 mph. John DeFlorian Jr. finished the day with a 6.323 at 223.21 pass, putting him in third.

Finishing the evening was the Larsen’s Motorsports jet dragster team. Elaine Larsen, who leads the championship chase, qualified first with a 5.844 at 273.56. Kat Moller, who sits just a few points behind Larsen, qualified second followed by Marisha Falk and Shea Holbrook.