Nitro Jam may be a sport that is all about flash, excitement and entertainment, but for the drivers it can get pretty intense on the track
For any driver, having an opportunity to race at the national level in front of thousands of screaming fans at your home track is more than a dream come true
No one was better on the quarter-mile in 2011 than Pennsylvania’s Peter Gallen
Myron Piatek, of Holly Hill, Fla., was named IHRA’s Sportsman of the Year — essentially IHRA’s hall of fame award — and Cameron Manuel of Winston Salem, N.C. was named the Sportsman Driver of the Year at the recent IHRA Awards Celebration
After returning to racing in 2009 following a 20-year hiatus, Gallen has blasted back onto the scene with national records, wins and more piling up at every stop. And following the recently completed Northern Nitro Jam at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, Peter Gallen can add another title to his long list of accomplishments — the fastest nostalgia racer in the country
While three of the five fulltime Nitro Jam classes have already decided a champion, two others will go down to the wire at the upcoming Northern Nitro Jam at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park the weekend of Aug. 12-13
Gleaming gold, his arms raised in triumph, his sleek physique standing sentry-straight, the International Hot Rod Ass’n’s Ironman trophy is a bit enigmatic. Like the Academy Awards’ renowned Oscar statue (courtesy of the same designer), the Ironman has a nondescript face, no face, really. He shows no emotion.
GREEK ON THE GO: Chris Karamesines launches off the starting line during the 2009 Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. (Harry Cella Photo)Longevity...
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