NEW ALEXANDRIA, Pa. – The rains were coming, so Nitro Jam kicked things into overdrive.
With a gloomy forecast and a nice window of warm, dry weather on Saturday, the International Hot Rod Ass’n stepped up in a big way and accomplished the impossible by squeezing in two full sportsman races and a Nitro Jam all in one day with nearly two dozen drivers walking away winners and fans witnessing an incredible show all during a jam-packed Suzuki Pittsburgh Nitro Jam at Pittsburgh Raceway Park.
In an amazing joint effort by the IHRA and Pittsburgh Raceway Park staffs the two crews joined forces and produced an amazing result, finishing both days of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour competition and the Nitro Jam show all in less than 12 hours.
“It was an amazing effort by both the IHRA and Greg Miller and his incredible staff at Pittsburgh to get this done today. The forecast looked sketchy so we knew that we had to do something to make sure our racers and fans were satisfied,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA VP of Race Operations. “In the end the show went off without a hitch and the racers lauded the decision. Once again we were able to shine a light on our incredible sportsman competitors and showcase them on Saturday while also avoiding a potential pitfall on Sunday. I can’t thank both teams enough for the amazing job they did today.”
In Nitro Jam professional competition Peter Gallen continued his dominance of the Nitro Jam series and Pittsburgh Raceway Park by collecting his fifth consecutive win in 2013 and his third straight at PRP to earn his 22nd win in the past three seasons. It was an especially emotional victory for the Pennsylvania native as he hosted a young boy battling a rare form of cancer and his family and dedicated the win to young Isaiah Robb shortly after the race.
“This win is for him. He is such a tough little guy and really he has become our lucky charm over the past few seasons,” Gallen said. “The car ran great and we enjoyed going up against (Mike) McIntire in the final, but really this night is all about Isaiah and his family. We are so happy they were able to join us here this weekend and he was able to be the Grand Marshal for the race. It was a great evening for the ‘Poverty Stricken’ team and for Isaiah.”
Gallen was joined in the winner’s circle by Tracy Kile (Nitro Harley) and Ron Maroney (Fuel Altered) in the professional classes, with Jill Canuso adding a thrilling exhibition victory over Bruce Litton’s Top Fuel Dragster behind the wheel of her brand new “Queen of Diamonds II” jet-powered dragster in the evening’s finale.