MARTIN, Mich. — On one of the fastest tracks in the entire country in cars very familiar with the US 131 Motorsports Park quarter-mile, the usual suspects were expected to rule the day in IHRA’s Mountain Motor Pro Stock class Friday during the opening night of the annual IHRA Northern Nationals.
Instead, surprise participant Scott Hintz, in only his third start of the year with the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, was the top qualifier in the Pro Stock class, joining Mike Pelrine (Nitro Harley), Ron Maroney (Nitro Altered), Marisha Falk (Jet Dragster) and Dom Lagana (Top Fuel) as the top qualifiers Friday at the IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park.
Hintz was the quickest car from Friday’s trio of qualifying passes for the Pro Stock teams, running an evening-best 6.259 seconds at 222.29 miles per hour on the quarter-mile in the Hintz Racing 2013 Ford Mustang. IHRA points leader Cary Goforth qualified second in the Dean’s Casing Service 2014 Chevrolet Camaro with a 6.294 at 222.31, followed by Todd Hoerner, John DeFlorian and Kevin Bealko.
In Nitro Harley, Canadian Mike Pelrine led the way in the nitro-powered motorcycle class with a 6.370 at 218.22, just ahead of Randal Andras who ran a 6.412 at 212.83. Class point leader Mike Scott was third, followed by Mark Cox and Lyle Newton.
Ron Maroney was fastest in the Nitro Altered category in the “Blind Faith” machine, running an evening-best 6.258 at 207.01. Shane Harter in “Nasty Benjamin” was second with a 6.342 at 190.54. Troy Martin, Don Blackshear and Kyle Hough rounded out the top five.
Finally, IHRA welcomed Top Fuel back to its lineup on Friday as the Lagana brothers put on an incredible show for the Michigan fans. One year after making the fastest pass in IHRA history at this very same event, Dom Lagana went back to work with a tremendous 4.689-second pass at 314.88 mph, crossing the finish line in a bright ball of fire after suffering an engine issue. Brother Bobby Lagana Jr. had an evening-best 4.717-second pass at 320.94 mph.