MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The International Hot Rod Ass’n returns to Memphis Int’l Raceway this weekend for the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals.
This exciting race features the debut of the Nitro Jam professional drag racing series at MIR, plus two championship races crowning the 2013 IHRA Summit World Champions in 10 classes. Highlighting Nitro Jam will be the return of six-time IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Clay Millican to the IHRA as he battles longtime rival Bruce Litton.
Millican won six consecutive IHRA Top Fuel championships from 2001-2006, winning 52 races and visiting more than 60 finals during that span. He won 68 percent of the races during his six-year reign atop the IHRA Top Fuel world including recording an amazing 21 wins in 24 races in a two year span. He also set both ends of the IHRA Top Fuel world record and was the very first IHRA driver to dip into the 4.40s on the quarter-mile.
And the man that was runner-up during nearly all of those Millican wins was Bruce Litton. Litton is IHRA’s second most decorated Top Fuel competitor with one championship coming in 2007 and the fifth most wins in IHRA history under the previous IHRA format. Under the new Nitro Jam system Litton has added even more wins to his resume.
From 2002 to 2004 Millican and Litton met in the finals of Top Fuel 17 times, including nine meetings in 12 races in 2002 alone.
But that isn’t all. The 2013 IHRA Summit World Finals will feature one of the most exciting nostalgia funny car races of the season as four of the top competitors in the country do battle in Memphis.
IHRA’s winningest Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car competitor Peter Gallen and the “Poverty Stricken” team will make their Memphis debut alongside Mike Minick in the “Chi-Town Hustler,” Greg Jacobsmeyer in the “All-Star Dodge” and the world famous “Candies & Hughes” team.
Rounding out the nitro portion of the schedule are two of the most famous and out-of-control nostalgia Fuel Altereds in the world headed by defending Nitro Jam World Champion Kyle Hough in the “Nanook” machine and Ron Hope in “Rat Trap”. Daredevil Jay Turner and the “big pig” Nitro Harley will also be in action in a battle of side-by-side 220 mph motorcycles.
The 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet-powered truck will bring the evening to a close as the flame-throwing machines goes head-to-head with the most recognizable name in all of motorsports – Grave Digger.
Fireworks and an incredible pyrotechnics display will close the evening.