JASON RUPERT CONQUERS 41ST IGNITOR OPENER
The NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Dan Wiebold Ford featured quite a
wide variety weather throughout the weekend. After non-stop rain showers on
Thursday (forcing the cancellation of testing), the first official day of
qualifying and time trials (Friday) opened up with snow, rain and wind.
Fortunately enough, the weather improved during the afternoon, as racers took
advantage of two time runs in the cool and breezy conditions. Saturday was much
warmer as temperatures climbed into the lower 50’s, while a headwind prevailed
over most of the day. Best of all, Sunday dawned gorgeous as temps came close to
60, while sun filled skies dominated the spectacular day of racing.
The Stinker Stores Nitro Knockout attracted a strong audience on both Saturday
and Sunday afternoon.
The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage point’s series played host to the second stop for the
AA/Funny Car class, which featured 11 cars trying to qualify for an 8-car open
eliminator. After qualifying on the pole at 5.87, Jason Rupert was hands down
the star of the weekend as he rattled off runs of 5.86, 5.95 and 5.90 to stop
Mark Hentges in the championship final.
In the Lucas Oil Drag Racer Series, nine different champions were crowned in
addition to the winners of Super Pro, Pro and Heavy in Firebird’s Gold Cup
eliminators at day’s end, Sunday, May 1st.
We hope you enjoy a small slice of the color and excitement (including a wide
variety of photography below) taken throughout the event.
Images presented on behalf of David Fudge, Brian Losness, Gary & Jessica
Himes, and the Firebird Staff. Should you wish to order any enlargements from
these cool photos, please be sure and drop us an email. We’ll be glad to put you
in touch (via email) with the photographer. Hands down, their work is simply
exceptional whether you might be looking for a 5 x 7 or full wall-sized poster
for your office or den.