PEPSI NIGHTFIRE—RACE FOR THE AGES!
Beautiful weather greeted a tremendous field of competitors for the 40th
edition of the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals. Fans by the thousands were treated to
one of the most spectacular races in Firebird history. Overhead by many in
attendance, “this was hands down one of the best Nightfire events to date.” That
certainly speaks volumes about the magnitude and significance of events like our
We’ve selected a vibrant cross-section of photos taken from this year’s
Nightfire weekend. We have a library of virtually hundreds upon hundreds of
great shots from a whole hose of photographers. Quite a number of these
outstanding images (and many, many more) will find their way into future
publications like our 2012 Motorsports Annual and Track Schedule brochure, not
to mention a vast array of print publications in the coming months (like
National Dragster, Drag Racer magazine and others).
Our appreciation goes out to everyone who supported the Nightfire weekend.
Without question, it was one of the best to date. At the same time, we want to
pass along special thanks to everyone on the Firebird track staff for all their
hard work throughout the event. Each and member of our team works tirelessly
from sun up to well past sundown each and every day (several that started at 6
am and didn’t quite until well past midnight over the course of 4 days `n nights
in August). We’re indebted to their help and grateful for everything they do
from the moment the gates swing open for parking early in the week until
everything wraps up in the Pepsi Winner’s Circle on Sunday night.
As much as we’d like to publish a photo of each and every racer who attended
this year’s event, that would be virtually impossible to accomplish. Hopefully
you enjoy a small assortment of color and excitement from Nightfire 40. In an
effort to showcase almost every eliminator or special award winner we made an
attempt to post all the winner’s circle photos from the weekend. In case you
weren’t aware—there were 45 different award recipients over the span of four
days and nights-WOW!
If you had fun at this one, don’t miss the opportunity to participate at
Halloween Classic XVIII on October 12-16 later this season.
All Nightfire Images are presented on behalf of David Fudge, Brian Losness, Rick
Cate, Gary & Jessica Himes, Troy Cross and the Firebird staff. Under penalty of
the law pertaining to photographic ownership rights and respective copyrights of
each photo used on our website, you may not copy or use any photographic image
displayed on firebirdonline.com. Should you like a print of one of the photos on
this site, please contact the photographer in person (or email us for an
address/phone number) to order images direct from the source. In the near
future, you’ll also be able to check out all the fantastic images from both:
http://www.maxcacklephotos.com/ (Chris Graves/Tera Wendland).