• Featured ImageCary Goforth wins IHRA Nitro Jam series season opener at Southwestern International Raceway

    U.S. BOUNTY HUNTERS MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCKS: Goforth met John Deflorian of Arnold, Mo., in the final round of eliminations for the U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock class. Goforth defeated Deflorian 6.348 sec./219.72 mph to 6.40 sec./217.98 mph.

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    Goforth earned his way into the final by defeating Canada’s John Konigshofer in the first round and Texan Scott Hintz in the second. Deflorian trailered J.R. Carr in the opening round of eliminations and waded into the final by defeating John Decalvo in the second.

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    Winner:Cary Goforth (Holdenville, Okla.) Camaro 6.348 sec./219.72 mph.

    Runner-up:John Deflorian Jr. (Arnold, Mo.) Camaro 6.40 sec./217.98 mph.

     

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  • Featured ImageBlack Diamond Motorsports is Ready for the Hunt to Begin

    Kevin  Bealko’s  Black  Diamond  Motorsports,(BDMS)  IHRA  Mountain  Motor  Pro  Stock  team  is   ready  to  start  the  hunt  for  a  IHRA  Pro  Stock  Championship  with  a continued sponsorship with AMSOIL “The First in Synthetics” while welcoming the U.S.Bounty Hunters as  a new primary sponsor.

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    BDMS had a great 2014 IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock season with both BDMS Camaro’s winning races and reaching the finals in seven of the nine IHRA contested races. The BDM Camaro’s ended the season placing  second  and  third  in  the  IHRA  Pro  Stock  Championship  points.

     

    BDMS was extremely proud to be flying the AMSOIL Colors in 2014 while working with the AMSOIL’s staff and using their professionally tested products. Partnering with AMSOIL was a major factor towards BDMS very successful 2014 season.  AMSOIL  will  continue to be the Primary  Sponsor  of Kevin  Bealko’s Camaro  and  will  continue  to  be  BDMS   secondary  sponsor  on  John’s DeFlorian’s Camaro.  AMSOIL is truly “The First in Synthetics”.

     

    John DeFlorian (Bret Kepner Photo)
    John DeFlorian (Bret Kepner Photo)

    BDMS is very pleased to welcome the U.S. Bounty Hunters as the 2015 IHRA Pro Stock  Class  Sponsor  and  BDMS is really excited  to  fly  their  colors  as  a  Primary Sponsor  on  John  DeFlorian’s  new  2015 Camaro  as  well  as  a  Secondary  Sponsor  on Kevin Bealko’s  2014  Camaro Fred  Slack,  Denise Mirro, and their Bounty Hunter Crew will  be quite visible at all the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Events.

     

    “We  are  also  excited  to  partner  with  one  of  the  top  teams  in  that  class  in  Black  Diamond   Motorsports  with  Kevin  Bealko  and  John  DeFlorian.  With  this  perfect  marriage,  we  are   committed  to  making  this  partnership  successful  and  continue  growing  our  brand  ”  said  Fred   Slack  with  US  Bounty  Hunters.  Denise  Mirro,  with  US  Bounty  Hunters,  also  stated  “We  are   also  proud  to  sponsor  the  incredibly  exciting  Pro  Stock  class  and  adorn  the  side  of  Black   Diamond  Motorsports  team.  Much  like  IHRA’s  hands-­on  treatment  with  the  fans,  Black   Diamond  Motorsports  gives  their  fans  the  same  attention  that  fans  of  racing  want  more  of.”

     

    BDMS  is  very pleased  to  be  running  the  1/4  mile  again in their second  season  with  the  IHRA.  Running  with the  IHRA  last  season  was  a  great  racing  experience  and  BDMS is very thankful to the IHRA for their support of Mountain Motor Pro Stock Racing!!! BDMS will open the season this weekend at Southwest International Raceway in Tucson Arizona.

     

    BDMS  is  certainly  looking  forward  to  seeing  our  race  fans  at  Southwest   International  Raceway  in  Tucson!!!

     

     

     



  • Featured ImageSAN ANTONIO NATIONALS POSTPONED; BATON ROUGE ADDED TO 2015 SCHEDULE

    The San Antonio Nationals originally scheduled for March 13 & 14, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas has been postponed. Replacing that date on the 2015 Nitro Jam Schedule will be the return of the Mardi Gras Nationals at State Capital Raceway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
    “Time was simply running out for a resolution that the track could reopen in time to host the San Antonio Nationals in March,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “Our parent company, IRG Sports + Entertainment, have been in negotiations to purchase the facility for the past six months and are still pursuing the purchase of this facility. The only thing IRG was not able to confirm for us was a final timetable for the transaction, which is why we had to make this change in the schedule. We are optimistic we will return to San Antonio this fall once the ownership and direction of the facility becomes clear.”

     

    Professional classes at the Mardi Gras Nationals will include Amsoil Funny Car, Nitro Harley, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro-Stock, Jet Dragster and exhibition runs of the Fire Force Jet Fire Truck. The sportsman program will be E.T. bracket classes.
    “We made a decision not to include the Pro-Am classes at this event namely due to a lack of notice for the Division 4 Summit Pro-Am competitors” continued Peaco. “We have handled a lot of calls from Texas racers regarding the San Antonio date and I really didn’t want to throw a venue change at the Division 4 competitors this late in the planning process. I know with the uncertainty of San Antonio’s reopening date many racers may have made other plans for that weekend. We will open the Division 4 Summit Pro-Am season at Pine Valley March 27-29 as scheduled. When we return to San Antonio in the fall we will put the event back together and we can give all the competitors plenty of notice on the new national event date.”
    State Capital Raceway, located in southern Louisiana returns to the IHRA Nitro Jam schedule after a 2 year hiatus. The quarter-mile dragstrip features 660′ concrete launch pads, concrete barrier walls, Compulink timing, LED scoreboards and seating for 9,000 fans.
    “I’m very thankful that Track Manager Gary Carter called us to offer up a replacement date at the facility. Track owners Lanny and Val Lewis are some of the best people in the IHRA family and they always have the welcome mat out for IHRA. I know the professional racers love the track as it provides a great opportunity to set records with an elevation of a mere 18 feet above sea level,” said IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco.
    The IHRA 2015 Nitro Jam season will open February 6-7 at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Arizona.
    For more information on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule and lineup, please visit www.IHRA.com for complete details.



  • Featured ImageIHRA ANNOUNCES JOHN BISCI AS NEW PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA DIRECTOR

    JohnBisciThe International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) has named John Bisci as its new public and media relations director.

    With more than 30 years of media relations experience, Bisci will serve as the public and media relations director for IHRA Motorsports and will be the gatekeeper for all communication both internally and externally. Bisci will be responsible for all advance and on-site media relations for IHRA, Nitro Jam, Sonic Rush Tour and various other IHRA events in addition to many other responsibilities.

    “I’m very happy we found John as he has a massive amount of experience in working with the media, generating promotional programs and social media experience,” said Scott Gardner. “He will be hitting the ground running as we gear up for a very busy season.”

    “I am both pleased and proud to accept this challenging position,” Bisci said. “I am looking forward to representing this company and its thrilling style of motorsports entertainment. It will be my job to tell the IHRA’s story to the world and work with all forms of media.”

    Bisci spent the past year at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., as Director of Communications.

    Bisci’s experience in media relations includes nearly 14 years (2000-2014) as Public Relations Manager for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Prior to working in Las Vegas, Bisci spent six years working as a media specialist for NASCAR teams and sponsors in the Charlotte, N.C., area. Bisci launched his motorsports media career in 1988 and served as public relations director for three short tracks in the Northeast.

    Bisci will work alongside the staff at the IHRA’s offices in Norwalk, Ohio, and will report for duty in February.

    The IHRA’s 2015 Nitro Jam season will open Feb. 6-7 at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz.

    For more information, please contact the IHRA at (419) 663-6666 or visit www.IHRA.com. Follow IHRA on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Featured ImageTeam Aruba Comes Back for 11th Racing Season in the US

    arubamustangTeam Aruba is back for another US Drag Racing tour in their Aruba.com Ford Mustang. This season they return to the birthplace of Mountain Motor Pro Stock, the International Hot Rod Association. The 2015 IHRA season will kick off at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Az. February 6-7.

     

    “IHRA has shown they have set up a great deal for the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class for 2015 with great class sponsors,” stated Team Aruba driver, Trevor Eman. “We certainly look forward to seeing what this season has in store. We’re excited to be racing quarter mile again and returning to the home for Mountain Motor Pro Stocks.

     

    “Although Extreme Pro Stock will not be with the PDRA anymore as of this year, we certainly would like to thank and congratulate the PDRA on what they have accomplished in 2014. We are grateful that they had the class in 2014,” Eman added, speaking to the organization Team Aruba competed with in 2014. Due to a split in class support across organizations, the PDRA selected not to run the Pro Stock division in 2015. Many hope that the class will be unified and grow as IHRA becomes the premier place for mountain motors to compete once again.

     

    “We’re very excited to have Pro Stock,” stated IHRA President Scott Gardner. “They came back in 2014 and now even stronger in 2015. Teams like Team Aruba, for example, are coming on board with us this year. We’re excited to have them, in particular. They’re a very professional team, representing the Ford camp and Aruba. I’ve seen them in action in the past years and it’s great to have them come home to IHRA.”

     

    “We truly believe that Mountain Motor Pro Stock needs one stable sanctioning body to compete in,” Eman added, reflecting on the recent history of his class. “Having options is nice, but we saw last year how the class only split itself between two sanctioning bodies, creating a situation where neither had full fields. Hopefully we can see 18-20+ fields and make the competition as tough as possible again. That’s what makes racing fun, exciting, and gives you the ultimate bragging rights when you get the opportunity to knock out four racers on race day.

     

    “At the end of last season we took delivery of our brand new T&E trailer, which we only got to use at the last race, so we certainly look forward to racing out of our new trailer this entire IHRA season,” Eman continued. “We’ve come a long way since we started racing back in 2004. We have been able to acquire more assets over the course of our racing career such as a spare engine, collection of specialized tools and equipment, additional transmission etc, etc. It got to the point that if the flathead screwdriver was not in the right place the trailer door wouldn’t close. It was time for a new trailer and even having gone to just one race with the new trailer last year, it made a world of difference. So, I’m sure once we get better acclimated to the new trailer this year, it will allow us to only work more efficiently during between runs maintenance.”

     

    As Team Aruba moves back to the IHRA they hope to reconnect with old fans and meet new ones, as well. Their colorful pit area and welcoming smiles are always a fan-favorite no matter what organization they’re in. This year will be no different as Team Aruba continues their main objective of making the ‘One Happy Island’ famous.

     

    “Aside from looking forward to strong competition this year, we certainly look forward to meeting as many fans as possible. We hope to get to speak to many people both about our Mountain Motor Ford Mustang, but more importantly, about our great island destination, Aruba. Hopefully we can see a successful year for Team Aruba this year and with that have our fans come visit our ‘Happy Island’, Aruba.”

     

    Keep up with Team Aruba on Facebook and Twitter. Find race results, team updates, videos and photos. Also leave your comments to cheer on Team Aruba!

     

    For more on your Aruba vacation visit www.Aruba.com and www.Destination-Magazines.com.



  • Featured ImageTOUGH DECISION FOR PDRA

    After much discussion and deliberation, the PDRA is saddened to announce the retirement of the Pro Stock class for the 2015 Season.

    Unfortunately, the expected team participation in the Pro Stock Class for the 2015 season fell short of the numbers to make the Pro Stock teams a viable class in the series.

    While PDRA has not excluded adding the Class back to the roster in the future, there are no present plans for renegotiation with the teams.

    Series Director, Bob Harris commented:  “The Pro Stock Class made a great showing in our inaugural season in 2014.  However, team commitments to other series has split the division.  For the good of the racing community the PDRA will not contribute to the further division of this class.  We wish them well in their racing schedule, and would be happy to consider their addition to the PDRA class line-up in the future.”

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  • Featured ImageMontecalvo Welcomes Crew Chief Tommy Lee

    jmcamarot also starting a family with his wife Ashley in their Georgia home.  With his growing family requiring greater time commitments Belfance has stepped aside from his race career and busy travel schedule. In his place, Montecalvo welcomes well known tuner and driver, Tommy Lee.

    Tommy Lee has been a fixture among both Mountain Motor and 500 cubic inch Pro Stocks for decades. With experience as both a driver and a crew chief, Lee is as well-rounded and knowledgeable as they come.  “We we are excited to have Tommy Lee on board with us; it’s a bad news/good news scenario for our team” told Montecalvo. “It’s tough to say goodbye to Justin. He was a good fit for our team and did an outstanding job for us and we wish him all the best.  We’ll miss him, but I feel very comfortable having Tommy join us as he knows his way around Mountain Motor Pro Stock.”

    Montecalvo’s car, hauler and equipment have already been relocated to Tommy Lee’s Statesville, NC based shop. The team will operate from that central location, rather than Montecalvo’s New York home. “Tommy’s shop is closer to Sonnys for us and close to some good test tracks,” said Monte. “An added bonus is that he’s an excellent driver if we need him behind the wheel to test.

    “It won’t just be Justin that we’re missing this year,” Montecalvo continued with a decidedly somber tone. “One of our long time friends lost his battle with cancer just after Christmas. Donnie Crowder was a great man, and we will all miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Debra and family. There is some solace in knowing he is with Shirley, Hank, Bert and all of our racing family that have passed. For sure he will still be watching over us, but from a much better view.”

    Donnie Crowder, former IHRA and PDRA official lost his battle with cancer on December 26th at the age of 63. He was laid to rest Monday, December 29th. He will be missed by many in the racing community.

    “We hope to honor Donnie’s memory throughout the 2015 season. We’re really looking forward to getting back on the race track and taking some win lights.  We want to wish all our friends a healthy and safe Happy New Year. We’ll see you soon.”