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Inaugural Battle Of The Jet Fire Trucks At May 29-30 IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals

Mark Smith’s jet-powered U.S. Fire Force fire truck.

Mark Smith’s jet-powered U.S. Fire Force fire truck.

It’s never been done before. The inaugural Battle of the Jet Fire Trucks will take place at Cordova International Raceway during the May 29-30 IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals.

Mark Smith’s jet-powered U.S. Fire Force fire truck is a popular attraction at every IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series national event. His candy apple red 1940 Ford fire truck is powered by not one, but two jet engines. Its flame-belching, ground-pounding passes down the quarter mile never fail to drop the jaw of even the most jaded motorsports fan.

Now Smith has a challenger. Enter Dave Modder, a volunteer firefighter from Randall, Wisconsin. A commercial pilot by trade, Modder has raced Jet Dragsters for nearly 20 years. His custom-built Dragon’s Fyre is a replica 1940 Ford truck powered by a General Electric J-85-17 jet engine.

Dave Modder's Dragon's Fyre.

Dave Modder’s Dragon’s Fyre.

Modder and his Dragon’s Fyre truck are partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (www.firehero.org).

“Those of us in the fire service know how important the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is,” said Modder. “For the families of firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the NFFF provides critical assistance. Our mission is create awareness of the group’s activities through drag racing, air shows, car shows and fire service events. What this foundation does is important to me since I’m an active firefighter.”

“The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation appreciates Dave’s commitment to our mission to honor the fallen, offer support to their families and help reduce firefighter line-of-duty injuries and deaths each year,” said NFFF executive director Ron Siarnicki. “The generous support provided through this partnership helps the foundation continue providing valuable resources to the survivors of fallen firefighters.”

Dragon’s Fyre and U.S. Fire Force will wage a fiery battle on CIR’s freshly-paved quarter-mile drag strip during the Nitro Jam Summer Nationals. If veteran sportscaster Howard Cosell were alive today, he might dub this smoky showdown “The Inferno in Cordova.”

 

IHRA NITRO JAM DRAG RACING SERIES

Nitro Jam is “heads-up” drag racing entertainment – first racer to the finish line wins – in all five pro categories. The exciting show includes qualifying and eliminations for: Crower Pro Mod, AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley and Jet Dragster classes.

The IHRA pit experience allows fans to tour the pit area, meet the drivers and take part in a number of fun family activities. A special attraction this year is the renowned Hollywood Cars of the Stars collection from the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection. The exhibit will include famous television and motion picture cars including the TV Batmobile from 1966, the General Lee Dodge Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series and the DeLorean time machine from the 1985 cinema hit, Back to the Future.

Fans may save money by purchasing tickets in advance. Kids (ages 6-12) tickets are only $10.

 

IHRA NITRO JAM SUMMER NATIONALS SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, MAY 29

Pre-race ceremonies – 6:45 p.m.

First round of Nitro Jam qualifying – 7 p.m.

Second round of Nitro Jam qualifying – 9 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 30

Third round of Nitro Jam qualifying – 2 p.m.

Pre-race ceremonies — 4:45 p.m.

First round of Nitro Jam eliminations – 5 p.m.

Second round of Nitro Jam eliminations – 7 p.m.

Final round of Nitro Jam eliminations – 8:30 p.m.

 

Schedule subject to change.

 

TICKETS: AFFORDABLE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT – KIDS TICKETS ARE ONLY $10.

www.nitrojam.com

 

ADVANCE TICKET PRICES

Friday Adult — $20.

Friday Child (ages 6-12) — $10.

Saturday Adult — $25.

Saturday Child (ages 6-12) — $10.

All tickets include a free pit pass.

 

Cordova International Raceway is located at 19425 IL Rt. 84 N, Cordova, Illinois. For more information, please call (309) 654-2110 or visitwww.racecir.com.

 

Chicago’s Marc White Joins Growing Nitro Funny Car Field For IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals At Cordova

Crop Duster NFC KCooley

Marc White, driver of Frank Ousley’s “Crop Duster” Monza AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, has filed an entry for the May 29-30 IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals at Cordova International Raceway. White’s Nitro Funny Car entry brings the current total to 14 for the Cordova Summer Nationals.

White hails from Chicago and the Ousley team is headquartered just 12 miles from CIR in Morrison, Illinois. Although the team owner is 58 years old and the driver is 60, the pairing is new. read more…

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