Fastest Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars in the world battle at Tucson’s Arizona Nitro Jam March 23
Nitro Jam Media
Mar 13, 2013
In the world of nostalgia nitro racing there are a prestigious
few events that boast having the biggest names and the best cars in the sport.
Tucson’s Arizona Nitro Jam presented by Good Vibrations and
CarSafe is quickly becoming one of those events.
For the third year in a row the fastest names in Nostalgia
Nitro Funny Car will do battle on the Tucson quarter-mile as two-time defending
NHRA Heritage Series champion Jason Rupert in the brand new “Bays & Rupert”
’69 Camaro will do battle against three of the most competitive teams in the
sport in the AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car “Clash of the Titans” at
Southwestern International Raceway.
Fresh off of setting the quickest and fastest lap at the
famed March Meet earlier this month, California native Jason Rupert will battle
two of the next four fastest cars from that same event in addition to going up
against the two-time defending winner of the Tucson event.
Rupert will put it all on the line against Steven Denham,
son of legendary racer Gary Densham, behind the wheel of the “Teachers Pet” ’69
Camaro and Texas native John Hale in the “Nitro Boss” ’69 Camaro. Densham
qualified third and Hale fifth at the most famous nostalgia nitro race in the
world earlier this month behind Rupert’s chart topping pass of 5.702 seconds at
254.47 mph. Rounding out the field of the quickest and fastest in the world is
California native Mike Halstead who steps in behind the wheel of the famed “Candies
& Hughes” ’70 Barracuda, the same car that drove to an Ironman trophy two
years in a row at the Arizona Nitro Jam.
“The best cars in the nation will be in Tucson and it will
certainly be tough,” Rupert said. “Densham’s car runs hard everywhere, Hale’s
car is always tough and of course the ‘Candies & Hughes’ car goes down the
track every time which makes it hard to beat. It will be a great competition
and an outstanding show for the fans.”
This prestigious invite-only Funny Car battle is sure to be
the most competitive yet as all four drivers are no strangers to winning. The “Candies
& Hughes” Funny Car, driven last year by veteran Mike Savage, visited five
final rounds with three wins including a Saturday night win in Tucson. Rupert
and Densham have not won in IHRA Nitro Jam competition, but have won numerous
events in other national circuits. Hale has one win in two Nitro Jam starts.
“I live, eat, sleep and breathe Nitro Funny Cars. I like the
people involved, I like the sights, the sounds, the traveling – I like it all,”
Hale said. “At the March Meet it was not the outcome I had envisioned, but we
had a great weekend with family and friends. Now we are setting our focus on
Tucson which should be a great event. It is a great group of guys we are going
up against and we look forward to the challenge.”
The season-opening March Meet at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield,
California proved a good litmus test as to the competition expected in Tucson.
Rupert topped the 34 drivers trying to qualify for the 16-car field with a very
quick 5.702, 254.47. Densham was third with a 5.757, 247.38 and Hale was fifth
with a 5.823, 245.49. Rupert also set the fastest lap in the country last
Halstead and the “Candies & Hughes” team will make their
season debut at the Tucson event.
The 2013 Arizona Nitro Jam presented by Good Vibrations and
CarSafe is Saturday, March 23 beginning at 7 p.m. The all-star AMSOIL
Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car field will be joined by additional nitro classes
including Fuel Altered and the return of Top Fuel Dragster as the 8,000
horsepower, 320 mph machine driven by Bruce Litton battles a jet dragster for
the very first time. Fireworks, the 30,000 horsepower Super Shockwave jet
truck, the Candyland wheelstander and more will highlight the one-night-only
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