August 9 , 2015




The Nitro Jam Northern Nationals presented by Aeromotive saw fast paced racing action on stop number nine on the 2015 Nitro Jam trail.

AUGUST 8, 2015 (Martin, Michigan) - Three Nitro Jam racers scored a pair of victories for the double-event weekend. The fans in the stands hung on every pass after Jason Rupert beat the ET and mph record during Friday night qualifying. All eyes were on every pass the remainder of the weekend to see if he could back up his astounding 5.551 ET which is over 1/10th of a second under the current record. As the weekend closed, Mike McIntire is still the reigning ET and mph record holder as Rupert could not back up his record by the mandatory 1% within the same event the initial record is recorded.

Rupert attempted to back it up three times today. Unfortunately the Yorba Linda, California driver was unable to do so but he did pick up a second Ironman for the weekend and scoring his fourth IHRA Nitro Funny Car victory in as many races. Rupert defeated Paul Romine in the final of the US 131 Motorsports Park event with a 5.939 run at 241.68 with a .104 reaction while Romine, from Fishers, Indiana, left at .104 and made a 8.196 pass at 108.28 mph.

Bill Lutz and Steve Matusek faced off in the Crower Pro Mod final round. Matusek, from Kansas City, Missouri, went red with a -.242 reaction. Lutz, from Canal Winchester, Ohio, left at .147, taking home the Ironman and the Aeromotive $200 bonus for competing with their decal.

Jay Turner extended his points lead for the Nitro Harley championship chase. The Julian, North Carolina competitor picked up his second win of the weekend with a 6.319 at 230.18 mph with a .051 reaction. Randal Andras, from Amelia, Louisiana, finished runner-up with a 7.142 run at 144.83 mph with a .039 light. Jay Turner scored some breathing room in his bid for a IHRA World Championship as he and Tracy Kile were only 3 points apart in national points competition leading into this pair of events.

Matt Bertsch was the third driver to take home a matched set of Ironmen this weekend. In the Pro Stock final, Bertsch left the line in his 2007 Mustang at .022 while Cary Goforth went red with a .003 light in his 2013 Camaro.

Jet Dragster competition closed out the night with Shea Holbrook and Marisha Falk squaring off in the final. Holbrook, from Groveland, Florida, left before the third activation light, handing Falk the win. Falk, from Port Orange, Florida, cut a .131 light.

To view round-by-round results of the Northern Nationals presented by Aeromotive, visit the Nitro Jam results page at

Next up on the schedule for the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is the MOPAR Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Williams Racing at Grand Bend Motorplex on August 14-16. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit, or call (519) 238-7223.


President's Cup Nationals Fueled by Sunoco Completed at the Northern Nationals

AUGUST 8, 2015 (Martin, Michigan) - The President's Cup Nationals fueled by Sunoco was concluded today at US 131 Motorsports Park during the Northern Nationals presented by Aeromotive after competition was postponed due to Tropical Storm Bill back in June. Matt Bertsch picked up his first ever IHRA Ironman with a Mountain Motor Pro Stock win.

Bertsch, from Tecumseh, Minnesota, defeated Arnold, Missouri driver, John DeFlorian with a .044 reaction time and a 6.352 run at 219.0 mph. DeFlorian left the line at .103 and made a 6.309 pass at 222.77 mph to finish runner up.

Jason Rupert added another win to his season collection, making it three in a row for the Yorba Linda, California driver. Rupert faced Shawn Bowen, from Grand Blanc, Minnesota, for the make-up event final. Bowen lit the tree at .065, going 5.707 at 213.68 mph while Rupert left at .096 for his 5.659 run.

Nitro Harley points leader Jay Turner extended his lead with a victory over Rickey House. The Julian, North Carolina rider made a 6.403 at 228.77 mph with a .060 reaction time. House, who made the trip up from Humble, Texas, left at .094 going 7.174 at 202.89 mph.

Billy Harper picked up the Crower Pro Mod Ironman after putting down some quick numbers against Dina Parise. The Paducah, Kentucky driver cut a .058 light and made a 5.963 at 245.50 mph. Parise, from New Freeddom, Pennsylvania, left at .638 and made a 6.244 pass at 197.98 mph.

Jet Dragster final has been postponed and will be run at the MOPAR Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Williams Racing at Grand Bend Motorplex next weekend, August 14 - 16.


AUGUST 7, 2015 (Martin, Michigan) - With a few weather delays, first round of Nitro Jam qualifying was completed Friday night during day one of the Northern Nationals presented by Aeromotive at US 131 Motorsports Park. Jason Rupert is set to break both end of the Amsoil Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive record after making a huge qualifying pass.

Rupert laid down a 5.555 at 262.39 mph in his 1969 Camaro. If he can back it up during today's qualifying session, he'll take back the record from Mike McIntire Jr., who set the mark earlier this year in Bradenton. Shawn Bowen qualified second with a 5.725 pass and Mark Sanders currently sits in third after his 5.841 run. Two racers failed to qualify; Tim Boychuk had problems on the starting line and failed to make a qualifying pass while McIntire had an oil down during his pass.

Steve Matusek is the current pole sitter in the Crower Pro Mod class. His 6.006 at 199.82 mph pass earned him the top spot for the evening while Billy Harper made a 6.247 run at 163.76 mph to qualify second. Bill Lutz went 6.421 at 227.27 mph, qualifying in third.

Randal Andras, who currently sits in third for Nitro Harley points, qualified at the top of the ladder with a 6.362 run at 219.62 mph. Rickey House made a 6.378 at 217.18 mph to qualify second while points leader Jay Turner went 6.431 at 230.41, qualifying third.

Pro Stock competition saw JR Carr take the top spot with a 6.289 at 222.88 mph while Trevor Eman made a 6.314 run at 221.89 mph. John DeFlorian Jr. finished the day with a 6.323 at 223.21 pass, putting him in third.

Finishing the evening was the Larsen's Motorsports jet dragster team. Elaine Larsen, who current leads the championship chase, qualified first with a 5.844 at 273.56. Kat Moller, who sits just a few points behind Larsen, qualified second followed by Marisha Falk and Shea Holbrook.

The final round of qualifying for the Northern Nationals presented by Aeromotive resumes today at 2 p.m. with sportsman racing throughout the day. Nitro Jam eliminations are set to begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate.


Friday Round 1 Qualifying Results

Martin, MI - Round 1 qualifying from the 2015 Northern Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Aeromotive at US 131 Motorsports Park

Amsoil Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive - 1. J Rupert 5.555; 262.39; 2. S Bowen 5.745; 3. M Sanders 5.841; 244.43; 4. P Romine 5.869; 244.17; 5. S Nichols 5.884; 242.72; 6. B Litton 5.899; 239.74; 7. B Young 6.153; 236.22 8. G Jacobsmeyer 6.232; 216.45

Crower Pro Mod - 1. S Matusek 6.006; 199.82, 2. B Harper 6.247; 227.27; 3. B Lutz 6.421; 227.27; 4. B Glidden 6.658; 158.17; 5. D Parise 7.039; 134.53; 6. R Tetsoshvili 7.322; 134.53; 7. H Martin 8.104; 117.55; 8. J Kalso 14.264; 72.56

Nitro Harley - 1. R Andras 6.362; 219.62 2. R House 6.378; 230.41 3. Turner 6.431; 230.41 4. B Malloy 6.503; 5. T Kile 6.587; 203.25 6. J Fagan 6.670; 206.52 7. J Stordeun 6.757; 205.76 8. A Kobernusz 6.929; 180.51

Pro Stock - 1. J Carr 6.289; 222.88; 2. T Eman 6.314; 221.89; 3. J DeFlorian 6.323; 223.21 4. B Waddle 6.330; 223.10; 5. C Goforth 6.346; 221.57; 6. J Montecalvo 6.359; 221.35; 7. L O'Brien 6.372; 221.89; 8. D Goforth 6.376 220.80

Jet Dragster - 1. E Larsen 5.844; 273.56; 2. K Moller 5.874; 278,29; 3. M Falk 5.852; 275.06; 4. S Holbrook 6.752; 129.01


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