42nd annual Ignitor returns to Firebird Raceway


The oldest major event in the Pacific Northwest, the 42nd edition of the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Dan Wiebold Ford, returns to Firebird Raceway May 4-6. Taking place just northwest of Idaho’s capital city of Boise, nearly 400 racers are anticipated for the opening stop in the Division 6 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

The season-opening event will also mark the second stop in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series for the AA/Funny Car category.

Headlining the event will be the reigning Ignitor and NHRA Heritage national champion Jason Rupert, of Yorba Linda, Calif. Rupert holds the track speed record at 250.62 mph, recorded at last year’s event. He will be challenged by a pit full of topflight Funny Car teams. Early pre-entrants will include former Heritage national champion and many-time Ignitor winner Bucky Austin, Tacoma, Wash.; NHRA Hot Rod Reunion champ John Hale, Dallas; past Nightfire winner Twig Zeigler, Ferndale, Wash.; Jack Harris with the Nitro Thunder Trans Am, Kaysville, Utah; and a number of other anticipated teams.

Since 1969, Firebird has played host to an NHRA Division 6 race. At this event, a multitude of racers will challenge for a share of the $187,500 cash and contingency prize posting.

Racers will be competing in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Sportsman Bike, Super Pro, Pro, and Heavy throughout the weekend.

Adult pit-side admission is $15 (Friday) and $20 (Saturday or Sunday). Kids 15 and younger will be admitted free.

Funny Car testing will be available Friday at 4 p.m., followed by official qualifying on Saturday at 1 and 5 p.m. The nitro finals will get under way at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, log on to www.firebirdonline.com.