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IHRA Drag Racing Series returns to S.A. Raceway this weekend

by Mike Haag | Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Courtesy of the IHRA

MARION – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Drag Racing Series returns to action this weekend at San Antonio Raceway for the Good Vibrations Texas Nationals Fueled by Sunoco. The second event of the season features AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, Pro Modified, Pro Stock, Nitro Motorcycle and the Summit Pro-Am Tour on April 1 – 2.

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The on-track action starts Friday, April 1 with Summit Pro-Am qualifying in the afternoon and the first round of professional qualifying at 7 p.m. CT. Saturday’s schedule includes the continuation of qualifying at 2 p.m. CT, Summit Pro-Am eliminations and.professional eliminations at 5 p.m. CT. Sunday is a sportsman only day as they Summit Pro-Am Tour wraps up with race number two of the weekend.

Tickets for the Good Vibrations Texas Nationals Fueled by Sunoco are available online at BuyIHRAtix.com or at the gate.

The breakdown:

  • Goforth returns: The 2016 season started out with a familiar face in victory lane at the close of the AMSOIL Nitro Nationals at Orlando Speed World Dragway. Last year’s IHRA Pro Stock Champion, Cary Goforth took his AMSOIL Chevrolet Camaro to the winner’s circle with his newly formed alliance with Black Diamond Motorsports.
  • New contenders: The Pro Modified class came down to Jerico Balduf and Adam Flamholc in the finals at the season-opener. Both drivers recently announced their commitment to run a full-time schedule in the IHRA Drag Racing Series. Flamholc originally from Sweden, took home his career first Ironman trophy.
  • Return to the Lone Star State: San Antonio Raceway marks the second stop on the IHRA Drag Racing Series tour. The 2016 event returns to its original date and runs the first weekend of April. The raceway is located just outside of downtown San Antonio and features a 1/4-mile dragstrip.
  • 2015 rewind: Cary Goforth nabbed the Ironman in the Pro Stock class at last year’s Texas Nationals and is looking for a repeat performance.John Smith claimed the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car win in 2015 but is not entered in this year’s event. The Pro Modified and Nitro Motorcycle classes did not compete and are looking for a win at the Lone Star State.
  • Good Vibrations: Longtime partner, Good Vibrations Motorsports will serve as the title sponsor at the Texas Nationals. Good Vibrations Motorsports has been a staple in the drag racing community and a proud supporter of the IHRA. They specialize in supercharged applications and mechanical fuel injection.

 Noteworthy items:

  • Point standing’s following the AMSOIL Nitro Nationals:
    • AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car
      • Shawn Bowen 113
      • Mike McIntire Jr. 94
      • Jason Rupert 76
    • Pro Stock
      • Cary Goforth 113
      • John Pluchino 90
      • JR Carr 76
    • Pro Modified
      • Adam Flamholc 112
      • Billy Harper 96
      • Jerico Baldulf
    • Nitro Motorcycle
      • Randal Andras 114
      • Jake Stordeur 89
      • Rickey House 75
  • The Summit Pro -Am Tour will take center stage during the Good Vibrations Texas Nationals as they run in conjunction with the professional classes and compete for a coveted IHRA trophy.
  • The IHRA recently announced a new partnership with Racer Media & Marketing. The world’s leading motorsports media outlet now covers all things related to the IHRA. Visit RACER.com and click on the IHRA tab for complete coverage.
  • The Good Vibrations Texas Nationals Fueled by Sunoco is April 1 – 2 with the Summit Pro-Am Tour continuing on April 3. San Antonio Raceway is located at3641 S Santa Clara Rd, Marion, TX 78124.

Tickets are available online at BuyIHRATix.com. Each ticket includes free access to the pit area.

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About the Author

Mike Haag has covered motorsports in San Antonio and South Texas for more than 30 years. In addition to working for the San Antonio Express-News for nearly 28 years, Mike also has co-hosted TrackSmack with Dawn Murphy for 15 race seasons. In addition to being a writer, Mike also teaches English at Floresville High School.