The 42 annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals at Firebird Raceway near Boise, Idaho, — the largest Nostalgia drag race in the Pacific Northwest and one of the biggest Nostalgia meets in the country – begins today (Thursday August 8).
There will be plenty of nitro including Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Car. This race is one of only three events on the Nostalgia drag racing calendar with both Top Fuel and Funny Car racing at the same meet. There will also be Pro Mods from the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association with their sub six second passes. Jet dragsters will also be on hand.
Last year’s Top Fuel winner Adam Sorokin will be back to defend his victory, once again driving the Champion Speed Shop Chevrolet with his top challenger likely Jim Murphy. Both drivers are from California.
The Nightfire Nationals will have more than 500 cars on the premises with a purse approaching $200,000 including $80,000 just to a series of ‘Sportsman’ (bracket racers). Sportsman is usually considered amateur level as far as funding is concerned but this race defies that description.
A huge crowd comes out every year for this special event at Firebird Raceway in Eagle, Idaho. Skies will be mostly clear with high temperatures in the 90s – slight chance of a shower Thursday. Great weather to go see a race.
Daryle W. Hier