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IHRA Nitro Jam World Nationals at Dragway 42, Sept 11-12

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IHRA Nitro Jam World Nationals at Dragway 42 Gets the Green Light for September 11 - 12

NORWALK, Ohio (July 8, 2015) -Since 1958, the name Dragway 42 has been synonymous with historical drag racing events and performances. The track has continued to make drag racing history with the announcement in early 2014 that new owner Ron Matcham would be overhauling the facility to meet, if not overtake the highest standard of today's drag racing event venues.

The renovation of the new Dragway 42 began by stripping every bit of the old dragstrip down to ground level including all road and track surfaces. The new dragstrip is redesigned with an additional 130-acres of space and a state-of-the-art timing tower. The Dragway 42 racing surface will be approximately 40 feet below ground level to create amphitheater style spectator viewing areas excavated into both sides of the race track.

This massive construction project continues at a feverish pace for the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) inaugural event coming in September. Skooter Peaco, IHRA's Vice President of comments, "The IHRA has been amazed at the progress of this huge undertaking that is Dragway 42. Battles with winter weather and springtime rains have made their construction schedule a trying one but we have been very impressed at their pace for completion. Not only is progress on the facility far enough along to move forward with the Nitro Jam event, the IHRA is announcing that the 11th event in the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam tour will be the reincarnated World Nationals, which pulls from IHRA's long history in Ohio."

Dragway 42 General Manager Joe Gambino stated to IHRA's Drag Review magazine last fall that, "The initial build has Ron Matcham investing a current 10 million dollars into the reconstruction of Dragway 42 with the goal to debut a complete showpiece by September. The new construction includes excavation of over one million yards of dirt plus the project has brought in 70,000 tons of rock or stone for the base for the track and pit roads."

The IHRA Nitro Jam World Nationals will host competition in AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive, Crower Pro Modified, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley and Jet Car competition. The World Nationals will also host a Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am competition for IHRA world championship sportsman classes as well as a full slate of bracket racing competition for local competitors that same weekend.

The Nitro Jam World Nationals at Dragway 42 in Elyria, Ohio will take place September 11 - 12, 2015. For more information concerning Nitro Jam and to purchase tickets, visit www.nitrojam.com. For more information concerning Dragway 42, contact (440) 458-5571 or visit www.dragway42.com.

Remaining 2015 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Events:

July 10-12 IHRA Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Good Vibrations, Spokane, Washington
July 17-19 IHRA Mopar Nitro Jam Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations, Edmonton, Alberta
August 7-8 IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals presented by Aeromotive, Martin, Michigan
August 15-16 IHRA Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Williams Racing, Grand Bend, Ontario
September 11-12 IHRA Nitro Jam Nationals, West Salem, Ohio
September 25-26 IHRA Nitro Jam San Antonio Nationals, San Antonio, Texas
October 9-10 IHRA Summit World Finals featuring Nitro Jam, Millington, TN

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