Motorheads - Rejoice! The oldest running event at Firebird Raceway is back for 2017!

The annual NAPA Ignitor Opener is this weekend at Firebird Raceway, between Eagle and Emmett on Highway 16. If you've never been to an event like the Ignitor, you should check it out. You can feel the energy and excitement in the air. The competitive spirit is everywhere. It's easy to get a color overload with the wild, crazy and colorful paint schemes on the cars, trucks and bikes.

The smells are a whole different game. You get the smell of the burgers, hot dogs and fries wafting through the area, mixed with the smell of nitro fuel and burning rubber.

Nearly 400 drivers are anticipated for the opening stop in the Division 6 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

photo: Firebird Raceway

Scott New of Firebird tells us that racers pre-entered into this year’s Nitro Opener are: Ryan Hodgson-“Pacemaker”, Bobby Cottrell driving for Bucky Austin-“Northwest Hitter”, Jason Rupert-“Rolling Thunder”, Dan Horan Jr.-“The Patriot”, Michael Peck driving for Don Nelson-“California Hustler”, Cameron Ferre driving for Tim Boychuk-“Happy Hour”, Marc Meadors-“Fuel Curve”, Wally Giavia “G-Men”, Bill Windham “Shakedown”, Chris Davis “Old School Nitro”, and Jon Rice-“Nitro Spud”.

Making their Firebird debut, the “Terminal Velocity” and “Lucas Oil Missile” fire-blasting Jet Dragsters will perform both Saturday and Sunday

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

Adult pit-side admission is $15 (Friday), $20 (Saturday or Sunday). As part of Firebird fan appreciation weekend, Kids (accompanied by a parent) aged 15 & under will be admitted free of admission.

Funny Car qualifying is Friday at 4 pm, followed by the final two qualifying runs on Saturday, at 2:30 and 5 pm. The Nitro finals will get underway at high noon on Sunday.

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