SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY...DON'T MISS LAST BLAST OF 2014!!!
Anticipation is riding high for this Sunday's Last Blast of 2014. We can't wait to offer runs down the quarter-mile for the final, last, concluding (take your choice) event of the season.
We will open the gates at 10 am, followed by unlimited time runs and grudge racing from 11 am until 4 pm.
As a token of appreciation for everyone who has supported the track this season, we're offerin' $1 beers, .50 cent Pepsi drinks, and $1 hot dogs! - if this isn't a good enough reason to come out for the season closer, we're not sure what to say. Come on out even if you don't plan to race or test, just hang out with the rest of the Firebird gang, share stories about the past season, and have FUN!!!
The test fee is $25. Adult admission is $12, kids 6-12 $3, and 5 & under free.
EMAIL YOUR VOTES FOR SPECIAL AWARDS AT THE UPCOMING BANQUET
We'd like to encourage you to vote for your favorite racers to help us decide who is selected for our annual Special Awards, which will be presented at the 47th annual Firebird Award's Banquet on Saturday, November 22nd. Anyone can vote – racers, families, crew and fans alike. Just send your votes to firstname.lastname@example.org (by copying the categories below and pasting your choices into your email) or fax us your votes at 208.938.8961. Your votes will help decide each of the following award categories:
Most Improved Driver:
Rookie of the Year:
Best Appearing Vehicle:
Top Lady Competitor:
Bracket Racer of the Year:
Send us an email and we'll send you along an invitation to this year's Banquet. We also plan to randomly draw one name at the Banquet to win the Perfect Light Club Treasure Chest, so there’s another reason not to miss the Banquet festivities this year, especially if you’re a member of the “Triple O” club.
REMEMBERING RAYMOND BEADLE
All of us were very sorry to learn about the recent passing of drag racing legend Raymond Beadle. The man who helped make the "Blue Max" insignia one of the most well known Funny Cars of all time will long be remembered for quite a number of visits to Firebird in the 70's and 80's. Beadle was an extraordinary businessman. He not only brought major league sponsorship into the sport, but was also one of the all-time kings of merchandising with his brand of "Blue Max" apparel, many pieces of which are still among the most cherished and sought after (from cool t-shirts to amazing embroidered caps to hat pins...and much more) even to this day. He was as fierce on the race track as he was a merchandiser, too. Beadle was a multiple NHRA World Champion, in additon to a fondly remembered Nightfire 500 Funny Car victory back in 1978, too. This win at Firebird came right at the beginning of Raymond's incredible string of victories, which propelled him to 3-straight NHRA Funny Car World Championships from 1979-1981. Beadle was the one who was the first to topple four consecutive NHRA national titles by "the Snake" Don Prudhomme (who won from 1975-1978). The black `n white image above was emailed to us by Scott Weber (Stor-It) a couple years ago from a Nightfire event in the late-70's with Beadle in the foreground along side "Nitro Nick" Harmon.
It's never easy saying goodbye to someone, but we will definitely carry with us many memories of one of the all-time greats this sport has ever seen. Rest in Peace Raymond.
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