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2014 Schedule of
Upcoming Events:

Les Schwab Tires
Best of Detroit
presented by
Kidd Performance & Dyno
Sept. 28
Super Pro Gold Cup
Points, Chevy Cup,
Mopar Cup, Buick-Olds-
Pontiac Cup, Ford Cup,
Junior Dragster &
Street Bike points
Opens: 9 am
Race: 2 pm
Adults: $12
6-12: $3
Under 5: Free

Open Testing &
Unlimited Grudge Racing

October 4
Opens: 10 am
Testing: 11 am - 4 pm
Adults: $12
6-12: $3
Under 5: Free

NAPA Auto Parts
Classic XXI

October 8-12

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09/22/18 4:16:21 PM


We know a number of you who like to plan way out in advance. For some, it's trying to get vacation time blocked out before all your fellow employees get it at work. For others, it helps map our your planning calendar at home, even though we're making this official announcment some eight months before the first actual weekend arrives.

Our oldest event and the longest running major drag racing weekend in the Pacific Northwest will return on a new May date. Set for May 14-17, 2015, the 45th edition of the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Peterson Chevrolet will return.

You can then fast forward to the month of August. The 44th Annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals will return on August 13-16, 2015. As Firebird's "signature event", the Nightfire has long been considered the biggest event of the season at Firebird.

Mark your calendars today for Firebird's two granddaddy weekends of racing.


Less than a handful of races are left on the 2014 racing calendar. It's almost hard to fathom that we've hit the finishing stretch of our 47th year of NHRA Championship Drag Racing.

The Kidd Performance Best of Detroit event presented by Les Schwab Tires will take place on Sunday, September 28th, with a variety of classes on the line. The front entrance will swing open at 9 am, while eliminations will get underway at 2 pm.

Sunday's race is open to all racers whether you'd like to compete in an eliminator or just make testing or practice runs. Racers will vie for points in Super Pro, Junior Dragster, and Street Bike, the final round point earning events for each of the core claases. Highlighting the day will be four key classes that represent the Detroit moniker. The Chevy Cup, Ford Cup, Mopar Cup and Buick-Olds-Pontiac Cup will be on the line, along with a special four-way runoff the four winning competitors.


Congratulations to the Melba Outlaws, Flying Brick and Venom Racing for nailing down championships this past Friday night in the Silver, Bronze and Copper Cup competition. The Outlaws headed up by Jerry Trolard convincingly dominated the last half of the series, winning by a significant margin over nearest challengers PSI Racing and Down `n Dirty.

In the Bronze Cup standings, Flying Brick brought forth an enthusiastic roster of racers to outdistance the late charge by both the Kuna Knuckle Draggers and Mopar Mafia, both of which tied for second.

The closest battle came down to Venom Racing and the Valley Vettes in the Copper Cup. Remarkably enough (and as painful as it is to report), the Valley Vettes put both Rex Peterson and new face Gary Hodge into two of the five final rounds at race-7. If either one had won the final, they would have won the year-end title. But as fate would have it, both finished runner-up and the overall championship was collected by Venom, who took the final nod by a mere 7 points!


We just wanted to let you know that It is almost hard to fathom that an entire year has flown by since the last Classic took place at Firebird. Set for five amazing days in October, the 8th thru 12th, the 21st edition of our famed boo bash is just around the corner. Thanks to Gary and Alex (Himes-Charlton Photography) for sharing the images of Monica & Bill; and the two dames from the "Classic" Pirate Ship pictured at left and below.

It’s hands down the single most popular race of the season. There’s more racing in five days than any other event on the Firebird track schedule. First up will be the Club Runoffs on Wednesday. Then there are multiple Bonus Races on Thursday and Friday. The Junior Classic (a specially recognized showcase race on behalf of the Summit NHRA Junior Drag Racing League), which award very unique Junior sized Wally trophies to the champions. And the list of racing and fun activities goes on and on. Plus, it boasts the second biggest sportsman payday next to the Pepsi Nightfire of the entire season at a whopping $45,000-plus in payouts and merchandise.

One fun new idea we will be introducing this year on Tuesday parking day (open to all pre-entered early arrivers) is the inaugural Classic Cornhole competition. Many of you are likely familiar with the bean bag toss game (typically found at tailgate parties) - we thought it would be fun to offer a showdown for both the adults and the kids. If you have one or two, we encourage you to bring your cornhole boards to the event, too (if they'll squeeze into your trailers). We look forward to hosting this during get-acquainted day. Picture at right from the Norwalk (OH) Halloween Classic cornhole contest.

More than anything else that occurs at the Classic - it’s the family atmosphere and all the fun for both young and old that makes this event something special. Remember to bring all the kids on Saturday afternoon for the games, hayrides, coloring contest, costume party and trick or treating. We guarantee—they’ll have a blast.

From the Lucas Oil Top Gun Shootout to the Air Firebird Wheelstanding showcase on Saturday night, we’ve certainly loaded the cannons for Classic XXI.

The Classic is also home to the fifth NHRA State Championship for the state of Idaho. You will get an extra special opportunity to chase a title and a very sought after NHRA Wally plaque (in Super Pro, Pro, Heavy, Sportsman and Sled/Bike). This is only available to NHRA member tracks, one per state, and of course Firebird is your exclusive host site. Both of Sunday’s Junior champions will also be recognized as State Champions (and receive Jr. scaled Wally trophies), a significant accomplishment in its own right.

In addition, you will simply not believe the art design for this year’s Classic. The shirts will be officially unveiled on the opening day of the event and they are, to put it mildly, simply unbelievable. We are very fortunate to have thirty-plus year veteran artist Dave Boeldt from MainGate create this year's knockout design—and the shirts are positively FABULOUS!!!!!!!!! Don’t wait too long to get your own copy.

If you'd like an entry emailed to you (or mailed), just drop us a note and we'll send you a .pdf file electronically or go to:

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