It’s almost time for the Classic at Firebird!

We’re having a difficult time containing our excitement for the NAPA Auto Parts Halloween Classic XXVIII presented by Mirage Trailers. The multi-day boo bash will be here before we know it, Wednesday thru Sunday, October 6-10.


  • Opens: 8 am
  • Time trials: 8:30 am
  • Top Gun First Round of Racing: 12:30 pm
  • Pumpkin Carving and Coloring Contest: afternoon
  • Kid’s Halloween Party/Games: 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Kid’s Costume Contest: 6 pm
  • Trick or Treating (trailer-to-trailer in pit area): 7:15 pm
  • Start of Chili Feed: 7:15 pm
  • Air Firebird Wheelstanding Contest: 8:15 pm
  • Adult Costume Party: 9:30 pm

Categories for the Classic include: Super Pro, Pro, Heavy and Sportsman. All four overall champions will earn Idaho State Championship Wally awards, pictured below with mascot Baxter, and compete for the Classic Grand Championship, which will award the two-round victor an extra bonus of $2,000 in cash (above and beyond all other weekend winnings). Sled/Bike riders will also compete for an Idaho State title (which includes a coveted Wally award, too).

NHRA State of Idaho Wally award!

Junior Dragster competitors will run in age divisions on Saturday and Lightning and Thunder competing for NHRA Junior Wally trophies on Sunday.

The Lucas Oil Top Gun Shootout returns for the 16 quickest full-bodied cars, which will split the competition ladder with the 16 quickest open-wheeled rides. Billed as the “War to Settle the Score”, we look forward to this special race-within-a-race at the Classic.

Opening up the five-day event, racers who have competed in the six-race Club Challenge Series this season will get an opportunity to run in the Club Grand Championships. The Sweet 16 (Silver Cup teams) and Dirty Dozen (for the Bronze and Copper clubs) will compete head-to-head before each individual winner moves into the “Race for the Trailer” presented by Quality Trailer Sales. All qualifiers for the Club runoffs are required to have run a minimum of two Club races this season.

A multitude of special bonus races will be offered on both Thursday and Friday, including Super Roller, No Box/Hi-Roller, No Box/Gambler and Sled/Bike Gambler.

If we could recommend one thing, be sure and stop by the souvenir Sport Shop early in the event. This year’s shirts (pictured below in t’s, sweats and more) feature one of the coolest designs ever. The award winning artist Dave Boeldt knocked this year’s Classic XXVIII design out of the ballpark. Based on past Classic events, we wouldn’t doubt if this year’s shirts might sell very rapidly this week.

On behalf of all of us in the New family and our staff, we look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

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