Firebird’s “signature event”, the 48th Annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals returns Thursday-Sunday, August 8-11, 2019.
The race marks a key stop in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series for both AA/Funny Car and AA/Fuel Dragster. Leading the charge in Funny Car will be the March Meet winning Camaro of driver Bobby Cottrell and team owner Bucky Austin.
In Top Fuel, Mendy Fry was the most recent winning of the NHRA Reunion in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and is the defending Nightfire champion.
The fan favorite AA/Fuel Altereds will compete in their own nitro eliminator on Friday thru Sunday, too. We are excited about the return of reigning Nightfire champion “The Heatseeker” roadster of Dan Hix who will look to defend his title from last August.
The Xtreme Pro Modified Association will also field a strong field of blown, nitrous and turbo doorslammers. Series organizer Sean Renteria who will lead the field with his wicked blown 5-second Plymouth Valiant four-door sedan out of northern California.
The event will also showcase the spectacular, wheelstanding Jelly Belly Stagecoach of Ed “the Outlaw” Jones.
Fire blasting Jet Cars, both “Tomahawk” and “Earth Flight”, will help light up the skyline under the lights on Friday-Sunday, too.
The famed Bracketeer Series returns with a whopping $85,000 in guaranteed cash on the line. The event is open to all racers, including categories for: Bracketeer (Super Pro), Pro, Sled/Bike, Pro Nostalgia and Heavy, along with the popular Lucas Oil Top Fire eliminator presented by CMYK Grafix Top Fire will qualify the quickest 16 open wheelers and the quickest 16 full-bodied rides, with an overall champion crowned during Sunday’s Prime Time Finals.
This year’s Nightfire will pay a guaranteed winner’s prize of $5,000 to win on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday in Bracketeer (Super Pro). On Saturday we will offer the single largest payday in Idaho racing history, as $10,000 will be awarded to the champion of the Bracketeer main event.
In Pro eliminator, the daily champions will earn $2,000 to win on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On Saturday, the victor will bankroll a cool $3000 in winnings.
Racers will also vie for bonus money in the NHRA.TV CHALLENGE four-day point’s series, along with the coveted Wally statues.