The time has almost arrived for the return of the oldest event on the Firebird track schedule. The Ignitor Nitro Opener features AA/Nitro Funny Cars, along with hundreds of race cars attending from ten states and Canada.

The NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Peterson Chevrolet combines both the Division 6 Lucas Oil Drag Race Series and the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series into one double throwdown weekend affair.


The Stinker Stores Nitro Knockout will take center stage at Firebird as the second stop in the NHRA national chase. The current pre-entry roster includes the #1 car in North America, the “Northwest Hitter” Camaro piloted by Bobby Cottrell. The hot green Camaro is campaigned by Hall of Famer Bucky Austin and Mike O’Brien.

Challengers include defending Ignitor champion Jeff Arend driving Don Nelson’s “California Hustler”, Dan Horan “Patroit”, Ryan Hodgson “Pacemaker,  the “Happy Hour” of Tim Boychuk, “Hollywood Kris” Krabill, Billy Morris “Problem Child”, Marc Meadors “Pure Hell”, Bill Windham “Shakedown”, Jim Maroney “Speed Sport”, Chris Davis “Old School Nitro”, Scott Stanger “Bad Manners” and Jon Rice “Nitro Spud”.

The open 8-car field will qualify at 5 pm on Friday, and 2 pm and 5 pm on Saturday, followed by eliminations on Sunday at high noon.

BEST OF ALL: As a token of our appreciation to all the families who attend the Ignitor, kids under the age of 15 admitted at no charge. Yes, FREE!

Test `n tune runs are available for Lucas Oil Drag Race Series and Gold Cup competitors on Thursday afternoon. Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 am on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s final eliminations get underway for all categories at 9 am.

Racing will be offered in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Bike/Sled. Heads up competition will be staged in Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. Gold Cup eliminator will be staged in Super Pro, Pro and Heavy.

Make your plans right now to be at the Ignitor. It’s shaping up to be one fantastic weekend of racing!!!