Pro Stocks Return To IHRA Fold
NORWALK, Ohio — Pro Stocks will be returning to the IHRA Nitro Jam Racing Series in 2014.
Debuting with the IHRA in the early ’70s as one of the IHRA’s original and most unique classes, the stars of Mountain Motor Pro Stock will return to the IHRA in a 10-race championship to be held across the United States as part of the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.
Mountain Motor Pro Stock will showcase an eight-car field with two rounds of qualifying on the first day of competition followed by an additional round of qualifying and three rounds of eliminations on the second day.
This landmark announcement will partner one of IHRA’s oldest and most exciting classes with an already thrilling lineup of nitro-driven competition in Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley and Nitro Altered and the world’s only jet dragster championship as the IHRA brings together the best of both worlds in entertainment and competition within the drag racing industry.
“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome one of IHRA’s core classes and a true fan favorite in Mountain Motor Pro Stock back to the ranks of the IHRA,” said Scott Gardner, president of IHRA Motorsports. “Fans of these powerful cars are anxious to see them return to their natural environment on the quarter-mile and we are more than excited to provide the class a stage to showcase that incredible speed and raw power. The racers making up this class are all true professionals and the competition within their ranks is among some of the best in all of drag racing. I think they will add a unique and much-needed presence to the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series in 2014.”
Spearheaded by longtime Mountain Motor Pro Stock racers Pete Berner, Dean Goforth and Kevin Bealko, the all-new IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock class will feature a diverse lineup of racers from across North America.
The class will feature a 10-race championship series with points-earning races being contested at IHRA national events in the United States.
Class rules and purse structure will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We appreciate IHRA bringing back Mountain Motor Pro Stock in 2014. Speaking for someone who has spent most of his racing career with IHRA, I feel I am back where I belong,” said Berner, a two-time IHRA Pro Stock World Champion. “We are more than excited to return to quarter-mile IHRA racing. We have a great group of championship caliber racers, all with power to run in the low six second range given the right conditions. How can we not be excited? We cannot wait for the 2014 season to get underway.”
With the return of Mountain Motor Pro Stock to the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, the IHRA continues its commitment in returning to its traditional drag racing roots within the professional ranks while also continuing to provide a concise and entertainment-driven event for fans of all ages.
“Our crew at Black Diamond Motorsports are fired up to be racing a full 2014 schedule with the IHRA,” Bealko said. “We feel this opportunity gives our team the best venue to secure a future Pro Stock home with a great organization. The 2014 Nitro Jam schedule will be a great opportunity to interact with Pro Stock fans from all over North America. We look forward to racing our two Jerry Hass Camaro’s and competing for an IHRA championship.”