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IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series returns to historical Maryland International Raceway for President’s Cup


January 24, 2014


Press Release courtesy of:  IHRA

After a three-year hiatus, the International Hot Rod Association is thrilled to announce the return of the historical President’s Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway as the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series returns to the track the of weekend of June 13-14, 2014.

The two-day President’s Cup Nationals will feature two full days of sportsman racing on the IHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL in addition to two thrilling nights of nitro-powered drag racing action featuring the IHRA’s premier classes of Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Altered, Nitro Harley, Jet Dragster and much more.

“One of the longest tenured events in the history of the IHRA is Maryland International Raceway’s President’s Cup and we are very excited to bring this amazing race back to fans in southern Maryland,” said Skooter Peaco, Vice President of IHRA Motorsports. “The all-new Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is packed full of entertainment and great competition as we bring in classes unique to this series. We very much look forward to returning to the tradition and excellence of this great event once again in 2014.”

The 2014 President’s Cup Nationals will include competition in a number of classes unique to the International Hot Rod Association and its Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series. Fans will enjoy championship competition in three nitro classes plus the world’s first Jet Dragster championship and the much anticipated return of Mountain Motor Pro Stock as drivers from across North America compete for points in the year-long battle for the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series championships.

“We are thrilled to have nitro racing and the President’s Cup back at MIR,” said Royce Miller, President of Maryland International Raceway. “The new Friday and Saturday night format is very fan and family friendly and will be an awesome experience for everyone. The Miller family will be on the starting line to celebrate the return of the President’s Cup when the first nitro qualifying session roars to life. We invite all of the MIR fans to be there and celebrate with us.”

Nitro Funny Car and Nitro Harley will bring with it the best racers in the world in those two classes as racers in two of the most popular classes in the country compete for eight spots on the ladder on Friday followed by a three grueling rounds of eliminations on Saturday to determine the champion in those two classes.

Mountain Motor Pro Stock – a longtime staple of the IHRA – will be its return to IHRA competition at the President’s Cup Nationals as well as a dozen of the baddest racecars in the country compete for spots on an eight-car ladder and a shot at a victory at one of America’s premier racing destinations.

Nitro Altered and Jet Dragster will round out the competitive action as two classes unique to the IHRA do battle in Chicago-style eliminations with the fastest of the fast walking away with the Ironman.

The professional action will be coupled with two days of sportsman racing on the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour as the best racers in Division 1 do battle for valuable points on their way to clinching a spot in the year-end Summit Tournament of Champions.

One of the longest running races in IHRA history, the President’s Cup Nationals’ inaugural race came in 1992 at Royce Miller’s Maryland International Raceway. The race was run annually for the next two decades with some of the most famous names in drag racing lore having made a pass at the President’s Cup event.

A complete lineup of drivers and additional talent will be announced in the coming weeks. Check back with for complete details as the President’s Cup returns to Maryland International Raceway.




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