IHRA Dragsters set to invade Cayuga

Cayuga is going to thunder this weekend.

The International Hot Rod Association’s Canadian Nationals will explode at Toronto Motorsports Park, where champions in several divisions will be declared by the time the event finishes on Sunday. The show gets underway on Friday morning when the first series of qualifiers are scheduled. A highlight of the weekend will be the Chevrolet “Night of Fire.”

The weekend is part of the the $19.5 million Knoll Gas Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series. Featured will be the stars of the series, including Bobby Lagana Jr., Bruce Litton, six-time Pro Modified world champion Scotty Cannon and T.J. Zizzo in 320 mph Knoll Gas Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel dragsters.

Also competing will be the Pro Nitro Funny Cars, featuring defending world champion Dale Creasy Jr., Bob Gilbertson, Jack Wyatt, and Terry Haddock. The Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified class features defending World champion Quain Stott, former world champion Mike Janis, Danny Rowe and Scott Cannon Jr. in nitrous vs. supercharged.

The Alcohol Funny Car division will offer six-time and defending world champion Mark Thomas, Rob Atchison, Terry Munroe and Terry McMillen in Alcohol Funny Car.

The world’s fastest and quickest Pro Stock Cars, featuring IHRA’s version of NASCAR, the 220 mph factory hot rods of world champion Pete Berner (Pontiac GTO), Rickie Smith (Chevrolet Cobalt) former world champions Steve Spiess (Chevrolet Cobalt) and Brian Gahm (Ford Mustang) and Robert Patrick (Ford Mustang) will also roar down the track.

Champions will also be crowned in seven semi-professional classes: Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, and Hot Rod.

Drivers will be competing for points with the ultimate goal of being crowned world champion at season’s end. Each class champion receives: Top Fuel – $150,000, Nitro Funny Car – $150,000, Pro Modified – $50,000, Alcohol Funny Car – $35,000 and Pro Stock – $35,000.

The Chevy Night of Fire begins at 6:30 p.m., and features the final round of professional qualifying under the lights – including two flame-burning Nitro-fueled classes – a ground-pounding jet-powered race car.

More information, including ticket prices and a full scheduled, is available at www.torontomotorsportspark.com.