LAGANA WOWS CROWDS AT OPENING NITRO JAM NIGHT
With the Lagana brothers attempting their quickest Top Fuel pass
in history, younger brother Dom got the "Nitro Ninja"
Top Fuel Dragster close with a 4.682 second pass at 317.15 miles per hour, but there is still work to be done. And Dom will be swinging for the fences on Saturday in an attempt to reach the magical 5.50 second zone in the quarter-mile.
While Lagana took the win in Top Fuel, Mike Minick in the "Chi-Town Hustler" Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car had two tremendous
passes to take the win in the popular Funny Car class, while Tracy Kile won Nitro Harley and Mike Hilsabeck claimed the Ironman in Fuel Altered Friday at the CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam presented by Perry Harley-Davidson at US 131 Motorsports Park.
Lagana had two incredible passes Friday night, running a 4.715, 263.74 in round one before dipping into the 4.60s. In the final Bruce Litton gave Lagana all he could handle in the "Nitro Jam" Top Fuel machine, running an equally impressive 4.858, 291.46 in the runner-up effort.
Lagana will be trying for the team's quickest-ever pass Saturday night at the same track where the brothers eclipsed so many benchmarks in the past.
In AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car Mike Minick continued his
rampant pace in the "Chi-Town Hustler" Dodge Omni, running
a 5.780, 250.48 in round one before backing it up with a 5.820, 246.39 to give the Justice, Illinois native his first career Nitro Jam Ironman. Mike McIntire took runner-up honors with a 6.112, 232.78 pass.
Mike Hilsabeck in the "Arizona Thunder" wrapped up Friday's big
winners with a close win over Ron Maroney. Hilsabeck
had a 6.362, 209.13 pass to Maroney's 6.426, 189.72, a difference of only .044 seconds at the stripe.
Tracy Kile had a de facto victory in Nitro Harley when final round opponent Jay Turner failed to make the call.
The side-by-side jet truck showdown between the "Shockwave" and "Super Shockwave" jet-powered semis brought the evening to a close with an amazing show of fire and an earth-shaking launch.
Nitro Jam will be back in action on Saturday with two more rounds of professional competition plus the finals of the Summit
Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour sportsman competition. Racing gets underway at 9 a.m. with sportsman racing followed by Nitro Jam beginning at 7 p.m.