Rain Halts Mopar Nationals

(GRAND BEND, ON) – The IHRA Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals kicked off Friday at the Grand Bend Motorplex for the first Canada race of the 2015 season. But it was for naught as the deluge of wind and rain put a stop to the continuation of Nitro Jam on Saturday.

In Friday’s first round of racing, Mike McIntire Jr. continued his streak as he posted the fastest time in the first round of AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car. McAttack Racing made a 5.727 second pass at 242.26 mph followed by Jason Rupert with a 5.851 second at 251.95 mph.

John DeFlorian Jr remained consistent as the Arnold, MO, native was the number one qualifier in the US Bounty Hunters Pro Stock class. DeFlorian Jr had a 6.302 second pass at 221.18 mph.

The Crower Pro Mod class saw Bill Lutz top the board in his 1969 Camaro. The IHRA Nitro Jam regular had a 6.076 second pass at 230.06 mph.

Local Nitro Harley favourite, Mike Pelrine took the top spot in the first round of qualifying tonight. The Fort Saskatchewan native had a 6.616 second pass at 208.96 mph.

Kat Moller was the fastest out of the four in the Jet Dragsters. Moller had a 5.853 second pass at 274.97 mph on the quarter-mile drag strip.

They will do it all over again August 14 through 15 at the Grand Bend Motorplex for the rescheduled Nirto Jam. After Environment Canada called for one to two inches of rain in the area, and issued a warning to the local residents, the Mopar Nationals were rescheduled.

Racers and fans are advised to keep their wristbands and tickets. They will be good for the rescheduled August date or for the 2016 event at Grand Bend Motorplex. All classes will remain open for competitors.

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