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National Hot Rod Association to go International

— Spokane County Raceway will switch from National Hot Rod Association to International Hot Rod Association starting in 2015.

This move will be beneficial on a number of fronts,” Raceway General Manager Craig Smith said. “It will see Spokane County Raceway returning as a host of national events, including nitro cars as it did in the early 1970s and 1980s. We will also serve as a new hub for IHRA on the West Coast.”

This will be IHRA’s first track on the West Coast.

With the move Spokane will become a stop on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam series, a tour that also stops in Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Tucson, Memphis and nearby Edmonton, all currently part of it race schedule. The Nitro Jam series currently features funny cars and may see a return of top fuel in 2015.

The Spokane Raceway Park opened in 1974 and was a member of the American Hot Rod Association for nearly a decade before AHRA dissolved. Spokane joined NHRA in 2009 and has hosted Lucas Oil Division races each year.

For racers, Spokane County Raceway will continue to accept NHRA memberships, licenses and chassis certifications from previous years until they expire.

Once the old memberships, licenses and certifications expire, SCR will assist the racers in obtaining new IHRA documents.

By joining the IHRA, racers can take part in a number of exciting racing programs including the popular Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL. This program allows competitors at the track to compete nationally with other racers across the United States and Canada without leaving their home track.

Racers will also have an opportunity to take part in the Summit Team Finals held at the conclusion of the racing season.

IHRA has also announced that it will be bringing its Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series to Spokane County Raceway in 2015 as the best racers in Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Pro Stock and more compete for national points in the first-ever IHRA national event held on the West Coast.

The event will feature national television coverage and an opportunity for Spokane’s ET racers to compete on the big stage as IHRA’s Nitro Jam program encourages participation in all classes at the national event level.

Additionally, IHRA has announced that Spokane County Raceway will alternate as host of the Summit Racing Equipment Team Finals competition in Division 6 with Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, drawing racers from all across the western United States and Canada to SCR.

“I really feel this is a step in the right direction for all of the racers by bringing a new opportunity and excitement back to Spokane County Raceway,” said Craig Smith, General Manager at Spokane County Raceway.

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