Firebird Raceway ignites this weekend with 400 racers

43rd annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor starts Friday.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comApril 25, 2013 

Canadian Tim Boychuk, a former winner at Firebird, is the NHRA Heritage Funny Car points leader after winning the season opener in Bakersfield, Calif.

SCOTT NEW — Firebird Raceway

The 43rd annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor - the first major drag race of the local racing season - roars into town Friday through Sunday at Firebird Raceway.

The event is part of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Race Series and is expected to draw drivers from 12 states and Canada vying for a purse of $176,500.

Headlining the weekend will be an eight-car field of 250 mph AA/Funny Cars. Two-time NHRA Heritage national champion Jason Rupert from Yorba Linda, Calif., is back to defend his Ignitor title. Rupert owns track records for elapsed time (5.76 seconds) and speed (251.60 mph).

Fans can catch Funny Car testing at 4 p.m. Thursday, and Pro qualifying kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday. AA/Funny Car qualifying continues at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, and final eliminations start at 1 p.m. Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day.

Joining the Funny Cars will be competitors in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Sportsman Bike, Super Pro, Pro, Heavy and Sportsman.

Local racers to keep an eye on include former NHRA world champion Jackie Alley of Eagle and her husband, Mick, who are racing in Super Stock and Stock.

Twin Falls' Mark Kidd and his son, Rayce, and daughter, Marissa, are racing five cars this weekend. Mark and Rayce are defending track champions.

Tickets include pit access and are available at the gate for $15 for adults (Friday) and $22 for adults (Saturday and Sunday). All children 15 and younger get in free.

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