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RACE COVERAGE WITH RICHARD SMITH
Jets Put on a Spectacular Show Including Behind the Scenes Excitement at Night Fire Nationals
Photo by Brian Losness / Nitrophoto
44 years ago, Bill New put Firebird Raceway in the racing history books with the inaugural Nightfire Nationals. Little did he know in 2015, his sons would still be carrying on the tradition. We all know what goes on behind the scenes of any major production can be hectic and is usually not seen from a spectators viewpoint. The New crew presented a flawless, exciting, nitro methane filled Nightfire Nationals! We at WSR are so fortunate to be a part of such an event. It is the race I personally look forward to each year.
The line up of Nitro cars, Alcohol Cars and an extremely full field of sportsman cars makes it a 3 day racing junkies’ dream come true! Derek Snelson and I were jumping from car to car as we would start the finale with Jet Funny Cars and close the show after Ed Jones' wheelstander show with the Devastator and Incinerator. Talk about what goes on behind the scenes - you should see Derek and I exit the Warhawk and Warped Speed down at the “big end”, jump into an SUV that is waiting to hustle us up to the staging lanes and get poured into the dragsters.
Ed Jones is putting on his fantastic wheel standing show while all of this is going on and if we need more time, he is more than willing to play a little longer. I must admit, the longer he goes the more the air smells like Jelly Belly cinnamon and I am a sucker for cinnamon! When we get the cars started in the burnout box, Darin Bay becomes the orchestra conductor of a band of fire breathers. He raises his arms and the fire flows from the afterburners and when he wants to hear thunder, he motions like a drummer and the glass shattering burner bangs begin. Its a lot of fun as a driver and it’s real easy to get carried away, so Darin has to pull in the reins a bit and make us calm down to go to the starting line where we shoot ourselves into the Idaho darkness.
Well the 44th annual Nightfire Nationals is in the books......can’t wait for the 45th!
Our next race is The Governors Cup at Sacramento Raceway September 12th.
Hope to see ya at the races!
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