Jason Rupert, Nostalgia Funny Car

Jason Rupert Wins Boise Ignitor at Firebird Raceway

Jason Rupert wheeled the Ruper & Littlefield Lucas Oil ’69 Camaro Nitro Funny Car to a powerful win yesterday at Firebird Raceway outside Boise, Idaho.

Class heavweights Rupert and Ryan Hodgson gave the Boise fans what they craved in the semi-finals. Together, they laid down the quickest side-by-side Nitro Funny Car race in Firebird history, with Rupert’s 5.66/251.86mph edging Hodgson’s 5.69/249.44mph blast. Rupert parlayed that momentum, and even upped the ante to remove all doubt who was king of the race, dispatching Dan Horan in the trophy round.  Rupert’s weekend-best charge of 5.60/256.80mph comfortably defeated Horan’s 5.76/247.52mph run.

‘We had a rough start to the weekend,” Rupert said of his fifth place qualifying time of 5.87. But the win was huge. Looks like we’ve got our car back.” Hard to argue with that statement. Considering Firebird Raceway’s altitude of 2,566 feet above sea level, all of the funny car teams put on an outstanding show.

We will have a a photo gallery to share with y’all this Friday 5/12.

Nostalgia Funny Car, Firebird Raceway

The staging lanes were a fiberglass forest!

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With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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