This Thanksgiving, Palm Beach International Raceway is giving thanks for horsepower with the return of the biggest drag race of the year, The Bennett Auto Supply 31st Annual Citrus Nationals presented by South Florida Chevrolet Dealers, November 24 & 25.
For thirty years hundreds of racers have made turkey, stuffing and jet fuel staples of their Thanksgiving family tradition. Each year horsepower enthusiasts and race fans travel to West Palm Beach filling the stands and staging lanes for a drag race of unparalleled gear slamming, pavement pounding, edge-of-your-seat racing action. The event will feature drag racers from around the country racing throughout the weekend and the fan-favorite Pro Exhibition Show featuring jet cars and wheel standers in the early evening on Saturday and Sunday.
For the last race of the year, racers will test metal against mettle battling for bragging rights and thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Race classes include Pro Mod, Quick 16 Dragster, Quick 16 Door Car, Super Street 10.90 Index, Top Eliminator/Box, Super Gas, Super Comp, Street Bike and the Junior Dragster Turkey Day slam.
The holiday will spark rivalry amongst the Pro Modified class, known as the “world’s fastest door slammers,” where racers will compete for $3,000 in first place. The Pro Modified class is one of drag racing’s most popular divisions with large engines propelling the cars to quarter-mile speeds of over 240-mph with sub six-second times. Engines in the class are diverse with supercharged, nitrous-assisted or turbocharger power plants.
Palm Beach International Raceway will burn the turkey at the Citrus Nationals’ fan favorite exhibition “Pro Show”. The show will feature wheel standers and jet dragsters race side-by-side on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. With a full line up for the weekend, the Chevy Rebellion Wheelstander will race the quarter-mile strip on two wheels.
This year’s Pro Show’s features the Embry Riddle jet cars, thrust powered monsters spitting fire, hammering burner pops and thundering to high speeds down the track. Elaine Larson and Marisha Falk, of Larson Motorsports, will strap themselves into these missiles that belch fire and smoke and are capable of reaching speeds of 300 mph in just five seconds. The fire breathing monster boasts 5000 horsepower and goes from 0-100 mph in one second burning two gallons of jet and bio fuel every second.
As a leader in the auto parts industry, Bennett Auto Supply has sought to support motorsport fans’ passion for racing by partnering with PBIR for the Citrus Nationals for the past eight years as the title sponsor.
South Florida Chevrolet Dealers will be this years’ presenting sponsor. “The South Florida Chevrolet Dealers are very excited about our partnership with the Palm Beach International Raceway,” said Chuck Schumacher, President of the South Florida Chevrolet Dealers. “This is a great opportunity for our dealers to engage with Motorsports enthusiasts who share Chevrolet’s passion for performance. We’re looking forward to being involved with the track year round, in addition to the Super Chevy Show in March 2013.”
In the spirit of the holiday season, Palm Beach International Raceway will be accepting toy donations at Citrus Nationals to Urban Youth Impact. The organization will be donating these toys to underprivileged children and families.
Palm Beach International Raceway’s Bennett Auto Supply 31st Annual Citrus Nationals Adult Tickets are $20, Junior Tickets 6-12 yrs. $5 and children 5 and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets please go to www.RACEPBIR.com. For the latest event updates follow PBIR on www.Facebook.com/PalmBeachIntlRaceway and on Twitter at @RacePBIR.
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