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May 8, 2008
Author: Bobby Martin

Hang on! The next two weekends will feature some of the wildest drag racing we've seen in a long time.

Funny car racing at night, Jet dragsters, wheelstanders, Competition Eliminator, and Super Stock. Wow. It sounds like the stuff of a drag racer's dream, or maybe a trip back in time to the "Golden Age." The good news is, it's all happening over the next two weekends with the Parkertech/Lane/CAP Dodge. First up, a trip to Martin MI for the National City Thunder Nationals. Kids, this is good ol' down and dirty Saturday night match racin'. The ultimate in coolness. How about the final at 10 o'clock at night? Here's the scoop direct from the track website.

National City Thunder Nationals

Alcohol Funny Cars, Alcohol Dragsters, Pro Modifieds, Bar's Leaks Supercharged Thunder, Jet Truck, Kenny Nelson's "Cool Bus"

Qualifying at 4pm
Feature show 7pm and 10pm

Price includes Free Parking for vehicles only ( extra for parking anything larger than one car space) and Free Pit Pass per ticket good for advance sale only for a limited time at gate day of event WE HAVE A NO COOLER POLICY National City Thunder Nationals Saturday,
May 10, 2008 at 4:00 PM
Knoll Gas Motorsports Park at US 131
1249 12th Street
Martin, MI 49070
Phone: (269) 672-7800

My understanding is that there will be 8 Funny Cars there. It's an all-out deal because there's extra money for making the final. I know you'll see the Parkertech Dodge there, and Mick Snyder's new "CAP CHARGER lookin' "Mustang Sally." Maybe you'll see a rematch of the 2 thousandths race Mick and I had at Indy. What other cars will be there I don't know. Stop by the pit area. We always love to see people to say hi, but at this event, we'll have lots of special souvenirs and collectibles available too!

The Thunder Nationals will be perfect to get us ready for the B'laster Cavalcade of Stars at world famous Summit Raceway Park at Norwalk. The Saturday night show at this race will also be extra special. Come to this, then spend Mother's Day with your mom.

2008 Cavalcade of Stars

You'll see Alcohol Funny Car and Dragster qualifying, 4 Jet Dragsters (2 men and 2 women), and two wild wheelie machines, the "Cool Bus" vs. "Firetruck." I have seen the "Cool Bus" in action and it is indeed cool. And get this,
in classic "FOX HUNT" match race style, all women, girls, grandmas, chicks, dames, moms, sisters, aunts, and ladies are admitted free on Saturday night. Another Bader bonus is the famous pound of ice cream for one dollar deal. This race has it all. There's the big show Saturday night, but then Sunday it's down to serious racin', national event style. Frank Manzo will be in the house, along with Mick Snyder, Andy Bohl, Jeff Wilson, John Bojec, and Daniel Wilkerson, so winning this race will take the same level of performance as any NHRA National event. BE THERE!!

Lots of people have been asking me about our schedule for the rest of this year. For right now here's what I can tell you. You can expect to see the Parkers and Martins at all the NHRA Division 3 races in 2008. Also look for appearances at the NHRA National events in Chicago, Englishtown, Norwalk and Indy. Now, if you look at the NHRA schedule, you'll see that this makes for one heck of a June. Keep checking back for updates. To see or print the schedule, click here.

Gotta go get ready for the kind of night time, under the lights, fire-breathin', ground poundin', super showmanship kinda racin' that turned me on to Funny Cars in the first place. Remember, it's the Thunder Nationals, then the Cavalcade of Starts. Hope to SEE YOU THERE!



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