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30th ANNUAL THUNDER NATIONALS PACKED WITH POWER

Date posted: 5/3/2013 9:11:42 AM

This popular event kicks off the racing season at The Fastest Track in Michigan with professional Top Fuel drivers Bobby and Dominick Lagana of Scarsdale, NY, Bruce Litton of Indianapolis, IN, Todd Paton of Paris, Ontario and Terry Haddock of Temple, TX.  Which racer will be the first to run over 300 miles-per-hour in Michigan?  We'll know Friday night when they qualify at 8 pm.

The PMRA, (Pro Modified Racing Association), brings the baddest Pro Mods vying for an eight-car qualified field.  The PMRA also has the Quick 32 Sportsman Series.  This format of racing will pitch the quickest 16 Top Dragsters and Top Sportsman cars against each other with the winner of each squaring off for an event overall champion. 

You won't want to miss the Pro Bike & Sled Series, featuring the quickest 16 bike and sleds, (snowmobiles), squaring off in a dial-in bracket format.

This year's event will also feature The Midwest Super Stock Mafia group with wheel standing eight-second muscle cars.  Each event is not complete at US 131 MSP without a jet-powered vehicle.  This event is no different as Jill Canuso the driver of the "Queen of Diamonds" 300+ MPH Jet Dragster will be on hand.

The Lane Automotive Bracket Racing Series presented by Mr. Gasket and Aeroquip Performance will also be contested in all five classes, Top ET, Modified, Street, Beginner and Advanced Jr. Dragster.  Young racers ages 8-17 are competing in the Jr. Dragster classes and you will see their competitiveness is just as big as any racer's on the track. 

Friday gates open at 4:30 pm, Top Fuel qualifying begins at 8 pm, Pro Modified qualifying at 6pm, 8pm, and 10pm.  Bracket racers will also be testing for Saturday's race.  Adult tickets are $12, Children ages 6-12 $7, children five and under are free.

Saturday gates open at 9 am, Lane Automotive Bracket Series time trials at 10 am, 2 pm qualifying (except Top Fuel), 2:30 race approximately for brackets, Pro Show at 7pm & 9pm.  Saturday tickets purchased in advance, www.us131msp.com, for adults are only $15 and children ages 12 and under are free with paid adult.  Saturday admission at gate for adults is $25 and children ages 6-12 are only $7, children five and under are free.