Night Fire Nationals Doesn't Disappoint for Thomas Family
Boise, ID
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The "historic" and still most anticipated Big Bucks Bracket Race on the West Coast has to be the Nightfire Nationals at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho.  For 51 years running the Nightfire Nationals draws the "who's who" of the West Coast's Best along with the oh so strong local contingent of what can be claimed as the best group of "local" bracket racers in the West.

On Friday Night Rayce Kidd, who was hot off a win the previous weekend in Woodburn, Oregon (only 400 miles away) took top honors in Super Pro in his Kidd Performance backed dragster.

The Nightfire Nationals is also the King of the Track NHRA Weekend and showcases a points program for the 3 days.  With Kidd winning on Day 1, this was bad news for the rest of the field.


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Bracketeeer Friday champ: Rayce Kidd
Pro Friday champ: Chris Hall
Sled/Bike Friday champ: Dave Wheeler
Heavy Friday champ: Cameron Dill

Day 2 brought more hot conditions with temps in the upper 90's and corrected air numbers approaching the adjusted mark of 6,000 ft, the racing action remained as tight as ever with the 1/8th mile configuration.

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On the far side was Saturday Night's Bracketeer Winner Jason Thomas.  Thomas who reins from Meridian, Idaho wheeled his family's American Race Cars built dragster to the prestigious win and putting him in contention for the Overall Championship.
Bracketeeer Saturday champ: Jason Thomas
Pro Saturday champ: Scott Taylor
Sled/Bike Saturday champ: Jacob Wood
Heavy Saturday champ: Ashley Day

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As story book endings can only be written up, this one played out in real life.  Rayce Kidd and Jason Thomas are only a few years apart and grew up from birth together with their families racing at Firebird Raceway.  Both have a great support system, great families and great talent.  That made for a date in the final round on Sunday Night where they met for the last round of the weekend.  Jason Thomas laid down a .018 dead 0 to best Kidd and also secure the Overall Championship for the weekend.

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The Thomas Family is a true family racing operation.  Lisa Thomas, Jason's mom won the No Box race on Sunday as well.  Jason's wife Kali also races in No Box and Troy Thomas aka "The Captain" keeps the cars in tip top shape in order to compete on the highest level every weekend and occasionally steps into the driving seat of their dragster.

Overall Champions of the 2022 King of the Track - NHRA.TV Challenge
Bracketeer: Jason Thomas, Boise
Pro: Chris Hall, Brigham City, Utah
Heavy: Cameron Dill, Nampa
Sled/Bike: Dave Wheeler, Murray, Utah
Jason Thomas, Boise, .018, 4.89 (4.89 dial), 139.89 def. Rayce Kidd, Boise, .019, 4.75 (4.75 dial), 142.46
Lisa Thomas, .029, 9.83 (9.87 dial) 135.86 def. Shanze Panunzio, broke.
Ron Wurtz, .083, 11.97 (11.94 dial) 111.53 def. Chad Campbell, .043, 11.92 (11.84 dial) 106.77
David Wood, .051, 9.11 (9.11 dial) 138.64 def. Dave Wheeler, .047, 8.93 (8.93 dial) 144.16
Pro Comp
Anthony Keller, .036, 8.98 (9.00 dial) 138.63 def. Bill Larson, .137, 8.49 (8.54 dial) 154.56
Lucas Oil Top Gun Open Wheel
Justin Hof, Nampa .010, 4.67 (4.67 dial) 147.36 def. Rayce Kidd, Boise .016, 4.75 (4.75 dial) 143.14
Lucas Oil Top Gun Full Bodied
Gordon Boven, Boise .011, 5.50 (5.48 dial) 126.08 def. Tim Wallace Jr., Meridian .016, 4.94 (4.95 dial) 141.49
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Lucas Oil Top Gun Runoff
Justin Hof, Nampa .009, 4.68 (4.67 dial) 140.28 def. Gordon Boven, Boise .014, 5.50 (5.48 dial) 127.20

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