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Pro Mod Stars and More Head to Bradenton for 52nd Snowbird Outlaw Nationals

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Outlaw doorslammer racers from all over the eastern U.S. and beyond will return to Bradenton Motorsports Park this weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, for the 52nd Snowbird Outlaw Nationals presented by Motion Raceworks. The lineup includes the $52,000-to-win M&M Transmission Outlaw Pro Mod presented by FuelTech and PJS Racing, as well as several small-tire classes, index racing, Jr. Dragsters, and more. The event will also include jet trucks, jet dragsters, and Nitro Harleys during Saturday’s Night of Fire.

“There’s nothing like the Snowbirds,” said Victor Alvarez, track owner and event promoter. “I’ve always felt that Bradenton has a unique vibe. That’s on another level at the Snowbirds. Our local fans have supported this race for many years. They’ve come to expect an amazing show, and with the lineup we have on tap, the fans are going to get exactly that.”

The all-star Outlaw Pro Mod entry list includes defending event winner Jim Halsey, who took his nitrous-fed “Daddy Shark” ’68 Camaro to the $51,000 win in 2022 after defeating numerous boosted competitors. Ken Quartuccio, who earned a milestone first Pro Mod win at the U.S. Street Nationals at Bradenton in late January, is also on the entry list. Spencer Hyde, the winner of the $100,000-to-win Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, is yet another big-money Bradenton race winner hoping to cash in again.

“Before I owned the track, this is the race where I first got to see Pro Mods racing up close and personal,” Alvarez said. “I fell in love with the class, and we’ve worked over the last several years to make Bradenton a Pro Mod hotspot. We sold out all 52 Pro Mod spots in a matter of minutes. We’ve seen records fall at the Snowbirds, and I’m sure we’ll see more of that this year.”

2022 Pro 275 winner Antron Brown

The Snowbird Outlaw Nationals will also include $15,000-to-win Precision Shaft Technologies Pro 275 presented by Pro Line Racing and $10,000-to-win Mickey Thompson Tires X275 presented by Precision Turbo & Engine, as well as Energy Manufacturing Limited Drag Radial presented by Callies, TBM Brakes Outlaw 632 presented by Rife Sensors, and TRZ Motorsports Ultra Street presented by Summit Racing, which all pay $7,500 to win. The Florida N/T Racing No-Time Shootout presented by TurboSmart will pay $10,000 to the winner. The Fleece Performance No-Time Truck Shootout presented by NBS Racing and Suncoast Performance has a $7,500 minimum winner’s purse with a 100% payback.

“We’re always trying to raise the bar and offer big payouts for all of our classes,” Alvarez said. “We couldn’t do that without the support of all of our event and class sponsors. These companies recognize that it’s important to give back to the racers – their customers – and the sport in general. It’s all about working together to make the sport bigger and better every year.”

The lineup is rounded out by index racing in the 5.50, 6.50, and 7.50 index classes, Jr. Dragsters in the 7.90, 8.90, and 11.90 index classes, and the 4.60 bike class.

Pre-race testing will take place on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday qualifying sessions are set for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday’s on-track action featuring the Night of Fire kicks off with round 3 of qualifying at 9 a.m. and a fourth session at 1 p.m., with Jet Jam and final qualifying starting at 4 p.m. The Night of Fire Finale is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sunday eliminations will begin at 9 a.m.

General admission tickets are available for $30 per day on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, while tickets for Saturday’s Night of Fire are $35. Active military and children ages 11 and under get in free. Fans can also watch the race through the official event livestream on FloRacing.

For all the event details, visit www.RaceBMP.com.  

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