Date published: May 18, 2012
Reigning NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Funny Car champion Jason Rupert won the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor event at Firebird Raceway for the second year in a row. Rupert, of Yorba Linda, Calif., qualified No. 1 with a 5.82-second pass at 250.06 mph followed by John Hale with a 6.004, 246.30. In eliminations, Rupert took out Jim Obalek in round two with a 5.764, low e.t. of the event, leading to a final-round match against Hale. Rupert, behind the wheel of the Mert Littlefield-tribute Camaro, finished the job with a 5.782 at 251.60. Next up for the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series and the AA/Funny Cars is the Rockabilly Rod Reunion at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway May 26-27.