Some of the world's fastest race cars - reaching 320 mph in 4.5 seconds - will compete at the 2013 Arizona Nitro Jam, which gets under way at 7 p.m. Saturday at Southwestern International Raceway, 12000 S. Houghton Road. Tickets are $25 in advance at www.nitrojam.com, and organizers say they…
Bobby Lagana Jr. races in the black dragster on the right. Lagana Jr. is the 2010 Nitro Jam Professional Driver of the Year.
Bobby Lagana Sr., left, works on the Lagana team's top fuel dragster with his two sons, Dom Lagana, middle, and Bobby Lagana Jr.
Danielle Fochs holds her 3-year-old daughter Kaitlyn at the sidelines. The bleachers filled up quickly and many fans ended up standing.
Fans cheer as the popular monster truck "Grave Digger" slowly rolls by prior to the Nitro Jam races at Southwestern International Raceway.
Even earplugs couldn't muffle the roar of top fuel dragsters and
screaming fans during the Arizona Nitro Jam at Southwestern
International Raceway last weekend. The ground rumbled as dragsters
shot down the strip at more than 300 mph in less than five
Rich Jamison gives the thumbs-up to two vehicles getting ready to race down the drag strip during street-legal racing night at Southwestern International Raceway. Those with drivers licenses who are 18 or older can race for $20 during the night event, which encourages drivers of street-legal…
Cara Parker, 17, a Wilcox High School senior, waits in line to race her dad's 2008 Ford F350 Super Duty truck. Parker says she's been around racing since she was 4.
Cindy Hewitt races her 2007 Toyota Sequoia during street-legal racing night.
Do you ever wonder if your Subaru Forester is faster then the
sports car that just zipped past you on Grant Road? There is a safe
and fun way to find out at Southwestern International Raceway
(SIR), which has street-legal racing nights on its quarter-mile
track five times a year.
It's the adrenaline moment for Sahuaro High School driver Christopher Roebuck, in vehicle at left, and Kalee Ward of Willcox High, right, as they wait to launch on the final of three runs at Southwestern International Raceway on Saturday.
Cholla High student Roseanna Holtzman floors her '93 Chevy S-10 Blazer, background, during a test run. Holtzman just started racing recently.
Christopher Roebuck of Sahuaro High School burns out his tires before running his '71 Chevelle at the raceway.
Tires burned asphalt and engines roared as seven high school
students gathered Saturday at a fast-paced event at Southwestern