Nitro News 11/5/2017 - Doorslammers ready for greatest adventure in drag racing

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There’s an early leader in the race for entries at Nitro Up North on July 21 and 22 – and it’s the crowd pleasing Top Doorslammers!

Despite there being over two months until the event, eight cars have already nominated and the number is expected to climb before race day as teams get excited for the greatest adventure in drag racing.

Western Australia’s Pino Priolo is one of the early nominees. The driver of the crowd-pleasing 37 Chev said the atmosphere of Darwin’s Hidden Valley Drag Strip is unlike anywhere else in the country – and that’s a major reason why he has been back four times to compete.

“You know, it’s more like the old days of drag racing,” he said. “People are laid back on the hill, everyone is relaxed. And it’s a beautiful facility. We get to use the Supercars garages, the track staff are absolutely brilliant and they can’t do enough to help us.

“The Northern Territory Government get behind this event which is an amazing thing, they absolutely pack the place out and put on a great show.”

Priolo will be racing at both Darwin and the Alice Springs championship round a week afterwards, and while he can’t stay between the two events due to business commitments, his crew will. So while the boss is away, the boys will play!

“I’ll leave them up there and I’m sure they will find the time to go fishing and enjoy the Northern Territory,” he said.

Priolo has the help of NT Hauliers to get the car to and from the event, just another example of the friendliness of the Darwin community.

“I met Bruce and Amanda from NT Hauliers at the race track,” he explained. “They loved the car, came up to me and had a chat and we hit it off. I was able to sit Amanda in the car in the pits while we warmed it up, that was pretty exciting for her. She had the biggest smile on her face.

“Everyone there is so friendly. How can you not want to go back?”


Entries are now open for Nitro Up North – the biggest adventure in Australian drag racing!

Teams from around the country have already expressed their strong interest in travelling to Darwin to be a part of this amazing event and now the list will begin to build.

We’ve heard about convoys leaving from all parts of the country, keen to see the unique part of the world that is the Northern Territory.

As a part of the event entry process, we will be gathering some statistics for the Northern Territory Government about the impact this rocking event has on the Top End.

So don’t delay, get your entry in and make sure to spread the word to all your friends that Nitro Up North is the place to be on July 21 and 22.



The news Northern Territory motorsport fans have been waiting for has been confirmed with Nitro Up North ready to strike on July 21 and 22 at Hidden Valley Drag Strip in Darwin.
Nitro fuelled dragsters will once again shake the ground with six cars due to head north for the first time including Rapisarda Autosport International, Lamattina Top Fuel Racing and Sheehan Racing.
They will be joined by Top Doorslammers, Top Alcohol Funny Cars and Dragsters and hundreds of racers in the Summit Sportsman Series for awesome championship drag racing.
Drag racing teams from around the country are already planning their adventures to the Top End with convoys being organised across every state.
Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and Motorsports NT, Nitro Up North will attract thousands of spectators to Hidden Valley Drag Strip to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of nitro drag racing.
Nitro Up North organiser Scott MacLean said hopes were high for another tremendous event, building on last year’s record crowds.
“This event is world class and planning is already well advanced to make sure the 2017 show is just as high quality,” he said.
“We’ve got the best drag racers from all around Australia in coming to Darwin. They see it as an opportunity not just to do some racing but also to see the country and the spectacular landscapes that the Northern Territory is known for.
“Travelling to Nitro Up North isn’t just another drag racing event – it’s an adventure.”
Minister for Sport, the Hon Lauren Moss MLA said the Northern Territory Government was delighted that Nitro Up North was on once again.
“We are very happy to be supporting this wonderful motor sport event organised and run by the Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association,” she said.
“If the previous events are anything to go by then this year’s Nitro Up North is going to be absolutely awesome and I look forward to seeing some terrific racing from the fastest cars on the planet. Last year saw the third fastest speed in the world, in history, set at Hidden Valley at over 500kph – it says something about the quality of our drag strip and everyone should get out to see world class racing at our own venue.”
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Hidden Valley Drag Strip looks forward to having everyone back at Nitro Up North this year so stay tuned for all the major news in the lead up.