WHAT: MOPAR Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol, the fifth of 11 events on the $19.5 million Knoll-Gas Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series

WHERE: Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend, Ontario

WHEN: Friday -- Sunday, July 20 -- 22, 2007

WHO: The stars of the Knoll-Gas Nitro Jam Series, including Bobby Lagana Jr., Bruce Litton, six-time Pro Modified world champion Scotty Cannon and T.J. Zizzo in 320 mph Knoll Gas - Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel dragsters, competing for the $23,000 first place prize of a $131,000 class purse

Fans will experience the power of 320 mph Knoll Gas - Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Cars, featuring defending world champion Dale Creasy Jr., Bob Gilbertson, Jack Wyatt, Paul Lee, Jon Capps and Terry Haddock competing for $23,000 to first place of the $131,000 class purse

Defending World champion Quain Stott, former world champion Mike Janis, Ontario's Carl Spiering, Danny Rowe and Scott Cannon Jr. in nitrous vs. supercharged Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified, competing for the $10,000 first place prize of the $45,000 class purse

Six-time and defending world champion Mark Thomas, London, Ontario's Rob Atchison, Terry Munroe and Terry McMillen in Alcohol Funny Car, competing for the $10,000 first place prize of the $26,000 class purse

The world's fastest and quickest Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock Cars, featuring IHRA's version of NASCAR, the 220 mph factory hot rods of world champion Pete Berner (Pontiac GTO), Rickie Smith (Chevrolet Cobalt) former world champions Steve Spiess (Chevrolet Cobalt) and Brian Gahm (Ford Mustang) and Robert Patrick (Ford Mustang) competing for the $10,000 first place prize of the $38,000 class purse

Champions will also be crowned in seven Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by Mr. Gasket semi-professional classes: Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, and Hot Rod

WHAT'S AT STAKE: In addition to the individual class purse up for grabs, drivers will be competing for points with the ultimate goal of being crowned world champion at season's end. Each class champion receives: Top Fuel - $150,000, Nitro Funny Car - $150,000, Pro Modified -- 50,000, Alcohol Funny Car - $35,000 and Pro Stock - $35,000

"NIGHT OF FIRE": The Saturday "Night of Fire" show, 7 p.m., features the final round of professional qualifying under the lights -- including two flame-burning Nitro-fueled classes -- and a ground-pounding jet-powered truck

SCHEDULE:

Friday, July 20:
Sportsman qualifying at 9 a.m.
Professional racing (Q-1) 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 21:
Sportsman eliminations at 9 a.m.
Professional racing (Q-2) at 12:30 noon
"Night of Fire" professional racing (Q-3) at 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 22:
Sportsman eliminations at 9 a.m.
Professional eliminations 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. Final Round: 4 p.m.

TICKETS:

Order Tickets Now @ Grand Bend Motorplex:
www.grandbendmotorplex.com, www.nitrojam.com and Ticketmaster Outlets

General Admission prices, single-day ticket
* Adult: $35 (Fri); $55 (Sat); $50 (Sun)
* Junior (2-12 years old): $5
* Child (under 2): Free

3-Day Super Pass prices -- includes weekend pass and reserved seat Saturday and Sunday
* Adult: $115
* Junior: $25

General Admission Weekend Pass prices -- 3-day general admission pass (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
* Adult: $105 * Junior: $15

Reserve Seat prices -- limited amount, includes general admission
* Adult: $60 (Sat); $55 (Sun)
* Junior (2-12 years old): $10 all days
* Child (under 2): $5 all days

ALL TICKETS INCLUDE FREE PARKING AND PIT PASS AS IHRA OPENS ITS LOCKER ROOM TO THE PUBLIC

FREE PIT PASS: Every ticket includes access to the pit area. Go "backstage" and watch drivers tune their vehicles for the next round, get autographs, photos, and team merchandise

-credit: ihra