ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — So what would it look like if you took a jet engine, strapped it on a dragster and let it go fast?
The answer can be found Friday and Saturday at the Fire Cracker Nationals at Albuquerque Dragway. Spoiler alert: It hits 250 mph with flames coming out the back along its quarter-mile path.
“It’s pretty interesting,” said Robert Costa, owner of the NHRA-sanctioned dragway, which he says is having its biggest event ever this weekend.
The Jet Cars come to the dragway a couple of times a year. The dragway has something going on most weekends in a schedule that begins in March and ends in November.
Something new to the dragway takes place Friday night, where some paying spectator will get a chance to win big money, “up to $25,000” depending on how well the chosen one plays the game.
About 175 dragsters from throughout the Southwest entered in several categories will descend on the strip, in the southeast of the city. At stake is a $10,000 purse spread among winners in various races
Other categories include the Real Outlaw Door Slammers – RODS for short. A typical entry could be a 1963 Corvette with a 3,000 horsepower engine, negotiating the eighth-mile strip in a ‘blink and you miss it’ four seconds.
Also, the Western Fuel Altereds are running. They are open-wheel, front-engine short wheelbase and race on blown alcohol 2,500 horsepower engines, and they complete the quarter-mile in about six seconds.