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Mr. Explosive Racing - Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car

Mr. Explosive Racing - Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car


March 10, 2013 – Bakersfield, CA
It has been one year since the Mr. Explosive car has seen the track. After the major setback the team experienced last year during the March Meet "The Force of the North", Mr. Explosive had plenty of time to gear up and plan for the 2013 season: coming out with an all new car, body, and outlook. With the NHRA sixteen car eliminator format, the car qualified 10th at the start of the weekend and went three rounds to the finals. Mark Sanders qualified #2 on Sunday night with a personal and track record 60ft time of 0.98, only to smoke the tires and fall short to the runner up.

After traveling down from Maple Valley, WA to Bakersfield, CA for the first race of the Nitro Jam season, the Mr. Explosive Team took an astounding 2nd place in the NHRA Heritage series (the March Meet). The new car also ran a career best for the Mr. Explosive team with a 5.76 at 251 MPH in the first round. "BaBoomski, we're back baby!" exclaimed Mark Sanders (Mr. Explosive) after the turn of this weekend's events. With the anticipation of the long awaited voyage and the results of this first weekend out with the new car, Mr. Explosive and his crew could not be more proud.

Watch for Mr. Explosive as he is going to be a sure hitter in this years line up. With the Mr. Explosive car headed to Chandler, AZ for a match race and then off to San Antonio, TX for a Nitro Jam race, be sure to check out www.ihra.com for race updates and their new live timing online at www.bangshift.com.

Maple Valley, WA - June 13, 2011 Mr Explosive
Mr. Explosive Racing is heading to Utah this weekend to defend their title at the Salt Lake Nitro Jam. Last year Sanders was the very first Prostalgia Funny Car Back to Back Winner. Mark and his team saw the winners circle on both nights of the Nitro Jam event. "The car is ready to go and the team will be looking for a repeat performance in Utah again this season", says 21 year old crew chief Jake Sanders.

The father/son duo are ready to get back to racing after having a little over a month off without any nitro. "We are pumped up and ready to head south to Salt Lake. I can't wait to get out there and put the pedal to the metal!" says Mark Sanders, Mr. Explosive himself.

This trip from the Northwest will be part of a two weekend IHRA Nitro Jam Excursion that will take them south to Utah and then back up north to Edmonton, Canada for the Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals, June 24-26. Salt Lake is the 6th stop for the Mr. Explosive Nitro Funny Car team during this 2011 season, which is the half way point of their busy racing schedule.

Mark Sanders and his boisterous personality are always on hand to entertain the fans and sign autographs during the Nitro Jam Fanfests. So make sure to stop by and say "Hi" and pick up a Mr. Explosive temporary tattoo or even one of his most explosive t-shirts.

The Salt Lake Nitro Jam will be held June 17-18 at Rocky Mountain Raceway. For tickets and event information please visit www.nitrojam.com. For more information about Mr. Explosive Racing visit www.mrexplosiveracing.com. Facebook users like us and get updates at www.facebook.com/mrexplosivenitrofunnycar.

Maple Valley, WA - March 31, 2011 Mr Explosive
After a problem plagued trip to Tucson, Mr. Explosive has taken the week to prepare for their journey to Texas. It has only been a few of days, but the car has been gone through, and the team is ready to get it down the track in San Antonio.

"We let the car get the best of us last weekend." said Crew Chief Jake Sanders. "Things were changed and we are headed to San Antonio to find our form again."

This father/son duo has been traveling across the US this season following the Nitro Jam tour along with some NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series events. After San Antonio, they will Mr. Explosive make the trek all the way back home to Seattle to restock the rig before heading back out again.

They say everything is bigger in Texas, well Mr. Explosive should fit right in. Driver Mark Sanders has become known for his maximum horsepower personality. As a fan favorite, "The Force of the North" is always happy to entertain the fans with his cheerful antics.
"The fans get such an experience here at Nitro Jam, I'm just happy I can add too that and give them a Texas sized welcome!" says Mark. "I'm geared up to get back in the car this weekend and get 'er done!"

Nitro Jam returns to San Antonio Raceway this weekend April 1st and 2nd. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased online at www.nitrojam.com or by calling (520) 762-9700. For more information about Mr. Explosive Racing visit www.mrexplosiveracing.com. Facebook users like us and get updates at www.facebook.com/mrexplosivenitrofunnycar.

February 4, 2011 - West Palm Beach, FL Mr. Explosive
After traveling across the country for the first race of the Nitro Jam season the Mr. Explosive Team is coming home with an IHRA Prostalgia victory. Mark Sanders qualified #1 on Friday night with a blistering 5.82 at 244 mph. With the IHRA Chicago style format, they would advance to the final against Paul Romine. Sanders was out of the gate first and never looked back. His 5.87 at 242 mph defeated Romine's 5.941 at 240 mph.

"The 'Mr. Explosive' team is back baby," exclaimed Mark Sanders following his win. "We drove all the way across this great country to be here tonight and to get the win in front of these great fans is what it is all about. We went toe-to-toe with one of the best in the business and we were able to put down a really hot lap and come out of here with the first win of the year."

Day 2 did not go as planned and Mr. Explosive did not make the final with their 6.12 @ 219 mph during qualifying. After a major thrash in the pits to be ready to come back for the consolation round, Mr. Explosive came back and ran low et of the round with a 5.92 @ 244 mph. They didn't win a trophy on Night 2, but they left with low et of 3 out of 4 rounds of racing.

After a long race weekend Mr. E's Crew Chief, Jake Sanders was pleased with what they accomplished. "We came to PBIR to run hard, like we do at every event, but to win the very first race of the season and set low et 3 out of four rounds was a great way to begin the 2011 racing season.", says Jake.

The "Force of the North" is ready to get to the next IHRA Nitro Jam event, make sure you stop by the pits to say "Hi". The Marti Gras Nitro Jam will be held February 19-20 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Be sure to check out www.ihra.com for race updates and their new live timing online. Also visit www.mrexplosiveracing.com for race updates throughout the weekend.


January 26, 2011
Mr explosive nostalgia funny car Mr. Explosive Heads to Florida in search of another IHRA Ironman

The "Force of the North" travels across the United States to Palm Beach, FL for the IHRA Opener with his sights set on a IHRA Nitro Jam Prostalgia Championship.

January 26, 2011 - West Palm Beach, FL - The father/son duo of Mark and Jake Sanders set out on their journey about a week ago. They have made the trek of 3,828 miles through rain and snow to Palm Beach International Raceway for the IHRA Season Opener. Their trip has been an adventurous one with a stop at the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale, AZ and the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, as well as some major alligator sightings around the track.

After some pre-season testing on Tuesday, these boys are ready for the season to start. "It's a new year and we are going to be running on some new tracks, but I'm looking to keep our winning ways from last year.", says Jake Sanders, Crew Chief of the Mr. Explosive Funny Car. After back to back race wins in Salt Lake CIty in 2010 this team is looking forward to hoisting a few more Ironmen in the winners circle in 2011.

"I'm really excited to get back to some nitro racing, especially in the "Sunshine" state of Florida. I'm ready to get out there and turn on a few win lights.", says driver Mark Sanders. This will be the first of six IHRA Nitro Jam events that Mr. Explosive Racing will be participating in during the 2011 season. They will be traveling across the country to make a serious run for the IHRA Nitro Jam Prostalgia Funny Car Championship.

"The 2011 season will be our busiest one yet. We are looking forward to being a part of the Nitro Jam tour in 2011 and visiting a lot of new places. We can't wait to get the new year underway!" said Mark Sanders.

Look for the Mr. Explosive 1970 Nova Nitro Funny Car at a IHRA Nitro Jam event near you. For more information about Mr. Explosive Racing vistit www.mrexplosiveracing.com. Facebook users like us and get updates at www.facebook.com/mrexplosivenitrofunnycar. The IHRA Nitro Jam is gearing up for its season debut the weekend of January 28-29 at Palm Beach International Raceway in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information and tickets visit www.ihra.com.

July 5, 2010

Wow! what a year the team has had so far. For the 2010 season the guys made some big changes to the car, and well it’s paid off. It’s been so busy around here there is hardly any time for anything else. After our final round appearance at the end of the 2009 season the team was ready to get that first win. With all of the new changes and parts for 2010 the team headed to Bakersfield to do some testing before the March Meet. testing went well and we qualified in a good position and went one round at the March Meet, but it just was not the kind of showing that we were looking for. With a few new sponsors this year from Torco Oils and Justice Brothers, the team wanted to show them what were made of. With the next race at the end of April back down in Sacramento the team went testing again and gained a few new ideas and they headed to Sacramento. After the tire smoke cleared Mr. Explosive was the big Funny Car Fever winner! it was quite the day for the team running a string of 6.0s all at over 245MPH!! With our first win finally in the books we were ready for Dragfest in Bakersfield the very next weekend. And once again like Sacramento Mr. Explosive was the big winner! What a way to begin the season with back to back wins.

The next race was held in Las Vegas, with the team fresh off two wins in a row, headed to Las Vegas in search of win # 3. After bumping our way in the field in the final session of qualifying, running 5.97 put us solidly in the field for Sunday. Well Sunday didn’t go to well after being shut off in rd 1 with a leak. The team was disappointed but we held our heads high. The team headed back to the shop to get ready for their first IHRA race in Salt Lake City. The format at an IHRA race is way different, with the fastest two winning cars from Rd 1 returning for the Finals and the Iron Man. With the corrected altitude being over 7000ft it made it a challenge. With an off the trailer 6.07 at 236mph was good enough for # 1 and it reset both ends of the track record!! That set us up for the final and a chance to earn our first Iron Man. With the cooling air the guys stepped it up and got the win and again reset the track record with a 6.000 at 240mph!!

After a great first night getting the win the team did it again winning the Iron Man two nights in a row!! With 4 wins this season already the team headed to Edmonton for another IHRA race, Edmonton started off with a struggle Saturday night but the team showed they can bounce back and they ran 6.01 at 245 in the first round Sunday, only to get edged out of the finals by a 5.99. But that didn’t stop them there was more left in the car and they wanted to show Edmonton that we could run a 5! With a few adjustments the team had the car ready and back in the lanes. With a flash of green the car left hard and ran 5.95. Even though Edmonton didn’t go as well as Salt Lake the team was happy to say they had their 5 second Nova back. With a very busy season ahead of them the next stop is back up to Mission B.C. So far the 2010 Season has been one to remember and its only half way through!! Mr. Explosive Racing would like to thank our sponsors: Torco oils, Justice Brothers, Production Plating, East West Engineering, Motorsports Unlimited and Performance Coatings.   

2009 was a great year of racing for the Mr. Explosive Nitro Funny Car team racing a fiberglass replica of a 1970 Chevrolet Nova at nearly 250 miles per hour! Mark and Jody Sanders based in Maple Valley, Washington, own our team. Nineteen-year-old Crew Chief Jake Sanders built and tunes the supercharged nitro engines, building this car was Jake’s high school senior project. The team is built around having as much fun at every event as possible.

The Nitro Funny Car class is one of the quickest growing categories in drag racing today. We had a great time at the events where we raced in 2009; we are looking forward to the 2010 season and searching for sponsor help.

2009 Events and Results:

  1. March Meet, Bakersfield, CA: ran a Career Best 5.88 elapsed time at 243.88 MPH, qualifying 6th going out in the 2nd Round of eliminations.

  1. Funny Car Fever, Sacramento, CA: Qualified 7th going out in the 2nd Round of eliminations.

  1. Exhibition Match Race with Bucky Austin, Garrett Bateman, and Todd Lesenko at Spokane County Raceway: Ran a string of competitive 6.10 ET’s.

  1. Exhibition runs at the NHRA Division 6 points race, Pacific Raceways, Kent WA: Ran a 5.97

  1. Nitro Night of Fire, Sacramento, CA: Qualified 4th, 6.231, going out in the 1st round.

  1. Exhibition Match Race with Bucky Austin, Garrett Bateman, Todd Lesenko at Spokane County Raceway: Ran a sting of 6.0s and was the quickest car on the track.

  1. NHRA National Event in Seattle, WA: Making two exhibition runs to promote the Nostalgia Funny Cars. The first run we ran a 5.89 and were shown during the NHRA Full Throttle National Event TV show on ESPN2.

  1. Mission National Open, Mission, B.C.: Qualified 4th, 5.96 going out in the 2nd Round of eliminations.

  1. Nitro SummerFest, Spokane County Raceway: Qualified 3rd, 5.99 losing in 1st round.

  1. Nitro Night of Fire Exhibition Match Race, Edmonton, AB: Ran best of 6.30

  1. 38th Pepsi Night Fire Nationals, Boise ID: Qualified 9th, 6.158 eliminated in the second round.

  1. Match Race with Bucky Austin, Garrett Bateman, Todd Lesenko, Spokane County Raceway: Ran best of 6.15

  1. 18th California Hot Rod Reunion, Bakersfield, CA: Ran 6.05 but couldn’t crack the very tough eight-car field of thirty-two Nitro Funny Car entries.

  1. 2nd Nitro Funny Car Classic, Phoenix, AZ: Qualified 8th with a 6.09 elapsed time and went to the team’s first final round running best of 5.94 elapsed time racing to our first runner-up finish!

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