Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Fallbrooks’ Roger Garten and Las Vegas’ Mike Tocco and their ‘War Horse’ Nostalgia Nitro funny car team are readying themselves for nearly a month on tour, racing throughout the Northwest United States in August.  Dubbed the “War Horse Western Rampage Tour,” Garten and his wife of 49 years, will take the reins of the hauler and log nearly 4000 miles in three weeks, rendezvousing with their volunteer crew on the weekends to compete at each event. 

The team’s first stop will be Boise, Idaho for the 41st NightFire Nationals at Firebird Raceway on August 9 – 12.  This will be a 16 car qualified race with the highly anticipated ‘Key Bank Saturday Night Thunder’ where all the teams will make their final qualifying attempt in the cooler Idaho evening air, giving the fans a spectacular show of nitro header flames.  The NightFire race has long been a traditional stop for the nitro cars, with this year being no exception, as teams will journey long distances to compete in Boise, now a stop on the NHRA Heritage Racing Series.  The always welcoming Idaho fans are what make the trip worthwhile.  Well, that and the well priced tasty ice cream in the snack bar !

Just a short drive to Spokane, Washington to their second stop, the ‘Napa Night of Fire’ at Spokane County Raceway will be on August 18.  The nitro funny cars will compete for a spot in an eight car qualified field with eliminations to be held right after qualifying. 

Finally, the last event will be ‘Nitro Madness’ on Saturday, August 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah at Rocky Mountain Raceway.  Eight nostalgia nitro funny cars will duel it out on the track, making two passes each.  Contact the track for information about an exclusive dinner with Shirley Muldowney with proceeds to benefit the Utah Animal Adoption Center.

Using up much of their yearly vacation accounts at their ‘regular’ jobs, the all volunteer crew is anticipating logging nearly 3000 air miles and 2000 road miles chasing their Mustang on this “Western Rampage Tour”.  Come out to cheer on Roger and his crew as they work to bring the fans an incredible show !

With lots of down time in between these races, the Gartens are interested in talking with anyone who might be interested in having the ‘War Horse’ car and driver make a personal appearance at their business or event.  Fans can follow the ‘War Horse’ Nitro Funny car on Facebook to get updates on their ‘Western Rampage’ tour and also via the official web site at www.warhorse792.com.  

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