It is one of the most important names in drag racing history and this weekend at the Mardi Gras Nitro Jam presented by Domino's Pizza at State Capitol Raceway the world famous "Candies & Hughes" AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car will return to competition right where the legend began – in the heart of Louisiana.
Founded by Paul Candies and Leonard Hughes of Houma, La., the legend of Candies & Hughes has spanned six decades and has included multiple championship and national event victories with both the IHRA and NHRA. The team has included numerous drivers spanning that timeframe including the likes of Hughes, Mark Oswald, Richard Tharp, Dave Settles and Leroy Goldstein in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.
In addition to collecting dozens of wins over the years, the team also registered many firsts including being the first team to win the Winston championships in both Top Fuel and Funny Car and the only team to win both NHRA and IHRA Winston championships in the same year.
Today the famous Candies & Hughes machine is owned by Jim Broome of Tucson, Ariz. and driven by Mike Savage. Savage has enjoyed keeping the legend of Candies & Hughes alive and even returned the famous machine to its winning ways earlier this year at the Arizona Nitro Jam in Tucson with a victory over defending Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car World Champion Peter Gallen. Savage has added two more runner-up finishes to his resume in 2012 to head the Funny Car standings entering the Louisiana event this weekend at State Capitol Raceway.
The 2012 Mardi Gras Nitro Jam will take place May 4-5 at State Capitol Raceway. The event will feature four nitro classes including Pro Fuel Dragster, Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley and Fuel Altered in addition to the wild Outlaw Pro Mod class.