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12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals — Friday Coverage


Today’s 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals program kicked off early, with racers hitting the track at 7:30 a.m. to allow for those who paid for Thursday’s delayed test ’n tune to complete their hits before Friday’s regular program kicked off. Today will see two rounds of qualifying in the heads-up and index classes, while competitors in the Chevrolet Performance Street Car Challenge, Dodge // Mopar Hemi Shootout, True Street classes enjoy time trial runs. The competition is heating up at Atlanta Dragway as racer plot a course toward the Aerospace Component’s Winner’s Circle.

Here is how today’s festivities will unfold during the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Making the trip to Atlanta Dragway from Zeeland, Michigan, Jeff Neibarger’s 2011 Camaro is splitting duty between the TorqStorm True Street class and the TorqStorm display on the manufacturer’s midway. Powered by an E85-burning, forged 6.2-liter, this six-speed-manual machine has run a best of 10.7 at 134 mph courtesy of a single TorqStorm blower.

Always full of confidence and smiles, MagnaFuel Open Comp racer Kevin White takes on his challenges with the same enthusiasm. After a Labor Day weekend track rental led to a grenaded engine in the burnout box on the first test pass, he leapt into action. Contacting BES Racing Engines for a fresh duplicated of his 584-cube, Big Chief-headed engine, Kevin picked it up the Tuesday before this race. He spent 36 hours without sleep helping get the engine swapped in, and he arrived in time to make a run at the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.

Kevin Sanders wanted his Fox to pop. With new sponsorship from lighting specialists Boogey Lights on board, the “Boogey Man” gave it a fresh, bright look courtesy of With a new UPR Products suspension out back, his ARP Open Comp racer goes straight down the track rather than giving him a look at the stands.

David DeStefano is a Mustang guy through and through. This year he brought out this bright-blue classic. With a new engine and a new converter, this ARP Open Comp racer is good for low nines at over 140 mph. DeStefano built the Chris Alston Chassisworks chassis himself and powered it with the aforementioned 9.2-deck SVO block topped by Trick Flow High Port heads while squeezing out a 14.5:1 compression and revving to 8,000 rpm. He likes making the trip down to the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals because his fellow racers are so friendly.

LME Street King stalwart Steve Griswold started the season with success, but since Bradenton, he fought a throttle body issue. A recent swap to a Granatelli Motorsports unit had his car up and running well. Saying that the crash that precipitated a host of upgrades to this car inspired him to push harder to win, Griswold says he is more focused and confident in his pursuit of victory.

David Swain’s 1969 Mustang has a lot of drag passes on it. Built to resemble an early ’80s Super Stocker, it is powered by a 427 FE topped by Edelbrock cylinder head. Backed by a C4 auto with a 5,000-rpm stall converter, this ARP Open Comp machine runs high 10s.

A regular in ARP Open Comp, Barry Poff’s 1991 Mustang gets down with a 571ci big-block Ford backed by a Coan Engineering-prepped  Powerglide automatic and 4.57-geared 9-inch rear fitted with Strange axles and gears. He’s been running with NMRA for five years.

You don’t see a lot of newer GTOs on the road, much less a 3,900-pound one that rips off low-nines. Motivated by a robust engine based on a Warhawk LS-7X block filled with Callies rods and a Callies crankshaft. This rugged engine gets boost by way of an F-1a ProCharger cranking out 18 psi. That engine is supported by an RPM-prepped auto trans and a D.S.S. 9-inch IRS setup. Don Dixon can still street-drive this air-conditioned machine, but this weekend he hopes to take a cruise to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle in LME Street King.

Between NMRA races, Mr. Open Comp, Larry Geddes put a test day in Cincinnati, Ohio, to good use by winning a United Manual Transmissions Racers stick-shift race on May 30. He hopes to carry that momentum to success in the ARP Open Comp class at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals with his tried and true combo.

Believe it or not, this is one of several 1984 Mustang GT350s owned by Terry Strange. This one evolved into an all-out race car that has run in Outlaw 10.5 and Pro Street. These days it is powered by a 406-cube small-block topped by Hammerhead Hemi heads. It feeds power through an RPM-prepped Turbo 400 transmission. Recently he tuned it up for more power to compete in the rough and tumble ranks of Dart NA 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons.

Rodney Ward is wicked behind the wheel of his 1965 Mustang in NMRA ARP Open Comp, but because it’s undergoing some upgrades, he’s in his Fusion Sport for Fastest Street Car Ford Muscle and QA1 True Street competition at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, this weekend at Atlanta Dragway. Ward runs to 14s in the car, which has 220,000 miles on its odometer and also serves as an Uber, and at some point this weekend, his wife, Kay Ward, might end up in the lane next to him, as she’s also racing in Fastest Street Car Ford Muscle and QA1 True Street in her Mustang. Here to keep them in check is their granddaughter, Alivia.

Jody Blalock Jr.’s 1947 Hudson Super Six always finds the spotlight, as it’s one cool classic car. Blalock Jr., who has had the car for ten years, shared with us that its 496 cubic-inch engine sustained some serious damage last year, but has been repaired, and Blalock Jr. is in the process of dialing it in for his chosen category, MagnaFuel Open Comp. “It’s a couple tenths slow at the moment, as it should be running 9.70s, but we’ll get it figured out,” said Blalock Jr.

While Danny Towe used to compete in the NMCA’s Detroit TrueTrac Nostalgia Muscle Car category, he moved over to the NMRA’s Fastest Street Car Ford Muscle category a few years ago. It’s a fine fit, as he earned a championship in 2016, and while it would be understandable if he felt pressure to back it up, he doesn’t. “Now that I have earned a championship, my approach is to just have fun, and it’s working, because I really am just having a lot of fun,” said Towe, whose Mustang is motivated by a 351 cubic-inch Ford engine and is dialed in for high 11s. “This category, with its sportsman tree, footbraking and indexes, is a good fit for me and my car.”

Craig Sullivan (left) is back with his “Barn Burner” supercharged ’69 Daytona in the NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod, and he’s got some new crew faces in his pit. Tommy Radloff (center) came on board to run Sully’s race program and engine shop, Wild Irish Engines, while Sully’s son, Michael (right), recently joined to the team and is having a blast racing with his father. The notorious car itself is also enjoying something new – a redesigned Turbo 400 transmission from M&M that helped put Sully in the winner’s circle in Tulsa earlier this year.

The legendary “Hi-Po Joe” Joe Charles is on the property to support his fellow NMRA brethren! Charles was spotted walking the NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock pits, hanging out with the class where he himself earned a championship.

Hometown hero Gary “Hollywood” Parker of NMRA Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle fame has some new sponsors on board this year, Attitude Street Cars and Lithia Springs Ford, in addition to his usual team such as Exedy Racing Clutches, Team Z Motorsports, Fuelab, and RC Components.

Attitude Street Cars of Marietta, Georgia, is displaying this weekend at Atlanta Dragway on the manufacturer’s midway, and their vendor booth has got a pretty wicked ride on display. The ’48 Ford F-1 6-speed manual pickup truck has been swapped over to house a complete drivetrain and suspension from an ’03-’04 Ford Mustang Cobra Terminator, including the SVT supercharger.

Walter Baranowski is running with his current Coyote setup this weekend in NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock, but he’s looking ahead to the future. Baranowski has found a buyer for his engine, and will make the decision of when exactly to pull it out in favor of a new Gen 3 unit once this weekend wraps up. A new oil accumulator and some O2 sensors will, in the meantime, hopefully help him pick up performance in the interim.

With multi-time NMRA and NMCA champion Brandon Alsept leading the way on behalf of BA Motorsports, NMRA JDM Engineering Limited Street driver Larry Starost is quickly getting a handle on his “Green Bean” Mustang’s new ProCharged setup. Alsept made some changes just after the Bradenton season opener in Florida to hopefully find some ET and now he’s working through data collection in preparation for throwing down some good passes this weekend.

On the property repping Laris Motorsports and competing in Richmond Gear Factory Stock, Mark Anderson has 36 insurance customers at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, including Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle racer Adam Cox. Only a day and a half into the event he add already give 28 quotes to other racers looking for insurance for their programs. On the car front, his 4.6-powered Fox is taking a Two-Valve knife to a Coyote gunfight in Factory Stock. He just upgraded the car with a Rick Anderson tune, larger headers, and a fresh Bullet cam grind spec’d out by Todd Warren.

At first glance you might assume that Rick Baum’s 2000 Mustang GT was just another Modular Mustang. Upon further review, however, his is powered by a swapped GT500 engine. He bought the engine after it sat for 10 years without making it into the previous owner’s project. After installing it a topping it with a 4.5-liter Whipple twin-screw blower and controlling it with Holley EFI, the stock-bottom-end 5.4-liter puts out well over 700 horsepower at the wheels and delivers low-9-second elapsed time in QA1 True Street competition.

Driving a car that is truly built for the action at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, Alan Scanlan is piloting his 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, which included an NMCA membership in the glovebox. Competing in the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout, he is running a totally stock car, as he told us “I don’t want to make too many my mods because Dodge is my pit crew,” in reference to the car’s robust warranty. He did make one important upgrade to the new Nitto NT555RII drag radial. If he makes a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle, he will also haul away an additional bonus from Nitto for running the tires.

If you had a stock-drivetrain 1998 Mustang GT with over 250,000 miles on the clock, would you strap a nitrous kit on and run two classes? That’s just what Jerry and Cindy Jones are doing this weekend. Entered in both Fastest Street Car Ford Muscle and QA1 True Street (where he will spray the 100 shot), the car sports a tune, a UPR suspension, some Steeda bits, and is supported by Attitude Street Cars. He says he runs this car to show that it’s not expensive to go drag racing.

The Hellion B Team was hard at work this morning changing out the torque converter in their War Eagle Edelbrock Renegade Mustang to hopefully be prepared for the track surface conditions this weekend. Dwayne James wanted to loosen the torque converter a bit to ensure some traction, but a loose transmission line combined with the fan that was meant to keep them cool during the process ensured anything but traction in Mike Ciborowski’s trailer where the swap was going down. The trans was reinstalled without issue, however, a thorough cleanup was in order, with Haley James making sure her Dad wasn’t going to slip and fall.

Racers know all about traction, and they understand it applies to both on- and off-track situations. As Limited Street racer Sondra Leslie’s crew was backing her out of the pit, their golf cart found a slick patch of mud and grass, but the team quickly jumped into action by adding a bunch of ballast to the back end to get them out of the hole quickly and improve the mud-to-pavement elapsed time.

Becki and Joe Cram had planned to run in the NMRA Limited Street category this year, but have since made the leap into Edelbrock Renegade with their Cobra Jet clone Mustang. The du worked out some throttle body issues with a rigid throttle linkage and the car will undergo chassis work after this race to update the roll cage. Becki will be getting used to a far better power-to-weight ratio with this new combination this weekend, and then a bunch of change will happen before the next race in St. Louis in a month’s time.

Donato Sierchio had a very successful weekend at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout, winning that heads-up class as well as the BMP Street Car Shootout. The True Street racer clicked off an easy 7.92 this morning in testing, lifting early, but plans to turn it up for the True Street competition to ensure another win. His ultimate goal is to be the first True Street car in the 6s, and if his notchback doesn’t get the job done, the S550 Mustang that he is building next should.

Charles Hull is competing in the NMRA’s VP Madditives Street Outlaw class at Atlanta Dragway this weekend and the 2019 X275 champion is showing he’s the one to beat here with a pair of untouchable 4.42s in testing so far from his KBX/Bennett Racing Mustang.

Joel Greathouse is chasing an NMRA championship in 2020 in the Edelbrock Renegade category with his bright red KBX Performance-powered Mustang. The team opted to change a head gasket on the little 311ci small-block Ford engine after a leak down test indicated the beginning of a failure. Greathouse and KBX’s Justin McChesney were also inspecting the hot side manifold for a possible exhaust leak as well.

Brad Cox is checking the tuneup on his father Ray’s BES Racing Engines Pontiac-powered Firebird after a solid 4.81 hit this morning in Edelbrock Xtreme Street testing. The team has been making steady progress with this fourth-gen model, after sending Ray’s second-gen Trans Am into semi-retirement.

Steve Satchell of Colliersville, Tennessee, ran into LME Street King racer Steve Griswold while making hits at Memphis International Raceway and it was his influence that led Satchell to try his hand in the Proform Rumble class during the NMCA Homecoming at Memphis last year. Satchell bought his 2012 C6 Corvette as a wreck with less than 20,000 miles on the clock and added the Gran Sport wide fenders on it during the rebuild. The LS3 engine features a few upgrades that have enabled the 6L80-equipped machine to run 10.10 in the quarter-mile on motor alone. He’ll be racing towards an 11.00 index this weekend in the Chevrolet Performance Challenge series and plans to add a roll cage for a future in LME Street King.

The Chevrolet Performance Stock category has been part of the NMCA and Chevrolet Performance Challenge series now for several years, and the first car to don the required DR525 crate engine was this Hugger Orange Camaro SS now owned by Jeff Heintz. Over the winter, Heintz rewired the Camaro with Spaghetti Menders components to remove some unnecessary factory wiring and clean things up.

Jacob Weigl performed a well-deserved engine rebuild over the winter as the 383 in his Malibu wagon has served duty in the Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Car class for 4 years. The overhaul also included a more aggressive camshaft that has improved performance as well.

New for 2020 is Jessie Coulter’s ProCharger engine combination for Edelbrock Xtreme Street. The three-time class champion is looking to stay on top and felt the supercharged LS combination was the better choice over his previous turbo setup. As racers do, Coulter fired up the new engine for the first time yesterday at 4:00 pm and promptly put it on the dyno before stuffing it in the trailer for the tow to Atlanta Dragway.

Yesterday we found out that Thomas and Brandon Dabbs will be competing in Proform Rumble together with their pewter Metallic C5 Corvette and Camaro Z28, and that makes two father-and-son teams that will be racing in Rumble, as Dewayne and Nicholas Massengale have been class regulars for years now with their pair of blue Camaros.

Dan Nusbaum has been a True Street fan and competitor for some time, and he’s here this weekend competing in his 1987 Mustang. The car has been a low-buck build with Nusbaum scoring numerous deals on parts. That horse trading led to the Mustang becoming powered by a 434ci small-block Chevy engine backed by a BTE Turbo 400 transmission. Nusbaum hopes to one day perform a Coyote swap on the car, but will enjoy its 9-second, all-motor time slips in NMCA True Street competition.

NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod welcomes two-time NHRA Top Sportsman champion Jeffrey Barker and his Bahrain 1 Racing-backed Barker Max Camaro for weekend. Barker brought the world’s fastest NHRA-legal nitrous injected Pro Mod for some extra testing on the excellent track prep here at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals with none other than the famous Stevie “Fast” Jackson (pictured) heading up the tune and calling the shots.

Current NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod points leader Eric Gustafson may hold the advantage on paper, but he has been struggling with his Coast Packing Co.-backed entry for the past few races as yet-to-be-found gremlins have been causing the car to shut off unexpectedly. The car was completely rewired and a new Haltech engine management system was added. Additionally, the engine was sent back to Noonan Race Engineering for some changes, and the guys are putting the first hits on it this weekend with high hopes that their problems are now in the past. Round one of qualifying produced a 3.998 at 191.29 mph hit so it seems they’re heading in the right direction, but crew chief Cameron Halsey (pictured) has his lucky shirt on just in case.

NMCA Chevrolet Performance Stock racer Keith Vaughn and his C4 Corvette are fresh off a runner up finish at Bradenton earlier this year. Vaughn would have set the speed record for the class there as well, but didn’t back it up. He knows the hot Atlanta summer conditions mean it’s unlikely he’ll be able to trap that same number again, but is looking forward to making some good passes and just having fun overall. His first qualifying run yielded a 10.400 at 127.13 mph hit to put him in fifth for now.

Multi-time champion “The Professor” Charlie McCulloch (right) is also a philanthropist, as he loaned his ’98 Mustang to Shane Williams (left) to drive this weekend while McCulloch wheels his other entry in NMRA Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle.

Qualifying has begun at today’s running of the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. It may be hot outside, but drivers are still dishing out some serious numbers. For NMCA qualifying results as we get them, click QUALIFYING

Here is how the action will unfold on Saturday at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals.