After an action-packed Saturday, the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals roars into its final day at Atlanta Dragway. Today the heads-up and index classes run through eliminations deciding who takes those coveted trips to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle. A special class will also crown a winner today as well when the top eight finishers in the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout square off in the Arrington Performance HEMI Quick 8 presented by Redline Oil.
After rain shortened the program last night, the action kicks off early at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals as the event’s champions are crowned in eliminations today.
The Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout wrapped up yesterday, with Haden Banks as the overall winner with a 9.91 average, and Pete Mansolillo as the runner-up with a 10.35 average. Other winners included Richard Stimson in the 10-second category, William Field in the 11-second category, Jeff Smith in the 12-second category and Alan Scanlan in the 13-second category. Rounding things out were Joe Giordano, who ran to the 14-second win and Chris Hall, who ran to the 15-second win.
The Chevrolet Performance Street Car Challenge is another category that came to an exciting conclusion yesterday, with Terry Faust taking the overall win with a 9.70 average, and Don Dixon taking the runner-up finish with a 9.72 average. Other winners included Jeff Bradley in the 10-second category, Harv Owen in the 11-second category, Tom Calabrese in the 12-second category and Angel Gawden in the 13-second category. Don Carter captured the win in the 15-second category.
Jim Ault of Kettering, Ohio, is new to heads-up racing with the NMRA, but he’s been a fan of the series for some time and he’s no stranger to quick cars, as he has an 8-second S550 Mustang street machine. Ault picked up this 2003 Cobra, which had been set up to run Ultra Street with a turbocharged, modular engine to jump into the Edelbrock Renegade competition with. The chassis has been updated by Gary Rohe Race Cars, and the team made minor changes to the driveline, which includes an Extreme Transmissions Powerglide automatic and a Precision Turbo 76mm turbocharger. NMRA champion Brandon Alsept is crew chief on the Cobra and the team is hoping to improve on the 5.40 they clocked in qualifying earlier in the weekend.
Steve Halprin is enjoying his first season in VP Madditives Street Outlaw and this weekend his dad is here with him. Halprin noted everyone is struggling to get a handle on the track and turning the power down. Halprin’s season of learning as a driver rather than a car owner continues, as he unfortunately turned on the red light in the first round of eliminations against Phill Hines.
We have seen some cool race car setups over the years, but this one really stands out. Matt Fint rolled into the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals with a newly completed Richmond Gear Factory Stock Mustang. He started the build of this Bright Atlantic Blue ’98 back in 2014, but it stalled until recently. He picked up its new Tim Matherly-built Coyote bullet at Jacob Lamb’s recent invitational race, and started assembling the car from a near shell days before this event. Fint, his dad Billy, and Jacob put it together in his home garage. However, the coolest feature is the Kirkey child passenger seat that meets the passenger-seat rules requirement and lets his daughters Elsie and Kopelynn take rides to local car shows. Fint is shaking it down with a safe Coyote Stock calibration before leaning harder on the fresh combo.
In her first round of heads-up competition, Becki Cram was victorious over NMCA veteran and Edelbrock Xtreme Street racer Tony Orts when Orts knocked the tires off at the hit. Becki and husband Joe just jumped into the NMRA Renegade this year and the Cobra Jet tribute Mustang isn’t nearly optimized for the class just yet, but the car and driver are obviously capable of taking advantage of any flaws that show up in their opponent’s game.
There is a strong turnout in the car show this weekend at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals. There is a wide variety of performance machines on the field, including the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Terry Byers of Maysville, Georgia. It’s a beautiful blue machine, but what more needs to be said when it has a massive BDS blower fed by twin Demon carburetors towering over the hood.
Dom DiDonato has been working on getting a hold of the tricky track surface in the heat here at Atlanta Dragway, and according to crew chief Chuck Wrzesniewski, “If we turned the power down any more, we’d have to take the engine out.” Whatever calls the team made, they were the right ones as DiDonato drove to a 4.49 and the first-round win over Steve Cagle.
This mild-mannered 2012 Mustang GT is competing in QA1 / Torqstorm Superchargers with a simple, bolt-on combo. Dale Aldridge upgraded the factory Gen 1 Coyote 5.0-liter with an Airaid cold air intake, BBK headers, a custom exhaust, and a 2018 Mustang GT intake manifold ported by 1,320 junkie. He says just adding the intake really picked up, but what might be more impressive is that the car is still running like a top with the factory, 65,000-mile spark plugs in the heads.
Keith Ciborowski has been dealing with some minor issues in his beautiful Terminator Cobra, the most recent of which was a problem with the bump box when staging the car during Edelbrock NMRA Renegade qualifying. Tuner Eric Holliday noted that they should have it sorted out when eliminations commence this morning.
Opting to stick with the larger blower pulley, Jesse Alexandra was on hand giving his NHRA combo a trial by fire in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars. His team was dialing in the tune and making suspension adjustments to hasten the car’s performance.
One of the most striking machines in the UPR Products car show was Robert Killian’s Boss 9-powered rat rod based on a ’35 International cab. He did much of the work, but Jen Greenstone of Cutworm Specialties and Steve Tucker at South East Race Cars helped it become a reality. The 598-cube engine is topped by Kaase cylinder heads and burning pump gas it pounds out 1,147 horsepower and over 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Running a C6 automatic and a Mark Williams rearend it is a street-worthy machine that has nearly 4,000 miles on the clock. Killian plans to upgrade the chassis and race it at next year’s event.
Magna Fuel Open Comp and Coan Engineering Stock/Super Stock Combo champion Ricky Pennington had a rough go of it in the final round of qualifying when the Mustang he was driving failed to fire in the staging lanes. Luckily, he and his father Rick were able to pinpoint the issue, as they found that the alternator harness had pulled out of the plug on the alternator, and they were making some quick repairs for eliminations today.
Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle driver Tim Boggs has had his 1967 Chevy II for sale since the end of last season, but he is rethinking selling it now that he was able to purchase a 283ci, NHRA record-holding powerplant that he and a friend used to race with.
We caught up with Xtreme Street racer Billy Copeland as we noticed a new door on his big-block Demon. Yesterday, the passenger door had left the car during a qualifying run, and Copeland had someone bring the car’s original steels door to the track and they bolted it back up, crank window and all. Unfortunately, when the fiberglass door flew off, it dented the rear quarter, so there will be quite a bit of paintwork in the Demon’s future.
Yesterday, we had reported that we had two father-and-son teams competing in Proform Parts Rumble, which is one of several classes in the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series that runs concurrently with NMCA events. As it turns out, we have three pairs. Tim and David Rickey, Dewayne and Nicholas Massengale, and Thomas and Brandon Dabbs. Check out an upcoming issue of Fastest Street Car magazine for a full photo spread and more information about these family-driven teams.
Chris Graff put this simple Fox convertible together last fall after deciding to revive the car that sat in his garage. Now it runs easy 11.60s with the stock 5.0 breathing deeply through a JLT Performance cold air intake. He is competing in the Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle class this weekend at Atlanta Dragway.
Making the trip up from Florida, Angel Gaulden ran three back-to back passes in Chevrolet Performance Street Car Challenge yesterday, which was enough to earn victory in the 13-second class with a 13.13 average. For her troubles she earned a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle in her 2014 Camaro.
Not only does VP Racing Madditives sponsor the NMRA Street Outlaw class and VP Racing Lubricants sponsor the NMCA Xtreme Pro Mod class, but the company is also on hand at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals supplying racers with VP Racing Fuels to feed their machines.
Shane Pearson didn’t win a category in the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout yesterday, but he did manage a 12.58-second average in his 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. The totally stock machine has over 16,000 miles on the odometer, and he drives it to every event he competes in. He sold a couple of other projects to purchase his “dream car,” which is one just three in Indigo Blue with his options of choice. Pearson really enjoys racing with the NMCA because of the camaraderie with his fellow racers.
The two-car NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod team of David Monday and Tom Blincoe have both been testing a lot lately. The tuners – the legendary Pro Mod/Alcohol Funny Car tuner Howard Moon on Monday’s and PTP Racing’s Patrick Barnhill on Blincoe’s – are nitpicking to find a few fractions where they can. The entire David Monday Race Cars crew has been working hard this weekend, with Monday himself overseeing the chassis on the two entries bearing his shop’s name. Monday qualified seventh with Blincoe in eighth, and Monday moved on after the first round of eliminations yesterday while Blincoe did not.
Going in to the final qualifying session, Scott Brown led the NMCA Chevrolet Performance Stock field with his 10.306 at 126.87 mph trip but ultimately slipped into second when the standings were finalized. Brown’s got his old crew chief, Doug Thompson, back with him this weekend and it’s made a world of difference for his ’13 COPO Camaro as has an electrical issue fix by Turn Key Automotive. Brown’s son, Aaron, is also helping out, and the guys are all having a blast getting back to racing after being shut down from Covid-19 for so long.
Detroit Locker Truck & Lightning driver Keith Chobirko is just one of many NMRA racers who is looking for a green light for Vinnie Telesco, who is on the mend after going several rounds with the Coronavirus. Chobirko’s Ford Ranger is a highly capable machine, as is the driver who took the top spot in qualifying with a .002 reaction time.
Cars cruised on the street before the strip for TorqStorm Superchargers True Street, where Mark Scordato earned the overall win with an 9.46 average in his GTO, and Dan Nusbaum nailed the runner-up finish with an 9.92 average. Alex Corella was the 10-second winner, Ben Bramlett was the 11-second winner, Mike Baker was the 12-second winner, Dylan Derby was the 13-second winner, Kay Ward was the 14-second winner and Allen Smith took the 15-second win.
Corky Bumpus led the NMCA Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock qualifying field going nearly dead-on his dial with an 11.001-second ET. He starts eliminations this morning with a bye run advantage and his goal with his Corky’s Muscle Car Performance ’67 Barracuda is to simply “beat all the other guys,” of course, and has an excellent shot at doing so given that his car is as consistent as a clock.
Just 0.003-seconds off his goal of a 9.50 run during yesterday’s qualifying, Doug Duell wrapped things up in the number two spot. He’s got a set of Mickey Thompson drag radials on his “Drag’n Wag’n” Holley-carbureted ’64 Fury this weekend which is a departure from his usual slicks and he’s loving how consistent the new rubber is.
With only about a dozen passes on his freshly-built Jerry Bickel ’68 Camaro, Robert Abbott put in an impressive show during NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod qualifying to earn the number two spot in an incredibly competitive field with his 3.747 at 203.80 mph blast. He’s still in the game going in to the second round of eliminations, and has his Wyo Motorsports blown Hemi engine with Ty-Drive converter drive all tuned up and ready to rock thanks to the man himself, “King Tutt” Todd Tutterow.
The top qualifier in NMRA Exedy Racing Clutches Modular Muscle, Chris Graff’s ’89 Mustang is a fairly basic build that’s been bombproof. After being away from racing for about six years, he bought a stock Gen 2 Coyote engine and grabbed a C4 transmission from his old Renegade ride. With safety updates and chassis work by Cody Barklage at Starting Line Motorsports, Graff debuted the Fox body at Bowling Green last season. Now, Graff also has an ’05 in the works for Mod Muscle use, but in the meantime is focused on not getting in his head during eliminations today.
All the way from the great state of Texas, James Meredith of team Triangle Speed Shop is running his ’73 Capri in NMRA Exedy Racing Clutches Modular Muscle and Gary “Hollywood” Parker is on photobomb duty. Meredith had been dabbling in some no prep racing lately, but computer issues meant a malfunctioning nitrous system so he had mixed results there. Now it’s all sorted out and Meredith is glad to be back at “real racing” with a prepped track, although the giggle juice isn’t in play this weekend.
Though he didn’t win a category on Saturday, Wade Adkinson graduated from the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout to today’s Arrington Performance HEMI Quick 8 presented by Red Line Oil on the merit of his 10.92 average. Today he squared off against another regular in this class, Pete Mansolillo. Atkinson came out on top in the first round battle of Demons cutting a better light, and he is definitely living up to his mission of driving the car the way it is intended to be driven.
We caught up with reigning MagnaFuel Open Comp champion Cameron Bowles and his friend, Carrington Pendley, as they were cruising the pits on their golfcart today. Bowles, who qualified in the eleventh spot with an .021 reaction time, got past the first round of eliminations today with a better reaction time than his opponent and a 9.71 after lifting to avoid breaking-out. Now he’s preparing for the second round of eliminations in his grandfather Don Bowles’ famous Maverick, Little Coal Digger VII. “Dad (Donnie Bowes) and Susan (Roush McClenaghan) aren’t here this weekend, so we’re going to try to do it without them,” said Bowles.
Mark Anderson’s Two-Valve knife must be pretty sharp, as he hung tough in Richmond Gear Factory Stock at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center All-Star Nationals. Apparently those cam and exhaust upgrades and hot sauce tune from his Uncle Rick worked. After qualifying his Laris Motorsports-backed machine in the second spot with a 10.40 at 126, he squared off against Matt Fint in the first round of eliminations. Fint left early, which served up the easy win to Anderson. That set the stage for a clash with number-three qualifier Mike Bowen’s Coyote-powered Maverick in the second round where Anderson lost on a holeshot.
ELIMINATIONS are underway. We’ll post a race wrap after all of the winners have visited the Aerospace Components Winnre’s Circle.
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