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Friday Coverage | 2022 Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsports

Posted By: Event Coverage Team
Friday action here at Rockingham Dragway kicks off with a test and tune session followed by Round 1 of qualifying for the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport. Both the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and the Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will compete at this weekend, and the event will also host the next round of the Radial Tire Racing Association featuring the X275 and Ultra Street, the latter of which is combined with the NMRA Renegade and NMCA Xtreme Street classes and are points races for all of the series and classes.

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Former Holley EFI Factory Super Cars champion Geoff Turk decided he needed to do some NMCA racing, dusted off his BES Racing Engines-powered, Blackbird Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak, and headed to Rockingham. The car last ran at the NHRA event in Las Vegas where it qualified 3rd and went to the semi-finals with Jason Dietsch behind the wheel. Turk went 7.67 in testing at Beech Bend Raceway right before that event, and his confident he can hang with the rest of the Factory Super Cars top contenders this weekend.

A wedding is not something you see every day at the racetrack, but competitors often say that their fellow racers are like family. That is true for Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle racer Pete Blosser and Val Chambers, who were married by Randy Ferrell in an intimate ceremony among the pine trees on the Rockingham Dragway property surrounded by their racing family. After the ceremony, they enjoyed a reception with cupcakes and champagne in Andy Russell’s pit.

Entering his first NMCA this weekend is Scott Krueger of Jordan, Minnesota. Krueger will be piloting his wicked 1958 Corvette in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod with his 2011 Garrett-built chassis, Brad Anderson Enterprises 521 blown Hemi, and Lenco transmission. Krueger has run a best of 3.60 in the Vette, and plans to complete the rest of the 2022 Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car Drag Racing tour.
Mr. Open Comp himself, Larry Geddes used Thursday’s test session to try a few shock adjustments in anticipation of today’s qualifying runs. He also moved to shorter front tires, which was part of the effort to tighten his reaction times. Geddes is taking advantage of the dual event to run in both NMRA ARP Open Comp and NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp classes this weekend. 


When parts delays prevented him from racing at the NMCA season opener in March, Dart NA 10.5 competitor Dwight Ausmus grabbed a budget ticket to Bradenton just to watch and hang out with his racing family. Then Ray and Brad Cox offered to let him qualify their spare car so he could collect the points for the race. Now, his BES Racing Engines-built, Pontiac powerplant is back in action with a new Uratchko Racing Engines cast intake manifold. The upgrade required Ausmus to purchase the largest hood scoop he could find, but he informed us that the next version of the manifold will be a couple of inches shorter to change the engine’s powerband to their liking.

Having competed in the NMCA’s Stock/Super Combo in 2021, Tony Scott has made the jump to Holey EFI Factory Super Cars with his 2020 COPO Camaro. The Greenville, Kentucky, resident hurt his previous engine at the season opener in Bradenton, Florida, but now has a Ray Barton Racing Engines bullet between the fenders. Scott’s COPO has been as quick as 8.09, and are expecting 7s this weekend as they turn it up.
The owner of this Maverick since 1970, John Russell collected multiple NHRA Wallys racing it. Formerly a six-cylinder car, it is now motivated by a  Bischoff-built, 424-cube small-block, a Rottler Powerglide, and a Ford 9-inch. These days he enjoys competing in NMRA ARP Open Comp. Before this race, the car received chassis upgrades courtesy of Pat Kronenbitter, which helped get the front end under control at the hit. It picked up a 10th in elapsed time, and Russell hopes to go rounds with his dialed-in combo this weekend at the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport.

When Rich Nye opened up the 2021 NMCA season with a crash that totaled his beloved Fox-Body Mustang, fellow Dart NA 10.5 racer Leonard Long offered him a loaner ride, but Nye instead opted to focus on finding himself another car to race instead. Now, waiting on engine parts like many racers these days, Nye will be driving Long’s “bracket” car, a Fox-Body Mustang equipped with a small-block Ford engine and G-Force Racing Transmissions GF-2000 gearbox, this weekend. The car has been 8.20s, so Nye should have no problem handling the rental.

Andy Russell runs an unusual combination in Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle. His 2002 Mustang is powered by a BES-built, 305-cube modular engine that inhales air and fuel through an Edelbrock single-plane intake topped by a Holley Pro 950 carburetor. He says he runs the Two-Valve 4.6-liter engine because it is so reliable. Backed by a G-Force manual transmission the car has run as quick as 9.79, but he is chasing a better reaction time so far this weekend. Lots of fellow racers have helped Russell field a competitive race car, but he says he couldn’t make a pass without his crew chief Carolyn Duvelius.

Soon after accomplishing an eighth-place finish in Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock last year, Doug Poskevich began building a new 427 cubic-inch big-block Ford to replace the 390 cubic-inch big-block Ford that had more than 800 passes on it. This marks his first race with the new bullet under the hood of his beautiful 1966 Fairlane, and he’s in the process of dialing it in. “My old engine lasted a long time, but it was starting to show signs of wear,” said Poskevich. “It was hard to start and idling rough, and occasionally, the oil pressure was low.” Poskevich, who used to run the 12.00 index, is anxious to see what his new engine is capable of, and his fans and fellow racers are, too.

Bangin’ Bob Hanlon (pictured) of Hanlon Motorsports fame is back on the property this weekend, and spent Friday morning underneath his son, Andrew Hanlon’s 1990 Ford Mustang LX, along with help from Adam and Becky Moldenhauer and the rest of the BHP Racing crew. Andrew typically runs in NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock but has switched to NMRA Exedy Modular Muscle this weekend instead. During this morning’s first qualifying session, Andrew launched well, gabbed second, and went to third but his G-Force Racing Transmissions G101A wouldn’t go into gear – fortunately, the guys have found that it’s simply an issue with the shifter and got it sorted out in a flash. Other than the little shifting snafu, Andrew’s Gen 2 Coyote engine, Gen 3 intake manifold, JLT intake, Ram clutch, Inland Empire driveshaft, and full UPR Products suspension setup are all working perfectly.

No, there aren’t any donks or lowriders in NMRA G-Force Transmissions Coyote Stock this weekend, but Tim Donathen developed this trick new airbag setup to lift his 1978 Ford Fairmont Wagon. Donathen lowered the unconventional Fox body platform to be able to get the suspension geometry where he needed it, but that tucked the tires up in the fenders and made it tough to change or rotate them easily – especially when he used the rear end as his jack point. Now, he’s got these two airbags set up to lift his retro wagon quickly, easily, and evenly to making changing tires a breeze.

When Scott Williams let go of the transbrake button during the first NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp test pass on Friday morning, his 1965 Chevy Malibu SS “did something funky” and the driver knew a part had broken. “That’s why they call it drag racing… sometimes it’s a drag.” Fortunately, it was just a link on the antiroll bar that snapped and Chad Neuenschwander (pictured) was able to grind off the power coating and get it welded back up as good as new. Williams runs a naturally aspirated 588 ci engine with a Holley Dominator system and is glad he’s still in the game for the rest of the coming weekend.

The one and only Mr. John Sears, legendary rule maker and the mastermind behind the rampant success of the X275 small tire radial category, is on the property working with the NMRA and NMCA tech department to ensure all cars and combinations are legal – including the special Mickey Thompson Tires X275 eliminator category.

Jacob Lamb says that G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock might be boring to write about, but it is always fun to watch. After chasing an issue for two years, he believes he has solved the problem with a fresh Clutch Tamer that he installed here. Otherwise, his four-eye Fox Mustang sat in the trailer since the season opener. With the change, he is confident that the car could run its best elapsed time this weekend.
Back for another running of the SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race class this weekend, Terry "Beefcake" Reeves was chasing an issue with his turbocharged S550’s powertrain control module that caused it to lose power during a run. Reeves found a loose fuse which he hoped was the issue. After running with radials in testing, he decided that swapping to the slicks was the move for this weekend.
The season opener wasn’t kind to Aaron Worstell’s G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock ride. There he took out his clutch and transmission, but between the races, he was able to rebuild the trans, make the move to a new Ace Racing Clutch, and fix his brakes. Worstell arrived at Rockingham Dragway late on Thursday, so there was no time for testing the new combo, so Aaron was dialing in the settings for his Clutch Tamer in preparation for today’s qualifying action at the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport.

Piloting a 1989 Mustang with a long history, Bill Worstell plans to compete in every NMRA SCT Ford Muscle race this season. The car is motivated by a tried-and-true 351 Windsor engine that is backed by a C6 automatic transmission, the car runs consistent 11.75ish elapsed time, and Worstell is just hoping that he can uphold his part of the bargain behind the wheel. 
Piloting one of the longest-running cars in the NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock class, Tim Matherly says that 90 percent of what makes these sealed-crate-engine racers tick is in the clutch setup. There are minor suspension tweaks, gear-ratio changes for weather, and such, but he says it is easy to overthink these cars, but it is challenging to replicate the hook of an NMRA track in testing, so a lot of testing takes place at the events. 

Amy Faulk has been holding her own behind the wheel of a race car for a long time, as she started racing in NHRA Super Stock and Stock in the 1970s and captured a Super Stock championship in 1979. These days, she’s showing her strength in NMCA Fastest Street Car Super Stock.The Tennessean, whose Firebird has a new LS engine and new converter, set the pace in qualifying with a 9.46 on a 10.75 dial and went several rounds at the NMCA season opener last month, and she hopes to run consistently between 9.35 and 9.40, and win, at the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport this weekend at Rockingham Dragway. “As long as the car is leaving the line consistently, we won’t do too much to the tune between qualifying and eliminations,” said Faulk, whose husband, Kenny Faulk, is her crew chief. “It would be nice to win this weekend, and earn a championship in NMCA Super Stock at some point, but I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself. I'm enjoying myself."

In NMRA JDM Engineering Limited Street trim, Stacey Roby has been working to dial in his ProCharger supercharged 2014 Ford Mustang but hasn’t been able to obtain the right torque converter (due to Covid-19 parts delays) to get the RGR-built engine where it needs to be. After the season opener in Florida, Roby had the engine refreshed but when the wrong piston rings arrived (in in the right part number boxes, however) he had to wait even longer. Roby picked up the engine on Tuesday before this week’s race, got home at 3:30am, put it into his car on Wednesday, and had the whole combination off the dyno and loaded into his trailer by 1:15am. Roby drove all day Thursday to get to Rockingham Dragway in time for testing – hopefully his determination pays off as he’s going with a “run whatcha brung” style this weekend in lieu of the delayed converters.

While Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle racer Jeff Toepper missed the NMCA season opener last month in Florida, he’s in action at the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport this weekend at Rockingham Dragway. His said his off-season work was minimal, and his C and M Engineering-built 383 cubic-inch engine and Powerglide have been working well in his 1969 Camaro for some time now. Toepper, who trapped an 11.62 and 11.82 in testing this weekend, went on to clock an 11.74 on an 11.75 to qualify in the eleventh spot in the first round of qualifying today. He'll aim to run right on an 11.75 in the next round of qualifying. “I’m dialing in the car with weight and with a restrictor plate, which helps get me where I need to be,” said Toepper.

When he’s not running his HEMITuner Performance business, or tuning the Don Schumacher Racing Dodge//Mopar Challenger Drag Paks, Long Island, New York’s AJ Berge gets behind the wheel of his own 2021 Drag Pak. This weekend is his second race with the new machine and his first time competing at an NMCA event. He’s going after the $10k that Mopar is offering to Drag Pak winners at NMCA and NHRA events this year, and has already been 7.839 at nearly 182 in his Challenger.

Joe Oplawski of Hyperaktive Performance Solutions is helping Craig Sullivan get the Darren Mayer Performance Engineering-blown HEMI in Sullivan’s El Mero Mero Mercury to keep putting the power down and deliver winning performances. Currently, Sullivan is qualified third with a 3.788, right behind Robert Abbott with a 3.724 and Derek Ward with a 3.673.

Part of this weekend’s event is the RTRA’s X275 points race, and Eric and Mark Moore from Sanger, Texas, made the trek as they currently sit number one in points and hope to maintain their lead. The family’s Fox-Body Mustang is a 1992 model that packs a 400ci Disomma Racing Engines-built small-block Ford and Precision turbocharger. They finished runner up at the first race of the year in South Georgia, won the second in Dallas, and will no doubt be tweaking on the FuelTech FT600 EFI system to hopefully improve on their best ET of 4.18.
Bryce Rohrs of Hicksville, Ohio, is competing in Stock Eliminator, as well as the Dodge//Mopar HEMI Shootout. Rohrs, who’s normally busy managing his 1,200-acre farm, worked out a deal with Factory Super Cars racer Tony Scott to acquire his 2019 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro. He’s brought in Doug Thompson to help tune the Camaro and hit Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing school just before his first event with the car at the NMCA season opener in Florida. Rohrs won the 11-second class in the HEMI Shootout in Bradenton with his 2020 Hellcat Redeye, and the two blue cars are part of a larger blue car collection that also includes a GT500 Shelby, C8 Corvette, and 2015 ZO6 Corvette.

Taking part in his first NMCA race is Ronny Rhodes, son of legendary X275 racer Ron Rhodes and part of the Rhodes Custom Auto chassis shop. As Camaros run in the family, the Rhodes built this 1968 Camaro that Ron formerly campaigned in NMCA NA 10.5, and turned it into a BES Racing/SpeedTech Nitrous-powered Ultra Street competitor. This weekend, the NMRA’s Renegade, NMCA’s Xtreme Street, and RTRA’s Ultra Street are all combined and will receive points in all series. Rony has help from his sponsors, Motion Raceworks, Optic Armor, Merillat Racing, RS Tech, Santhuff’s, TNT Performance, and TRZ Motorsports, as well as family help from Sam Garrano and their daughter, Ryleigh Rhodes.

Ron Rhodes last NMCA appearance at Martin, Michigan, in 2021 resulted in number-one qualifying honors and a runner up finish to Rob Goss. Today, we caught up with him as he was making changes to his Camaro and adapt to the track conditions. He and his son’s cars both rely on Calvert Racing components to make their leaf-spring suspensions work in such high-horsepower applications.

Lee Hartman has been racing his 2019 COPO Camaro in NMCA competition, but he really wanted to get into a Dodge//Mopar Challenger Drag Pak and was finally able to get his hands on one. This 2021 model is number 10 of 50 built, and Hartman is looking for 7-second ETs as well as getting his hands on the $10k in Dodge prize money that is up for grabs should he win the Holley EFI Factory Super Cars class this weekend.

Rodney Massengale and his son Camren haven’t raced their Mustang since last October, but they are back running the NMCA for 2022. The big-block Chevy/Nitrous oxide-powered pony car has served them well, but Rodney is excited to get back to racing his C5 Corvette and he has a BES Racing Engines big-block Chevy going in it that has been in development for quite some time. 

If you have a soft spot for Fox Mustangs the way we do, Luis Mellado Jr.’s Lujan Motorsports-backed 1991 Mustang GT checks all the boxes. A legit street machine that is just a compressor short of having working AC, this machine is powered by a super-clean Coyote Aluminator swap boosted by a Precision turbocharger and controlled by a Holley EFI system. It puts down more than 1,000 horsepower through a Rossler Turbo 400 transmission and a full UPR suspension. It has run a best ET of 8.26, but he has it detuned to run the number in the SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race class.
With his move into a new position as Vice President of Supply Chain at NGK Spark Plugs, Clair Stewart will have too much on his plate to complete the racing season behind the wheel of his G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock racer. He turned to Ed Bennett III, who has served as his crew chief and even driven this car in his stead on other occasions. A stick-shift racer since he was 16 years old, Bennett is committed to piloting the Stifflers-backed Fox Mustang for the remainder of the season. He even hopes to construct a Dart NA 10.5 machine for NMCA competition, so you might just see him racing in both series. 

While Billy Plage has been competing in NHRA Stock, he’s making his NMCA debut and diving into Fastest Street Car Stock at the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport this weekend at Rockingham Dragway. Plage, who lives in Sophia, North Carolina, hadn’t had a pass yet when we talked with him and his wife and crew chief, Carole Plage, but he hopes to run 10.70 with the 350 cubic-inch engine under the hood of his Camaro.

Co-owner of TorqStorm Superchargers, Scott Oshinski has his beautiful 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass out to run in NMCA TorqStorm Superchargers True Street this weekend and is sporting a big new upgrade under the hood for 2022. The Steve Morris Engines-built and Dart-headed 565 ci Chevy engine itself is a step up from Oshinski’s former 540 ci bullet, but the real gem is the TorqStorm twin supercharger system that enabled the combination to produce 1,901-horsepower on the engine dyno. The power was a bit too much for the track to hold yesterday and Oshinski spun during testing, so he’s detuned the Cutlass down to about 1,400-horsepower instead. Additionally, a new set of AFCO front shocks (purchased through UMI Performance, along with UMI control arms) have helped Oshinski solve last year’s wheelie issues.

After blowing up a blower and still averaging 9.685-seconds in NMRA TorqStorm Superchargers at the season opener in Florida with his 2020 Ford Shelby GT500, Gary Muder is back on the property in North Carolina at Rockingham Dragway looking to improve. His former Track Pack car was cut up and converted to a drag car by Coastal Dyno, with changes including a ton of bolt-ons, ported supercharger, lots of cooling mods such as an upgraded heat exchanger that feeds to an ice tank in the trunk, parachute, and more. Muder ran 9.6-seconds at 154 mph on Friday in testing but has put down a personal best of 9.1-seconds in the past and has even more upgrades planned for the near future including a Whipple supercharger and MoTeC engine management system to help overcome the Ford DCT transmission tuning limitations.

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