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Sunday Coverage Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing Presented by HPJ Performance

Despite repeated rainfall on Saturday, drivers were relentless as they rocketed down track during abbreviated qualifying sessions at the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. There's a lot at stake for those who are able to cut through the competition, as the Aerospace Components Winner's Circle, Super Bowl runoff between NMCA and NMRA winners and Nitto Diamond Tree rings await. Qualifying was off the charts on the well-prepped World Wide Technology Raceway track surface yesterday, with some racers recording personal bests.  To check out final qualifying results, click NMRA or NMCA Very carefully and cleverly designed, the Nitto Diamond Tree Rings have served as inspiration to many racers competing in the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance through the years, and seeing the rings on the fingers of the runoff winners in the weeks, months and years that follow the event is always meaningful. We're currently on track under blue skies. Heres how todays action is playing out. While ARP Nitrous Pro Street driver Tony Gillig has been focused on his familys restaurant business and hadnt been able to race, hes back in action this weekend, and his Cutlass is poised to be even more potent than it had been. Gaby Labiosa of EIC Motorsports recently went through his naturally aspirated 622 cubic-inch Chevy engine on a Dart block, increased the displacement to 628 cubic-inches, massaged its MBE 9-degree heads and topped them with a new Wilson intake manifold and two Braswell carburetors finessed by Dale Cubic of CFM Carburetors. In the first round of qualifying, Gillig touched the rev limiter on the one-two shift and as a result, revved the engine to 9,200 rpm and kicked a pushrod, but he went on to lead qualifying with a 4.38 and is preparing for today's first round of eliminations. There's even more power under this hood, said Gillig. Im pleased about that. Keith Egan has been driving his wife, Amanda Egans beautiful 1970 Buick GS455 in Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle for many years, and shes fine with it, because she gets to see the stock-appearing and clean classic cruise down track. Egan, who entered the categorys 12.00 index this weekend at the Nitto Tire USA NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance at World Wide Technology Raceway, ran a bit over and then a bit under that in qualifying, and had made some adjustments to his car's weight to help him get to where he needed be for the first round of eliminations, but unfortunately, he turned on the red light. Kyle Salminen has been crushing it this year in his father Matt Salminens Camaro packing a 632 cubic-inch Chevy engine by Nelson Competition, two Quick Fuel Technology carburetors, a nitrous system by Induction Solutions and a Turbo 400 by M&M Transmission. He came to this event with the same tune-up he had for the NMCA/NMRA event at Atlanta Dragway last month, and while he had a bit of trouble in ARP Nitrous Pro Street qualifying as the car has been hooking but then spinning at the hit, he's confident that he and his crew can make some changes to the tune-up to help him get down track when eliminations roll around. Things got wild in QA1/TorqStorm Superchargers competition on Saturday as Joe Laramie in his 1977 Ford Pinto went to the bumper on his first run. In QA1/TorqStorm Superchargers True Street, which was contested on Saturday, Randy Thomas took the overall win with an 8.74 average and Mike Niehaus took the runner-up finish with an 8.87 average. Daniel Rosner was the 9-second winner, Scott Oshinski was the 10-second winner, Cody Poston was the 11-second winner, Bryan Newburn was the 12-second winner, Paul Lewis was the 13-second winner and Edwin Schoenfeld was the 14-second winner. Rodney Ward wrapped up the 15-second win. Dodge / Mopar HEMI Shootout drivers were also in race mode on Saturday, and Wade Atchison was the overall winner with a 10.21 average, while James Kiddy was the runner-up with a 10.28 average. John Ridings took the 11-second win and Charlie Hallum took the 12-second win, while Alan Scanlan was the 13-second winner, Ken Mason was the 14-second winner and Champ Wert who was the 15-second winner. Waynesboro, PA's Nathan Stymiest and his son Lucas are ready for round one of G-Force Transmissions Coyote Stock. Stymiest took top qualifying honors with a 10.114 over Drew Lyons who clicked off a nearly identical 10.117 last night. In the Chevrolet Performance Street Car Challenge on Saturday, Terry Faust took the overall win with an 8.99 average, while Don Dixon was the runner-up with a 9.55 average. Other winners included Norm Jensen in the 10-second category, Kevin Rowand in the 11-second category, Greg Carlos in the 12-second category and James Walter in the 14-second category. Alyssa Pett picked up the win in the 15-second category. The EATON TVS Supercharger Throwdown, in competition on Saturday, was open to all TVS-supercharged street cars, Jason Wagoner was the winner with a 9.08 average, while Chad Walter was the runner-up with a 10.06 average. Oscar Morin earned the 10-second win and Kevin McKenna earned the 11-second win. A Quick 4 Shootout is on tap for today. PTP Racing's Patrick Barnhill is putting in the "safe" tuneup in Kent Nine's Haltech ECU for the first round of JDM Engineering Limited Street. Nine's ProCharged Roush Mustang posted an 8.87 in qualifying to take the 6th spot, and they'll face Mike Lewandowski's Fox-Body Mustang in round one. Racers always have bench racing stories about how they got started in the sport, so it was no surprise to see a  number of NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Car team members checking out the True Street contestants as they made their three runs for the class. Final qualifying for JDM Engineering Limited Street was pretty wild, with the top 6 cars in the class separated by a mere tenth of a second. Showing big speed was points leader Bill Putnam, who won the first two events of the season and posted a 159.51 mph trap speed behind his 8.581 leaped time. Taking the top spot, however, was Samantha Moore and her 2014 Mustang GTCS, which posted an 8.574. Bill Trovato has been around Edelbrock Performance Xtreme Street long enough to know how to be competitive in the category, and when we talked with him, and his carburetor expert, Dale Cubic of CFM, before qualifying yesterday, Trovato said he has enough power to lead qualifying, and that he just needed to be able to put it down. He did just that with a 4.69 in his Camaro powered by a 440 cubic-inch LS engine on a cast aluminum Dart block which he built at his shop, BTR Performance, and topped with Chevrolet Performance LSX-LS7 heads, a Mast Motorsports intake massaged by EIC Motorsports and a CFM carburetor before enhancing with an Edelbrock nitrous system. The New York-based driver, whose crew includes John Costello and David Mitchell, is now preparing for eliminations, as are fellow racers Joel Greathouse, Tim Knieriem and a host of other drivers who were hot on his heels in qualifying. Chad Walter of Jacksonville, Missouri, took home the runner up spot in the Saturday portion of the Eaton TVS Supercharger Throwdown and he's going into the finals with his 2016 Camaro SS. Walter has his girlfriend, Amanda, and niece and nephew Emmory and Bentley cheering him on for Sunday's Heads-up portion of the Throwdown. The third-member under VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod driver Adam Flamholcs Corvette let go in the second round of eliminations when he was competing against Craig Sullivan, but Flamholc still pulled off the win. Back in the pit area, Flamholcs crew finished the swap just in time for the call to the lanes moments ago, and he's preparing to line up against Eric Gustafson. For eliminations results, click on each series: NMRA NMCA

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