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TorqStorm Superchargers True Street racers spent time on the NASCAR oval next to World Wide Technology Raceway, before making three back-to-back passes down the drag strip. Randy Thomas was the overall winner with an 8.72 average in his Shelby GT500, and Daniel Rosner was the runner-up with an 8.97 runner-up in his Mustang GT. Also successful were Matt Caldwell, 9-second winner in his Mustang, Jason Wagoner, 10-second winner in his Mustang GT, Keith Lankheet, 11-second winner in his Challenger, Danny Tellman, 12-second winner in his Chevelle, Rodney Ward, 13-second winner in his Mustang GT, Paul Rosner, 14-second winner in his F150 and Mike Baker, 15-second winner in his Mustang GT.
If you are worried about the future of our hobby, this story should help put your mind at ease. Abby Kluesner from Solon, Iowa is here at the SuperBowl racing her dad Paul’s 1987 Mustang GT in True Street. Abby has been racing it for roughly 3 years now, and she’s only 17. Paul won a refrigerator through his work, but he already had a fully-operational fridge so he sold it and bought the GT. It has just 53,000 miles on it, and is mostly stock, save for 3.73 gears and a Pypes Performance exhaust. Abby was consistently in the high-14s, averaging a 14.896 over her three True Street passes.
Drag racing is a tradition in the Ciborowski family. Kyle Ciborowski raced this 1994 Cobra in TorqStorm True Street, and before you cry foul about the color. It is a true 1994 Cobra, but its painted Bright Atlantic blue by Hughes Auto Body, accented by export side mirrors and taillights. The engine is a 306 built by Mike Ciborowski using a Steeda Autosports #19 cam, AFR 165 heads and a Cobra intake. The big boost in horsepower comes from a Vortech S-Trim supercharger augmented by a Wagon Wheel Performance fuel system, while an STL Mustangs AOD-E resides in the tunnel. Kyle says the car has been together for many years, and even though it will run 10.90s in good air, in the torture test that is True Street it was in the low-11s.
There aren’t many racers who compete using a car they bought off the showroom floor, but GForce Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock racer Greg Creamer is one who can claim that distinction. The Floyds Knob, Indiana racer bought this 1989 Mustang LX brand new, and spent many days and nights, mostly nights after a few adult beverages, doing donuts in random parking lots. The LX has been a dedicated race car since the late ‘90s. Tin Soldier performed much of the chassis work on the car, installing a UPR front suspension and a Team Z Motorsports rear suspension with Strange Engineering double adjustable shocks and struts at each corner. Creamer uses a Ford Performance sealed Gen3 Coyote engine with a Ram clutch, a GForce G101A transmission and a 9-inch rear end. Creamer’s LX could be the cleanest car on the property, and equates that to being, as he puts it, “OCD as hell.” During Saturday night’s first round of Coyote Stock eliminations, Creamer was able to get past Ed Bennett with a 9.97 at 134.93 mph. Creamer has Shiftin’ Shane Stymiest in second round this morning.
Part of the 16th annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout is the Brian Tooley Racing LS/LT Xtreme Street Shootout, which pits the quickest LS- and LT-powered NMCA Xtreme Street machines on the property against each other is a heads-up battle. Bill Trovato started off the 2022 NMCA season with a win in Bradenton, Florida, and he can add another win this year as Trovato defeated Tom Hammonds in the final round of the LS/LT Xtreme Street Shootout, running 4.634 to Hammonds’ 4.764.
Centertown, Missouri’s Danny Tellman isn’t afraid to drive his 1970 Chevelle SS, thanks to a pump gas 496, a Steinmetz Automotive 700R4 with a PTC converter and a 12-bolt rear end. Competing in Torqstorm Superchargers True Street, Tellman ran an 11.997, 12.045 and an 11.995 to win the 12-second class with a 12.012 average. Tellman says the car weighs 3,925 pounds with him in it, but it still gets 15 mpg. He’s driven it to Key West more than once, and since building it in 2010, he has put 60,000 miles on the car. Tellman is competing in the Sunday bracket program here at the Super Bowl.
This year marks the 17th annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, and while the combined event and classes that make up the event are exciting enough, the winners all receive the cherished Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring.
The Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout, a popular part of NMCA races across the country, saw a great assortment of Gen III HEMI-powered cars. Joshua Schwartz earned the overall win with an 8.97 average in his Hellcat, backing up his win from the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport last month at Rockingham Dragway. Also standing out were Bruce Phillips, the 10-second winner in his Charger, Bryce Rohrs, the 11-second winner in his Challenger, Robert Skalecki, the 12-second winner in his Scat Pack, Nicole Ratliff, the 14-second winner in her Charger and Shane Niebaur, the 15-second winner in his Ram 1500.
After a sensational second-place finish in Coan Stock/Super Stock Combo last year, Pete Ricart, a racer who puts his heart and soul into his racing program, is taking on Fastest Street Car Stock Eliminator. The Ohioan has been on a roll, and he led qualifying with a 7.86 on a 9.70 at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. Unfortunately, his high-horsepower Mustang Cobra Jet went into a wild wheelie at the hit in the first round of eliminations, forcing Ricart to pedal to settle its chassis while his competition got around him for the win. To know Ricart is to know that he will give it everything he has to pick up where he left off at the next event.
John Cole started out with a 2004 Cobra roller, to which he added a Terminator engine that was originally destined for his Fox Mustang. He paired that engine with a Mach 1 ECU to run a 4R75 transmission. The car was originally put together for his wife, and she can drive stick, but she preferred an automatic so that is what Cole put in the car. He used a Maximum Motorsports K-member with UPR control arms up front, and Maximum lower control arms out back with Menscer shocks. Using Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial Pro 275/60R15s, on 12 pounds of boost, Cole averaged a 12.397 for his three passes in TorqStorm Superchargers. Cole runs The RC Shack Hobby Shop in his hometown of Decatur, Illinois, specializing in remote control cars and trucks, and the parts that make them go.
Taking a stroll through the UPR Products car show area, we ran into Ryan Johnston and his 1993 Cobra. We’re not sure if he left any stone unturned on the car, but even as modified as the car is, he has saved all the original parts in case he ever goes back to stock. To make it into the stunner it is, Johnston added a D.S.S. Level 20 block, assembling the 331 stroker engine himself, adding a Paxton Novi 2000 supercharger in the process. Behind the stroker is a Tremec TKO 600 transmission and an 8.8 rear with Moser axles and Ford Performance 3.55 gears. The build all started when Johnston removed the stock engine to take care of a few leaks. One thing lead to another, and here he is. Johnston has owned the car roughly 10 years, and the paint is original, save for the hood. Once he gets on the dyno, he’ll be looking to make 600-650 horsepower at the wheels.
After 24 rounds of racing, multi-time Dart NA 10.5 champion Leonard Long finally lost, to himself. The G-Force Racing Transmissions proprietor lined up against Tony Petrovski in a matchup mirroring the final round from last month’s All-Star Nationals in Rockingham, and at the hit, found himself -.036 red against Petrovski. Long held a commanding 400-plus-point lead going into this event and we won’t be surprised if the champ rebounds at the next event in Martin, Michigan, July 21-24.
Running Stock Eliminator, Jim Hanlon says he has the oldest, and slowest, car in competition. Hanlon’s 1965 Nova has a 327 with a Metric 200 three-speed automatic and a 10-bolt rear end with 4.88 gears. Hanlon is from Alton, Illinois, which is roughly 20 miles from World Wide Technology Raceway, and says he was here when the track opened in 1967. When talking about his Nova, Hanlon says, “It’s a fun old car, and I’m old, so it fits me.” How old is Hanlon? He’s a spry 80 years old, and we’re sure we speak for everyone in saying we hope to still be racing at his age. Hanlon made it to the semi-final round in Stock Eliminator, but then he turned on the red light to end his weekend.