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Thursday Coverage | Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented By TorqStorm

Posted By: Event Coverage Team

This weekend, both series return to US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, for the 2nd Annual Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented by TorqStorm Superchargers. In addition to the championship heads-up and index drag racing, this event features several special events that up the high-performance ante for fans and participants alike.


Tom Bailey is bringing out his Sick the Mag Drag & Drive Invitational wherein Drag Week-style cars compete heads-up on the racetrack. Additionally, an RTRA series heads-up X275 points race will run within the event, and not one, but two Factory Appearing Stock Tire classes showcase period-correct muscle machines on stock tires.


It all kicks off today with a full slate of test and tune passes across all the categories. And, as the on-track action winds down, the racers, family, crew, sponsors, media, and vendors gather for the Weldon Pump Racer Appreciation Happy Hour from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to enjoy chilled beverages, music, and snacks.


Stay tuned to this page and our social channels for coverage from US 131 Motorsports Park.

Here’s a look at how the action will unfold at the 2nd Annual Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented by TorqStorm today.


After a long break from racing since April, Kieffer Simpson is shaking off the rust in VP Racing Madditives Renegade this weekend at US 131 Motorsports Park. He s running the same setup in his Harts Turbo-boosted, Coyote-powered Mustang as its last couple of outings, so he was working maintenance in advance of today’s test hits, but he hopes to run well on the first anniversary of racing his S197 stallion.

After debuting his G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock ride at the last event, Jason Dietsch is on the property with that car and his Holley EFI Factory Super Cars Cobra Jet. He is still learning the ins and outs of racing in the stick-shift Coyote Stock ranks, but he is really enjoying the change of pace. He says driving this car is much busier and you have to really bang the gears to get down the track. Since the last event, he switched to a hinged hood, an electric water pump, an aluminum fuel tank, and a lower fuel pump mounting. More upgrades to the brakes and rearend are in the works after the event, but he still hopes to improve his standings in the class this weekend with the current setup.

Keith Rhea (left) is on the property this weekend competing in Mickey Thompson X275 with support from Bill Devine of Bullseye Power Turbochargers. Naturally, Rhea is running one of the company’s class-legal NLX turbos boosting a Trinity 5.4-liter Ford Modular built at his shop. Devine said that Rhea is a motivated, skilled, one-man operation that is focused on success. With only about 40 passes on this car, Rhea believes the combo is in a good place to succeed.

Jason Dietsch isn’t the only member of the family racing this weekend at the 2nd Annual Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented By TorqStorm. After winning in TorqStorm Superchargers True Street last season, his son Taylor quickly jumped up to running in ARP Open Comp with a Cobra Jet that his dad once used as a backup car in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars. Before the Bradenton race, Taylor attended the Frank Hawley school to tune up his skills before piloting the much faster machine. He went to the semifinals in Rockingham and has his sights set on an even better finish this weekend.

VP Racing Fuels is on the property at the 2nd Annual Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented By TorqStorm Superchargers to ensure racers have plenty of high-octane go juice to get through the weekend’s competition. 

Having not raced since the St. Louis event, Amanda Saad rolled her Ranger up to the starting line and promptly ripped off a .000 light. That skill should serve this racer well as her 1983 Ranger rolls into Detroit Locker Truck & Lightning qualifying. She did have to do a bit of trackside improvising as her truck’s valve cover breathers wanted to weep some oil, so socks and zip-ties became the simple solution for the truck that picked up where it left off.

Not content with outstanding performance in JDM Engineering Limited Street, Samantha Moore worked nonstop on her Mustang since the Norwalk race in preparation for the 2nd Annual Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented By TorqStorm Superchargers this weekend. With a freshened transmission and rearend, she added a new torque converter, courtesy of Jason Coan at Coan Engineering, designed to maximize her combination. Meanwhile, a fresh selection of Griptec pulleys ensures slip-free boost. She says her engine is due for a refresh before Bowling Green, but until then she hopes to tune her P-1X-boosted combo to the win this weekend because "good is never good enough." 
SEMA Chairman of the Board and Power Automedia CEO, James Lawrence, is on the property at US 131 Motorsports Park competing in Mickey Thompson X275 with his updated Evil race car. Recently revamped by Skinny Kid Race Cars, the Fox Mustang now features a double-frame-rail chassis, new Zoomie headers, a new rearend, and new brakes. He is still working through the new-car blues on the revised combination, but he hopes to make some clean hits this weekend in the ProCharged machine.

Racers, family, crew, sponsors, media, and vendors closed out Thursday’s festivities at the Weldon Pump Racer Appreciation Happy Hour with ice-cold beverages, music, snacks, and camaraderie.

Haley James' car was running well, so there was no need for upgrades before the race. However, the Haley James Racing team discovered a wounded transmission before the race. That necessitated an emergency trip to RPM Transmissions, where Rodney Massengale quickly made repairs. The HJR team reinstalled the trans and was spooled up and ready for the first round of VP Racing Madditives Renegade today. Fortunately, James isn’t running blind, as her father and crew chief, Dwayne James read the trends from Kieffer Simpson’s HJR S197 to flash in a tuneup that should get the Harts Turbo-boosted New Edge in the hunt. 
Joel Greathouse says it will be a feat to simply qualify in the top 10 this weekend in VP Racing Fuels Madditives Renegade, which attracted a pack of fast cars this weekend at the 2nd Annual Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented By TorqStorm Superchargers. That said, he hasn’t made any changes to his proven combo for this weekend, other than cleaning and maintenance. 
After adding more suspension adjustment capability to his Fox Mustang along with more power courtesy of a ProCharger F-1A-91, Bob Cook says it is a whole new animal. To that end, he is working to share data and video with Martin Connelly who is providing tuning advice. With Connelly pointing them in the right direction, Cook is hoping to put his four-digit power down to the track and go rounds this weekend without too many wheelstands n VP Racing Madditives Renegade. 
The mood was dark in Rick Baum’s pit, as an inspection of the oil filter revealed significant metal in his freshly built engine’s oil. Before hurting his transmission in Norwalk, he has run 8.30s, which was his best run to date. The oil check made it look like his run in TorqStorm Superchargers True Street might be over. 
With a surprisingly calm demeanor, Travis Burkett had drama before the event and on the first day. He stayed up until 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday tearing down the engine and inspecting it after finding some metal in the oil. It all checked out fine in his Mike Curcio-built engine, and Rick Riccardi helped him set the valves at the track. He also repaired a throttle cable that busted in Norwalk, and survive a storm that blew his canopy into his car and trailer. He says the car typically makes manageable power and he the car has a good chance of going faster if he can put the power to the track n VP Racing Madditives Renegade.

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