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Thursday Coverage | Whipple Superchargers NMRA World Finals Featuring The Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival

Every test hit and every elimination round of the Holley NMRA World Finals season led up to this weekend. Championships and spots in the coveted Top 10 points standings are on the line as the 24th Annual Whipple Superchargers NMRA World Finals Presented By Competition Clutch Featuring The Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival rumbles into Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this weekend. 
 
Today racers in the heads-up, index, and specialty classes — including the SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race, Capri Swarm, and Mickey Thompson Grudge Test ’N Tune — will make test hits today to dial in their combinations for tomorrow’s qualifying runs. As the weekend roars on, Holley will ramp up the action on the circle track with autocross, burnouts, drifting, and on the Off-Road Experience.

Stay tuned to this page and our social channels for updates on today’s action.

Here is the schedule for today’s action at the 24th Annual Whipple Superchargers NMRA World Finals Presented By Competition Clutch Featuring The Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival.


Taking advantage of a recent 9-inch rearend swap, Austin Shipp’s G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock ride was receiving a rear gear swap to change up the ratio to adjust for the great air in Bowling Green this weekend end. While 9-inch rears have a much wider range of available ratios, they are traditionally a bit heavier than their 8.8-inch counterparts. Shipp’s was upgraded with lighter stronger aftermarket bits, so it weighed in lighter than the outgoing rear. That gives him more adjustment flexibility with the car’s weight. He hopes to run well enough this weekend to cement a place in the season’s Top 10 points standings.

After competing with the NMCA last weekend and dodging a hurricane back home, Becki and Joe Cram have been busy. The duo accomplished their goal of having Becki finish in the Top 5 in both NMRA and NMCA series. This weekend Joe set the goal of running at least a 4.59999 in NMRA VP Racing Madditives Renegade, but he is still searching for just the right tweaks to make it happen. He has a smaller supercharger pulley on the way from Whipple and applied some shock tuning advice from Yancey Rodriguez of Vicious Performance. Yesterday he enlisted Steve Matukas of Matukas Motorsports to weld in some travel limiters to keep the front end down when Becki drops the hammer. 

Rolling into Bowling Green Samantha Moore hadn’t changed much about her JDM Engineering Limited Street Mustang. She did freshen up her TurboStart battery, Griptec blower pulley, and Brisk spark plugs, but the big change was in the transmission. After running a traditional steel torque converter, she just stepped up to a billet, bolt-together unit from Coan Engineering. It did the trick as she ripped off a 7.98 at 173 mph pass on a test hit today, which is unofficially the first 7-second run in the class.
 


G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock regular Kevin McMullen has his sights set on the future. Not only does he hope to run well this weekend, but he recently announced that his Gen 3 Coyote and Control Pack were for sale, which came as a surprise to followers of the sealed-engine class. He says that depending on how the Coyote Stock rules play out in the off-season he is eyeing a jump to a faster class like SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race, and he even has an MPR Coyote engine and a clutchless five-speed at the ready to swap into his SN-95 stallion.

With a strong season in both NMRA and NMCA competitions, Joel Greathouse is finishing out the season at his home track. After freshening his engine before the NMCA finals in Indianapolis last week, he was focused on minor freshening and tuning to start the weekend. He wants to run a steady race this weekend as he knows the competition is stiff in VP Racing Madditives Renegade and the cool air means fast cars on the track. His will certainly be one of them as the consistent driver ripped off a 4.48 in testing.

Terry "Beefcake" Reeves is on the property with his turbocharged S550, but as he and Brian Campbell of Finish Line Performance popped the hood to hook up the battery charger they noticed cracked turbo tubing at the wastegate mounts. As such, Brian pulled the turbo and piping and they enlisted Cameron Bowles to weld up the tubing so they can get the car tested and ready for action in the SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race class. 

Coming off another successful installment of his Factory Hot Rod Nationals event, G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock racer Jacob Lamb discovered a broken ring and pinion as he drove through the pits at Beech Bend Raceway Park, so his team set out to swap gears for more than just a ratio change.

Since Joel Greathouse is in a comfortable spot in the championship points chase, John Kolivas came out to support his best customer and run his teal Fox at the 24th Annual Whipple Superchargers NMRA World Finals Presented By Competition Clutch Featuring The Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival. That doesn’t mean he is going to lay over for Greathouse in VP Racing Madditives Renegade, however. Expect the best effort from his nitrous-injected machine, but he says his team could use a bit of good luck this weekend, as they have run well but not always finished races on the winning end this year. 
Jesse Lamb is making his maiden voyage down the race track this weekend at the 24th Annual Whipple Superchargers NMRA World Finals Presented By Competition Clutch Featuring The Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival. He is racing an ex-police Ford Taurus in the TorqStorm Superchargers True Street class. While this will be his first official racing competition, he is intimately familiar with drag racing thanks to the influence of his father, G-Force Racing Transmission Coyote Stock stalwart Jacob Lamb. 


G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock racer Aaron Worstell has equipped his Mustang with numerous Team Z Motorsports components like the company’s K-Member and controls arms. After further discussions with the company, he put together a sponsorship program with Team Z Motorsports to promote the company in NMRA competition.
 

Coming off of his first NMCA win at the World Finals last week, Terry Wilson is hoping to do well once again, though he knows the competition in Renegade is tough. Wilson made his 1995 Mustang into a race car with just a few hundred miles on the odometer, and it has stayed Ford-powered with a 565ci big-block Ford under the hood. A Fast Lane nitrous system provides additional horsepower, and Jason Waterman is tuning the combo. Wilson attributes his Mustang’s improved performance to Waterman, as well as Tin Soldiers Racecars and Martin Connelley who straightened out the chassis.


Godzilla engine swaps are all the rage online these days, and they are finally starting to show up in the wild now. Nick Hellums brought out his 1992 Mustang that’s been equipped with a Brian Wolfe-built Godzilla powerplant and topped off with a ProCharger F1-A blower. The coupe has been 5.21 in the eighth-mile, and at 15psi of boost, it made around 970 horsepower to the wheels. Hellums is entering ARP Open Comp to work out the bugs of the new combination, and then hopes to work with the NMRA tech staff to get the Godzilla combination in the VP Racing Madditives Renegade rules for 2023 and move up to the heads-up eliminator.


Coyote Jenn Fahey wraps up her inaugural season in the HP Tuners Super Stang category this weekend and the rookie racer has maintained a top-ten points position all year. Noticing a stumble off the line in her Mustang, she used the HP Tuners app on her cellular phone to datalog the engine parameters. Fahey has been working with HP Tuners’ Tony Gonyon on the engine calibration and can now send the datalog to Gonyon for review, as well as download and install a new calibration.


Jason Martin has been fielding his Fox-Body Mustang in Limited 235 competition and this weekend, he and his team put the 275s on the car along with a bigger Vortech V-30 94C supercharger to try their hand at VP Racing Madditives Renegade. Under the hood of the Reef Bleu ’93 Mustang is a BES Racing Engines-built 354ci small-block Ford with a Dart Iron Eagle block and BES-massaged Trick Flow High Port cylinder heads. Jason Waterman is handling the tuneup on the Holley EFI and Martin Connelley is performing the driving duties this weekend.


It's been two years since True Street veteran and 2-time TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout winner Jeff Smith has competed here at the NMRA World Finals, and despite Hurricane Ian bearing down on his home state Florida, was able to make it to Bowling Green to compete this weekend. His 2004 Competition Orange Terminator Cobra has undergone some chassis updates, and the engine has been upgraded with a ported Whipple Gen V supercharger. With a McLeod clutch and a TREMEC T-56 Magnum transmission, Smith has goen mid 9s in the Mustang.


Paul Sienkiewicz of Brighton, Michigan, brought out his serious street car to mix it up in the Suncoast Performance 8.60 Street Race class this weekend. His 1998 Mustang Cobra still sports its 4.6-liter, 4-valve Modular engine, but it’s been boosted by a Precision 86/85 turbocharger, and the overdrive manual transmission has been swapped out for a Turbo 400 with a Coan torque converter. The car’s Big Stuff 3 ECM has been tuned by Vector Motorsports, and Sienkiewicz has driven the Cobra to low-8-second elapsed times.


It’s been a busy day at the tech barn here at Beech Bend Raceway Park and we saw the stance and turbocharger on Domenic Fruguglietti’s classic Mustang and had to find out more about it. The Bloomington, Illinois, resident is competing in VP Racing Madditives Renegade this weekend with his 1967 Mustang that he put together this year. It’s powered by an 8.2-deck small-block Ford, boosted by a Forced Inductions 76mm turbocharger, controlled via Holley EFI, tuned by Matt Bell of Redline Motorsports, and has clocked a 4.73. Fruguglietti is hoping for 4.60s this weekend.

 

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