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Thursday Coverage—2022 NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab

Posted By: Steve Baur
2022 marks the 17th year of the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab and the event's third year here at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois. The Super Bowl is also the second of three combined events, where both NMRA and NMCA series compete together.

Today's action kicks off with a test and tune session for racers with each class getting two runs. Here is today's run schedule and be sure to check back here throughout the day as we continue to update the daily coverage.

Jessie Coulter is back in NMCA action with his Third-Gen Camaro competing in Edelbrock Xtreme Street. The Jessie's Garage proprietor recently switched his 427ci engine over to CID cylinder heads and added a Smallwood Racing Development camshaft as well. Coulter feels the torque converter may be a little too tight still, but will be tuning on the Camaro to get the most out of it.

Tim Matherly and Jason Sloan had put off working on the Coyote Stock ride prior to the race so of course, that meant working on the car when they unloaded it here at World Wide Technology Raceway. The clutch needed a little adjustment, and even though it’s hard to tell in today’s heat if it helped or not.

VP Racing Lubricant's Xtreme Pro Mod driver Craig Sullivan is having some updates done to his El Mero Mero Mercury, so he will be driving Mark Woodruff's Pro Mod/RVW Camaro in competition this weekend. Joe Oplawski will be handling the tuning on the FuelTech EFI that controls the ProCharger-blown, BAE Hemi built by Wild Irish Engines.

Kelly Shotwell has completed a host of updates to his SN95 Mustang for VP Racing Madditives Renegade competition, starting with a new bullet from MPR Racing engines. After experiencing head gasket issues with the previous engine, Shotwell had MPR build a dry-deck short-block with a higher compression ratio, and will continue to rely on the Vortech V-30 supercharger for boost and his Holley EFI for engine management. Gary Rohe also cut the front end off the car and converted it to a tubular front end to save some weight. Next, Shotwell turned to Martin Connelley to have his plot the suspension and dial in the Menscer Motorsport struts and shocks.  Shotwell's Mustang, which he calls Betty White, recently received the Golden Girl's likeness engraved on the top of the intake manifold as a tribute.

Tim Donathen and Randy Soper had the Quick Lane going this morning, checking and changing fluids in Donathen’s Coyote Stock wagon. For his first pass during test and tune, Donathen ran a 9.96 in the heat of the day. Soper, running against Donathen, also ran a 9.96. 

Many index racers compete in local bracket races and Nostalgia Muscle driver Chad Brewer is no exception. Unfortuantely he broke the flexplate in his Chevy Nova during one of those bracket races and couldn't get replacement parts in time for this weekend's event. Brewer purchased this 1968 Camaro SS from his friend's widow after his friend passed away last year. "He drove it at the first race at Commerce and i drove it at the last race at Commerce last year," Brewer said of his experience driving the Camaro. The F-body has been raced since 1977 and pack a Dart 400ci small-block that's good for high 10s, but Brewer will be dialed in for an 11.50 index this weekend.

Points leader in Edelbrock Xtreme Street Bill Trovato encountered some piston issues with his nitrous-assisted small-block at the previous race in Rockingham and with all companies backed up with orders, he turned to Swain Coatings to hopefully get him through until his new slugs show up. Some general maintenance on his Ford 9-inch rearend also revealed that the pinion support bearing had thrown in the towel and he and David Mitchell were taking care of that before making any runs with the Fifth-gen Camaro.

Mike Ciborowski and son Keith recently put some laps on their S197 Mustang in Ultra Street competition, but detected some valve float and decided to pull the engine and drop it off to its builder, Rich Groh, at RGR Racing Engines. Groh swapped out the valve springs and also detected a failing head gasket, got the engine squared away, and Team Kubota threw the engine back in last night so they could compete this weekend in VP Racing Madditives Renegade class. They also swapped on a set of Menscer Motorsport struts and shocks that just showed up, as well as a new Protorque EV2 converter.

Don Baskin debuted his Chevy II Nova in Chevrolet Performance Stock in Bradenton, but a huge wheelie during testing took out the transmission pan when the car landed and put him out of competition. Baskin skipped the Rockingham race but is here at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and his first hit resulted in a much more tame, 10-second run.

GForce Racing Transmissions Jacob Lamb added a new clutch with a couple different ideas he is working on with Ram Clutches. “Trying a couple new ideas and I’m not sure if they’re going to work, but we gotta try.” His first pass didn't turn out so well, but by the end of test and tune, it was going in the right direction. 

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