The OEM racecar program is booming and the time is right for the release of a heads-up COPO competition for the naturally aspirated crowd. Going down during the 2nd annual Chevrolet Performance COPO Camaro Shootout presented by COPO Parts Direct is the newly-formed COPO NA Showdown and it all happens during the Nitrous Supply NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals August 27-30 at Summit Motorsports Park (Norwalk, OH).
The category is modeled after the “Top Stock” class and takes aim at the NHRA and NMCA Stock Eliminator legal COPO Camaros in the FS/B through FS/E categories. COPO Parts Direct spearheaded the project by using racer and fan feedback to create this exciting and new category.
“NMCA and the COPO Shootout is the perfect place for the racers to let it all hangout and go fast without fear of triggering the automatic HP factor system,” said Rich Rinke, COPO Parts Direct founder and owner. He went on to explain that with the supercharged cars getting so much attention, the naturally aspirated factory hot rods had no place to run heads-up. “Not only was I looking for a place to race heads-up, but I had heard the same sentiment from many other of the COPO racers that we know and work with.”
NMCA General Manager and National Event Director Rollie Miller shared similar thoughts, “the COPO Camaro program is awesome and running these car heads-up will be fun for the racers and fans. What better place to do it then at the All-American Nationals, which is one of the most prestigious events on the NMCA tour.”
The heads-up NA COPO Showdown is a separate category from the COPO Camaro Shootout, which is run in an Open Comp format. The NA COPO Showdown is open to all factory-built and clone modern COPO Camaros that run in NHRA/NMCA Stock eliminator. NMCA will utilize a 6.75 horsepower-to-weight ratio to balance all of the different engine combinations. All other Stock Eliminators rules are required and all vehicles are required to be weighed by NMCA officials and subject to fuel testing during competition.
The field is all-run based on the best elapsed time during two scheduled qualifying sessions, utilize an NHRA Pro ladder, and run off a .500 Pro Tree. Two qualifying rounds are scheduled for Friday with eliminations taking place on Saturday. Competitors are allowed to double-enter into the NMCA Coan Engineering Stock/Super Stock Combo category. The purse and other prizes are being finalized and parties interested in providing sponsorship or giveaways are invited to reach out to the NMCA or COPO Parts Direct.
For more information on the COPO NA Showdown visit www.COPOpartsdirect.com.
For more information on the 2nd Annual COPO Camaro Shootout, including drag race rules, purse, schedule of events, host hotel, pre-purchase participant and crew/guest credentials, and more visit www.NMCAdigital.com/COPO, or email the sanctioning body at NMCA@promediapub.com.
Pre-purchase tickets for Racer/Crew/Guests are required for the COPO Camaro reserved drag race parking as well as COPO Camaro happy hours (2) and luncheons (s). Visit https://powermallstore.com/collections/copo-camaro-2020 to purchase your credentials today!
COPO NA Showdown
NMCA Muscle Car Nationals – 2nd Annual COPO Camaro Shootout
Summit Motorsports Park August 27-29, 2020
Class – Heads Up Eliminator for Naturally Aspirated COPOs
Designation – CX
Weight Break – 6.75 pounds/NHRA factored HP
- All NHRA Stock Eliminator Rules apply
- Cars will be weighed after all qualifying and elimination rounds
- Cars are subject to fuel check
- Must be a factory built COPO or approved clone
- .500 Pro Tree, courtesy staging
- Qualified on best ET in 2 qualifying runs on Friday
- NHRA Pro Ladder, based on qualified car count
- Eliminations Saturday to completion
Purse and Awards – TBA
Weights – All weights based on Auto Trans HP Factor