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Dan Ryntz Shifts to Championship Hopes in 2018


From the get-go of the 2017 NMRA drag racing season all Dan Ryntz wanted to do was secure his first career NMRA victory in Richmond Gear Factory Stock. After six events, he walked away with two class wins and a runner-up finish in one of the most prolific seasons of Factory Stock. Tallying up the points showed Ryntz as securing a runner-up finish in the championship chase, a success for one of the new hotshots in the limited category.

In 2018, when NMRA officials crack open the gates of Bradenton Motorsports Park for the Nitto Tire Spring Break Shootout, presented by Steeda Autosports, March 1-4, 2018, Ryntz will be power-shifting instead letting the go of a transbrake button in his Coyote-powered notchback. “Once NMRA announced the G101a rule change, I contacted G-Force to check pricing and possibilities.” Ryntz commented. The transmission build time was lengthy, which had Ryntz thinking twice about the conversions due to a tight timeline as he prepares for the World Cup Finals this weekend at Maryland International Raceway. As part of the Booze Brothers Racing team, he got a call from G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock car owner Justin Fogelsonger with a possible solution.

Ryntz continued, “Still undecided, I pulled about 600-pounds to test for World Cup with a new C4 and new Circle D converter. Unfortunately, the converter was too tight. Circle D was building me another converter but I wouldn’t be able to get it and install it before the race.” The decision was made, despite being a solid 10-second player, to grab the G101A four-speed and dig into his parts bin for the odds and ends from the days when his 1989 Mustang LX was equipped with a Tremec TKO transmission. Charlie Booze Jr. of Booze Brothers Racing came through with the proper flywheel bolts while SST Performance had clutch parts in stock to get the conversion completed. Once the parts list was complete, Shane and Nate Stymiest, Speedy at SST Performance, and Fogelsonger all showed up to lend a hand.

In just days, the car was ready to rock as Ryntz loads up the trailer to head over to Maryland International Raceway for World Cup Finals, which qualifying is set to start later this week.

Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi
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