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Friday Coverage—17th Annual NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance | Race Coverage by Edelbrock

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Hundreds of rigs have already rolled in and many more are rolling in now for the NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana, and as the final race in this year’s six-race NMCA series, drivers will have their cars and combinations ready for combat. We hope you can join us for what promises to be action-packed event, but it not, see it on a live feed offered by SpeedVideo HERE.

Today’s activities kick off with a test session this morning starting at 10 a.m, and at 2 p.m., we go into the first round of qualifying.

The competition in VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod has been cutthroat all season long, and proof of that are the category’s current elapsed-time and top-speed records, which are held by Jason Hamstra with a 3.703 and Don Walsh Jr. with a 214.04 mph. Interestingly, Hamstra and Walsh Jr. are also holding down the first and second positions in points respectively and are in contention for the season championship coming into this final race of the year, and right behind them are several drivers determined to finish in the top five. The competition has been equally cutthroat in the series’ other categories, with only a few championships already locked up. For a look at current point standings, click HERE

Among the high-revving hot-shoes in Fuel Systems Technology NA 10.5 is David Theisen, who has been flying in his Firebird featuring a 611 cubic-inch big-block Chevy built by Uratchko Racing Engines and a Turbo 400 built by Proformance Racing Transmissions. He has won three races, set the category’s current elapsed-time and top-speed records with a 7.772 and 177.49 mph and has the lead in points in the category coming into this weekend. When asked to what he attributes his sensational success, Theisen quietly — and modestly — said “My crew and I have been working very hard on the engine, chassis and suspension, including the Santhuff’s shocks we started using in Atlanta, to make everything consistent, and it’s helping,” said Theisen. “Now we’re focused on trying to win the last race of the season, but there’s a lot of great competition.”

By all accounts, ARP Nitrous Pro Street driver Jennifer Brooke Rice has accomplished a lot this year with support from her father and crew chief, Ed Rice, family and friends. She drove to runner-up finishes at the races in Joliet, Illinois and Norwalk, Ohio, achieved a personal best of 4.51 in her Mustang motivated by a small-block Ford enhanced by a Nitrous Outlet nitrous set-up and rolling on Mickey Thompson slicks and she’s leading the points chase with 275 points. “It doesn’t feel real, mostly because it’s not like us to leave the track with an engine actually running,” said Rice, with a giggle. “I’m glad the season has gone the way it has. It’s kind of like redemption for finishing in second place in 2016 and not being able to race in 2017.”

Bankston Boyz Racing’s Mike Bankston has been competing in ARP Nitrous Pro Street with his Chevy II Nova this year, but for this event, he pulled the twin turbochargers off this ’69 Camaro of his and had crew chief Randy Auwarter (pictured) drop the Pat Musi big-block from the Nova into it along with the car’s EFI and nitrous oxide system. While the car has been 4.70s in turbocharged form, today’s test sessions will be it’s first pass with the juice bar open for business.

Josh King of Indianapolis arrived today with his ’72 Duster and will be competing in Mickey Thompson Radial Wars. The Duster packs a BES Racing Engines 417ci  Gen-III Hemi gulping copious amounts of E85 fuel, and it’s a legit street car but due to the car’s twin Precision 76mm turbochargers, it only fits in Radial Wars. Still, 1,200 rwhp is nothing to dismiss and King has run as quick as 5.30s with the car. He may be “first-round fodder” as King put it, but he gets major style points for his beautiful, street-driven ride.

Three generations of Ensslin’s are here at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis as Jordan (at left) is in the middle of the ARP Nitrous Pro Street championship points chase. Jumping into the Nitrous Pro Street ranks after a thrash to convert his Camaro to a Lenco/clutch setup is Jordan’s father, Jeff Ensslin (at right), and he’ll be making the team’s very first hits with this new combination today. In the middle is Jeff’s father, Larry Ensslin, who has been fine-tuning all of these machines for many, many years and is also overseeing the team’s new car builds that should debut with the 2019 NMCA season.

2017 Xtreme Street champion Jesse Coulter currently maintains the points lead for 2018, but his efforts have not been without their challenges. Coulter switched over to methanol and a new set of ignition coils and spark plug arcing issues showed up right around that time. While the team has been able to swap parts and get the performance back, they’ve yet to fully understand what’s exactly causing it, but expect a few changes that were made today to rule some things out.

While he’s sometimes been seen behind the wheel of the Coast Packing Co’s Street Outlaw Fox-Body Mustang, PTP Racing’s Jason Lee—who tunes Eric Gustafson’s ProCharged-Hemi Xtreme Pro Mod—found himself making license passes this morning in said Pro Mod. Team owner and driver Eric Gustafson had some work issues that needed his immediate attention and Lee was put into the driver’s seat in case Gustafson is held up indefinitely. With his first license pass under his belt, it was back to tuning the 1969 Camaro’s Haltech EFI system.

Al Corda has shown how he’s a multi-time champion as he recently won five Nostalgia Super Stock and Stock/Super Stock races in a row in various series in his 2015 Camaro and 1969 Dart, and he’s hoping to haul to another win in Coan Engineering Stock/Super Stock in his Camaro this weekend. He’s off to a good start, as he posted a pair of 10.13s in a test hit and the first round of qualifying today, and he’s preparing to compete in the category’s 11.50 index in the LS3-powered Camaro. “Stock/Super Stock is a fantastic category, and I hope to do well this weekend,” said Corda. “Either way, I’m having fun.

While Tim Knieriem of Knieriem Racing Engines had been racing in Nitrous X at tracks across the country, he decided to give NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street a go this year, and it’s a fit, as he’s currently in second place in points just behind Jessie Coulter. His Mustang is motivated by a 450 cubic-inch small-block Ford which he built and topped with a CID intake and BLP carburetor before pairing with a Nitrous Express nitrous system and an NLR nitrous controller. A Bilbrey Automotive Powerglide and PTC converter spin below the car rolling on Afco shocks and struts and Mickey Thompson drag radials, and Knieriem, who has been as quick as 4.73 in the eighth-mile, led today’s qualifying session with a 4.78. “I knew when I got into this class that it was full of good racers and good competition,” said Knieriem, whose customers include NMCA racers John and Andy Warren, among many others. “But I really like it, and I still have a shot at the championship this weekend.”

Kelly Pierce (right) comes to this race in second place in MagnaFuel Open Comp points, and he’s motivated to move up, though he knows he’ll have his work cut out for him as Kurt Anderson is right in front of him in points and Susan Roush McClenaghan is right behind him in points. In charge of the pep talks are his daughter, Jenna Pierce Wilson, who is also competing in MagnaFuel Open Comp in her Camaro, and son-in-law, Jessie Wilson, who’s competing in — and leading points in — Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center in Pierce’s Camaro.

Edelbrock Xtreme Street driver Lou Iacopetti has his sights set on running a 4.75 this weekend — or soon, anyway — and he’s confident his combination is capable. It consists of a 532 cubic-inch bullet built by Bill Trovato of BTR Performance and topped with a CFM carburetor, and it gets a jump from a Nitrous Outlet nitrous plate system. Iacopetti, who swapped his 125 nitrous jet with a 136 nitrous jet right before this race, relies on a Proformance Racing Transmissions-built Powerglide and a billet bolt-together ProTorque converter, which recently saw a stator swap, to handle things below, and the Illinois-based driver ripped off a 4.80 today and is currently qualified in the third spot. “I want to get after it and run a 4.75,” said Iacopetti, whose all-steel Mustang weighs 3210 pounds while rolling on Mickey Thompson drag radials.

Qualifying results are coming in and you can check them out right HERE


Mary Lendzion
Formerly a writer at the Detroit Free Press, Mary Lendzion has written for NMCA and NMRA for more than ten years. She's also the director of media and public relations for Summit Motorsports Park, and spends as much time as possible racing her 8-second Mustang.
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