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Friday Coverage–Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals Presented by Force Engineering


It is the second day of the Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals Presented by Force Engineering and the cars keep coming in the gate, but fans are limited to just 100 per day, as required by local health laws. Thursday wrapped up with a fast second test sessions where VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod racers were dropping 3.70 runs with ease. Other notable runs were Edelbrock Extreme Street/Renegade racers in the 4.70s, of which Martin Connelley was low for the round with a 4.74 at 150 mph from his ProCharger supercharged ride. In Mickey Thompson/VP Racing Maddatives Street Outlaw it was Rob Goss who posted the quickest test hit as they ran a 4.42 off-the-trailer and were closely followed by Tony Hobson who clipped off a 4.44. Qualifying begins today and stay locked to this website and social media for the latest news.

Whipple Eric Bardekoff NMRA EdelbrockEric Bardekoff didn’t drink beer and host BBQs between last month’s NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing and this event. He spent the time to rip off the Cobra Jet heads and add a new pair of Ford Performance X heads, complete with a special port job and excessively large valves. Once the new heads were bolted to the short-block the team strapped the 2015 Mustang GT to the chassis dyno to chart the gains. Nicky Notch handled the tuning chores and the car picked up 30hp at the peak power output. The story is in its power curve, the heads woke the engine up across the board. On track the results were immediately noticed. “We put in a tune-up that has gone 4.83 in great weather. We were expecting it to go high 4.80s with yesterday’s heat and humidity,” he commented. The Whipple Superchargers blown Mustang performed significantly better and grabbed a new personal best time in Edelbrock Performance Renegade with a stout 4.77 at 147 mph and a hard hitting 1.11 sixty foot time.

Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week showed up to US 131 Motorsports Park, sort of. The QA1/TorqStorm True Street category experienced a bump in entries this weekend with Drag Week having been canceled. One of the entries is local sensation Tim Flanders his Gray Area Mustang. It is a 1986 Mustang GT that has a Coyote 5.0 and a single turbocharger under the hood. A rather unique drivetrain backs the Coyote engine because of the 1,000 mile cruise that is attached with the Drag Week competition and the fact that Flanders uses this car as a daily driver from time to time. It is a TH400 transmission with a Gear Vendors Under/Overdrive fastened to the tail housing. Flanders has run a best of 8.82 at 153 mph with a mere 18 psi of boost and the car regularly knocks down 12 mpg while burning E85 fuel.

With the state restrictions in place, we can’t welcome as many fans as we would like to the Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Force Engineering this weekend at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, but fans can still see racers and race cars in action via a live feed offered by SpeedVideo. Check it out HERE.

As a three-time All Motor champion at Milan Dragway in Michigan who has catapulted to 7.62 in the category, Van Geibel is great at getting from the starting line to the finish line quickly and competitively, and he’s going to give it everything he has when he makes his Dart NA 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons debut here at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park this weekend. His 698 cubic-inch big-block Chevrolet with five-inch bore space built by Uratchko Racing Engines is backed by a Turbo 400 which Geibel built, and to be in compliance with Dart NA 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons rules, Geibel and his crew chief, Rick Dodge, replaced his two APD carburetors with a single Book carburetor. They also had to add some weight to Geibel’s gorgeous blue Camaro, which rolls on Mickey Thompson tires and features products from Trend Performance, Total Seal Piston Rings and BLP Racing Products. Geibel, who posted consistent a 8.15 and 8.16 in testing yesterday, is shooting for 7s in qualifying and eliminations. “I’m happy to be here,” said Geibel. “It’s another place to have fun.”

Torrey Brown went for a fun ride last night in his G-Force Racing Transmission Coyote Stock hot rod. The Mickey Thompson slicks dug, the nose came and it kept rising—even when Browne snatched the next gear. He power-shifted into Third and gave NMRA staff photographer Kevin DiOssi a great view of the red-white-blue LED lights.

ProCharger Tony Hobson HPJ PerformanceTony Hobson of HPJ Performance is having a career season in VP Racing Madditives Street Outlaw with a runner-up finish two months ago during the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, followed by a semifinal appearance last month during the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing. He consulted with crew chief Eric Holliday of JPC Racing on gear ratio changes heading into this weekend. The Proformance Racing TH400 underwent changes along with a new rear gear. The new ratios kept the DiSomma Racing Engines 434ci engine in its happy spot as they rolled out a 4.44 with a stout 1.09 sixty-foot with an easy tune-up.


Edelbrock Renegade racer Keith Ciborowski spent the morning pulling his TH400 transmission for some minor repairs. Team patriarch Mike Ciborowski got inventive with a transmission stand when it came time to crack open the slushbox and Eric Holliday from JPC Racing dug into the SFI case. They will be ready for the first round of qualifying later today. Ciborowski earned international fame when he stuffed a Rich Groh Racing Coyote 5.0 engine and a turbo in a Dark Shadow Gray 2003 Mustang Cobra.

Joel Greathouse and Jason Spina are in one heck of a battle for the top position in Edelbrock Renegade. The Kentuckian, Greathouse, held a narrow lead heading into the weekend after he captured victory last month during the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing. The car sports a unique combination as Bennett Racing built a 311ci engine as the team chases weight breaks with its turbocharged combination. Justin McChesney is once again making the tuning calls. Since Renegade and NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street are crossover categories, Greathouse is currently sitting second in points there, too! This weekend will decide if the 5-time champion will chase after one or two titles at each season finale coming next month.

A regular in the Outlaw 10.5 ranks at Milan Dragway, Joel Wensley of Dearborn, Michigan is racing his 1969 Camaro in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod this weekend, and he’s doing so with a new ProCharger F-3X-140 where twin turbos used to be in front of his 526 cubic-inch Hemi by Mike Moran of Moran Motorsports. It’s backed by a Liberty’s 5-speed transmission, and Wensley, who had flown to a best of 4.05 and 189 mph with the turbos and is only a few passes in with the supercharger, is hoping to see 3.90s by the end of the weekend.

Bill Atwood made the trip from Connecticut to compete in the Don Baskin Truck Sales Factory Appearing Stock Tire (FAST) category this weekend, and he’s behind the wheel of his friend Tom Tarzwell’s 1969 Charger 500. Atwood recently built the 489 cubic-inch Hemi for the car, and replaced its four-speed transmission with an automatic transmission with a column shift. Atwood also installed a chrome moly cage in the clean chock-full of character car. “Tom was looking for a turn-key car, so I’m doing that for him,” said Atwood, who’s hoping to put up some 10-second passes this weekend.

VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod driver Mike DiDomenico was off to a good start this year when he secured a semifinal finish in his G-Force Race Cars-built and 1968 Camaro-bodied car powered by a 521 cubic-inch Brad Anderson Hemi prepared by Rage Fuel Systems, topped with MBE heads, a Brad Anderson intake and an SSI supercharger and backed by a Liberty’s five-speed transmission. He hit a snag, however, when he had rod failure in his high-horsepower engine at the NMCA event at Atlanta Dragway in June, but he’s back in action this weekend after Brad Anderson Enterprises helped him and his son and crew chief, Sal, get it back together. He lifted to a 3.81 on a shakedown hit, and data shows he would have been on a 3.70 hit had he stayed in it. Despite the fact that Sal said that they don’t have a lot of data for tuning for this track and the current weather conditions, we’re confident the DiDomenicos, along with crew members Gary Lucas, Adam Stablein and Blake Molnar, will be ones to watch as the weekend goes on.

Bill DiCicco bought his 1968 Road Runner back in 1986, and has been having fun with it ever since. He travels to tracks across the country to take part in the Don Baskin Truck Sales Factory Appearing Stock Tire (FAST) category, and this trip from his home in Connecticut took 14 hours. DiCicco told us that one of the things he loves most about the category is how it forces him to think outside of the box to get his stock-appearing 383 cubic-inch engine and 727 transmission to be competitive while he’s laying down high 11s and pursuing his first win. He also said that he loves the camaraderie among the competitors.

Eight-time Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Car driver Andy Warren knows a thing or two about campaigning two race cars in two categories at a race, but he’s about to see what it’s like to campaign two race cars in three categories. In addition to racing his Caprice, packing a 434 cubic-inch Chevrolet by Knieriem Racing Engines, in Detroit TrueTrac Nostalgia Muscle Car, he’s racing Scott Libersher’s COPO Camaro, packing a 427 cubic-inch engine, in Coan Engineering Stock/Super Stock Combo and in the Chevrolet Performance COPO Camaro Shootout presented by COPO Parts Direct. We caught up with him as he was changing spark plugs under the hood of the COPO Camaro, and he mentioned that he’s aiming for the 10.25 index in the Caprice and 9.20s in the COPO Camaro.

The last 24 hours have been interesting for JDM Engineering Limited Street racer Sondra Leslie as her engine was sitting on the floor of the garage and a brand-new Holley EFI Dominator was partially wired into the vehicle. The team made a mad thrash and got the car fired up shortly before midnight. The car drove into the trailer and they made the 5 hour trek—overnight—to US 131 Motorsports Park. Leslie brings a Vortech supercharged combination into battle and ditched the factory electronics for the more race-friendly Holley EFI system, which should allow her far more control off the starting line. She wanted to give a shout out to MPR Racing Engines who took delivery of her wounded engine immediately following last month’s event. They ordered new pistons and crankshaft to replace the broken parts. The Florida engine shop needed to run the block through its CNC boring machine to get the bores round, again. Sondra says her brother and the crew were the main reason she even made it to this event.

It was a busy morning for Steve Halprin and his crew, led by the fine folks at Walsh Motorsports. The team was warming up the car when a screw came off the throttle blade, forcing them to quickly pull the top half of the engine off, retrieve the screw, and repair a few things before hustling to get it back together and ready for qualifying. Halprin drove the car to an impressive 4.46 last night during the pre-event test session, a number that will put him in the thick of the VP Racing Maddatives/Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw category.

Alan Felts NMRA X275Alan Felts has a turbulent few weeks, first dropping a 4.36 during a Midwest X275 race at World Wide Technology Raceway two weeks ago. They sheered the flywheel bolts off, which ended up hurting the torque converter and ultimately removed the stellar Fox Mustang from competition. They thrashed to for this weekend’s event, taking the engine down to the short-block for inspection and fresh parts. The car is back together and Felts, along with teammate Jessie Coulter, are looking to push into the 4.30s in VP Racing Maddatives/Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw.

NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Qualifying HERE

Holley NMRA Ford Nationals Qualifying HERE


Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi is the Director of Content & Marketing at ProMedia Publishing and Events with nearly 20 years of experience in motorsport writing and photography.