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The battle for the Stick-Shift title has been a red-hot segment over the last 12 months as four different racers with four totally different combinations have held the title and one of them is Yando Ulloa with his 1998 Mustang Cobra that is dubbed TT Minion. We did a full build breakdown on the car last month <HERE> and his record run of 7.67 at 186 mph. Ulloa rocked the first part of the season when he competed in three heads-up categories during the NMRA Spring Break Shootout, winning two of them. A week later he captured the NMCA Gear Vendors True Street class win and then hauled out to Texas for the TX2K event at Penzoil Raceway at Houston for his fourth class win in three weeks. Impressive doesn’t even begin to describe his performances in the opening months of the race season.
As he celebrated his 7.67 performance, beating out a twin turbo LS Corvette and a ProCharger-powered LS/Vette for the title, a 2JZ-powered Nissan 240SX snuck in and took it away. Jon Rogers of IDS unleashed an even quicker 7.55 performance during a Street Car Takeover event at Bristol Dragway. Ulloa made the decision to upgrade to a set of Bullseye Power 72mm turbochargers, which use the company’s patented NLX billet impellers, as his first step to chase down the title. The inaugral test for the turbochargers was during the Shack Mania 2 event at Shadyside Dragway last weekend, which features a heads-up stick-shift category (H-Pattern shifter) and attracted some of the wildest cars in that niche category, including the record-holding IDS Nissan 240SX.
Ulloa was on cruise control all day long and met Rogers in the semifinals as the top two quickest stick-shift cars went head-to-head with Ulloa taking the win light and ultimate the category victory one round later. The class was run in a No Time format so the on-track results are unavailable, however Ulloa reported that the new turbochargers make a significant amount more power and he will be gunning for the 7.55 mark next time he gets on a quarter-mile track.