Photo Courtesy of Mike Wabuda
After years of running in Ultra Street competition, Brandon, Florida, resident Mike Wabuda was excited to see the NMCA switch its Edelbrock Xtreme Street category to an eighth-mile format during the 2017 season.
“With the rule change, my car falls right into the class and I always wanted to run NMCA, so this will be my year,” explained Wabuda of how he’ll make his NMCA debut at the season opener race at his home track, Bradenton Motorsports Park, with his ’00 Pontiac Trans Am.
Originally, Wabuda’s car started off as a BMR Suspension project car. “They started doing all the suspension way back in the day, and I bought it from them around 2006,” Wabuda noted of the original build, which at the time featured a mild combination and was street driven. He later hired a local guy to fabricate and install the 7.50-second (quarter-mile) elapsed time certified chromoly roll cage, and stayed busy in Ultra Street.
As his build progressed, Wabuda eventually installed a Nelson Competition-built 427 ci LS engine comprised of a Dart LS Next aluminum block and a set of matching aluminum All Pro cylinder heads.
A two-speed Powerglide transmission was paired with the robust engine, and a ProCharger F-1C-94 blower was added as well. “I usually run an F-1A-94, but I had a brand-new C and the rules allow it, so we’ll bolt that on for NMCA,” he followed up, noting that Bob from Brute Speed has helped supply all his ProCharger-related items.
To help the Mickey Thompson tires maximize traction and hook cleanly, Menscer Motorsports shocks have been installed. Similarly, a set of Strange Engineering brakes have been added at all four corners to slow the Pontiac down after a quick run.
Wabuda built the car at home in his garage with his son, Michael, 23, and the protégé received tuning mentorship from Mike Moran. Thanks to the knowledge learned, Michael now handles the tune of his father’s car’s Big Stuff 3 powertrain management system.
The father and son Wabuda team has plans to race locally in January and February before coming to party at the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem on March 9-11, 2018. Given that the Trans Am has already run in the low 4.80-second zone in eighth-mile trim, Wabuda is sure to be a serious contender in Edelbrock Xtreme Street.