Shawn Calabrese enjoys family, friends, and fierce competition in the Chevrolet Performance Stock class
Since the first LSX Shootout in Memphis, Tennessee, Shawn Calabrese, and his father, Tom, actively participated in the LSX racing game. From then on, this duo almost always races together, which makes the trials and triumphs of racing all the more enjoyable.
Nick McGrath's Fox Mustang packs turbocharged LS power in NMCA Xtreme Street
A youthful collaboration with a friend evolved into a thriving business and a way of life for Nick McGrath, and his latest NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street build—an LS-powered 1987 Ford Mustang—is just the latest progression of that initial decision.
Where It All Started-Mickey Thompson
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography courtesy of the manufacturer Although the Mickey Thompson moniker is revered around the world for its performance rubber and incredible racing accomplishments, that name was attached a man Marion Lee Mickey Thompson himself before it came to symbolize a high-performance brand. As a young boy, Thompson's father took him along to Utah's famed Bonnevil...
Howell EFI Now Offers LT1/LT4 and EcoTec3 Harnesses
Howell EFI, a leader in EFI conversion kits (GM/TPI/TBI) and wiring harnesses for direct injection swaps, now offers plug and play LT1/LT4 and EcoTec3 wiring harnesses for classic muscle cars, Corvettes and trucks, as well as multiple options to transplant power for both automatic and manual transmissions and even supercharged classics. The LT1/LT4, and EcoTec3 wiring harnesses are customized to ...
Special Serpent-Darroll Myers commissioned a one-of-a-kind 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet
While many of us can only dream of collecting a garage full of special performance vehicles, Darroll Myers made that fantasy a reality. The proprietor of a massive NAPA store in North Dakota, which is considered the largest in North America, Myers is afforded the means to make his automotive dreams come true. And, if you purchase several high-level Fords, you might just get to make a few special ...
Where It All Started-Whipple Superchargers
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography courtesy of Whipple Superchargers A name so synonymous with supercharging that its often used on its own to reference the type of power adder, Whipple Superchargers is one of the most popular aftermarket supercharging brands on the planet, but it got its humble start thanks to the dream and innovation of one man, Art Whipple. Art Whipple was a successful drag...
Naumann's Nitrous-Injected Nova Takes On NMCA Nitrous Pro Street
Powerful PairMichael and Jake Naumann take on NMCA ARP Nitrous Pro Street in a nitrous-injected Nova Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Kevin DiOssi When he was a young boy, going to the track with his father instilled in Michael Naumann a passion for drag racing that's still going strong. That generational journey continues to this day, as Naumann is now passing it down to his own son ...
Where It All Started-RYNO Classifieds
Ryan Maturski, the founder of RacingJunk.com, created the next big thing in online classifieds for the motorsports industryRYNO Classifieds. A programmer by trade who also happens to have a passion for motorsports, Maturski created RacingJunk.com in '98 in his living room as a way of helping a few racer friends, then sold the company in 2012. His success hinged on the fact that he understood ...
Meet the Mickey Thompson On-Site Support Team
The Mickey Thompson brand is practically synonymous with drag racing, as its relentless innovation led to the development of performance tires that not only changed the motorsports world, but also helped shape it, too. The iconic Mickey Thompson logo itself can be seen at tracks all over the world, but in the United States, it can also be seen splashed across the company's multiple trailers t...
Where It All Started-TBM Brakes
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography courtesy of the manufacturer Although a fairly new name in the drag racing world, TBM Brakes (formerly known as The Brake Man) earned a strong and respected reputation in a wide variety of motorsports. The company's history of expertise dates back more than 60 years, and with calipers, rotors, and more all crafted from the finest materials and 100-percent...
Nitrous Nova-Huntsville's hometown hero Steve Cagle blasts down the track with the NMCA
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Kevin DiOssi Certain small towns just seem to breed drag racing enthusiasts. Huntsville, Alabama, is certainly one of those towns. Growing up there, it was inevitable that Steve Cagle, now 70, would one day wind up behind the wheel with his foot to the floor. Although he wasn't around cars a whole lot early on, Cagle's older brother owned a '64...
True Street Test Beds-TorqStorm Superchargers' Camaro & Charger
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Kevin DiOssi As hard as it may be to believe, not everyone wants a wild, 5,000-horsepower car. Some folks want something a bit more streetable, a bit more manageable, and a bit more affordable, but they still want to go fast. Enter TorqStorm Superchargers. The company specializes in supercharger setups for the average Joe (and Joanne). Contracted to make s...
Charging Ahead-Inside Ford Performance's electrifying Cobra Jet 1400 quarter-mile concept
Ford Performance brought its Cobra Jet 1400 prototype to the 22nd Annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals & Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and we took a closer look. Written By Steve Turner Photography by the Race Pages Digital staff and courtesy of Ford Performance It is eerily quiet in the burnout box and suddenly the Mickey Thompson rear slic...
Where It All Started-Stifflers
Following a passion almost always leads to success. When Brian Figg ditched his successful career and started anew with his Ford-focused suspension business, Stifflers, his risk was rewarded by a company embraced by the Mustang market. Growing up in Indiana, Figg always had an affinity for racing and found himself behind the wheel of go-karts and midgets. He went to college for mechanical enginee...
Natural Selection-Manual-trans monsters still prowl the strip in NMCA's DART NA 10.5
There's an inherent badassery that comes with stomping a clutch pedal and banging gears down the drag strip. In NMCA DART NA 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons competition, many drivers elect to use an automatic transmission, but a select few still prefer the old school method of a stick-shift to get the job done. Prepping and driving a manual in any sort of racing category has its challenges,...
Exclusive Photo Tour: Reese Brothers Race Cars in Temple, Georgia
Written and Photographed by Ainsley Jacobs A gravel driveway off of a winding back road in rural Eastern Georgia leads to an unassuming 40-foot by 85-foot metal building, casually situated on the quiet property of a typical all-American home. The nondescript structure could be any hobbyist's backyard shop, as there's no sign to hint at what's going on within its walls. Inside, though,...
Radial Velocity How rising Limited Street star Samantha Moore is speeding away from her competition
Written By Steve Baur Photography by Kevin DiOssi Some people are seemingly destined to remain on a certain path throughout their life, while others are sometimes forced to take a different road at some point. And then there are others who take a more proactive approach to the direction their lives take, and forge ahead oftentimes into the unknown in search of adventure, or simply a desire to fol...
The Evil That Men Do Michael Washington's Coyote-swapped Pure Evil Fox Mustang coupe destroys records
Written By Steve Baur Photography by Kevin DiOssi Coyote-swapping Fox-Body Mustangs is all the rage, and at the forefront of that trend was longtime NMRA racer Michael Washington, who shelved his pushrod powerplant and dropped in a 5.0-liter Coyote engine into his Mustang to go Coyote Stock racing way back in 2013. While Washington enjoyed the sealed crate engine class, he wanted to see what ...
Powerful Pair John Langer and Dwight Ausmus Put Spotlight on Pontiac Strength
Written by Mary Lendzion Photos by FSC Staff Friends and fellow racers for nearly fifteen years, John Langer and Dwight Ausmus have a lot in common. Both have Pontiac cars and combinations, both have huge amounts of horsepower and both are completely competitive in NMCA FST Carburetors NA 10.5. Additionally, the highly-regarded Langer and Ausmus both work with Tony Bischoff of BES Racing E...
Texas Twosome Miles and Krystie Wagoner share a love of racing fast Mustangs
Written by Steve Turner Photography by Kevin DiOssi Rolling into the burnout box, ROUSH Performance Super Stang racer Miles Wagoner flicks the paddle shifter into first and smokes the tires. Mindful of his surroundings, he slithers to the starting line in his boosted S550. He clicks on the datalogger, checks his dial-in, stages and then it is boiler-up and hammer down until the bulb gl...
Birds of a Feather-How a pair of Pontiacs forged a friendship on and off the track
Written by Derek Putnam Photography by Kevin DiOssi Many of us look back fondly on high school and remember time spent with friends, hobbies and sports, as well as figuring out a career path. Some acquire a first car that makes an impact powerful enough that it stays with the owner for a lifetime. In 1997, the American sports car scene was gaining power, with the all-new LS1 engine platf...
Birds of a Feather How a pair of Pontiacs forged a friendship on and off the track
Written by Derek Putnam Photography by Kevin DiOssi Many of us look back fondly on high school and remember time spent with friends, hobbies and sports, as well as figuring out a career path. Some acquire a first car that makes an impact powerful enough that it stays with the owner for a lifetime. In 1997, the American sports car scene was gaining power, with the all-new LS1 engine platf...
Winning Ways Jason Hamstra's NMCA Championship 1969 Camaro
Written by Mary Lendzion Photography by Kevin DiOssi While Jason Hamstra was going rounds and recruiting rivals in his 2012 Mustang in NMCA VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, he was ready to re-route at the end of 2016. Thats when he purchased a 1969 Camaro, which was built and driven by Alan Pittman in PDRA Pro Boost. There was nothing wrong with the Mustang, which we ended up selling ...
Buzzing the Tower Mike Bowen's Insane Wheelie
A Maverick buzzed the tower during the Haltech World Cup Finals back in October and Mike Bowen of Powerhouse Automotive piloted the low-flying vehicle. The NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock racer was entered in the ultra-competitive All Motor category with an outlaw setup that consisted of some hot fuel and several hundred pounds of weight removed. Bowen showed the front-wheel drive crowd wh...
Modular-Motivated Masterpiece Mark Luton's Mustang Moves Out With MMR Power
Written by Mary Lendzion Photography by Kevin DiOssi When Mark Luton heard that street-racing was taking place near his home in California when he was a teenager, he went to watch. He was immediately interested and inspired, and in no time, he was racing his Ford Ranger rocking a 4.0L V6 with a Paxton supercharger on the street and strip. When he decided that he wanted more muscle, he climbed int...
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