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...
Olds School-Scott Oshinski's TorqStorm-supercharged Oldsmobile Cutlass embodies old-school cool
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Kevin DiOssi Having owned more than 100 cars in his lifetime, TorqStorm Superchargers/Accelerated Tooling co-owner Scott Oshinski can hardly remember all of them, but there is one that stands out and has a special place in his lifehis 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass S. Growing up, Oshinski, now 52, always had an interest in speed and performance. Once he was old e...
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 desi...
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...
Chuck Watson Sr. - Mastermind Behind Watson Engineering/Watson Racing and Mastermind Behind the Wheel
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photography by Kevin DiOssi and the FSC Staff Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Chuck Watson Sr. was well aware of the Big Three automakers, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, and all of the hardware they had rolling off the assembly lines in the Motor City. He was intrigued, interested and inspired to join the industry in one way or another, so he went to work...
Spotlight on ATI Nostalgia Super Stock Standout Jeff Frees
Written by Mary Lendzion Photos by Kevin DiOssi When Jeff Frees wasnt pumping gas at the service station he worked at as a teenager in the 1970s, he and his brother, Tim Frees, were climbing into the seat-less back of a cargo van to be taken to the track near their Ripon, Wisconsin, home to watch their friends race the 1965 Plymouth Satellite they shared. Instantly inspired, influence...
Double Trouble - Russell Stone and Dwayne Barbaree Take Team Approach to Racing
By Mary Lendzion Photos by Kevin DiOssi Twenty years ago, Russell Stone bought a Fox-body Mustang from Dwayne Barbaree, and a friendship was formed. They would work on the car together, and Stone would street-race it while Barbaree street-raced another Fox-body Mustang, and when they lined up alongside each other for the first time, Stone, who had never lost a street race, was outrun by B...
Adam Arndt and Brian Mitchell Aim High in NMRA Edelbrock Renegade
By Mary Lendzion Photos by Andrew Link and Fastest Street Car Staff While driving his 1990 Mustang to and from high school near his familys home in Milton, Pennsylvania, Adam Arndt would think about all of the modifications he wanted to make to it. Among them was an engine swap, so when he fried the four-banger that was in the car, he made plans to replace it with a 5.0L. Taking what ...
Spotlight on Nick McGrath
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by Steve Baur Having grown up on a farm in Illinois, Nick McGrath tinkered with tractors a time or two before turning his focus to cars. His first one was a 1984 Buick Riviera that he drove to and from high school but wasnt allowed to park in his parents garage, and his second one was a 1992 Mustang that he drove when he got out of high school and was allo...
Pony Express Part IV - Randy Seward Races a Trio of California Tracks Before Turning East for Denver
By Derek Putnam Photos Courtesy of Randy SewardNearly completing a cross-country trip from the east coast to the west coast, our last installment ended with Randy Seward and his 8-second Mustang stopped in Phoenix, Arizona to make a repair on a transmission leak. A six-pack of tracks and nearly 4000 miles already checked off his list, Seward would continue west to California to visit three trac...
Impressive and Imposing - Stephanie Davies and Her Mustang Make an Entrance
Written by Mary Lendzion Photos by Kevin DiOssi As a child walking hand in hand with her father, Stephanie Davies was curious about the make and model of most cars arriving for cruise-ins at the Whiskey Cafe near their Clifton, New Jersey, home. It didnt matter if they were Fords, Chevrolets or Dodges. But one of the cars she was most curious about was her fathers classic 1966 Fairlane R Cod...
Lance Keck is Committed to Vortech Superchargers' Continued Growth
  By Mary Lendzion Photos by Steve Baur Lance Keck has had an appreciation of cars for as long as he can remember. He would watch the Camaros, Challengers, Mustangs, and Mavericks cruising around his familys home in Central Valley, California in his youth, and after serving as a hospital corpsman with the Navy years later, he began drag racing and road racing in a 1969 Camaro, a 1955 Ch...
A Dead Battery, Dripping Fuel Line and Drag Strip Failure Highlights Second Leg of Randy Seward's Pony Express Cross Country Trip
By Derek Putnam Photos Courtesy of Randy Seward With his trusty Mustang logged just over 1,000 miles in three days, Randy Sewards Pony Express was off to a decent start. A cross-country trip scheduled to log north of 10,000 miles, Seward plans to visit 47 drag strips in just over two months time. Race Pages Digital will be doing periodical updates on Sewards travels, as he puts his 8-sec...
Remarkable Racing Runs Deep in Susan Roush McClenaghan's Family
By Mary Lendzion Photos by Kevin DiOssi, FSC staff and courtesy of Cathy Fackenger Among Susan Roush McClenaghans most cherished childhood memories is going to the track with her family to watch her father, Jack Roush, race. She found everything about the experiences to be especially engaging and incredibly inspiring, and she proved that when she went on to restore a 1967 Cougar, navi...
47 Drag Strips in 65 Days during a 10,000 Mile Road Trip-Randy Seward's Epic Adventure
Racing organizations have been trying to define a street car using various street/race formats for nearly 30 years. For NMRA and NMCA competition, the QA1/Gear Vendors True Street class is the benchmark. Hot Rod Magazine first crowned Americas Fastest Street car in 1992 with a 15-mile cruise and the Pro Street competition has evolved into Drag Week with 1,000 miles and 5 days of drag racing. There...
The Great Hemi Debate: Is The Chrysler Hemi The Greatest Drag Racing Engine Ever
By Brian Lohnes Photos by Fastest Street Car, Courtesy of the Manufacturers If you have ever wanted to stump one of your hardcore racing geek friends with a factoid, start with making them tell you the first displacement and application of the Chrysler Hemi engine. They will likely talk to you about the 331ci FirePower Hemi that debuted in 1950, and was first used in 1951 model year cars. Th...
Hot Rods in the Spotlight at Detroit Autorama
Text and photos by Mary Lendzion While the 24th Annual Nitto NMRA Spring Break Shootout was in full-swing at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, the Motor City was playing host to hundreds of hotrods that rolled in for the 66th Annual Meguiars Detroit Autorama presented by OReillys Auto Parts, March 2-4 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Some of them were strictly for show while othe...
A Priceless Pilgrimage to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
Written by Ainsley Jacobs, Photos by Ainsley Jacobs Nestled inside an unassuming looking building just a few minutes off I-75 in Ocala, Florida, is what is perhaps the worlds great collection of drag racing history and memorabilia. The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing houses a mind-boggling amount of heritage, and is an absolute must-see for any gearhead or drag racing fan. Opened in 19...
Barnyard Find-Craig Sullivan's Daytona Pro Mod
Perhaps one of the most unique cars competing in NMCA Xtreme Pro Mod is the 1970 Dodge Daytona Superbird of Craig Sullivan. He went with the barnyard find theme as a Richard Petty Superbird that was long forgotten. The latest issue of Fastest Street Car Magazine has Sullivan's story and here is a gallery of the machine he created. Photography by Kevin DiOssi
Where It All Started-Trick Flow Specialties
Written By Ainsley Jacobs Photography Courtesy of Trick Flow Specialties Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door. In the case of Trick Flow Specialties, thats exactly how founders Rick and Mike Smith created the companybased out of their two-car garage in Orrville, Ohio. In the early 1980s, Rick Smith worked at a p...
One of the Boyz-Tim Savell & Mike Bankston's Killer Collaboration
By Ainsley Jacobs Photos by Kevin DiOssi/NMCA Combination. Its a word thats used often in drag racing to describe a particular engine/transmission setup. In the case of Tim Savell and Mike Bankston, though, the word alludes to the collaborative projects the two have shared over the years, and the combination of their skills and resources has yielded impressive results. Growing up, Sav...
Spotlight Interview-Josh Lindsey, A Talented Tuner Who Knows What It Takes To Win
By Mary Lendzion Photos by Fastest Street Car Magazine/Kevin DiOssi/Dr. Rudy Rouweyha When Josh Lindsey was sixteen years old, his dad gave him a 1970 Mustang, and then stayed by his side to help him restore it, rebuild it, and return it to the roads around their Fort Worth, Texas, home. The bond they developed along the way proved to be unbreakable, and later inspired Lindsey to open J&a...
High-Flying Attack
Written By Steve Baur | Photography By Brian Hogan For years, the Preston name was associated with LSX Real Street racing, as Adam Preston successfully campaigned Camaros in the class for several years. This year, Adam and his brother Isaac debuted a new 1969 Camaro that was built to go really fast, as in Mickey Thompson Radial Wars fast. Powering the F-body is an updated version of the big-block...
From Wreck to Success, Larry Albright Comes Full Circle
By Ainsley Jacobs Photos by Team Race Pages and Wayne Stewart The QA1 True Street category is one that's usually known for its assortment of spectacular street cars, not spectacular wrecks. Larry Albright managed to combine the two while racing at the 2016 NMRA season opener in Bradenton, Florida, when his '91 Ford Mustang rolled over but he has since come full circle. Albright, who has b...
Don Bowles' Big New Build: The Quest to Campaign his New Cougar
Written By Ainsley Jacobs / Photography by Dr. Rudy Rouweyha & FSC Staff   Don Bowles, Sr. has certainly lived a good life full of business ventures and drag racing accolades. And, at age 78, Bowles plans to continue the trend with even more excitement and innovation. Hailing from Kentucky, Bowles was a coal mine owner-operator earlier in life. No stranger to hard work, Bowles understood ...
Is This The Baddest GT500 !
Extended Family Vincenzo Giuseppe Palazzolo and Benny Ortiz team up to field a 2009 ShelbGT500 Written By Ainsley Jacobs | Photos by Kevin DiOssi For Vincenzo Giuseppe Palazzolo, racing is about two thingsdoing well, and making his family proud. He follows the rule that hard work is something not to be ashamed of, and over the years, he's developed a good reputation both for his dependabi...
Ocean Vibes: Mike Moore's Cool California Cruiser
Written By Ainsley Jacobs | Photography by Mark Gearhart and the FSC Staff A Californian since birth, Mike Moore embodies the surfer lifestyle and channels a zen-like attitude into his drag racing. Whether he's catching waves, cruising the coast, or tearing it up at the track, Moore's content to savor the moment and enjoy the ride. Growing up in the ˜60s, Moore used to attend the ra...

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