Where It All Started-JDM Engineering
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography courtesy of JDM Engineering When working for someone else lost its luster, Jim D'Amore focused his efforts into his own entity and he created JDM Engineering. It became a powerhouse performance provider for late-model Ford modular motor-powered vehicles. Growing up in New Jersey, D'Amore was a fixture in his father's body shop. He began his career i...
Chuck Watson II Wins In Memory of His Father in Factory Stock Showdown at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
By Mary Lendzion Photos by Mike Davis and courtesy of Chuck Watson II Life changed for Chuck Watson II when Chuck Watson Sr. passed away in March of this year. In addition to being his father, he was his colleague at Watson Engineering and Watson Racing in Michigan, and a fellow NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars and NHRA Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown competitor. Watson ha...
Race Results-E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod from Summit Motorsports Park
Jose Gonzalez After qualifying in the top spot to start the day at the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series driver Jose Gonzalez took home the win at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The Norwalk event marked the fourth race of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, and with...
Whipple Superchargers Named Title Sponsor of NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival
The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals is proud to announce Whipple Superchargers as the title sponsor of the biggest and baddest all-Ford motorsport event of the yearthe NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival, which runs September 30 thru October 3 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Whipple Superchargers is a huge part of the Mustang scene and it's exciting having them a...
Checking Out Haltech's Nexus R5 Vehicle Control Unit in a 7-second Mustang
Street vehicles are a great platform to experience the Haltech Nexus R5's features and its diverse capabilities as a Vehicle Control Unit, combining engine and power management systems with a data logger and power distribution module in a single control box. Our test subject is the 7-second Mustang that belongs to Mike Jovanis, who has collected 10 NMRA QA1 True Street victories and survived ...
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Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 EV Sets New Quarter-Mile Record With 8.128/171.97mph Run
Photograph courtesy of Mike Davis/Summit Motorsports Park The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals held at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, was a fitting venue for the Ford Performance Cobra Jet 1400 EV to set a new world record for the fastest electric door car according to the NHRA, and it did just that with Top Fuel Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III behind the wheel. The Ford Per...
9-Second, Stock-Looking Muscle Cars-Inside the Factory Appearing Stock Tire class
Wolves In Sheep's Clothing Inside NMCA's Horsepower Depot Factory Appearing Stock Tire class Written by Rob Kinnan with Donny Brass Photography courtesy of the drivers and by the FSC staff You're sitting in the stands at an NMCA race and see a perfectly restored muscle car pull into the burnout box. Your first thought is Meh, this ought to be a mid-14-second pass. Boring! But then th...
Musi Racing Charge into Valdosta for Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings
Lizzy Musi and Musi Racing Carry Momentum into Valdosta for Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings Following a strong performance at the most recent Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings event, the Musi Racing team is thinking big heading to this weekend's race at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Georgia. Lizzy Musi drove the Edelbrock-equipped Lucas Oil Aftershock Camaro to the semifinals l...
NHRA PRO MOD DRIVER BRANDON SNIDER LOOKS TO GRAB FIRST NORWALK WIN
E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES TITLE CHALLENGER BRANDON SNIDER LOOKS TO GRAB FIRST NORWALK WIN While he just missed out on a championship in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series a year ago, Brandon Snider enjoyed every part of the experience of competing for his first NHRA Pro Mod world title. The veteran believes it's made him a better driver and he'll look to...
A Turbo COPO Yes Horsepower Depot Did the Deed and it's F.A.S.T.
The age-old question of If a tree falls in the woods and no one's there to see it... definitely pertains to racecars, too. When Jordan Pennington pondered If a racecar gets built in a garage and no one's there to witness it, does it even matter , he answered by starting a YouTube channel with Ryan VanDusen so that an unlimited audience could enjoy their builds, including a wicked turbochar...
Will The Fox Mustang Conquer Pro Modified
Steve Grebeck getting busy at the 1992 running of Hot Rod Magazine's Fastest Street Car Shootout. The legendary racer and fabricator worked at Watson Engineering at the time and they used the Pro 5.0 car to promote a special-edition Fox-body Mustang created by the Shelby American Auto Club.The Burnt Piston Will The Fox Mustang Conquer Pro Modified By Michael Galimi Photo Courtesy of Hot Rod ...
JOHN FORCE RACING LOOKS TO KEEP ROLLING AS NHRA DRAG RACING HEADS TO NORWALK
JOHN FORCE RACING LOOKS TO KEEP ROLLING AS NHRA CAMPING WORLD DRAG RACING SERIES HEADS TO NORWALK FOR SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS John Force Racing doesn't look as though as it missed most of the 2020 season and the organization, led by iconic Funny Car driver John Force, will now look to put on a show at a track starved for NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series action, Summit Ra...
PRI ROAD TOUR RETURNS TO SHOWCASE RACING AND MOTORSPORTS
Performance Racing Industry and its leading content creation team are embarking on a second PRI Road Tour to share stories from events and race tracks around the country. Starting with one of the most historic racing competitions, the PRI Road Tour begins June 23 at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colo. Like the inaugural PRI Road Tour coverage, which brought st...
Supercharger Racer Mike Ciborowski Borrowing Son's Turbo Setup for NMRA/NMCA Michigan Event
By Mary Lendzion Photos by NMRA and courtesy of Mike Ciborowski At the start of the 2021 race season, Mike Ciborowski set some goals for himself. Among them were laying down quicker and faster laps in Edelbrock Renegade, and landing in the NMRA Winner's Circle. The Illinois-based driver certainly has what it takes, and so does his Mustang set up by HPJ Performance and standing out with a Rich...
Strange Pro Touring Floater Kit
The new Strange Pro Touring floater kit (PN F5010) offers a needed product evolution for Pro Touring and Street vehicles. The street floater kit is highlighted by the forged Chromoly spindles, Chromoly hubs and 35-spline drive plates for the ultimate in strength and safety. When paired with the proprietary Wilwood brakes, this system eliminates piston knock-back and keeps the performance and f...
Donkmaster Sage Thomas Heading to NMCA All-American Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park
You've seen the hit TV series on Motortrend App and heard about one of the fastest growing trends in performance¦Donk drag racing! The biggest name, Donkmaster Sage Thomas, and his famed Skittle Pack of Big Wheel Donk race cars will make their NMCA debut during the All-American Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, August 27-28, 2021. This will be an experience unlike any ot...
Wheelstand Champion-Kurt Anderson and his iconic '69 Chevy Camaro
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Kevin DiOssi Driven by his passion for muscle cars from day one, Kurt Anderson, 53, not only enjoys successful vocation in the automotive industry, but also a handful of championship titles as a driver. Early on, Anderson's ingenuity and entrepreneurial aptitude resulted in the purchase of his first car, a '55 Chevy, when he was only 13 years old...
Mopar Names DSR Performance as Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak Engine Part Distributor
Mopar names Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Performance as the supplier of officially licensed engine components for the 2015 and 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak. The Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak is the limited-production, purpose-built muscle car for grassroots and professional drag racers competing in events sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and National Muscle Car Ass...
Tech Review-ProCharger's F-4X Supercharger
By Steve Turner Photography courtesy of ProCharger and by the FSC staff Centrifugal superchargers cut their automotive gear teeth on the streets and quickly moved to the racetrack under the hood of street/strip machines. As those hybrid hot rods began to run quicker and transition into full-time race cars, the centrifugals evolved with them to push the envelope of door-car acceleration. Th...
Schoneck Composites & Cynergy Composites partner on Pro Mod Fox Mustang body
In the early 1990s, a new type of high-performance niche emerged as the 5.0-liter Mustang claimed the mantle of leader in the street/strip wars. The leading category in this type of racing became known as Pro 5.0. It enjoyed a popular and influential life cycle for nearly 15 years as it ran through the 2008 NMRA racing season. Over that time period, we watched racers climb to national stardom ...
Kevin Cody and His Capri Take On Dart NA 10.5
By Mary Lendzion More than twenty years ago, Kevin Cody took one look at a 1981 Mercury Capri sitting behind someone's garage and decided that he had to have it. He paid the $400 asking price and put plans in place to take it from a street car to a strip car. That involved replacing its four-cylinder engine with a 460 cubic-inch Ford engine backed by a C6 transmission, installing a 9-...
Leap of Faith-With a little help from her friends, Becki Cram made an unexpected move to NMRA Edelbrock Renegade
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Kevin DiOssi From her first car, a nondescript Dodge Shadow, to her current race-ready NMRA Edelbrock Renegade 2010 Ford Mustang, Becki Cram never shied away from chasing her dreams or pursuing her happiness. Growing up, Becki was like many others who ultimately found their way to the drag stripshe had an interest in cars right from day one. M...
Craziest Grudge Car Ever Built And You Could Own It!
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photos Courtesy of Jerry Bickel Race Cars The infamy of the Jason X grudge car owned by J.R. Gray has grown to legendary proportions, and, in an attempt to crush Goliath himself, Josh Webb started putting together what is arguably the craziest grudge car ever seen. Webb reached out to Ryan McCain in February of 2019 to collaborate on another friend's project. Webb b...
The New Style-Classic looks with modern features comes together in Holley's Sniper EFI Stealth
With the new fuel system tested and the Sniper EFI Stealth 4500 tweaked by Rollins on the chassis dyno with favorable results, the next stop was Gainesville Raceway for some test runs. Written by Derek Putnam Photography by the author and courtesy of Holley Although manufacturers haven't employed carburetors on production vehicles for over a quarter of a century, the simplicity and ease of...
Lizzy Musi and Musi Racing Set to Open 2021 Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings Season at National Trail Raceway
The highly-anticipated 2021 Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings season begins this weekend and Lizzy Musi, the first female driver to ever win in the popular series that is broadcast on Discovery, is ready. The Musi Racing team heads to National Trail Raceway, just outside of Columbus, Ohio, to kick off the year, with Lizzy Musi behind the wheel of the Edelbrock-equipped Aftershock Camaro...
NMRA HP Tuners Super Stang Champion Kevin McKenna Cruises on the Street and Strip in His Mustang
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by Steve Turner and FSC Staff Kevin McKenna has been interested in racing and race cars for as long as he can remember. As a writer and editor for National Dragster and NHRA.com, he has been involved and immersed in motorsports for many years. So has his wife, Jill McKenna, who suggested they buy a Mustang when they moved from California to Indiana seve...
Shotwell Set to Make Edelbrock Renegade Debut at NMRA Ford Performance Nationals
By Mary Lendzion Kelly Shotwell has been successful in NMRA JDM Engineering Limited Street ever since he began competing in the category back in 2017. He has set the pace in qualifying and secured wins, and he has stood out. The Ohioan belted in for a best of 8.68 and 160 mph in the quarter-mile in his Mustang boasting a Barker Machine and Fab-built 321 cubic-inch small-block Ford and 7675 Precis...
The Executioner-Michael Lewandowski's Fox Mustang terminates modern competitors with a nitrous-injected, pushrod powerplant
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Kevin DiOssi Although his first car was a '71 Ford Mustang, Michael Lewandowski bought his '79 model new straight from the factory when he graduated high school that same yearand he's still racing it today. Growing up in Michigan, Lewandowski developed a sentimental side and a tendency to hold on to things. As the original owner of his '79 Ford M...
FUELAB Debuts Lifetime Warranty On All Products
FUELAB has launched a Forever Fixed lifetime warranty on all FUELAB branded products, the company announced today. The new warranty covers the original purchaser against all material or workmanship defects for the life of the product. This new coverage is effective immediately and allows the original purchaser to return the product(s) to FUELAB directly for repair or replacement. We ma...
Seal For Power-Ensuring You Have The Optimum Head Stud or Bolt
We know that properly clamping the cylinder head to the block is essential for sealing the combustion chamber. And we recognize that there's a correlation between combustion pressure and power. So it's a given having the correct head studs (or bolts) for the application in terms of material and fitment is the goal of every engine builder. But how do you determine what's required Industry-l...
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Arrington Performance Named Title Sponsor of NMRA/NMCA Power Festival July 22-25 at US 131 Motorsports Park
Arrington Performance has been named title sponsor of the NMRA/NMCA Power Festival and it goes down at US 131 Motorsports Park July 22-25, 2021. The Arrington Performance Power Festival Presented by Force Engineering is the final super-sized event that combines both racing organizations in 2021. It means a lot to our competitors and us to have Mike Copeland and Arrington Performance back as the t...
Improve 2011-2018 Ford EcoBoost V6 Performance with Direct-Fit Lava Turbo Heat Shield from Heatshield Products
Owners of the Ford EcoBoost V6 engine can now decrease underhood temperatures while significantly improving turbocharger performance with the direct-fit Lava Turbo Heat Shield from Heatshield Products. The popularity of the Ford EcoBoost V6 is due in large part to its V8 power combined with V6 mileage. However, the factory EcoBoost turbochargers are uninsulated/unshielded, which generates s...
Moulton is Making Moves at Mickey Thompson: Forward-Focused Innovation to Drive Development
Change breeds progress, and recently there have been changes surrounding the legendary racing rubber manufacturer Mickey Thompson that promise big things for the company's customers. As a pioneer in drag racing, as well as practically every other motorsport on the planet, Mickey Thompson has been a leader in the wheel and tire industry since its start in 1963. Over the years, the company ha...
Nick McGrath's Silver Streak is Over-Check Out Straightline Performance's New Blue Fox Body Mustang
Owner of Straightline Performance, Nick McGrath, has owned silver cars for just about as far back as he can remember. Now, with a new Fox-body Mustang build recently completed for use in NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street, McGrath's silver streak is over as the '87 Mustang has been wrapped in¦ blue. Usually, the excitement and drama of a new car centers around its engine combination and ...
Design Engineering, Inc. Boom Mat Tape is Finishing Touch for Noise-Blocking & Sound-Damping Projects
Add a finishing touch to any noise-blocking or sound-damping project with versatile Boom Mat Tape from Design Engineering, Inc. Offering the same qualities as Design Engineering, Inc.'s  Boom Mat damping material, multipurpose Boom Mat Tape helps reduce vehicle road noise, sound system vibrations, rattles, dashboard plastic-to-plastic chafing and more. It can be used to cover seams, fix ...
Paying it Forward-Lloyd Mikeska Loans Winning Drag Cars to Teens
Photo courtesy of Joe Cram Most people think teenagers are irresponsible and untrustworthy and would never consider handing over the keys to their 11-second, race-winning racecar¦ but Maci Belcher and Del Holbrook aren't average teenagersand Lloyd Mikeska definitely isn't the average car owner. Lloyd, who has been racing with the NMRA since 2009, has campaigned his Ford Mustangs in various...
AutoMeter FiTech CAN Gauges Are a Plug and Play Instrumentation Solution
The new FiTech CAN Gauges (model numbers 880828, 880829 and 880890) are a plug and play instrumentation solution for drivers utilizing FiTech's electronic fuel injection and transmission controller systems. Monitor the speedometer, tachometer or water temperature, quickly and conveniently by utilizing the existing FiTech sensors already setup on the vehicle. The FiTech CAN Gauges feature...
Lizzy Musi and Musi Racing to Debut Pro Nitrous '68 Camaro
Lizzy Musi and the Musi Racing team are set to make their 2021 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) debut, and they'll be doing so in a new car. The Musi Racing team has partnered with Dan Green to campaign his Jerry Bickel Race Cars ˜68 Camaro during the 2021 PDRA Pro Nitrous season, starting with next week's PDRA American Doorslammer Challenge at Summit Motorsports Park in ...
Harrop Engineering's 7.3-liter Godzilla hits 1,000HP!
We recently talked about Harrop Engineering's Godzilla 7.3-liter truck engine build and dyno test, and part 1 of the build series concluded with Ford's latest HD truck engine churning out 803 horsepower and 789 lb-ft of torque with 11 psi of boost pressure from a pre-production, TVS 2650-based, Harrop Engineering supercharger complemented with a healthy does of pump gasoline. It didn'...
JR Friguglietti returns to NMCA with Redline Motorsports-built 1967 Mustang
Having been friends with Redline Motorsports' owner Matt Bell for nearly two decades, JR Friguglietti has become a big part of the Illinois-based shop's team. Now, he's stepping up to represent for Redline with an all-new 1967 Ford Mustang of his own that he will campaign in NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street and Ultra Street. Although he has a day job of his own painting cars, Friguglietti spend...
TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Coming to NMRA Ford Performance Nationals
The second of three special TREMEC Stick Shift Shootouts in 2021 goes down during the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals June 10-13 at Summit Motorsports Park. The TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout celebrates power-shifting fun at select Holley NMRA Ford National events with the Quick 8 eliminator on Sunday. NMRA officials will select the quickest 8 Stick Shift racers from the completed QA1 True Street ...
Exclusive Shop Tour-Farks Supercars
Established over forty years ago by Farid Farkouh, Farks Supercars has evolved over the years into a class-leading chassis builder, but its mission has always stayed the same since day one: providing badass racecar fabrication services while helping customers build the cars of their dreams with unparalleled customer service. Opened in 1980 in Brooklyn, New York, Farid started Farks primaril...
RPM Act successfully reintroduced to Congress-Let them hear your voice today!
Today, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2021-2022 session of Congress. The RPM act seeks to clarify some very vague and wide-ranging legislation and enthusiasts need to reach out and let their voices be heard on the topic. Getting involved is super easy to do and takes just a few moments to let your voice be h...
Tech Review-Push Button Latches
When you've moved on from original equipment body components to lightweight fiberglass or carbon fiber parts, chances are you will need a different style of fastener to keep them secured to your vehicle. Push Button Latches offers numerous fastening devices to make sure your panels stay put, yet make it very easy to remove them when needed. For years, the most popular method of fastening li...
NMRA QA1 True Street Standout Alex Corella Clocks 8.67 at 162 mph on New Nitto NT555RII Tires
By Mary Lendzion Photos by NMRA and courtesy of Kevin DiOssi Alex Corella has accomplished a lot in the eight years he has been campaigning his 1993 Mustang LX in NMRA QA1 True Street. He has earned runners-up and wins, and he has turned heads while hauling to 8- and 9-second passes in his eye-catching car with a 308 cubic-inch small-block Ford built on a Boss block by William Lujan of ...
Slaviero Unleashing Upgrades to His Car at NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance
By Mary Lendzion Photos by NMCA and courtesy of Mike Slaviero Mike Slaviero's 1976 Grand Prix has been in his family since it was new. His parents drove it on a daily basis until they turned it over to him in 1987, and then he also drove it on a daily basis until the late 1990s. That's when he decided to start taking the car to test and tune sessions and bracket races near his home in I...
Champion Creates Professional Grade Red Poly-7 Racing Grease
Champion Brands, a blender of packaged motor oils, gear lubes, brake fluids and many other specialty racing and automotive chemicals, has recently announced a Professional Grade Poly-7 Red Racing Grease for high-speed competition and racing applications. Champion Poly-7 Red Racing Grease, part number 4053T/40, is red in color, a NLGI #2 classification, tacky, multi-purpose and high-temperat...
TVS-blown Godzilla 7.3 Makes Over 800 hp!
There have been several enthusiasts out there already experimenting with Ford's new Godzilla 7.3-liter truck engine, and the excitement continues to build as they explore the potential of this new push-rod powerplant. Harrop Engineering just began dyno testing its new supercharger for the engine platform and the results so far are impressive. The Australia-based Harrop Engineering worked wi...
The Eagle Has Landed-Haley James' rockets into Edelbrock Renegade with her new War Eagle Mustang
Written By Steve Baur Photography by Kevin DiOssi With three NMRA championships under her belt, Haley James knows what it takes to winand win big. Returning to championship form after a late-season mishap in 2019 proved difficult for the Indianapolis-based racer during the 2020 season, but by taking one small step here and there, James and her new War Eagle Mustang found their groove and s...
Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales and United Trailers Joins Holley NMRA Ford Nationals & NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals and Holley NMRA Ford Nationals is proud to welcome Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales as the Official Trailer Distributor and United Trailers as the Official Trailer of the two series. Each company plays an integral part of getting racecars up and down the highways as competitors traverse the United States chasing the modern and vintage muscle car motorsport national event s...
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