Small-Tire Big Shot Stephen Barnett Targets NMRA Edelbrock Renegade
It's been a long time coming for small-tire big shot Stephen Barnett, but after racking up a huge list of accomplishments, the man from Royse City, Texas, is ready to tackle NMRA Edelbrock Renegade for his 2021 season. Barnett began by bracket racing at a local track just a few miles from his home while he was in high school. I was really intrigued by heads-up racing and going as fast as...
TH350/C Heavy Duty Race from Sonnax Delivers 2X the Torque Capacity
For unrivaled GM TH350 and TH350C reliability at any power level, Sonnax now offers a heavy duty intermediate overrun clutch outer race with twice the torque capacity of any OE or other aftermarket part. It's a revolutionary new transmission upgrade that brings an end to worrying about chronic race failure in today's performance vehicles. Like many OE components that struggle under added po...
One Last Dance-Atlanta Dragway Hosts Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals For Final Time
The Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals Presented by MAHLE Motorsport will run as-scheduled at Atlanta Dragway April 8-11, 2021. Recently the NHRA announced the sale of Atlanta Dragway, but the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will complete its national event one last time at the historic facility. Come out and witness history as we help close out th...
ATLANTA DRAGWAY TO HOST FINAL NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS DURING 22-RACE CAMPING WORLD SEASON
NHRA and Atlanta Dragway announced today that the 2021 NHRA Southern Nationals, April 30-May 2, will be the final NHRA national event at the historic track.As this chapter of drag racing history comes to a close, Atlanta Dragway invites racegoers to take in the final NHRA Southern Nationals. This year's NHRA Southern Nationals is the capstone on four decades of racing at this track, said Ka...
19th Annual Whipple Superchargers NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem - Sunday Coverage
It's all been building up to today, as the NMCA heads-up and index classes roll into eliminations. As each round goes by some racers fall by the wayside, while others get closer to notching a victory at the 19th Annual Whipple Superchargers NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines, which is a great way to start the season. In addition, the eight quickest Hemi-powered machines ...
NMCA Starts Season with Fast, Full-Throttle Action in Florida
By Mary Lendzion Drivers came from across the country to put the hammer down at the Whipple Superchargers NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines, March 18-21 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida. As they pumped out horsepower on the well-prepped stage, the performances were show-stopping, and the ambition and aggressiveness was all-out. Awaiting those able to ...
19th Annual Whipple Superchargers NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem - Thursday Coverage
The sun is shining and the engines are roaring at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, as the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals season gets underway with the 19th Annual Whipple Superchargers NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines. Today, the action is underway with test hits on the drag strip, which sets the stage for qualifying action tomorrow. It should be a great week...
Of Rage & War-How Rage Fuel Systems supplies big-power beasts with plenty of fuel for battle
Written by Wes Taylor Photography by the author In the world of motorsports, many factors contribute to a winning program. You can't put the power down without optimizing the suspension, chassis, drivetrain, and powerplant. Even at its best, an engine won't do what the tuner asks of it without having enough to drink. Mike Kopchick, the owner of Rage Fuel Systems, set out to make certain ...
TorqStorm Superchargers Adds Big Bonuses for Customers that Win in NMCA True Street
TorqStorm Superchargers is kicking off 2021 race season with a huge announcementit will increase the True Street Overall Winner's purse to $1,000 for competitors that run a TorqStorm supercharger. They will also increase the prize for TorqStorm customers to $500 if they win a 9-second, 10-second, 11-second, 12-second, 13-second, 14-second, or 15-second category. The TorqStorm Supercharger bonu...
Knieriem Will Begin Building Upon Last Year's Success at Whipple Superchargers NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem
By Mary Lendzion Tim Knieriem has shown a ton of talent and tenacity in NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street since joining the category in 2018. He earned a second-place finish that year and the following year with a 450 cubic-inch small-block Ford which he built at Knieriem Racing Engines in Louisville, Kentucky, and paired with a Nitrous Express system. Then, he built a slightly smaller, 44...
Rookie Josh Hart Wins Top Fuel in NHRA Debut, Joined by J.R. Todd, Greg Anderson, and Matt Smith in NHRA Gatornationals Winner's Circle
Rookie Josh Hart won in his Top Fuel debut on Sunday, powering to the victory at the season-opening 52nd annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in his first career NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series start. J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in their respective categories at the first race of the 2...
Shawn Calabrese Coming for NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem After Help From Kurt Anderson
By Mary Lendzion Photos courtesy of Kurt Anderson Shawn Calabrese has one of the most eye-catching and enviable Firebirds in the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series. The clean and competitive red car carries the wheels off the starting line and clocks low 10s at the finish line, and in it, the Orlando, Florida-based driver earned his first Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Sco...
With Data From Testing, Langer Ready to Tackle First NMCA Race of 2021
By Mary Lendzion For years, John Langer has proudly put Pontiac power on display in NMCA Dart NA 10.5. He contines to go faster and get to the final round, and last year, he gunned to a 7.765 and 177.14 mph to set the elapsed time and top speed records in the challenging category. He's passionate about showcasing the potency and potential of his Firebird built by Matukas Motorsports a...
Krista Baldwin to Make Top Fuel Dragster Debut at the NHRA Gator Nationals
Krista Baldwin will make her first professional start in the NHRA Camping World series in a Top Fuel Dragster at the Gator Nationals. Krista will be piloting her grandfather's, NHRA legend Chris the Greek Karamesines, Don Schumacher Racing canopy dragster backed by McLeod Racing, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Composite Specialties, and Eat Sleep Race. As the newest NHRA Top Fuel pilot, Bal...
THE TUNING SCHOOL ANNOUNCES BUILDING UPGRADE, NEW PROGRAMS
The Tuning School has announced fresh education programs and virtual training courses, along with a building upgrade as part of its new rebranding initiative. The Tuning School recently celebrated purchasing the building that has been the company's headquarters for the last 11 years in Odessa, Florida. Plans for building upgrades are currently in process, including the remodeling of the int...
AutomotiveTouchup Offers Three-Step Process to Restore the Finish on Vehicles
Paint chips and scratches in a vehicle's paint are not only unsightly, but can lead to rust and even lower the vehicle's value. A three-step process, with materials and support from AutomotiveTouchup can restore the finish, and it's something that anyone can do and achieve professional-looking results. Depending on the size and type of touch-up project, the paint can be applied with a paint...
Blincoe To Debut New C7 Corvette Pro Mod at NMCA Musclecar Mayhem
Bardstown, Kentucky's Tom Blincoe has been competing in the NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod category for several years now, and he collected a 3rd place finish in points in 2019 and a 5th place in 2020 with his supercharged '63 Corvette. For 2021, he once again turned to David Monday Race Cars (DMRC) to build him a new race car, this brand new, twin-turbocharged C7 Corvette. Bl...
PRI ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVES, RETURN OF IN-PERSON TRADE SHOW IN 2021
A return to Indianapolis for the annual PRI Trade Show, an all-new membership drive launching next week, and a 2.0 version of the renowned PRI Road Tour are all part of Performance Racing Industry's plans for an unprecedented year. With its mission to build, promote, and protect the racing community, PRI is focused on uniting motorsports professionals and enthusiasts in 2021 through both trad...
American Powertrain Introduces White Lightning TREMEC TKX 5-Speed Shifter
American Powertrain has introduced a new White Lightning shifter for TREMEC TKX 5-speed transmissions. The new TKX already shifts smoothly out of the box, but American Powertrain has taken it to the next level. Bolting on a White Lightning shifter shortens the shift by 30 percent and allows multiple shifter positions. White Lightning shifters feature American Powertrain's patented RevLok...
NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock Champion John Leslie Jr. Propelled by Passion
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by Fastest Street Car Staff From the time John Leslie Jr. began competing in NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock twenty years ago, he has had staunch support from his family and friends. They have cheered for him, crewed for him and campaigned for him. They have watched him pull wheelies and gears, and they have watched him put his car in the trailer after...
Summit Motorsports Park Offering Track Rentals for Racers
By Mary Lendzion Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio is accepting reservations for track rentals for the 2021 race season. Nearly fifty dates between April and October are available, and professional preparation of the track, which underwent a $1.6 million reconstruction in 2018 and has accommodated many records, will be provided. The promptly-run program welcomes profess...
2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout-Sunday Coverage
FOR Eliminations and True Street results, CLICK HERE FOR Qualifying results, CLICK HERE The final day of the 2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout unfolds like this. Multi-time NMRA champion Mike Ciborowski and his son, Keith, are fighting the new car blues with their red '14 Mustang. Blower belt issues have plagued the engine while the rear suspension has also been causing trouble ...
Race Wrap-2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout
The highly anticipated start of the 2021 Holley NMRA Ford Nationals began with the 27th Annual BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend of March 5-7, 2021. Dramatic shifts in the weatherfrom temperate sunshine on Friday to dreary rain on Saturday and mineshaft air with a strong tailwind on Sundayforced some adjustments i...
2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout-Saturday Coverage
Today we wrap up qualifying, setting the stage for tomorrow's eliminations, while QA1 True Street racers vie for wins in a full range of elapsed time categories. The quickest True Street machines will fill out the ranks for tomorrow's Ace Racing Spring Break Shootout and the swiftest manual machines will return tomorrow to compete in the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. FOR QUALIFYING...
2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout-Friday Coverage
The sun is shining, the race cars are rumbling, and the 2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout is underway at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Starting with test hits in the morning, racers roll into afternoon qualifying sessions. Here is how the action unfolds on a beautiful Friday at the 2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Durin...
Halprin and His New Harts Turbo to Bring Boatloads of Boost to BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout
By Mary Lendzion After racing for many years and taking some time off, Steve Halprin returned to the cockpit of a race car last year. He purchased Brian Wolfe's Mustang, with a chassis by Team Z Motorsports, and hired Steve Pennywitt to help him put his stamp on it by installing his BES-built 430 cubic-inch engine based on a Dart billet block, Edelbrock/Glidden SC1 heads, Visner Engine D...
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McKenna Ready for BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout With New BMR Suspension Under His Mustang
By Mary Lendzion Photos by NMRA and courtesy of Kevin McKenna If Kevin McKenna gets rattled while going rounds at races, he doesn't show it. He was completely composed on his way to a runner-up finish, a win and ultimately the NMRA Super Stang season championship last year in his Mustang, which he drives to each and every race from his home in Indiana. It scoots with a stock Coyote e...
Performance Product Showcase-March 2021
TorqStorm Superchargers has launched its new competition 2XR series. Generating 1200-plus horsepower, these new twin supercharger systems are robust and light. Weight is dramatically reduced by the elimination of belt-driven accessories usually unnecessary for competition vehicles. In addition, each supercharger is driven by its own auto tensioned 8-rib belt and pulley assembly for sup...
Blankenship Ready for Stiff Competition in Dart NA 10.5 at NMCA Season Opener
By Mary Lendzion The NMCA Dart NA 10.5 category is incredibly intense. It's filled with die-hard racers who come from all over the country for NMCA events and are known for their talent and tenacity, and among them is Robbie Blankenship. Fans and fellow racers can count on the Floridian to continuously look for ways to go faster and faster in his Mustang, and last year, he turned to Ben Strad...
Volpe ready to vanquish the competition in Limited Drag Radial with legendary ride
Lynfield, Massachussetts' Peter Volpe has his sights set on the Limited Drag Radial class and he's bringing one of the most capable weapons with him to battle, that being the Racecraft-built 1993 Mustang formerly owned and campaigned by Josh Klugger and Fiscus/Klugger Racing. Volpe previously raced another Fox-Body notchback Mustang with a supercharged Mod-Motor powerplant in X275 around hi...
Bully Dog Thruster Expands Customization Options for More Vehicles
Bully Dog, an industry leader in engine tuning and calibrations, is proud to announce the release of the Bully Dog Thruster Throttle Enhancement Device. The Bully Dog Thruster is a plug-and-play device that allows anyone to adjust the throttle responsiveness of their vehicle. The easy-to-install device gives the driver access to a control knob that increases how quickly their vehicle responds to ...
Lee Clocks 3.507 and 210.41 mph in Gustafson's ProCharger-Powered Coast Packing Company Camaro
By Mary Lendzion Photo and video courtesy of Jason Lee and Eric Gustafson As we reported last week, Jason Lee is in the cockpit of Eric Gustafson's Coast Packing Company Camaro for competition this year. We expected Lee, a multi-time NMCA and NMRA X275 Drag Radial champion, to be successful in Gustafson's car at some point because he's as dedicated and determined as Gustafson, the 2020 ...
Shawn and Heather McAlees to Bring Mustang to NMCA TorqStorm Superchargers True Street
By Mary Lendzion Shawn McAlees was only fifteen when he purchased his first car in 1997. It was a 1988 Firebird, and while his modifications were mild back then, he has since moved up to a nitrous-enhanced small-block Chevrolet with AFR 195 heads and an LT1 intake. His engine is backed by a Turbo 400 by RPM Racing Transmissions and a Yank Performance converter, and his car rolls on Micke...
Adam Cox To Run Full 2021 NMRA Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle Season
After a stint in NMRA Pure Street with his '88 Mustang in the early ˜00s and having run in NMRA Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle for nearly a decade with his '99 Mustang on a part-time basis, driver Adam Cox is ready to step up to a full-time schedule for his 2021 season in hopes of capturing a class championship. Having to balance his career at CSX Transportation in Kentucky with racing h...
Jason Lee in Cockpit of Eric Gustafson's Coast Packing Company Camaro
By Mary Lendzion As a multi-time NMCA and NMRA X275 Drag Radial champion, Jason Lee is well-versed on what it takes to win in a high-horsepower car. He understands what cars want and what combinations want, and he's unwavering when it comes to what he wants to accomplish on the starting line and at the finish line. While Lee, who owns PTP Racing with his business partner, Patrick Barn...
MAHLE Motorsport Introduces Ford 5.0L Modular 4-Valve Coyote/Voodoo PowerPak Plus Piston Kit
Mustang and F-150 racers and enthusiasts can indulge in their quest for more power with the introduction of MAHLE Motorsport's Ford 5.0L Modular 4-Valve Coyote/Voodoo PowerPak Plus Piston Kit. Manufactured to be a complete drop-in assembly piston kit for either the Ford V8 Coyote or Voodoo engine, the kit allows for more buildable horsepower for stock or modified Coyote or Voodoo engines. ...
Twin Turbos to the Front!-Emelia Hartford's C8 Corvette Kicks Out 1,022 horsepower
The C8 Corvette has been a head-turner since it broke cover, and as the late-model Corvette market has seen plenty of enthusiasts hotrodding LS- and LT-powered Corvettes over the past decade or more, it should come as no surprise that people are modifying Chevrolet's latest incarnation of America's sports car. YouTuber Emelia Hartford is one such individual, and along with Alex Peitz of Peitz ...
HPJ Performance Releases Final Pictures of its First Mustang Shelby GT500
HPJ Performance in Belleville, Illinois has released  some final pictures of its first 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 with twin turbos before the car goes home to the customer.  When posting the pictures to HPJ Performance social media, a representative for the company indicated that they are happy with how the car turned out, and are anxious to see what it's capable of on-track. Wit...
Lamb Ready to Rev New Gen III Coyote Engine at BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout
By Mary Lendzion G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock is one of the most captivating categories in the NMRA. It's full of wicked wheelies, super-fast shifting and tight top-end racing, and among all of its impressive competitors with incredible cars is Jacob Lamb. The Kentuckian who captured the championship in 2017 has been as quick and fast as 10.02 and 134 mph in his Mustang m...
Trovato Focused on Trapping 4.50s After Unleashing Upgrades
By Mary Lendzion Bill Trovato has been competitive in NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street competition with the same engine for the past ten years. The 440 cubic-inch LS bullet that he built at his shop, BTR Performance in Rochester New York, consists of a cast aluminum Dart block, Chevrolet Performance LSX-LS7 heads, a Mast Motorsports intake massaged by EIC Motorsports and a CFM carburetor. Paired with...
Samantha Moore Locked In For Third NMRA JDM Engineering Limited Street Season
As co-owner of Vector Motorsports in Brighton, Michigan, Samantha Moore sure knows her way around a racecar. After years of working on customer projects, though, she decided she wanted to get in on the action herself. Moore purchased her California Special '14 Ford Mustang in '15 with every intention of keeping it fairly stocka thought which, fortunately, didn't last long. I put a superchar...
Whipple Superchargers Named Presenting Sponsor of Mickey Thompson Tires Street Car Challenge
Whipple Superchargers recently signed a multi-tier sponsorship package and it includes a presenting sponsorship in the newest category in the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals seriesthe Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Street Car Challenge Presented by Whipple Superchargers. The class will run three times in 2021BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout (March 4-7), NMRA Ford Performance Nationals (Jun...
ProCharger Presents Its Big-Block Chevrolet Reverse Belt Drive System
ProCharger is offering big-power handling in a compact package with its big-block Chevrolet Reverse Belt Drive System. The company has had positive feedback from users of its Crank Drive systems, but realizes not everyone has the space to be able to use one, so ProCharger engineers have created a solution in its Reverse Belt Drive System. It can support massive amounts of horsepower, while ...
BMR Suspension Steps In as Title Sponsor of NMRA Spring Break Shootout
The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals is proud to introduce BMR Suspension as the new title sponsor of the NMRA Spring Break Shootout. The legacy event will be known as the BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout and it goes down March 4-7, 2021 at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Many NMRA competitors rely on BMR Suspension components each year and we are thrilled to have them come on as the title spons...
Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020 Exhibit Puts Creative Process on Display
Story and pictures by Mary Lendzion Some of the country's coolest cars were designed in Detroit, and an exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts shines a light on them. Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020 showcases the work of designers who put their vision and their heart to paper, clay and metal to design cars that were everything from classic to cutting edge. There are...
After 7.52 in Testing, Albright Aiming for QA1 True Street Win at NMRA Spring Break Shootout
By Mary Lendzion Larry Albright has been attracted to NMRA QA1 True Street for as long as he can remember. He's all about the 30-mile cruise, the three back-to-back passes and the thrill of the chase to the Aerospace Components Winner's Circle. He has been competitive in the category through the years, and ran as quick and fast as 7.71 and 177 mph last year in his Mustang set up with ...
All New Everything-Kelly Shotwell is set to blast NMRA JDM Engineering Limited Street
After redoing his car three times in three years, the first-ever class winner of NMRA Limited Street, Kelly Shotwell, is ready to blast the 2021 season. Based out of Ohio, Shotwell qualified number one and took the win for the weekend at the inaugural event back in 2017 with his '95 Ford Mustang Cobraalso his first-ever NMRA heads-up event. Since then, the car has gone through quite a few dif...
Summit Motorsports Park Hiring for 2021 and Beyond
There are plenty of reasons to be enthusiastic and excited about working at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. It's well-known and well-liked, and it's acclaimed for its action-packed events. It's also appreciated for its hospitality as well as its clean, comfortable, family-friendly environment. Now, the open-air venue, which spans more than 400 acres, is adding to its talente...
Mickey Thompson Tires Street Car Challenge Featured at Select NMRA Events in 2021
Longtime sponsor Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels has been named the class sponsor of the new Street Car Challenge, aimed at bringing in a wide variety of Mustangs and Fords to the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals. The series will host the Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels Street Car Challenge three times in 2021NMRA Spring Break Shootout (March 4-7), NMRA Ford Performance Nationals (June 10-13), and...
Dayco Aftermarket To Back Watson Racing Cobra Jet Mustangs
Wixom, MI (February 10, 2021)Watson Racing is proud to announce Dayco as a new sponsor. Watson Racing and Dayco will team up to compete in both the NHRA SAMTech Factory Stock Showdown and NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars, with drivers Chuck Watson Sr. and Chuck Watson Jr. at the controls of two 2019 Cobra Jet Mustangs. We've been competitive the last few seasons with our 2019 Cobra Jet Mu...
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