NMRA Edelbrock Renegade Racer Bob Zelenak is Spellbound by Small-Block Fords and Nitrous
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by Mary Lendzion and Fastest Street Car Staff Bob Zelenak likes living in the countryside in Pennsylvania. It's private, peaceful and surrounded by fields and forests. He drives seventeen miles, some of which are up a mountain, to his job as a fleet and warehouse manager at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. After his shift, he joins his father, Bud, for fulfilling ...
CRANK IT UP: 2023 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Engine Sound!
Two years ago this week, Chevrolet introduced a revolutionary twist in the Corvette story: the first-ever mid-engine Corvette Stingray. This fall, the story will continue with the reveal of the all-new 2023 Corvette Z06, the supercar that will put the world on notice. ABOUT CHEVROLET Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, available in 79 coun...
CAPPS, PRUETT, STANFIELD AND M. SMITH CLOSE NHRA WESTERN SWING WITH WINS
Leah Pruett Don Schumacher Racing swept the nitro categories for the first time in the 2021 NHRA season on Sunday, as Leah Pruett and Ron Capps won in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, at the 61st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won their respective c...
Competition Clutch Named Presenting Sponsor of NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival
The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals is proud to announce Competition Clutch as the Presenting Sponsor of the biggest and baddest all-Ford motorsport event of the yearthe Whipple Superchargers NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival, which runs September 30 thru October 3 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The modern Mustang drag racing and street performance market has ...
Anderson Composites Teams up with Acceler8 Automotive Education Program
Anderson Composites has become a sponsor for the Acceler8 Education Program in the Los Angeles, California area. This program is automotive based which offers hands-on seminars for young men and women aged 14-24 who are at risk of negative engagement with law enforcement. This program seeks to teach students leadership and life skills to help them enter the workforce. Seminar classes are held ...
Inside Look-TorqStorm Superchargers
The inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by Force Engineering held at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, on July 22-25, 2021 is the home race for NMCA True Street sponsor, TorqStorm Superchargers, and ProMedia's Director of Content and Marketing, Mike Galimi, and NMCA photographer Kevin DiOssi, got a tour of the manufacturing facility leading up to the r...
Trickie Ricky Smith's New Frustration-Fueled, Supercharged Camaro
Editor's Note: The views and opinions expressed in this story are not representative of the author or of ProMedia, and are not meant to malign any organization, company, or individual. With three NHRA Pro Modified championship titles, one in PDRA, and seven in IHRA, 11x champion Trickie Rickie Smith has undeniably proven himself as one of the winningest drivers in the history of the categ...
Sunday Coverage - Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival
We've reached the final day of the Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by Force Engineering at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, and we're ready to get rolling. Racers are preparing their cars for eliminations, which will be incredibly interesting and impressive, and awaiting those who go all the way are the NMCA Winner's Circle, NMRA Winner's Circle a...
Intense Racing Rocks the Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival
Written by Mary Lendzion More than 500 racers from across the country converged for the Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by Force Engineering, July 22-25, 2021 at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan. They were utterly unflinching from the starting line to the finish line at what's known as The Fastest Track in Michigan, and they gave ...
Race Wrap - Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival
CLICK HERE FOR ELIMINATIONS RESULTS. It was hot fun in the summertime as the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals travelled to the Wolverine State to join the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals for a weekend four days of drag racing at the Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented by Force Engineering. Attracting more than 500 total race cars to the Fastest Track in Michigan, US 131 Motor...
Saturday Coverage - Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival
The stakes get much higher today at the Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented by Force Engineering. Qualifying winds down and eliminations get underway in the heads-up and index classes, while the TorqStorm Superchargers / QA1 True Street and Dodge / Mopar Hemi Shootout presented by Redline Oil racers will decide the winners today. Of those Hemi racers, the top-perfo...
Friday Coverage - Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival
After a booming start to the Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented by Force Engineering, things get real today as testing wraps up and racers move into qualifying in all the heads-up and index classes. While the morning weather called for schedule adjustments, test passes will wrap up today as racers in all categories move into qualifying at The Fastest Track In Michig...
Exclusive First Look: Craig Sullivan's El Mero Mero 1949 Mercury
Photos by Kevin DiOssi It could be said that Pro Modified has matured over the last 30-plus years from its unique signature looks to more cookie-cutter and refined appearances with most racers picking from a list of three or four body types. Craig Sullivan is looking to bring style back to NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod with his latest creationEl Mero Mero, a 1949 Mercury. It isn'...
Thursday Coverage - Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival
After attracting a massive race car count last year, the NMRA Holley Ford Nationals Series and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals return to US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, for the Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented by Force Engineering. This year's united event is wide open for fans to enjoy all the racing action over the next four days, which includes one of th...
Rhea to Race New Car in VP Racing Madditives Street Outlaw This Weekend at NMRA/NMCA Michigan Event
By Mary Lendzion Photos courtesy of Keith Rhea Fans of fast cars got to know Keith Rhea's rowdy 2004 Mustang Cobra when he began competing in the NMRA's Cobra/Terminator vs. GT500 Shootout and Hellion Turbo Battle several years ago. Back then, it was powered by a 5.4 GT500 engine and two Precision 72mm turbos, and it hauled to a best of 7.17 at 196 mph in the quarter-mile. More recen...
Fuelab Finds Sweet Spot With New 595 Ultralight Series Regulators
Fuelab has added to its popular line of adjustable fuel pressure regulators. The 595 Ultralight Series bypass regulators bridge the gap between the popular 515/525 Series and the monster 565 Series regulators. Our expansive line of adjustable fuel pressure regulators have always been solid performers," said Josh Davis, Fuelab sales representative. "You tell us your pressure and flow req...
Cox Switches to Holley EFI ahead of NMRA/NMCA Power Festival
Racers often wait for the winter or off-season to make big changes to their racing program, but in the radial-tire world, racing doesn't have much of a break. When Edelbrock Xtreme Street/Ultra Street racer Ray Cox decided to make the change to electronic fuel injection, he and his son, Brad, looked for the biggest gap between events and went for it. After some conversations with Ryan Witte...
Steve Kurimchak to Return to NMRA G-Force Coyote Stock with Gen 3 Engine
After sitting out the 2020 season due to the pandemic and the birth of his second child, Steve Kurimchak was missing racing and feeling down, so he bought himself a little pick-me-up in the form of a sealed Gen 3 Coyote crate engine. A Maryland resident who works at Johns Hopkins University managing its heavy equipment fleet operations, Kurimchak hadn't raced in NMRA G-Force Transmissions C...
Starost Switches Mustang to VMP Supercharger for Remainder of NMRA Limited Street Season
When JDM Engineering Limited Street debuted in the NMRA at the conclusion of the 2017 racing season, there were a lot of questions about what combination would reign supreme. Now, several years into the category, racer Larry Starost is chasing every advantage he can find and recently made a power adder change to further his program. Starost and crew chief/tuner, multi-time NMRA/NMCA champion Bran...
American Powertrain Introduces High-Horsepower GEN III HEMI 6-Speed Transmission Package
American Powertrain now offers a new T-56 Magnum package designed for GEN III HEMI, Hellcat, Hellcrate and Hellephant engines up to 1100 hp. The Stage 2 upgrade takes high-horsepower Tremec Magnum 6-speeds to a new level with increased torque capacity up to 1100 lbs-ft of torque. The package includes transmission backed up with a proven DYAD dual disc clutch by Centerforce Clutches, rated f...
E3 Line of Lithium Batteries Now Shipping
Born from cutting edge nanoscale materials, chosen by the world's super car manufacturers, and proven on the Formula 1 & NASCAR podiums, the next generation of lithium starter batteries have arrived. Leaving lead-acid, AGM and even traditional lithium-ion batteries languishing in the dust, E3 Lithium is a quantum leap ahead in the power supply market. E3's Lithium line of High Performan...
Terris Hicks Rents and Revives 75-80 Dragway to Restore Racing in the Maryland Region
September 28, 2013, marked 75-80 Dragway's last official race. The Final Call event at the location in Monrovia, Maryland, hosted Outlaw Pro Street, Outlaw Drag Radial, Big Tire Outlaw, and more before the gates were closed for what was expected to be the last time¦ but that's not quite the way things panned out. Almost a decade later, Terris Hicks has rented and revived the track to restor...
Design Engineering, Inc. Offers All-In-One Heat and Sound Blocker
Control vibrations, noise and heat in one product with new Sound Barrier sheets from Design Engineering, Inc. They regulates noise and temperatures inside vehicle interiors for a cool, comfortable ride. Lightweight and easy to install, the sheets can be cut and then glued, mechanically fastened or laid under carpet for a custom fit in any space. Or pair 3 wide double-sided transfer tape (...
Misener Hopes to Cross the U.S./Canada Border Soon for More JDM Engineering Limited Street Competition
By Mary Lendzion Photos courtesy of Jay Misener When Jay Misener began competing in JDM Engineering Limited Street back in 2018, he had a naturally aspirated Coyote engine under the hood of his Mustang. He had chosen to get his feet wet in the category without a power-adder, and he achieved a 9.39 with that engine wearing factory heads and a Cobra Jet intake, and backed by a G-Force Rac...
HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK TO END 35-YEAR LEGACY AFTER 2022 NHRA NATIONAL EVENT
HISTORY-MAKING HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK TO END 35-YEAR LEGACY AFTER 2022 NHRA NATIONAL EVENT; NHRA LOOKS TO ADD NEW TRACK IN 2023 BAYTOWN, Texas (July 14, 2021) “ NHRA and Houston Raceway Park have teamed up to announce the final NHRA SpringNationals as the historic track will close following the 2022 event. As NHRA looks to the future, the leadership team continues its conversations with ...
New Dragstrip, Road Course, Oval Track, and Racing Complex to be Built in Mississippi
In an era where dragstrips are closing and restrictive regulations and legislature threaten the automotive aftermarket, some folks are finding a way to keep the industry thriving. Gerard Hansen, an automotive historian and motorsport professional, loves car culture so much that he risked it all and decided to build the new Mississippi Raceway Park from the ground up. Growing up in New Orleans, Ha...
QA1 Hosts First Open House at New Facility
QA1 is excited to host its first open house event since the completion of its state-of-the-art facility in 2020. The company's space will be open to visitors from 7am to 9am on Friday, July 16, 2021. Guided tours will be followed by a #goDRIVEit cruise to the Street Machine Summer Nationals at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The open house will give enthusiasts an opportunity to see QA1'...
Jason Davis' NMRA Limited Street Mustang GT
Deep Impact Jason Davis makes a big impression on the NMRA Limited Street Class with his 2015 Mustang GT Written by Steve Baur Photography by Kevin DiOssi The NMRA's JDM Engineering Limited Street class has been hugely popular, and despite the relatively limited rule set, the pace at which its entrants have progressed has been staggering. Florida's Jason Davis is one of those Limited S...
Cooler Brake Fluid, Improved Braking Performance for GM Master Cylinders with Lava Master Cylinder Heat Shield from Heatshield Products
Classic GM cast-iron master cylinders can see improved braking performance and reliability with Lava Master Cylinder Heat Shield from Heatshield Products. The master cylinder in these cars is extremely susceptible to heat due to its close proximity to exhaust manifolds and headers and also from the thermal conductivity and heat-holding properties of cast iron. That heat is transferred to fl...
Lizzy Musi to Debut New '69 Camaro at Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings in Epping
A plan that started more than a year ago will come to fruition as the Musi Racing team is set to debut its new Edelbrock-equipped Lucas Oil '69 Camaro at next weekend's Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings stop at New England Dragway in Epping, NH. Lizzy Musi will be behind the wheel of the new car, which was purpose-built for the wildly popular Street Outlaws series that airs on Discovery. The ca...
New PRI Membership Program Unites Racing Industry
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (July 7, 2021) “ Performance Racing Industry (PRI), producer of world-class trade events and media, is launching the racing industry's first of its kind membership program on July 13, 2021. This will make it possible for racers and enthusiasts to join racing businesses in a groundbreaking movement to protect and grow the industry. PRI Membership allows the racing com...
Kevin Gass is a Good Guy Who Goes Far in NMCA Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by Fastest Street Car Staff Kevin Gass has had a passion for classic cars for a long time. He likes the way they look, the way they sound and the way they handle on the street and the strip, and that's why he has owned several of them through the years. But it's the red 1966 Chevelle that he has raced in Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock fo...
Billy Copeland's Nitrous-Fed, NMCA Xtreme Street Dodge Demon
Fiendishly Fast Billy Copeland Jr. transformed his 1972 Dodge Demon into an Xtreme Street machine Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Kevin DiOssi From his early days spent in the garage with his father to his own fatherhood spent passing on his love of muscle cars to the next generation, Billy Copeland Jr.'s focus on family is what makes his racing endeavors more meaningful. Now...
Ryan Hill Returns to NMCA Xtreme Pro Mod with Ron Potenzo's Corvette
Ryan Hill ran a handful of NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod events in 2020 with his Betty White supercharged 1963 Chevy Corvette, so, when he hurt the car and decided to sit out and focus on business, he knew it wouldn't be long before he was back at it. Fortunately, Ron Potenzo offered up a deal to make it happen a lot sooner than Hill originally expected. Based out of the popcor...
F.A.S.T. CARS TRADE NEW RECORD SEVERAL TIMES
Written By Rob Kinnan Photography courtesy of FAST Racers At F.A.S.T.'s recent Springnationals held at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, the record for the Factory Appearing Stock Tire cars traded hands several times, with four drivers all putting up the top number. Ultimately, it was Terry Pennington who reset the record with a staggering 9.45 elapsed time! You might hav...
Stacked Plate 17-Row Transmission Cooler Available from Flex-A-Lite
Whether it's your race car or tow vehicle, keeping your transmission fluid cool is crucial to reliability and longevity. Flex-A-Lite's stacked-plate transmission cooler provides maximum cooling efficiency far above tube and fin designs or factory in-the-radiator coolers. It's available with barbed or AN- fittings. For more information, click HERE (Content courtesy of Flex-A-Lite)
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...
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