Nitto Tire Continues $1,000 Bonus Program for QA1 True Street at all NMRA events in 2021
Nitto Tire is once again bringing its NT555RII bonus program to the insanely popular NMRA QA1 True Street category, which boosts the purse to $1,000 for the 9-second, 10-second, 11-second, 12-second, 13-second, 14-second, and 15-second winners. The bonus program will be available during the complete 2021 Holley NMRA Ford Nationals event schedule. The program began last year to celebrate the relea...
Special VP Racer Pack from VP Racing Fuels | Limited Time Offer
Fresh off the off-season and ready to race, VP Racing Fuels is offering highly discounted Racer Packs that have everything you need to replace all of the fluids on your car and get them ready for track action! Utilizing their highest quality engine oils, gear oils, performance coolants and brake fluid, every fluid in your vehicle will be fresh for a new race season and give you peace of mind kn...
Where It All Started-Wild Rides Race Cars
After doing fabrication and building parts for himself and friends for years, Gene Giroud threw caution to the wind in 1993 and went all-in on a new business, Wild Rides Race Cars. It was a hobby that got out of control, laughed Giroud, now 55, who went to trade school while in high school. He had a successful career with an industrial air conditioning company, got married, bought a house...
Strange Engineering's New Billet U-Bolt Strap Kit Offers Strength and Reliability
Strange Engineering has introduced its new billet u-bolt strap kit. The chrome moly steel straps, ETD-150 steel studs and ARP thread locking nuts offer a 90 percent strength increase and superior reliability when compared to OEM style u-bolts. The consistent clamping force and 360 degree support of the u-joint cap increase u-joint life by reducing operating temperature and eliminating the p...
VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod Driver Ryan Hill is Already Hauling in his New Hot Rod
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by Mary Lendzion and Fastest Street Car Staff Ryan Hill has been behind the wheel of several cars in his twenty years of racing. The first was a junior dragster, followed by a Malibu, a Mustang, a dragster, a Firebird, and ultimately, the 1963 Corvette-bodied car that he debuted in the middle of 2020 in NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod. Built by...
Hot Crate-Heat up your next project with Mopar's 807-horsepower Hellcrate Redeye Supercharged HEMI crate engine
Written by Steve Turner Photography courtesy of FCA North America The horsepower wars are definitely raging on dealership lots, and no company revels in touting the output of its engine more than Dodge. However, these mega-powered modern engines are increasingly not limited factory machines. These days the company offers a wide variety of crate engines designed to power your project. The latest i...
Muscular Manual-Building TREMEC six-speed manual capable of withstanding four-digit power and single-digit elapsed times
Written by Jesse Kiser Photography by the author It's 2020 where twin-turbo junkyard LS engines are commonplace, a 275 is a small tire, and street-driven cars run sevens. An oft-overlooked element in the crowded staging lanes of 1,000-horsepower cars is the transmission. Automatics might win races, but six-speeds are just more fun. With stick-shift classes popping up across the country, it...
American Powertrain Has New Pro-Fit TKX 5-Speed System for 1966-1970 Mopar B-Body
American Powertrain has a new Pro-Fit 5-speed system for classic Mopar B-body cars featuring the new TREMEC TKX 5-Speed. The TKX Pro-Fit fits vintage Charger, Coronet, GTX, Road Runner, Satellite, Belvedere, Super Bird and Super Bees like an original A833 manual transmission with the correct shift position and tunnel fit. The new TKX features a streamlined case for zero tunnel modifications...
Where It All Started-AFCO Racing
Back in the ˜80s a professional relationship in motorsports between Mark Bush and Jim Scales ultimately wound up as a collaborative entrepreneurial effort that spawned the suspension and performance parts company known today as AFCO. Living in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Bush was busy running several oval track-focused speed shops, building engines, and selling Midwest Race Engineering...
Mickey Thompson Tires Street Outlaw Returns Full-Time to NMCA in 2021
The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals is proud to announce the Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels Street Outlaw category will be contested at all six national events in 2021. The fast-paced 275 Radial category joins five other heads-up eliminators to create one of the most diverse championship line-ups in drag racing. Mickey Thompson Tires Street Outlaw racers always bring great competition to the NMCA even...
Matt Fint Moves to NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock for 2021
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and absence from racing definitely deepens the desire to get back at it more than ever. When former NMRA Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle racer Matt Fint sat out for six seasons, his return to NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock in 2020 helped quell a craving, but not completely. Now, for 2021, Fint will be making the move to NMRA G-Force Racing Transmission...
Spotlight on Leonard Long - Manual Transmission Mastermind and Dart NA 10.5 Presented by Diamond Pistons Champion
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by Fastest Street Car Staff When Leonard Long was a senior at Hershey High School in Pennsylvania in the 1960s, he was planning to be a mechanic upon graduation. But with some encouragement from his father, he chose to go to vocational school instead, and the skills he acquired there have served him well, as he went on to own and operate Long Machine an...
Virtual Vegas-We perused the digital aisles of SEMA 360 in search of the high-performance hardware
By Steve Turner Photography courtesy of Specialty Equipment Market Association Each year the entire automotive aftermarket makes a pilgrimage to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show. Known as the SEMA Show, this even fills the Las Vegas Convention Center and its surrounding parking lots with vehicles and product displays touting new and existing hardware th...
The Show Must Go On-Neither COVID-19 nor rain could dampen the festive activities of LS Fest 2020
By Michael Galimi Photos Courtesy of Holley It is a movement built around an engine platform and for the last 11 years the biggest celebration for it has been the Holley LS Fest. The annual shindig pulls in LS enthusiasts from across the country and Beech Bend Raceway's side-by-side racetracks offer non-stop action. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic dampened the mood slightly with local restricti...
VP Racing Fuels Pre-order from Now Online
If you need to order VP Racing Fuels for any event this year, the form is now available on both nrmadigital.com and nmcadigital.com. Just click on the Racer Info link, and scroll down to the VP Racing Fuels Pre-Order link, or click on the following links directly: VP Racing Fuels Pre-Order form for NMRA events VP Racing Fuels Pre-Order form for NMCA events You can download the form there whenever...
Flight Plan-Geoff Turk revives the Blackbird with a four-digit, Whipple-blown Hemi under the hood
With so much personal attachment and history wrapped up in the Blackbird, Turk doesn't want to cut it up for Version 2.0. He may swap out the glass, but he is sticking with a Factory Super Cars-legal suspension to avoid putting the car under the knife. By Steve Turner Photography courtesy of Geoff Turk/Holley Back in 2018 Geoff Turk emblazoned his name in the history books as the founding mem...
Tech Review-G-Force Performance Engineering ProBushings
Written by Jason Reiss Photography courtesy of GForce Performance Engineering Let's face it, chassis bushings are decidedly unsexy performance parts. They aren't shiny, billet, or covered in a high-visibility hue to catch the eye. Properly performing bushings are mostly out-of-sight, out-of-mind components that aren't even thought about until one or more fails. But according to Jesse Powel...
Air Play-Mike Washington Sends Project #PureEvil to the Sky!
By Michael Galimi Photography by MaryBeth Kiczenski It is true, we've been slackers and haven't put Project #PureEvil on track much in 2020 after it dropped career-best runs at the end of 2019. If you didn't know, the car ran a best of 8.47 at 158 mph during Atco Raceway's 2019 Black Friday test and tune. That was accomplished in outlaw trim with a G-Force Racing Transmissions G5R clutchle...
Travis Burkett to Debut in NMRA Edelbrock Renegade for 2020 Season
Some people like to dip their toe in the water before jumping in, and otherslike Travis Burkettjust go full-on cannonball-style straight into the deep end instead. After dabbling in drag racing over the years, the family man from Greenfield, Indiana, is set to dive in and make his NMRA debut in the fiercely competitive Edelbrock Renegade category. In 2004, when he was 20 years old and studying at...
American Powertrain Introduces Pro-Fit TKX 5-Speed Systems for 1955-1982 C1, C2 & C3 Corvettes
American Powertrain has introduced its new Pro-Fit 5-speed system for classic Corvettes featuring the all new TREMEC TKX 5-Speed. The new TKX Pro-Fit kit fits vintage Corvettes like an original GM manual transmission with the correct shift position and tunnel fit. The new TKX features a streamlined case for improved fitment with zero tunnel modifications. American Powertrain modifies the TK...
Chevrolet Performance Inks 3-Year Contract Extension with NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals is proud to announce a 3-year contract with one of the most recognizable names in motorsportsChevrolet Performance. The deal includes Chevrolet Performance sponsored integration of LSX-based categories into the NMCA championship drag racing program, the 15th annual LSX Shootout (World Wide Technology Raceway May 13-16, 2021), the 3rd annual COPO Camaro Shootout (Summi...
UNretired-Camp Stanley to Tune Check Weck's Bad Dog '59 DeSoto Pro Mod
Nothing lasts forevernot even retirement. When legendary doorslammer bad boy Camp Stanley shockingly announced his retirement from racing in March of 2020, those that knew him best knew it wouldn't stick. Now, less than one year later, Stanley has announced his UN-retirement and his plans for the 2021 racing season with Chuck Weck. Weck, a member of the Chicago Wiseguys group that has domin...
Chevrolet Performance Stock champion Glenn Pushis returns to claim another crown
Fort Wayne, Indiana's Glenn Pushis is more than familiar with making big things happen. He's currently overseeing the construction of a 1.9 billion dollar steel manufacturing facility as part of his day job at Steel Dynamics, and in his personal time, he has accumulated three Chevrolet Performance Stock (CPS) championships across the NMCA and Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series. After a bri...
After Wild Ride and Repairs, McMullin Readying for 2021 NMRA Season
By Mary Lendzion While Kevin McMullin's 2020 race season commenced with a runner-up finish at the first NMRA event of the year, it closed with a wild ride at the last NMRA event of the year. In the second round of G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock eliminations at the NMRA All-Ford World Finals featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival in September a...
TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Expands to 3 NMRA Events in 2021
The fun continues for stick-shift racers in QA1 True Street as TREMEC Transmissions and the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals expand the popular shootout to three stops on the 6-event national tour. The TREMEC Transmissions Stick Shift Shootout will be contested during the NMRA Spring Break Shootout, the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals, and the NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival. ...
New Terminator X Stealth 4500 EFI System Available from Holley
The Terminator X Stealth 4500 EFI System from Holley features eight 100 lb/hr fuel injectors capable of supporting up to 1500 horsepower naturally aspirated or 1250 horsepower on forced induction applications. The Terminator X ECU is capable of fuel map self-learning and ignition timing control, improving idle stability, drivability and wide-open throttle horsepower. It is designed to fit w...
Tom Mueller to Take on NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock with Brandon Alsept in 2021
When it's time to get back into racing after a hiatus, it's always a good idea to consult an expert. And, when that expert is Brandon Alsept, winner of two NMRA Pure Street championships, one NMCA Mean Street championship, and crew chief/tuner for Matt Amrine's four NMRA Factory Stock championships, the good idea becomes a great one. Ohio resident Tom Mueller drag raced his ProCharged...
United States Motorsports Association Partners With Summit Motorsports Park
By Mary Lendzion The United States Motorsports Association has been named the Official Motorsports Advocacy Group of Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Formed in 2015, the United States Motorsports Association represents the racing industry in local, state and federal matters, and creates connections between members of the racing industry and government officials. It also serves as a sourc...
Packing Power -Eric Gustafson's Camaro is cooking with ProCharger boost in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod
Rolling on Weld Racing wheels fitted with Hoosier rubber, this Camaro has no trouble hooking up the massive power of a ProCharged Hemi. Written by Steve Turner Photography by Kevin DiOssi Running a corporation not only requires passion, persistence, lightning-fast decisions, but the patience to know when to apply full throttle. Eric Gustafson puts those attributes to work on a daily basi...
Clean and Mean-When Tony Hobson wanted to run quicker on the quarter-mile, he built a stunning Fox 'Stang
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Kevin DiOssi In life, change can be full of questions and confusion. In racing, though, the word change is generally synonymous with going faster. That's exactly the kind of change Tony Hobson was looking for when he pulled the trigger on a new-to-him Fox-Body Mustang. Growing up in Missouri, Hobson always knew he would be involved in racing in...
VP RACING FUELS NAMED OFFICIAL FUEL OF COPO PARTS DIRECT
VP Racing Fuels, Inc., a global leader in performance fuels, lubricants, and additives, today announced they've been named the Official Fuel of COPO Parts Direct and Turn Key Automotive in Oxford, Michigan. "The COPO name is recognized around the world by racers, enthusiasts, and collectors in particular since there are only 69 of these awesome units produced each year," said James ...
Design Engineering, Inc. Enters Phase Two of Three-Phase Expansion Project
Design Engineering, Inc., a heat and sound management products company, is entering phase two of a long-term, three-phase expansion project that will increase capacity at its headquarters in Avon Lake, Ohio. This expansion will allow DEI to expand our manufacturing, assembly and warehouse capabilities, and grow our R&D department, said Dave Ramirez, vice president of operations. With this s...
Ace Racing Sponsors Spring Break Shootout Class
The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals is proud to announce Ace Racing has joined the national event series as the sponsor of the legendary Spring Break Shootout category, held March 4-7, 2021 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. "We're excited to work with the NMRA and it's large group of enthusiasts and fans, said Joe Hoffner of Ace Racing. "The stick-shift transmiss...
Champion Brands Celebrates 65 Years in the Lubricant Business
Champion Brands, LLC, a globally recognized industry manufacturer of chemicals, lubricants, brake fluids, motor oils and additives, announced this week a year-long 65th Anniversary Celebration in 2021. Highlights of the year will be sponsorship of national & regional auto races, product contests, promotions, and special events. Originally Lowe Oil Co. founded by Ralph Lowe in 1956, Cham...
Anderson Lands His Third Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series LME Street King Championship
By Mary Lendzion Kurt Anderson is known for many things. He's cool, calm and collected, he's friendly off-track and formidable on-track, he's skilled and savvy and he had already earned championships in Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series LME Street King in 2017 and 2018 before committing to chasing another championship in 2020. With his Camaro back home in snowy Wisconsin, Ander...
New Blue! QA1's 1972 Ford F100 Build
Aftermarket manufacturers often purchase vehicles to use for research and development of new products. Such is the case with New Blue, QA1's latest R&D vehicle that seems to have captured the hearts of the enthusiasts within the company. Just as the Chevrolet C10 trucks from 1968-1972 and the square body trucks to follow have become popular with restomodders, the early Ford pickup truck...
Rickey Races to His Third Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series Proform Rumble Championship
By Mary Lendzion Soon after buying his Camaro in 2007, David Rickey began adding bolt-on parts to beef it up. Then, he began racing at tracks near his home in Ohio, as well as in the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series.He is as competitive as they come in Proform Rumble, and after capturing a championship in the category in 2018 and 2019, he poised himself to power to a third championship in 2...
Earl's Offers Hellcat Supercharger Intercooler Manifold for Classic Car and Truck Engine Swaps
Fitting a Gen 3 Hemi in between the fenders of a classic car or truck engine bay designed for a much smaller powerplant can be tricky. Earl's new Hellcat supercharger intake manifold helps gain back valuable under-hood real estate by creating almost two inches of extra firewall clearance for the factory Hellcat supercharger. The manifold is machined from billet aluminum and utilize universal ...
Dart Debuts Re-engineered Iron Eagle Small-Block Ford Cylinder Blocks
Dart's small-block Ford Iron Eagle blocks are designed to work with the stock components, but are now much more than a stock replacement. The new Dart SBF block has been designed from the ground up for hardcore racing. These new blocks are cast from premium high strength iron with extra thick cylinder walls and decks. The main webs are beefed up and fitted with steel 4-bolt main caps. All t...
Top 10 Cooling Mistakes
Written By Cole Quinnell Photography by the Author Horsepower means heat. Unfortunately, for your race car or tow vehicle, too much heator rather not having the right equipment to dissipate the heatcan mean overheating. We see a lot of cooling blunders, so we thought we would share the top 10 cooling mistakes that we have run across. Make sure you don't have one of these lurking under th...
Heintz Impressive En Route to Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Championship
By Mary Lendzion When Jeff Heintz began competing in the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series several years ago, he was behind the wheel of two different cars. One of them was his 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, and the other was his wife Christy's 2003 Corvette Z06, and he was holding his own in the series' LME Street King category and in NMCA TorqStorm Superchargers True Street. But during t...
DEI Offers Safety Products to Provide Protection for Eyes, Ears and Arms
Things can happen in an instant in the pits, meaning pit crews can never be too safe. DEI's Pit Crew Safety Kit includes vision, hearing and arm protection for professional mechanics, pit crew members and do-it-yourselfers. Kits include protective eyewear, ear plugs and Kevlar sleeving, all in one package and at an affordable price. Safety is the most important thing, which is why DEI is...
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Brian Keep Used Power and Persistence to Pick Up NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street Championship
By Mary Lendzion Brian Keep raced a handful of hot rods before climbing into the Camaro he campaigns now several years ago. And, the Floridian who is eternally focused on winning has been exceptional in NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street in the car featuring a small-block Chevrolet engine which Hameetman Racing Engines machined and he assembled and paired with a ProCharger F-1A-91, RPM Transmi...
Leslie Jr. Forceful While Flying to NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock Championship
By Mary Lendzion Twenty years have passed since John Leslie Jr. began competing in NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock. In that time, he has fascinated fans with his hard launches, high wheelies and hurried shifting in a couple of different Mustangs, but most recently in his silver and blue bullet boasting a Coyote engine by MPR Racing Engines, a G101-A by G-Force Racing Transmiss...
Evan Bader Promoted to Track Manager Position at Summit Motorsports Park
Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio is proud to announce that Evan Bader has been named Track Manager. Bader began working part-time at the famed family-owned facility when he was ten years old, and transitioned to full-time upon graduating in 2016 with a degree in Sport Management and Public Relations from Ohio Northern, where he also was a goalie for the university's soccer team....
Warren Wraps Up Ninth Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Championship
By Mary Lendzion Already an eight-time champion in NMCA Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle at the beginning of 2020, Andy Warren wanted to become a nine-time champion in the category by the end of the year. His chances were good, as he's as competitive as they come in his Caprice. The Kentuckian qualified in the tenth spot with a 10.03 on a 10.00 index in his car packing a small-block ...
McKenna Motors to NMRA ROUSH Performance Super Stang Championship in Street-Driven Mustang
By Mary Lendzion While Kevin McKenna had been competing in NMRA Ford Muscle, he made the move to NMRA ROUSH Performance Super Stang in 2020. He was prepared for the challenge, and to be sure that his street-driven Mustang motivated by a stock Coyote engine and VMP supercharger was also prepared for the challenge, he drove it from his home in Indiana to Ramsey's Performance in F...
NMCA Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Driver Hackelton Hauls in Testing
By Mary Lendzion Ronnie Hackelton is fresh off a remarkable race season in NMCA Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center competition. He ran to a runner-up finish at the NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Force Engineering in August at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan, set an elapsed-time record with  a 10.37 which stil...
Dave Fiscus Builds a Badass Big Boost G-Body Buick for Xtreme Street and X275
Decades before he began his most recent project car, Ohio resident Dave Fiscus bought a Buick Grand National¦ from his mother, while he was a teenager. That car was the start of a successful drag racing career for the man, and the inspiration for his new X275 big-boost Buick. My mom street raced my old Grand National some, and when I bought it, she had two wheels in the trunk with slicks m...
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