A Quick Theory on X275 Justin Cyrnek's new X275 Mustang dubbed Orange Theory | Presented by Nitto Tire
By Ainsley Jacobs Photos Courtesy of Justin Cyrnek Justin Cyrnek has a history of swapping ˜Stangs. In late 2017, he sold his green, Larry Jeffers Racecars-built, turbocharged 2013 Mustang GT to Brad Medlock so that he could finance another 13 GT replacement build. Now, he has yet another Mustang in his stable “ a wicked orange X275 beast. Originally purchased new in 2004 as a Body in ...
Elite Motorsports and Modern Racing Add Tuner Shane Tecklenburg to Pro Mod Powerhouse
  The quickly expanding conglomerate formed by Elite Motorsports announced today the addition of record-setting tuner and engine management expert Shane Tecklenburg to the braintrust led by Modern Racing's Justin Elkes. The arrangement calls for Tecklenburg to supply the team's three turbocharged NHRA Pro Modified entries piloted by Erica Enders, Alex Laughlin, and Steve Matusek with c...
NMCA Champion Geoff Turk Goes Cobra Jet Racing The X15 Flies Again | Presented by Nitto Tire
While hes had a stellar year racing with his Blackbird Dodge/Mopar Challenger Drag Pak, Geoff Turk was already making plans for 2019 earlier this year, and they are taking him on quite the departure from what has proven to be hugely successful in 2018. As you may have gleaned from the image spread across these pages already, Turk has chosen to join the Blue Oval gang with the purchase of a 2018 Co...
Spotlight on Ted Hughes, Whose COPO Camaros Are Cruising in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars and Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by Kevin DiOssi and the FSC Staff and courtesy of Ted Hughes While Ted Hughes had road-raced and drag-raced in various cars and categories through the years, he decided to change gears by purchasing a new COPO Camaro in 2016. He introduced it, and himself, to NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars in 2017, and flew to a ninth-place finish in points that year, and...
Dodge Provides Free NMCA Membership to Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Owners
Dodge and NMCA are proud to announce that every new Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 owner will receive a complimentary one-year associate membership to the NMCA for the 2019 racing season. Dodge is ramping up production to deliver the 11-second capable Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 in the first quarter of 2019 and they are making it easy to have fun at the drag races thanks to a partnershi...
Breaking News Aeromotive's Steve Matusek Joins Elite Motorsports Pro Modified Operation in 2019 | Presented by Nitto Tire
It will come full circle for Pro Mod driver Steve Matusek in 2019. The veteran standout announced today he will drive a twin-turbo Ford Mustang for Elite Motorsports in 2019, joining Elites burgeoning Pro Mod operation that will also feature Erica Enders and Alex Laughlin for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season. This move is a return to Matuseks ...
Stop In A Flash Aerospace Components Helps SVT Lightning Owners Improve Their Stopping Power
Written By Steve Baur Photography By Dr. Rudy Rouweyha and Courtesy of Aerospace Components Since coming to market in 1993, the SVT Lightning pickup truck has become a favorite among Ford, Mustang, and truck enthusiasts everywhere. When the supercharged, second-generation version came out in 1999, we saw even more of them at the race track, modified to the hilt and drastically reducing elaps...
BEHIND BARS The Development of the World's Fastest Doorslammers Part 1: Pro Mod chassis
Written by John F. Katz Photography Courtesy of Chassis Engineering and the FSC Staff The cackling, record-blasting, fin-backed carbon-fiber phenomenon that is Pro Modified racing emerged some 27 years ago from the IHRA Top Sportsman class, and from the nitrous-snorting, mountain-motor outlaws it attracted. Pro Mod has since spawned its own brood of super-lightweight sub-classes that spurn the...
The Silver Mullet Induction Solutions and BES Racing team up to build a 588ci bullet for nitrous
Written by Derek Putnam Photography Courtesy of BES, Induction Solutions, and the Manufacturers As much as we often hear of turbo this and supercharger that, nitrous oxide injection is still just as popular as everthe NMCA even has a class dedicated to just that power adder in ARP Nitrous Pro Street. When we caught wind of Induction Solutions Steve Johnson and his plan to put together a rese...
Formula Drift Star Matt Field Starts Over in 2018 With a Holley EFI-powered 2013 Corvette
Perennial Formula Drift contender Matt Field abandoned his successful Nissan 240SX S14 after the 2017 season and built a '13 Corvette from the ground up in preparation for this year's Formula Drift tour. Starting with a moldy, flood-ravaged C6 he tracked down somewhere in Atlanta, Field and his team completely rebuilt the car, transforming the soggy stock piece into a full-fledged race car in a bu...
Build Big Mopar Power with Gen III Performance's aluminum Hemi race block
Written By Scott Parker Photography Courtesy of Gen III Performance How do you become the fastest Gen III Hemi in the world By breaking stuff. That is exactly what lead to the Gen III Performance aluminum Hemi race block. We were racing Rob Goss' Challenger and split the aluminum block, so we built another one and killed that right awaywithin 10 passes. After the first one, we started lo...
SEMA 2018 Chevrolet Performance Announces 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro
An anniversary-themed 2019 COPO Camaro race car introduced at the SEMA Show celebrates the 50-year milestone of the special order, ultimate performance models and launches the 2019 COPO Camaro program. Chevrolet is proud to celebrate 50 years of the COPO Camaro legacy, said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. Its one of the most enduring legacies in d...
Dave Werremeyer Named Director of Sales at Bogart Racing Wheels | Presented by Nitto Tire
Bogart Racing Wheels is proud to announce Dave Werremeyer, known as Dave W in the racing industry, has joined the company as the new Director of Sales. Werremeyer will work directly with specialty speed shops, racers, and enthusiasts to keep them rolling on and off the drag strip with Bogart's vintage and modern designs. I am excited to join the Bogart Racing Wheels legacy, they've built icon...
Video Inside Miller Welder Digital Elite Series Helmet
The Miller Welder Elite Series helmet offers ClearLight lens technology to allow more colors of the visible light spectrum to pass through the lens. As some experienced welders have described it, it is like welding in HD. The helmet features four arc sensors and four modesweld, cut, grind, and X-Mode. The X-Mode prevents sunlight from darkening the lens before welding begins and low-amperage...
New Product QA1 Releases MOD Series Shocks
QA1 teased the public for the last few weeks with the impending launch of their MOD Series shocks and they finally came clean with photos and specs. The group has applied for several patents on the MOD Series and the shocks could be used for drag racing and handling/pro-touring cars. Since no two cars are the same and racing conditions change rapidly, the MOD Series shocks can be re-valved in a m...
Pritchett Muscles Challenger Drag Pak To NHRA Factory Showdown World Championship Title
Text and Photos by David Hakim The supercharged HEMI powered Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks may have been hauling 50 more pounds than the Cobra Jets and COPOs in the next lane, but you'd never know it. For Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Leah Pritchett and her Dodge/SRT/Mopar backed machine, she came on strong during the last three races of the NHRA SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown (FSS) to...
New Product Vortech V-3 Heritage Series Supercharger
Something old with something newVortech releases its Heritage Series supercharger in its proven V-3 transmission setup and it brings back the nostalgic gear-noise that made the supercharger famous in 1990. The Vortech V-1 is an iconic supercharger that helped revolutionize the high-performance aftermarket in the early 1990s and is credited as the first gear-driven supercharger for this ...
New Product AEM DashDesign Software Enhances CD-5 & CD-7 Carbon Dashes
AEMs latest DashDesign Software update (1.04.10) has further enhanced the functionality of CD-5 & CD-7 Carbon dashes to ensure that it delivers the best experience possible for racing, track-day, hot rod, Powersports or any other application needing a digital dash that lets you see everything. This update allows CD Carbon dashes to receive channels from even more OBDII CAN-based factory ECUs, ...
History Lesson Job Spetter Jr. is First to the 7s at 2000 NMRA World Finals | Presented by Nitto Tire
The world saw the first true 10.5-inch tire car dip into the 7s for the first time on this date in 2000 when Job Spetter Jr. accomplished the task in the final hours of the NMRA season. It was the second annual stop at the Beech Bend Raceway facility and the first time it was officially the NMRA World Finals and held in late September. He ran 7.97 at 177 mph and eventually pushed the low ET mark t...
New Product Maximum Motorsports Simplifies IRS Swaps Into Fox Bodies With Bolt-In Brake-Line Kit
Maximum Motorsports has developed an inexpensive brake-line kit that simplifies swapping the Mustang Cobra independent rear suspension into most Fox Mustangs. Precision-formed hard lines eliminate any bending, cutting, or flaring. Fittings are perfectly positioned to attach the original Fox rear hard line to either the stock Cobra IRS brake hoses or to a braided-stainless-steel IRS hose kit also a...
Dyno Test ProCharger D-1X Cranks 1,029 RWHP
Text and Photos by Michael Galimi Centrifugal supercharger performance took off in the early 1990s largely due to the growing 5.0L Mustang movement. It wasnt new technology but the packaging, performance, and price tag of centrifugal superchargers made it one of the most sought after modifications of the time. Thirty years later, we have seen a ProCharger supercharged Pro Modified successfu...
Strategize And Network With Top Motorsports Experts, Engineers And Innovators At PRI 2018
The Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show brings the motorsports world together for the three biggest business days in racing, giving attendees a unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders and experts who can help advance their businesses. The 2018 PRI Show, held December 6-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will feature a multitude of conferences, seminars,...
Day 4-End is Near for Grueling Hot Rod Drag Week 2018 | Race Coverage by Edelbrock
Jason Tabscott is running out front in Street Race Small Block Naturally Aspirated with a 9.2928 average. The final drive for the competitors on the 2018 Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week proved to be a grueling challenge. The count is down to 365 cars remaining in competition, approximately 68 have bailed out, and the final drive through the mountains saw nearly a dozen teams still driving through t...
Video Inside: FST Carburetors Hits the Market with a New Lineup for Street and Strip
Fuel Systems Technology (FST Carburetors), a new carburetor company based in Walled Lake, Michigan, recently entered the market with a new line of carburetors designed to affordably meet the expectations of racers and street car enthusiasts. The company will be offering both pressure forged and billet main bodies for both street and strip. Their Billet X-treme Pro carburetor features ei...
Pro Line Racing Private Testing Nets Big Results for NHRA U.S. Nationals Warm-Up | Presented by Nitto Tire
Jose Gonzales earlier this year during the NHRA national event at zMax Dragway. Photo Courtesy of NHRA/National Dragster Video Courtesy of Pro Line Racing In the high stakes game of Pro Modified drag racing one of the keys to success is testing, and you better be ready to do a lot of it. As the world's biggest drag race kicks off this week, the 57th annual  NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S...
Late Model Racecraft's Record-Shattering LT-Powered C7 Corvette | Presented by Nitto Tire
By Ainsley Jacobs Photos Courtesy of Late Model Racecraft When Steven Fereday and his team at Late Model Racecraft (LMR) decide to do something, they go ALL IN. On August 1st, Fereday headed over to Evandale Raceway in Evandale, Texas, with a customer car and absolutely decimated the LT1-powered C7 Corvette elapsed time world record. Compared to some of our other cars, this one isnt too w...
Mo Halls Wins Outlaw 10.5 at Cecil County; Outlaw 10.5 Future Questioned | Presented by Nitto Tire
Mo Hall at last year's Yellow Bullet Nationals when he still rocked a set of Mickey Thompson 10.5W tires. He is the latest convert to Mickey Thompson ET Street Pro 315 tires. The drag racing world saw Outlaw 10.5 rise to national prominence in the late 1990s as it gripped the community with its unpredictability and big dollar shootouts. Names like Tim Lynch, Steve Kirk Jr., Brad Brand, and so ...
Old Car, New Tricks Artis Houston's New Nova Combination | Presented by Nitto Tire
By Ainsley Jacobs Photos Courtesy of Artis Houston When NMCA WEST ProCharger Street Outlaw racer Artis Houston popped his engine in early 2015, he wasnt expecting the rebuild process to take as long as it did. Fortunately, the California-based Snap-on Tools franchisee is now back on track and no worse for the wear. It was February, 2015, at South Georgia Motorsports Park when Houston ran ...
Stopping Power-Upgrading a 2018 Mustang GT with Wilwood brakes, Carroll Shelby Wheels, and Nitto tires
There is no doubt the 2018 Mustang GT has reinvigorated the S550 platform with new styling and a powerful 460hp Gen 3 Coyote engine under the hood. The market is buzzing as we've seen companies like Steeda push a 2018 model into the 10s with bolt-ons and no power adder. We've also watched as Midnight Performance became the first 8-second ride with the new engine platform. As those appeal to the ha...
New Product-Ceramic Bearing Upgrade Available for Aerospace Component Vacuum Pumps
The Aerospace Components Ceramic Bearings are new, space-age, hybrid, ceramic bearings that are an optional upgrade to Aerospace Components Vacuum Pump. Using the latest technology, these ceramic bearings offer many benefits for racers and the cost to upgrade is affordable. With 1/10th the friction of steel, the ceramic bearings help produce quicker ETs. The ceramic bearings also weigh 50% less th...
New Product-Champion Cooling Systems Inline Filters
Even with a fresh rebuild, are you sure there isnt any loose scale, rust, or grime left in the block that can end up in your radiator Changing your coolant every couple of years doesnt guaranty there arent any old deposits that can clog the tubes in your radiator. This can lead to overheating or other problems, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. Champion Cooling Systems Inline Filters ...
Summit Motorsports Park Adds Private Track Rentals in 2018 | Presented by Nitto Tire
Text Courtesy of Summit Motorsports Park Photo by FSC Staff Track rentals are available on the recently reconstructed track, where several records have already been set, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Track manager Sam Lance and the track crew provide custom track preparation for sportsman and professional drivers in vehicles of all horsepower levels, whether theyre rollin...
SEMA Secures Congressional Resolution Recognizing July 13th as Collector Car Appreciation Day | Presented by Nitto Tire
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution (H. Res. 980) at the request of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) recognizing July 13, 2018 as Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD).  H. Res. 980 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus House Co-Chairs Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA). The date marks the ninth commemoration in ...
NMCA Racer Joe Welch's Back-to-Back NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Wins | Presented by Nitto Tire
Joe Welch competing at the NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem event earlier this year. By Ainsley Jacobs Photos by FSC/RPD Staff Joe Welchs 2016 Dodge Challenger had quite an impressive history before he ever took ownership of it, but hes recently penned more a few achievements into the cars story when he scored back-to-back wins in the School of Automotive Machinists and Technology NHRA Factory Sto...
Rickie Smith Scores Third E3 Spark Plug NHRA Pro Mod Event Win of 2018 at Summit Motorsports Park
Text and Photos Courtesy of NHRA/National Dragster Rickie Smith secured the Wally during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Sunday afternoon. This weekends Pro Mod racing, presented by J&A Service, was the seventh of 12 events this season. Smith ran a 5.804-second pass at 208.01 mph in his 18 Chevrolet Camaro to de...
New Product-AEM Performance Electronics CD-7 Carbon Fiber Digital Racing Dash Display
AEM has updated its CD-7 Digital Dash Display from an aluminum enclosure to a carbon fiber composite enclosure and in the process has reduced its mass from 740g/26.1 oz. to only 595g/20.9oz. Thats almost 1/3rd lbs. less and makes the CD-7 Carbon the lightest graphical dash of its size among major competitors! The new CD-7 Carbon digital displays also have optional integrated 20Hz GPS, which replac...
Video Inside-Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center and Chevrolet Performance Crate Engines and Accessories
Last week Race Pages Digital connected with Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center's specialty shop, known as the SDPC Raceshop, and we discussed their customized crate engine options. This week, RPD's Steve Baur spoke with Warren Ekery about Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, their relationship with General Motors and Chevrolet Performance, a new crate engine for 2018, and performance accessories for Chevrole...
Super Dave Adkins Sets Super Quick New LS 1/4-Mile ET and MPH Records | Presented by Nitto Tire
By Ainsley Jacobs Photos by Michael Galimi Swedens Andreas Arthursson has held the quarter-mile LSX records for quite some time now, but the king has finally been dethroned. While racing at US131 Motorsports Park, Super Dave Adkins ran 6.1148 at 238.35 mph and reset both ends of the world record with his twin turbo 70.5 Chevy Camaro. Adkins, who bases his operations out of Michigan, hea...
Rickie Smith Earns E3 Spark Plugs Pro Modified Win at NHRA Kansas | Presented by Nitto Tire
Rickie Smith drove to victory Monday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. This weekends Pro Mod racing, presented by Summit Racing Equipment is the fourth of 12 events this season. Smith ran a 6.262-second pass at 233.52 mph in his Chevrolet Camar...
Shotwell Aiming for Fifth Limited Street Win at NMRA Ford Super Nationals | Presented by Nitto Tire
By Mary Lendzion Photos by NMRA As soon as it was announced that Steeda Limited Street would be introduced at the 19th Annual Nitto NMRA All-Ford World Finals last fall at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky, Kelly Shotwell made plans to be there. Then, he promptly set the pace in the promising new category with an 8.93 and went to the Aerospace Components Winners Circle with an 8.89 in the 19...
New Product-JLT Performance 2015-18 Hellcat Intake
If your Hellcat needs more evil, check out JLT Performances 2015-18 Charger/Challenger 6.2L Hellcat cold air intake. The company's 2016 Hellcat Charger was used as the test car for this kit, which includes a Roto-molded air box that utilizes the stock air inlet and sealed to the hood. This inlet is designed to keep inlet temperatures to a minimum by blocking engine heat, and utilizing the Ram Air ...
New Record-Midnight Performance's Manny Gomez Goes 9.11 at 154 mph with Jesus Fajardo's 2018 Mustang GT | Presented by Nitto Tire
It happens every few years, the aftermarket ramps up R&D as Ford introduces new technology in its popular Mustang platform. Last year, the 2018 Mustang was released and it presented a few new challenges for Mustang builders and tuners. Most notable was the introduction of direct injection for increased efficiency and emissions. The other challenge with the new Mustang has been the 10-speed a...
275 Racing Gets Real at LSX Shootout May 17-20 at Beech Bend Raceway with Brian Tooley Racing Real Street Shootout
One of the biggest stops of Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series in 2018 will be the 12th annual LSX Shootout, held May 17-20, 2018 at Beech Bend Raceway. And a major highlight of this years LSX Shootout is the heads-up Brian Tooley Racing Real Street Shootout, which is a 275 Radial eliminator. Open to all LS-powered Edelbrock Xtreme Street vehicles, the shootout takes place Friday and Saturday ...
Andy Manson Making Moves in Street Outlaw with Car and Combination Upgrades | Presented by Nitto Tire
By Mary Lendzion Photos by NMCA/NMRA and courtesy of Andy Manson Even though Andy Manson has always been a force in NMRA VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw and NMCA Vortech Street Outlaw, he took time off last year to focus on fine-tuning his car and combination to make them even more formidable. He began by delivering his Mustang to Chris Acors of Acors Performance for some chassis upgrades a...
Nitto Takes Its Popular NT555 Tire to the Next Level With the NT555 G2
The Nitto Tire brand entrenched itself in the hot late-model Mustang scene over two decades ago and since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds and can be seen on any brand of late-model muscle car, as well as restored and restomodded classics, and more. The Nitto NT555 tire that started it all has been supremely successful, and helped launch a number of other Nitto Tire models, includin...
Ken Quartuccio Jr.'s Sweet New Skinny Kid-Built Radial Tire C7 Corvette | Presented by Nitto Tire
By Ainsley Jacobs Although he first started out drag racing, Ken Quartuccio Jr. eventually took a detour for a little road racing competition before coming full circle and getting back to his straight-line roots. After campaigning his Outlaw 632 nitrous-huffing Camaro for a few seasons, he decided to go big with a brand-new C7 Corvette radial tire monster. Quartuccio, 48, lives in Wallingfor...
Breaking News-Bischoff & Bacalis Go Nitrous for Street Outlaw Assault | Presented by Nitto Tire
Last year longtime NMRA racer Nick Bacalis teamed up with Tony Bischoff to field the most unique entry in the wild and crazy 275 wars of VP Racing Fuels/Vortech Street Outlaw. A 1998 Mustang was fitted with a naturally aspirated 700ci big-block Ford that is based on a 5-inch bore space engine package. The au naturale status of the engine wasn't the most unique aspect of the combination, it was the...
Tech Review-E3 Racing DiamondFIRE Ignition Products
By Miles Cook Photography Courtesy of E3 Spark Plugs As testament to how time flies so quickly, its worth noting that the E3 Racing brand has been around for more than 20 years. Since 1997, E3s main focus has been studying our beloved internal combustion engines by researching ways to improve combustion efficiency, and it didnt take long for the engineering types at E3 to realize that one co...
Video Inside-First 2019 Corvette ZR1 Hits the Chassis Dyno, Makes 668 RWHP
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful model in the American supercar's storied history as it boasts 755hp from the supercharged LT4 engine combination. Just the other day Chevy released the performance statistics as the ZR1 will charge to 60 mph in just 2.85 seconds while 100 mph comes from a factory reported number of 6.00 seconds. For the drag racing crowd, Chevy has validated this car in...
Rickie Smith Strikes First with E3 Spark Plug NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Win at NHRA Gatornationals | Presented by Nitto Tire
Text and Photo Courtesy of NHRA/National Dragster GAINESVILLE, Fla. “ Rickie Smith drove to victory Sunday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Dragway. This weekends Pro Mod racing, presented by Jerry Bickel Race Cars, is the first of 12 events this season. Smith ra...
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