By Mary Lendzion
Adding even more action to select NMCA events each year is the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series and its popular ProForm Rumble, LME Street King and Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center.
Among the drivers duking it out in Proform Rumble is David Rickey, who earned a championship in the category in 2018 and was bent on backing it up in 2019.
He got going by qualifying in the fourth spot with an 11.28 on an 11.25 index and finishing as runner-up with an 11.23 against Nicholas Massengale at the 11th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by Mahle Motorsport in April at Atlanta Dragway.
Rickey then qualified in the eighth spot with an 11.22 on an 11.25 index and exited eliminations in the semifinal with an 11.24 against Regina Puckett at the Inaugural Comp Cams NMCA Memphis Homecoming featuring the 13th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout, and qualified in the fourth spot with an 11.18 on an 11.00 index and made it to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle with an 11.32 over Nicholas Massengale at the 14th Annual Nitto NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing in July at Route 66 Raceway in Illinois.
The Ohio-based driver with the clean red Camaro qualified in the ninth spot with an 11.20 on an 11.25 index and earned another runner-up finish with an 11.13 against Dewayne Massengale at the 18th Annual NMCA All-American Nationals in August at Summit Motorsports Park in Ohio.
As determined as ever, he qualified in the fifteenth spot with a 10.98 on an 11.00 index and won with an 11.11 at the final event on this year’s tour, the 18th Annual NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance in September at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana. At the same time — and making the weekend even more meaningful — he secured the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series Proform Rumble championship for the second year in a row.
“This class is extremely tough,” said Rickey. “No transbrakes, pro tree, tuning to an index through large weather swings over multiple days. To not only win the championship, but back-to-back championships, is a huge honor. This year was extra-special for me because my wife and kids were able to be at most of the races with me. Having them stand in the winner’s circle with me was very memorable. I would like to thank my wife, Jessica, who won the Dodge//Mopar HEMI Shootout’s 15.00 class three times this year, my sons, Chase and Lucas, dad, Tim, and mom, Susan. I couldn’t do it without their support.”
Rickey and his fellow champions will be celebrated at a special Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series event during the Performance Racing Industry show in December in Indiana.