Today things get serious at the 11th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals Presented by MAHLE Motorsport. After a wet start on Friday, the NMRA/NMCA team dried and prepped the track and we ran a full round of qualifying yesterday, which included some impressive performances. Today the action continues with two rounds of qualifying, as well as eliminations in the All-Star Shootouts (which pit competitors from the NMRA and NMCA series against one another), the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout, and the EATON TVS Supercharger Throwdown. Stay tuned right here for updates as the action unfolds and watch the live feed over at SpeedVideo.com as racers plot a course toward a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.
Here’s a look at how the action will unfold today at the 11th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals as racers establish their positions going into tomorrow’s big day of eliminations.
What does it take to get a corner-carving 2016 Challenger SRT driver off the road course and pointed straight down Atlanta Dragway? It’s the siren’s song of the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout. The 600-plus-car Peach State Challenger club sent a few emissaries down to compete, including John Riordan. Seen here adding class stickers, Riordan usually runs 1:40 laps around Barber Motorsports Park thanks to Mopar Stage 3 springs, Hotchkis suspension bits, Carbotech brakes, plenty of chassis braces, and more. This event will mark his first time down the quarter-mile, and he hopes to run in the 13-second zone. If things go his way, Riordan might end up in the Arrington Performance HEMI Quick 8 Presented by Red Line Oil on Sunday.
It is rare to see a 1979 Mustang Indy Pace Car edition out in the wild, and even rarer to see one racing. Dylan Neuenschwander is competing with this Pace Car in NMRA Race Star Wheels Ford Muscle with this freshened-up car, which was originally a V8 car. It did not, however, come with the blown ’01 4.6-liter modular engine or Strange rearend that Neuenschwander installed. He has run a best of 12.10 in the car so far, but no matter how quick it runs, we just enjoy seeing it in action.
A True Street regular, Kurt Welfel is out at his first race with his classic ’Stang’s new combo, which features a 340-cube small-block boosted by a Precision Turbo 76/85 turbo from Hellion Power Systems, and cooled by an Alton Clements intercooler. He is just feeling the new combo out this weekend, but he plans to bring it out to all the remaining races where he will compete in ProCharger Modified Street.
While Marshall J. Smith’s Ranchero is down for a new engine, he is campaigning the MJ Cyclone in the Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Car class. The 73-year-old has followed the series for 14 years, and his Mercury is powered by a Bennett Racing-built, 438-cube powerplant, which can power the muscle machine to 9.6-second elapsed times, but he has an extra 300 pounds in the car to tame it down to more manageable 10-second performances.
Paul Long of G-Force Racing Transmissions is staying busy this weekend ensuring that several competitors’ transmissions are in tip-top shape. He has serviced several gearboxes for G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock racers to get them back out on the track making laps.
Other than trying out a few camshaft grinds in the off-season, Edelbrock Xtreme Street racer Jesse Coulter didn’t change up much from last season’s successful combination. His turbocharged, and LSX-powered ’91 Camaro clicked off a 4.67 at 151.82 mph to top the qualifying sheet in the first round, so whatever he did must have worked.
NMRA legend Charlie Booze Jr. celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday with the best way he knows how – racing. Booze is back with his “Freight Train” Fox body Mustang for the first time in NMRA competition since 2012, and has already been quick to make a host of changes since the season opener in Florida last month. Booze did a complete gearing swap both in the rear gear and in the trans, added a new cam, and made some lifter changes to his naturally aspirated Windsor engine. New stickers from Strange add the perfect finishing touch, and he’s also bolted on a set of radials for the first time since the old days. Booze currently sits second in NMRA ProCharger Modified Street with an 8.017-second hit.
John Leslie Jr. hit the wall and did some damage during Friday night’s NMRA Richmond Gear Facory Stock qualifying session. Shortly after leaving the line, his Mustang went up in a massive wheel stand and likely hit the push bar bracket which unloaded the chassis and caused Leslie to careen into the wall. He’s OK, fortunately, but his Fox body didn’t fare as well as it acquired some body damage as well as significant suspension damage.
While Tim Clark has been racing in Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Car for many moons, he hadn’t been able to attend as many events as he would have liked because of his work schedule, but after 37 years, he retired from Ryder Transportation last December, and has circled more NMCA races on his calendar. This weekend, the North Carolina resident is racing in the category’s 10.00 index in his 1967 Chevelle powered by a 427 cubic-inch Chevrolet engine, and with a 10.10, he’s currently qualified in the eighth spot. Now, he’s preparing for today’s second round of qualifying. “I’ll do a timing and carb adjustment to get the car to pick up, and get me to where I need to be,” said Clark.
Boasting BES power and a nice nitrous system, Jim Widener and team were hustling to get their ’17 Corvette buttoned up for the second round of qualifying. No new changes since the previous NMCA race in Florida, but Widener has been tweaking on things and ideally would like to see an improvement of his previous 3.79 personal best – he’s not far off, as he’s already gone 3.809 this weekend.
Axle Weiss, one half of the notorious Stanley & Weiss Racing team, was feeling a little tired this morning. 😉
Don Walsh Jr. was putting some heat in the pipes and was the picture of focus as he kept an eye on his twin turbo Walsh Motorsports NMCA Xtreme Pro Mod Corvette’s vital signs. A 3.879 in qualifying yesterday was followed with a 3.732 at 213.20 mph hit today, and this expert team is showing their colors as they easily claimed the number one spot for the class.
NMCA Chevrolet Performance Stock driver Keith Vaughn is campaigning his usual ’87 Corvette this weekend, but has a second entry in his pit now. Purchased less than two months ago, he’s already racing his ’07 Corvette as it is making its debut in NMCA Proform Rumble
NMCA Xtreme Pro Mod driver Stephan Stringer wrecked at the NMCA World Finals in Indy last year in a big way, and finally fired up his blown and Brad Anderson Enterprises-powered ’69 Camaro for the first time since the incident this weekend. Stringer went 6.055 last night in qualifying and improved dramatically to 3.904 today, but something let go near the eighth-mile marker and Stringer will surely have some work once he gets back to his pits.
Terry Munroe of Pennsylvania campaigns his Magnuson supercharged ’19 COPO Camaro in the NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Car category, and tuner James was making a few adjustments to the car’s Holley EFI system before heading out for the second qualifying session in hopes of finding a seven-second timeslip. New for the team this year is a Patterson Elite engine, RPM-built Turbo 400 transmission and Coan converter, and a set of Santhuff shocks.
Photo courtesy Hellion Racing B-Team
A late-night swap to change her ProTorque U9 converter to use a different stator is part of NMRA Edelbrock Renegade badass Haley James’s plan to improve upon her qualifying run last night of 4.785.
With a grandfather and a father who raced, Robin Whiteford Quinton is a third generation racer who simply can’t stop smiling when she’s at a race track. Whiteford Quinton, pictured here with her niece, Gracie Harris, earned a win in NMRA QAI True Street at this event a few years ago, and is hoping to repeat the feat in the category this weekend in her popular pink Mustang that is powered by a small-block Ford, enhanced by a Nitrous Express system, and painted pink by C&L Customs in honor of her mother’s fight against breast cancer. She’s looking for an 11.50, and she’ll have help dialing in her combination from her husband and crew chief, Eric Quinton. Cheering for her from afar are her students at Emerald High School in South Carolina, where she teaches Behavioral Improvement. “My students help me with the car back home,” said Whiteford Quinton. “They want to see how I do at the races, and when I do well, their faces light up.”
Cameron Bowles had cylinder head damage after the season opener courtesy of a rocker arm/push rod issue. He welded up the heads and fixed the issue, but only got the engine back together the Wednesday before the race. So far his Maverick is running well, as he qualified in the top spot with a .004 reaction time in NMCA Magnafuel Open Comp.
Don Baskin tried to hit his ARP Nitrous Pro Street 1982 Olds Cutlass with the big kit, but he couldn’t find the hook. He swapped on some fresh boots from Mickey Thompson and dialed in the jets to try and “calm it down on the leave.” Sporting a BES engine, this car was formerly raced by the legendary Warren Johnson.
Scott Libersher is testing a new bullet in his ’19 COPO Camaro this weekend, and it seems to be working out so far as the car ran a 7.94 at 173 MPH to qualifying in the middle of the pack in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars. One of his teammates already blew a motor and they are waiting on several spare engines for the next race, and he joked that he needs a second job to keep up with the engine demand.
Some wild rear suspension movement caused the tire to tear up the inner fender liner on Chris Bishir’s 2018 Camaro ZL1, so the team was tweaking the sheetmetal for some clearance. Rubbing not withstanding, the Lingenfelter-backed EATON TVS Supercharger Throwdown entry qualified strong with a 9.49-second run. It looks to be a player today as TVS-blown machines battle for the Twin Vortices Series trophy.
Since the season opener, Bob Cook changed up torque converters and his combo responded nicely. He nabbed the top qualifying spot so far in ProCharger Modified Street thanks to a 7-second rip, and he looks like the man to beat so far.
Phil Hines is running strong so far in NMCA Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw. He just loosened up the torque converter stator by 250 to 300 rpm and the car seems to have responded. He is still running his tried and true ProCharger F-1X, and it is making the steam. “I know the car has the power, but you have to do it and last night was doing it,” he said of the car’s 4.37 qualifying rip on Friday night.
Jody Blalock Sr. and his 1949 Hudson have a long history, as he purchased it for a mere $125 when he was in the Army and stationed in Colorado in 1968. These days, it has a 500 cubic-inch Chrysler engine under the hood and it runs 10s. Meanwhile, his son, Jody Blalock Jr., has a 1947 Hudson with a 500 cubic-inch Chrysler engine, and it runs 9s. Both of them compete in NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp in their chock-full of character cars. “The very first car my kids ever rode in was this 1949 Hudson,” said Blakock Sr. “Then, I started racing it and have had a lot of fun in it.”
Harry King of nearby Royston, Georgia, brought his beautiful 1969 Camaro to compete in the Chevrolet Performance Street Car Challenge this weekend. King has equipped his First-Gen F-body with a, LS-based 5.3 truck engine that he stuffed with a turbo camshaft and some head studs and LS9 head gaskets. Feeding it is a low-buck turbo kit, and King has it tuned with HP Tuners software. The car runs 10.50s, which should put him near the top of the Street Car Challenge sheets based on last year’s turnout.
Edelbrock Xtreme Street racer Tony Orts found himself on the video highlights after his ’68 Firebird went into a massive wheel stand during last night’s qualifying session. He had to replace the steering column and give the car a new front-end alignment this morning, and his Q2 run showed that the 50 lbs of ballast he added to the front end kept it down on the track.
Multi-time NMCA champion Ricky Pennington started off the season running in Coan Engineering Stock/ Super Stock Combo and Chevrolet Performance Stock in this 1969 Chevelle, so we were surprised to find the same car entered into LME Street King. As it turns out, there may be a buyer for the Chevelle and they wanted to take it easy on it this weekend.
Having previously raced in the NMCA’s Edelbrock Xtreme Street class, Martin Connelley is no stranger to the way the events are run. He’s been running in the Ultra Street class with a nitrous combination in Ed McCarty’s Mustang, but he and friend Eric Mitchell decided to throw caution to the wind, drop in a ProCharger D1-X blower, change the gear, the transmission, and the torque converter, and come join the fray in the NMRA’s ProCharger Modified Street class this weekend. The bright orange ’86 Mustang packs a 365ci small-block Ford with Trick Flow high-port cylinder heads.
Bill Boomhower’s 1965 Belvedere beckons fans on-track and off-track, and for good reason. The big, black and beautiful car gets from the starting line to the finish line with a 540 cubic-inch Wedge engine, and Boomhower is running the 9.50 index in Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock this weekend. “I grew up with these old cars, like mine and the other ones in the Nostalgia Super Stock class,” said Boomhower. “I really love them.” As we were walking away from Boomhower’s pit area, his fellow racer, Barry Camp, was sure to tell us that Bill is appreciated among his fellow racers, and, in his words, “has a heart bigger than the city of Detroit.”
In his eye-catching Clairco Racing Corvette, Steven Griswold is competing in the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series’ LME Street King category this weekend. The car cruises with an LS engine paired with a ProCharger, and on board to help Griswold keep it finely-tuned is his crew chief, Richard Brannen of Brannen’s Auto Works. Griswold is currently qualified in the third spot with an 8.57 on an 8.50 index, and will be one to watch when eliminations roll around. For more about Griswold and his car, check out a four-page feature in the upcoming June issue of Fastest Street Car.
NMRA ARP Open Comp/NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp driver Jon M. Pickering turned the air pink during a burnout today for a highly-anticipated gender reveal for the baby his son, Joshua Pickering, and his significant other, Laurie Lynn, are expecting in August. There were happy cheers, and a fair amount of happy tears, when the plume of smoke turned pink. Congratulations to the family, and thank you for adding even more excitement to this weekend’s event.
Though he showed up late and was basically just testing his combo, Dana Beaty drove his 1986 Mustang to the overall victory in QA1/Gear Vendors True Street. His Fox is powered by a Kaase-headed, 557-cube big-block Ford topped with a big nitrous kit. It is based on a stock 460 block and has forged internals, but Beaty says it is a “beater motor.” That modest powerplant strung together an 8-second average to earn a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle. His victory also earned one of the coveted spots in the IDIDIT King of the Street competition at the NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green, Kentucky. That race will pit the season’s quickest True Street machines against one another at the end of the season.
After thrashing two nights ago to get a new motor in to his SAM Tech-backed ’16 COPO Camaro, Glenn Pushis and his crew men, Doug Thompson and Steve Hilterbrand, are sitting around doing a whole lot of nothing as they await the start of the second NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Car qualifier – and that’s how they like it.
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