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Saturday Coverage—NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance

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As expected, there were plenty of eye-popping and exciting passes during qualifying yesterday at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Just one of those passes was made by Jimmy Dahl, who hung the front tires in his Mustang (pictured) packing a small-block Ford and Precision turbo in the combined NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street/NMRA Edelbrock Renegade category. Many racers will ramp up their efforts even more in qualifying today, but to see how all of them did in early qualifying, click HERE

Sunday’s schedule is as follows:

The threat of rain tomorrow is not taking the wind out of our sails, as we’re focused on running as many rounds as possible today, and may go beyond what’s currently shown on this schedule. We have revised the run order as we are trying to move through the day as quickly as possible!


NMCA/NMRA officials closely watching the weather have determined that the NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp/NMRA ARP Open Comp All-Star Shootout will be moved from this event to the Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by Force Engineering, July 22-25, at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan.


Current NMRA VP Racing Madditives Street Outlaw points leader Steve Halprin had a tough go of it during the second qualifying session in the NMRA/NMCA combined category. The number five cylinder “hurt itself” 3.8-seconds into the 4.423 at 166.91 mph blast and the turbocharged D&D Performance/Walsh Motorsports-backed entry needed a little TLC as a result. Car chief Justin Haddon (pictured), Halprin, and Danny Oliphint had the head pulled and the piston re-ringed in just about no time flat so that the BES-built 430 ci inch engine will be ready to run the third session today.


Mike DiDomenico came to this event second in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod points, and he’s working hard to move up in the chase for the championship. While he had solenoid and fuel issues that prevented him from pulling up to the beam for the first round of qualifying, he made up for it by blasting to a 3.67 to lead the second round of qualifying yesterday. His Camaro, built by G-Force Race Cars and boasting a Noonan Hemi put together by Rage Fuel Systems and paired with an SSI supercharger, has been carrying him to increasingly quicker and faster passes this year. Working around-the-clock to help him make it happen are his son, crew chief and tuner, Sal, and Gary Lucas, Adam Stablein, Blake Molnar and Richard Burns.


When Tim Donathen was “tired of looking at Fox bodies all the time” at his Donathen Racing shop, he decided to build something different for himself to enjoy in NMRA G-Force Transmissions Coyote Stock. The result, which he has on the property this weekend, was an absolutely killer ’78 Ford Fairmont station wagon. Tons of interesting touches – from the Budweiser bottle overflow tank to the fuel cell housed in an old cooler to a picnic basket in the back and a surfboard Velcroed to the top (which “accidentally” made its way down the track at 130+mph with the Beach Boys blasting on the radio when the guys forgot to remove it after the burnout) and so much more – Donathen’s also updated the iconic classic with a new Gen 3 Coyote engine and G-Force G101-A manual transmission. The owner had shoulder surgery a week ago, so Bob Cosby has stepped in for driving duties this weekend and has run as quick as 9.868 at 135.37 mph so far in qualifying.

Lee Hartman has already had some success this weekend, as he replaced his personal best of 7.91 with a 7.88 during qualifying yesterday in his COPO Camaro in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars. The car has under the hood a 350 cubic-inch engine built by Ray Barton Racing Engines and enhanced with a supercharger, and Hartman, of Canfield, Ohio, said that he, his team, family and friends have put a lot of hard work into its set-up. “We’re currently looking at all of the data to see what adjustments we need to make for the next round of qualifying,” said Hartman, who also competes in NHRA Factory Stock Showdown and whose car commands attention with paint by Dean Locke. “We hope to pick up to 7.70s.”


Her first NMRA race and her first event with her ’89 Ford Mustang in its current configuration, NMRA Exedy Clutch Mod Muscle newcomer Autumn Schwalbe is excited to learn the ins and outs of index racing. Her smoke gray Fox body was formerly owned by NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod driver Craig Sullivan back in the early ‘00s and now features a Gen 2 Coyote engine with a 3.0L Whipple supercharger that she swapped in with her father, Darren Schwalbe. Her C4 transmission broke earlier in the week during testing, but her friend, Brandon, loaned her his so that she could make this race. She’s also supported by Weld Wheels, Woolf Aircraft, Own Boss Supply Co, Ricart Ford, VP Racing Fuels, and her boyfriend, Chris Bluga. While qualifying on Friday, Schwalbe clocked a new personal best of 10.21 at 137mph with an 0.08-second light to sit sixteenth in the field. Schwalbe recently graduated college, where she had also interned at Ford Motor Company, and she has transitioned to now working full-time for the Ford Performance marketing team.


Winning the NMRA G-Force Transmissions Coyote Stock class at the last race in Atlanta sure has helped Tim Matherly of MV Performance fame get more support for his program. After the event, HP Tuners came on board to join his program, and he’s made a few updates between then and now to help improve his ’03 Mustang but is staying silent on the specifics until he can validate whether or not those tweaks will make a difference or not. Currently, Matherly sits eighth after two qualifying hits with a 9.821 at 137.19 mph run and has one more shot to improve prior to the start of eliminations.

ARP Nitrous Pro Street racer Jeremy Lyons spent much of last year making upgrades to his Camaro, and he’s back in action this weekend at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance at World Wide Technology Raceway. He and Dean Lee of Compression, Fabrication and Machine cut his car’s stock steel front to two frame rails, and reworked the front suspension. They installed Afco struts and TBM brakes, swapped spindles and went with a smaller Afco radiator and lithium battery, as well as a lighter chute on the back of the car. When it was all said and done, it was 193 pounds lighter. With a big-block Chevrolet by Knieriem Racing Engines, PKRE nitrous system, BTE Powerglide by Chris Gootee of Gootee’s Transmission, converter by Greg Slack Converters and an AEM datalogger, Lyons, who didn’t have time to shake the car down prior to this event, laid down a 4.67 and is currently in the fourth spot in qualifying.

Many fans know Tom Hammonds from his days of racing Pro Street and NHRA Pro Stock, or as a former professional basketball player, but this weekend, he debuted an absolutely beautiful 1969 Camaro SS in Edelbrock Xtreme Street. Built by Bickel Race Cars, it features a 364 cubic-inch LS bullet by Steve Morris Engines and a Vortech V-30 94C. The famous and friendly Hammonds has only had a couple of shakedown passes in the car, but has already soared to a 4.75 to qualify in the twelfth spot out of 26 entries in the very competitive category. We look forward to seeing more of this car in the days to come.


After impacting the wall in his Cobalt last year, Don Baskin is back in the car with a 410 cubic-inch small-block Chevrolet built by BES Racing Engines and backed by a Turbo 400 built by RPM Transmissions. “We rebuilt the car at Baskin Truck Sales,” said Baskin. “We had to put a new axle in it, and we had to realign the front end.” Baskin, who ran a 7.95 in testing a few weeks ago, stopped the clocks at 8.02 this weekend and is qualified in the ninth spot. “We have some work to do yet, but I love it and I’m having fun,” said Baskin, who added that he aims to have three of his cars in competition at the Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by Force Engineering, July 22-25, at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan.


Kentuckian Mike Moss has been competing in Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock for more than 20 years, and his son, Brandon Moss, has been his crew chief the whole time. The father and son make a good team, as Mike drove to a 10.01 on a 10.00 index to qualify quite nicely in the thirteenth spot out of 38 entries in his cool and classic 1966 Biscayne with a 427 cubic-inch big-block Chevrolet under its hood.


Two-time NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock champion Dan Ryntz (right) has stepped up to NMRA JDM Engineering Limited Street, official this weekend. When Charlie Booze Jr (left) tried to field two cars at the NMRA season opener in Florida earlier this year (in G-Force Transmissions Coyote Stock and JDM Engineering Limited Street), he realized it was too tight a turnaround between the schedule and servicing to make it happen. So, he asked if Ryntz wanted one of his rides. Thanks to a last-minute change in Ryntz’s obligations, he was able to do so and the men went testing a few days before coming out to this weekend’s 16th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by HPJ Performance. On Thursday, the first run resulted in the Kuntz & Co.-powered car blowing its tires off before the next one wound up with a big ol’ wheelie. Hunting for somewhere in the middle, Booze adjusted the tune up and Ryntz qualified quite well in the significantly quicker class, landing third in the order with an 8.335 at 162.51 mph hit – and Ryntz has been grinning ear to ear ever since.


There’s not much more to say about driver defending NMRA Edelbrock Renegade champion Joel Greathouse (right), car owner Jeremy Wolf (middle) and tuner Justin McChesney (left) other than the fact that the KBX Performance group is continuing their sheer domination of the category. The men cleared three rounds of qualifying with their turbocharged ’93 Mustang in the number one spot on a 4.522 at 155.15 mph pass in a huge group of 26 entries for the combined NMRA Edelbrock Renegade/NMCA Xtreme Street class. Good air and a few tweaks to the transmission and ProTorque converter have helped them pick up a few numbers to contribute to the run, also a new personal best, and they’ve promised that they aren’t done yet!


Thanks to HPJ Performance, presenting sponsor of this weekend’s 16th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, for helping make the event possible. HPJ is set up on our vendor midway with a slew of seriously cool Mustangs. Stop by this weekend to take a look and see all of the parts they’ve got to take your ride from mild to wild so that you can build your car the HPJ way.


Rick Hornback returned to Dart NA 10.5 competition this year with a new engine under the hood of his Chevelle. It’s a 632 cubic-inch big-block Chevrolet built by fellow racer Scott Williams that works in unison with a four-speed Lenco and Boninfante clutch. Hornback also installed new Afco shocks on his car, and Chris Spall of Spall’s Chassis and Performance is on board to tune the chassis and engine, and to take care of the clutch. Rick’s son, Tyler Hornback, is invaluable as his longtime crew chief. “We’re in the early shakedown stage for the new engine, we’re getting the chassis dialed in and we have a long way to go, but we’ll get there,” said Hornback, who picked up a personal best of 8.48 this weekend.

The beautiful blue 1969 Camaro owned by Tony Karamitsos has been turning heads all day, and for good reason. The car, which is capable of high 7-second passes and which he wheeled to the runner-up finish with an 8.25 average in TorqStorm Superchargers True Street today, is incredibly clean and rockets down the race track with a small-block Chevrolet by Ultra Tech Racing and a 98mm turbo by Precision. The engine sips E85 fuel and the power is backed by a Turbo 400 by RPM Transmissions, and a Nitrous Dave’s Racing Electronics system is on board. The car, which weighs 3,645 pounds with Karamitsos in it, rolls on a Moser M9 rear end, leafspring suspension and Weld wheels wrapped with Mickey Thompson drag radials, and in addition to seeing it in TorqStorm Superchargers True Street at upcoming NMCA events, fans can catch it during Hot Rod Drag Week. Helping Karamitsos hightail it in his car are his son, Nick Karamitsos, as well as Dave Reppert, Tony Maez, Jason Duell and Sam Cololillo.

*fistbump* Becki and Joe Cram, and sweet Georgia, have a lot to celebrate! From the wicked-quick new personal best of 4.636 at 152.21 mph that Becki ran earlier in qualifying which put her eleventh in the 26-car NMRA Edelbrock Renegade/NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street field to the round one win she picked up in eliminations this evening over Corey Stephens when he red lighted and she went 4.668 at 146.97 mph, Becki and her Whipple-supercharged ’10 Mustang have both been in straight beast mode all day. The group has been working hard on her program for three years and it’s all finally coming together. To quote Joe… “we went fast, b*tches!”


Mary Lendzion
Formerly a writer at the Detroit Free Press, Mary Lendzion has written for NMCA and NMRA for more than ten years. She's also the director of media and public relations for Summit Motorsports Park, and spends as much time as possible racing her Mustang.
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