We had a bit of rain overnight, but the NMRA and NMCA staff was up bright and early this morning to start the drying process. Today’s forecast is looking good, teams are busy getting ready for eliminations, and we expect to be rockin’ and rollin’ shortly. Above, NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars superstar Scott Libersher and his team help with a little last-minute welding on Ricky Pennington’s CP Stock ’69 Chevelle.
NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock racer Joe “The Wildman” Marini dries his car in preparation for the day’s shenanigans.
Ladies and gentlemen, the NMRA staff hard at work! Here’s Michael Washington showing off his coveted Bo Butner socks while Michael Galimi shows his support of the wardrobe selection. 😉
The VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod category produced the category’s first all 3-second field as 21 entries competed for 16 spots on the eliminations ladder. Sitting 5th is Eric Gustafson and his brand-new GNRC-built 1969 Camaro with a stellar 3.813 at 195mph. That qualifying run puts him in a unique position as the quickest and fastest Centrifugally Supercharged door-slammer. A ProCharger F-3R-136 pumps up a 526ci Hemi engine, which creates approximately 3,000hp. Jason Lee of PTP Racing is responsible for tuning the record-setting Camaro. UPDATE—Gustafson ran even quicker in the first round of competition with a 3.79 at 165 mph run.
Andy Manson continues to dominate the Vortech/VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw category with his ProCharger-blown ride. Last month, he stomped the NMRA field with consistent low 4.30s and set both records with a 4.29 and high speed of 171 mph. This outing, he has run under the national ET record with a top qualifying run of 4.28. Manson also took home the Street Outlaw All-Star Showdown title for a $1,000 bonus. The All-Star Showdown brought together four competitors from NMRA and four from NMCA for an 8-car field. The field was comprised of the top two in points from 2017, a randomly selected third entry, and a fourth chosen by the 2017 champions. The supercharged machine beat Daniel Pharris in a crazy final round where both racers ran 4.30; Manson got the win light thanks to a superior reaction time.
Eliminations are underway as the NMRA/NMCA track crew worked hard to get the drag strip ready for competition after an overnight rain storm. The weather is considerably cooler than normal and the first “record” of the day came from Terry “Beefcake” Reeves in his 2018 Mustang GT. Jon Lund II of Lund Racing has been working hard to get control of the transmission calibration for the 10-speed automatic box. His continuing efforts have enabled Reeves to unleash a 9.60 at 144 mph, the quickest and fastest run with a 2018 Mustang GT. The new model Mustang features the new transmission setup as well as Direct Injection, creating some challenges in the tuning department. The engine is pumped up by a Vortech YSi-B supercharger and makes over 1,000rwhp on the chassis dyno.
Small block hero, Marty Stinnett, readies his twin turbo ’93 Mustang by bringing it up on the chip in preparation for the start of NMCA Mickey Thompson Radial Wars eliminations.
After competing in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars at the NMCA season opener in Bradenton, Florida, Eric Bardekoff of Commack, New York, recently made a few changes to his 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang to run in ProCharger Coyote Modified this weekend. They included a switch to a Whipple 2.9L supercharger, cold-air intake, and a smaller blower pulley to increase boost pressure by 2 psi. Bardekoff reported a two-tenths improvement from those changes, and is hoping further adjustments will get the number 6 qualifier down from the 8.3s to the 8.2s during eliminations.
Chad Stephens of Caistor Center, Ontario, Canada dusted off this former drag radial-spec Thunderbird after a 12-year slumber so they could drop in a sealed Coyote crate engine in it and go G-Force Transmission Coyote Stock racing this season. The ‘bird packs a Gen II crate engine backs by a G-Force G101A four-speed transmission, and Stephens told us he’s more than happy with the 10.50 elapsed time he ran to qualify 9th in the field. This is the first track appearance for the team, so their getting seat time and learning from the friendly fellow Coyote Stock racers. Stephens was making some clutch adjustments prior to eliminations and mentioned that he had help from UPR Products on some new shocks for the car.
Paul Smith Sr. was raving about the new Chevrolet Performance Street Car Challenge that the NMCA hosted this weekend. The class is part of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series and Smith Sr. was attending as his son, Paul Smith Jr., is competing in that class with this original 1975 Cosworth Vega, which has received an LS1 upgrade along with an RPM Transmissions 4L60E transmission. The Smith’s purchased the Vega already modified and the car is driven weekly when weather permits. “We love racing with the NMCA,” noted Smith Sr. “The staff does an excellent job and this Street Car Challenge class is great. It’s really easy for people to enter and have fun.” Smith Jr. is also competing in the bracket classes with his C5 Corvette.