A great script played out at Auto Club Famoso Raceway this weekend as racers completed the inaugural season of the NMCA West Flowmaster Drag Racing Series featuring NHRA Unleashed presented by Aerospace Components.
What emerged from the haze of tire smoke were several stories of great triumph – the only problem is, deciding which was the greatest.
In Garrett Turbochargers Pro Street the weekend seemingly belonged to Mike Bowman who pushed his Chevelle to the quickest it has ever been with runs of 5.97 and 5.95 – setting new NMCA WEST records along the way. Yet it was Joe Lepone Jr., who would end up with the NHRA Wally after beating Bowman in the final as Bowman’s car lost traction in the favored right lane, forcing an aborted run, as Lepone wheeled his Duster to a 6.16 win – his first NMCA victory. Lepone also became the fourth different winner in the class this season.
In Mickey Thompson True 10.5 Al Jimenez wrapped up his dominant season by taking the number one spot in qualifying (7.11/204 mph) and then going on to defeat Ryan Jones in the final after Jones left the line .020 too early.
In ProCharger 275 Drag Radial, the brother’s Young once again swept the show as the duo qualified first and second, followed by a trip to the final where Kevin beat his brother in a 7.37 to 7.48 race.
In the naturally-aspirated 10.5 class sponsored by McCleod/AMP, Tony Aneian out performed Don Bevers in their final by pushing his ultra consistent ’68 Camaro to an 8.22 to 8.52 final round victory.
In ARP Outlaw 8.5 action, Eric Gustafson, who missed the Phoenix race, came to Famoso with the intention of ending the season on a high note – he accomplished that goal by out-qualifying the field with a 5.24 at 140 mph, and then took his ’69 Camaro to the winner’s circle after beating the tire-hazing Mustang of Cedric Washington in a 5.21 to 9.85 final.
In the index classes, the story belonged to Mike Nordahl and his ’64 Nova as Nordahl accomplished something very few, if any racer has ever done, and that’s win three different eliminators on the same day, with the same car.
When the day was over, Nordahl had to the amazement of those he put on the trailer, won 13-consecutive rounds; taking wins over Steve Cox in Hedman Hedders Nostalgia Street Car, Jordan Jahnke in B&M Open Comp, and finally Rod McGregor in Calvert Racing Quick Street.
In FSC Magazine Super Quick Ed Krzywicki used a perfect, but near deadly, .000 reaction time and a .028 over-index run to put away Kevin Kleinweber’s safer, but losing .029 reaction time and .031 over run.
In the Mustang camp, Jerome Citrolo took the win over a red-lighting Cal Gordon in Granatelli Motor Sports Mustang Madness.
In Tremec True Street Ed Crowe took another crown in his Corvette after running a three lap average of 9.59, which was about a half a second quicker than the ’64 Chevy of Don Geis.
In bracket action, Jeff Shaw and his ’69 Road Runner defeated Mark Simonian and his ’89 Pontiac in Bracket 1 while in Bracket 2, Dustin Lee bested Alan Ross.