Joliet, Illinois – Event Preview

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For the NMCA, the 7th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing Presented by Miller Welders event that is held at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois is the fourth of seven stops on the 2012 tour. As the swing event in the points chase, this means that the racers in each class are looking to position themselves well for a second-half charge to the top of the points standings. Couple that with the fact that the Super Bowl event is always chock-full of drama and record-setting passes and also has the NMRA contingent on the property, and you have one hell of a drag race event. This event is one of the most popular on the tour, and the excellent track surface at Route 66 is one of the main reasons why. Last year at this event, Randy Adler topped the qualifying sheet in Kooks Headers Pro Street with an outstanding 6.001 at 237 MPH before going on to run the table during eliminations and come out as the event winner. Bob Kurgan blistered the track in CFE Xtreme Street during qualifying with an awesome 7.81 – a pass that stands today as the quickest in Xtreme Street although he wasn’t able to back it up as a record. As you can see, the racing action will be second-to-none, and if there’s one event that should be on your schedule this season – this is it!

Over the last several years, the Route 66 surface has been home to many record-setting passes and more than a few wild and wooly rides from some of the world’s top small-tire competitors. There will be more than 30 race classes across both sanctioning bodies, and the car show will be full of incredible machines. True Street will also be full of the nation’s quickest real street cars vying for the right to say they were the ‘King Of Illinois’ for 2012. And last year in the Super Bowl portion of the event, the NMRA came out on top over the NMCA for the fourth time in six years – will the NMCA’s class winners be able to close the gap this year? You’ll only know if you show up, so make your plans now!

How do I get to race in this awesome event?
You have a variety of options if you’d like to race with the NMCA. First and foremost, you could build a car for one of the heads-up classes, if that’s your flavor. The NMCA also has a multitude of entry-level-style classes like Open Comp, Nostalgia Muscle Car, and Late Model EFI – if you’ve got a Muscle Car, we’ve got a place for you. For class rules information visit:, pick a class, make sure your car fits the rules and you have the proper safety gear, and come race with the NMCA!

In addition, the NMRA and NMCA will be running their world-famous TREMEC True Street class at this event. Last year’s race was populated by 44 cars, led by Bethalto, Illinois’ Tim Gehrs and his ’82 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Tim was able to crack off an awesome 9.52 three-run average after making the thirty-mile tour, an outstanding feat when you take into account the temperatures his car must have seen due to the Midwest’s intense July heat.

Race for an NHRA Wally!
NMCA is proud to present an NHRA Wally to each class winner at this event (points classes only) NMCA and NHRA Unleashed have come together to present the best in street car drag racing and it's brought to you courtesy of Aerospace Components. Have you ever wanted to display a Wally on your mantle? Come out and race with NMCA in classes from mild to wild…from index to heads-up! Got Wally? Get yours at this event by racing with NMCA!

There’s more than just racing action!
Have an under-construction ’54 Ford pickup that you just dropped a late-model Cobra engine into? Or what about the ’70 SS454 LS6 Chevelle you’ve been hiding in the garage for a while? Regardless of what type of machine you own, dust it off and come on out to the DuPont Custom Finishes Car Show and take a shot at the Best In Show award! The NMCA’s car show features many different awards that are presented each day of the show. The Show and Shine in Illinois is populated with all sorts of awesome machines since it’s combined with the efforts of the NMRA series, making it one of the largest shows of the year. This stop on the NMCA tour also brings in one of the largest Manufacturer’s Midways around, where you can see and purchase parts from the hottest aftermarket manufacturers and experts from all of the major manufacturers on hand to answer your questions about how to make your American car or truck perform to your expectations. Last year this was the largest Street-Legal-style event in the country – don’t you think you should be here in 2012?

Huge Manufacturers' Midway & Swap Meet
Looking to buy parts for your car or truck? Want a chance to meet face-to-face with experts from your favorite performance companies? This event will feature an awesome manufacturers' midway where you can find great deals on the performance parts you need for your muscle car or hot rod.

If you're looking for that hard to find part or a great bargain, be sure to check out the swap meet.

Jet Car Shooting for 300+ mph!
Get ready to be blown away by the Jet Car ripping down the 1320! Be one of the first to witness the Jet Car make a blazing 300+mph pass.

World Famous Burnout Contest!
The World Famous Burnout Contest is always the crowd favorite! Sign up to participate for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights, or sit back and cheer as contestants smoke their tires.