The 7th annual JE Pistons NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals have come to a close; mark it down in the books as a memorable one. Sunshine and cool air aside, there are a couple of more important words come to mind that sum up the weekend: track-prep and broken records. The weekend’s qualifying and elimination rounds saw a whopping five records broken, two of which were reset twice over during competition. Not only were the diehard racers and crews of the NMCA pushing their cars to new heights against the official and unofficial ledgers, they also laid down some of the narrowest final round victories in NMCA history. The neck-and-neck, won-by-a-nose finishes were a true reminder to fans and racers alike of what makes heads-up drag racing such a nail-bitingly-exciting sport to watch. As the series rolls out of the awesome Summit Motorsports Park facility in Norwalk Ohio, there is but one race left on the event roster. Where did the year go?
Winner: Steve Summers
Runner Up: Jeff Lutz
Top Qualifier: Jeff Lutz 5.93 @252.14
Steve Summers slid under the radar early in the weekend as all eyes were on Jeff Lutz and his record-setting 5.93-second qualifying pass. Summers bid his time, steadily clicking tenths off his passes until the semis where he uncorked the car, shattering the Kooks Custom Headers Pro Street MPH record. The final round saw one of the closest finishes in NMCA Pro Street history with Summers’ taking the tree and running a 6.022 to Lutz’s 6.009.
Winner: Mark Micke
Runner Up: Willard Kinzer
Top Qualifier: Mark Micke 6.49 @ 230.53
Mickey Thompson Super Street got down and dirty in Norwalk with both the winner and runner up taking a trip into the sand pit. Mark Micke’s parachute failed to open sending his twin-turbo Malibu into the gravel at well over triple digit speeds. This came after a 6.479 @ 227 mph, record-breaking pass in Saturday night qualifying. Willard Kinzer also had some offroad excursions when his car was unable to stop in the allotted space. Both competitors brushed off the dust and returned for an awesome final round separated by a mere tenth.
Winner: Joe Bucaro
Runner Up: Skip Baskin
Top Qualifier: Skip Baskin 7.23 @ 189.71
Skip Baskin started out strong in ARP Nostalgia Pro Street, qualifying in the top spot and dropping the class ET record to a 7.236. In the final, a killer .006-second reaction time by Joe Bucaro cost him the difference between first and second place and Bucaro’s Mustang claimed the winner’s circle.
Stainless Works Street Outlaw
Winner: Dwayne Barbaree
Runner Up: Phil Hines
Top Qualifier: Dwayne Barbaree 7.19 @ 196.22
“Where did that come from?” was the thought on everyone’s mind when Dwayne Barbaree rocketed off a 7.220 ET record in Street Outlaw. Even more surprising was when Phil Hines dropped that number even lower in eliminations with a 7.194. Barbaree and Hines went dead-even down the track in the final, posting times identical to the thousandth! Their twin 7.256 passes were separated by an .023-second margin of victory that favored Barabaree’s starting line prowess.
Winner: Bob Curran
Runner Up: Phil Smith
Top Qualifier: Bob Curran 7.807 @ 179.18
He’s still got it. Bob Curran clung to his Aeromotive Xtreme Street streak at Norwalk grabbing the number one qualifier spot right off the bat. Phil smith put up an honest fight in the finals with a 7.91-second pass and a superior reaction time but Curran still had the edge with a 7.86.
Winner: Charlie Booze Jr.
Runner Up: Don Bowles
Top Qualifier: Charlie Booze Jr. 8.02 @168.09
Charlie Booze Jr. had a great weekend in Comp Cams N/A 10.5. The top-qualifier spot had his name on it and the car ran uber-consistent scooting him into the final round where his 8.090 pass trumped the 8.139 of Don Bowles.
Winner: Brian Campbell
Runner Up: Don Baskin
Top Qualifier: Don Baskin 9.74 @ 136.76
Brian Campbell has ad a firm grasp on ACT Mean Street this season and Norwalkwas no exception. Despite losing the top-qualifier spot to Don Baskin, Campbell went rounds and came out on top with a 9.8 to an uncharacteristically slow 10.04 pass for Baskin.
Winner: Michael Sanders
Runner Up: Don Solomon
Top Qualifier: Joe Ewing
Many where surprised to see powerhouse racer, Doug Duell, go out in the first round of competition TTI Performance Exhaust Nostalgia Super Stock. In his absence Michael sanders took hold of the class’ reigns, bringing home the win.
Eaton Posi Nostalgia Muscle Car
Winner: Bryan Parker
Runner Up: Cindee Hall
Top Qualifier: Jerry Stamps
Bryan Parker went the distance in Eaton Posi Nostalgia Muscle Car surviving three rounds of eliminations before driving around Cindee Hall in the final.
Lakewood EFI Rumble
Winner: Al Corda
Runner Up: Ronnie Hackleton
Top Qualifier: Tim Rickey
Lakewood EFI Rumble wouldn’t be the same class without the instantly recognizable ‘Vette of Al Corda. Corda powered through the rounds ending up snugly in the winner’s circle.
Winner: Jeff Rudolf
Runner Up: Jon Pickering
Top Qualifier: Jenni Merrick
Jeff Rudolf picked the right numbers and proceed to run them for four rounds. His matchup against Jon Pickering fell in his favor.
Winner: Jon Dalton
Runner Up: Stellino Savarino
Top Qualifier: Anthony Carter
Jon Dalton took the win in Diablosport Hemi Rumble against Stellino Savarino in an all-Magnum final.
Fastest Hemi Challenge
Winner: Daniel Vanhorn 9.95 @136.91
Runner Up: Jimmy Koutsoubis 10.39 @ 106.30
The ’06 Charger of Daniel Vanhorn walked away with world’s fastest Hemi honors in Norwalk.
Winner: Michael Harris
Runner Up: Chris Holbrook
Top Qualifier: Chris Holbrook
Winner: PB Candies
Runner Up: Ray Skillman
Top Qualifier: Ray Skillman
Cobra Jet CIC
Winner: Ron Matcham
Runner Up: John Calvert
Top Qualifier: Ken Miele
Winner: Rod Peck
Runner Up: Ken Hebert
Winner: Brian Hurst
Runner Up: Victor Ellinger
Winner: Doug Richards
Runner Up: Larry Strohscher
Tremec True Street Overall Winner
Tremec True Street Hemi Winner
Final Qualifying Results can be found HERE.