Saturday Coverage—12th Annual NNMRA/NMCA Nitto Tire Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing

While the first day of this three-day event at the renowned Route 66 Raceway was filled with plenty of pavement-pounding action and personal bests, even more is in store for today. While we hope you can join us in person, SpeedVideo is capturing the action via a live feed, and you can view it by clicking HERE

Up first on today’s schedule is NMRA’s Ford Muscle category, and drivers in the category are preparing to fire their engines for their 8:30 track-time.

Friday’s qualifying sessions were highly-energetic and highly-enthralling, with leaders in each category laying it all on the line. Sweden’s Adam Flamholc set the pace in VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod with a 3.80 in his Corvette, while DeWayne Mills muscled his Camaro to a 3.91 in Mickey Thompson Radial wars. VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw saw Jacky McCarty motor to a 4.37 in his Mustang, while Jeff Rudolf rode Rudolf’s Sleigh — his Nova — to a 7.29 in ARP Nitrous Pro Street. In Holley EFI Factory Super Cars, David Barton blasted to an 8.27 in Scott Libersher’s COPO Camaro, while Kevin Lawrence posted a 7.19 in his Cobalt in Dart Pro Stock. Jessie Coulter uncorked a 4.75 in his Camaro in Edelbrock Xtreme Street, and David Theisen drove his Firebird to a 7.91 in Boninfante Racing NA 10.5. Jesse Wilson took the spotlight in Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Chevrolet Performance Stock with a 10.24 in his Camaro, while Dennis Breeden took the spotlight in Fastest Street Car Stock/Super Stock with a 9.63 in his Challenger Drag Pak. In index action, Keith Egan led Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Car with a 12.25, Doug Duell led ATI Performance Nostalgia Super Stock with a 9.50 in his Fury and Kevin White led MagnaFuel Open Comp with a .001 reaction time in his Nova.

Another Musi has entered the NMCA fray as Pat Musi’s daughter Tricia Musi is at the wheel of Mike Bankston’s ’67 Chevy II Nova this weekend in ARP Nitrous Pro Street competition. Must has run in the Top Sportsman category in other sanctions, and while her father provides Bankston Boyz Racing with they Pro Mod powerplants, Tricia will be providing driving services for what is essentially still a street car. The Deuce packs a Fulton 632ci engine with a SpeedTech nitrous system, but still runs mufflers and is licensed and registered for street duty. Reportedly the lean windows will come out after removing the Dzeus fasteners and you can cruise into town. The Nova runs a Chris Alston front suspension that accommodates the big rat motor, and yesterday’s qualifying represented the first time it actually made a full-quarter-mile pass—it’s had plenty of drivers in the past running it in eighth-mile competition, including the defending Xtreme Pro Mod champion and Bankston Racing driver, Tim Savell.

While Mickey Thompson Radial Wars standout Josh Klugger came to this event second in points and was poised to move on up in his Mustang, he hurt his combination in qualifying and was on the outside looking in until friend and fellow racer Mark “Woody” Woodruff heard what happened. “Josh has never made a pass in my car, but it’s a proven car, and he’s a proven driver who’s toward the top in points, so I decided to offer him the use of my car for the rest of the weekend,” said Woodruff, whose quite-capable 2010 Corvette ZR1 is powered by a Sonny’s Racing Engines Semi Hemi-headed 522ci Chevy engine fronted by twin Precision turbos and backed by an M&M Transmission-built two-speed lock-up TurboGlide 400. Klugger — whose indispensable and invaluable crew members this weekend include Johnny “Drama” Maguda and Steve Cooks — had managed a 4.04 in his Mustang to take the fifth spot in yesterday’s qualifying before things went south, and is currently getting to know Woodruff’s Corvette for today’s third round of qualifying.  “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about driving someone else’s car, but I’m also excited about the opportunity,” said Klugger.


Wonder woman Dina Parise, driver of the VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod supercharged Cadillac known as “Stella,” is working hard for a good cause this weekend. Supporting the “fight like a girl” initiative, Parise’s raising awareness to find a cure for cancer and lift spirits. Inspired by her friend, Beth Picante’s fight against ovarian cancer as well as fellow racer Daphne Reynolds’s own battle, Parise’s got pictures of each woman taped to the dashboard of her car so they can come along for the ride and also has “faces on a stick” that fans can take their pictures with to show their support of the woman.


Edelbrock Xtreme Street standout Jesse Coulter (center) is getting used to the new eighth-mile format for the class. There was a meeting of the minds going on in his pit area as the guys discussed their strategy for the final qualifying session. Coulter’s currently leading the pack with his 4.754 at 150.06 mph pass and still strategizing how best to utilize the new gears in his turbocharged ’91 Camaro.

The weekend is still young, but Boninfante Racing NA 10.5 driver Dave Theisen has already accomplished a lot, as he drove to a 7.91 to set the pace in yesterday’s qualifying in the tough-as-nails category. The feat marks the first time the Michigan-based driver has earned a top qualified spot in the class in his 1969 Firebird featuring a Uratchko Racing Engines-built 611ci big-block Chevy and a recently-upgraded Proformance Racing Transmissions-built transmission.


We’ve got tons of beautiful muscle cars on display in the car show today, and we’ve also got tons of well-dressed spectators – note the wise wardrobe choice with that NMCA shirt!

While Scott Christoffel often takes his 1968 Camaro to local schools and talks with students about life lessons, he has brought it to Route 66 Raceway this weekend for a bit of VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod competition, and while he wasn’t happy with how it was running yesterday, he’s making mad progress today. In the Andy McCoy Race Cars-built machine motivated by a 526ci Hemi which he built and mated with a Hammer supercharger, he laid down a 3.89 and is currently qualified in the fourth spot. Helping him along the way are his sons, Joey and Danny Christoffel, and John Quirrin.

Boninfante Racing NA 10.5 driver Frank Hofffman hauled to personal bests in early qualifying with an 8.83 and 155 mph, and that’s proof that he’s making strides in his Mustang powered by a 440ci LSX engine which he built and topped with LSX DR heads massaged by Roush. “I was very happy,” said Hoffman, who was lashing valves when we stopped by. “My crew had to pry me out of the car.”


Waiting at the head of staging for Boninfante Racing NA 10.5 drivers to fire their high-revving engines for today’s final round of qualifying were Chad Neuenschwander and Dale Cubic of CFM Performance Carburetors. Neuenschwander, who wrecked in his Fox body Mustang while competing in Boninfante Racing NA 10.5 last August, was showing Cubic pictures of the car which he’s nearly done rebuilding, and telling him how he hopes to have it at the 16th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals, Aug. 24-27 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, or soon after.


What to do during the between rounds? If you’re Ben M., 10, you run around in tires making engine noises. Because racecar. 😉


After some issues with premature shifting, Andrew DeMarco’s crew guys decided to leave a friendly reminder on the dash of his VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw ’86 Mustang. Think he’ll get the memo?

After Nick Bacalis wrecked in NMRA Hot Street competition in 2005, he vowed to return to racing at some point, and that some point is now. With only three test passes on a 1996 Mustang built by Gary Rowe and DSC, Bacalis entered VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw this weekend, and is serious about dialing in the naturally aspirated combination consisting of a 700ci engine built at BES Racing Engines, where Bacalis works as an engine-builder. It’s topped with a massive BES-built intake and throttle body, and an RPM Transmissions-built lightweight Powerglide and Ultimate Converter Concepts converter help plant the power. Bacalis relies on Holley EFI to bring in the harmony. While he has gone into sizable wheelstands on all three of his passes this weekend, he and his crew chief, Preston Mosher, are on top of it, and have made adjustments to the suspension and tune-up in time for tonight’s first round of eliminations.

Because Boninfante Racing NA 10.5 driver Dwight Ausmus and crew members Curt Jamison and Tom Andriopoulos knew something was wrong with Ausmus’ 1972 Firebird in the second round of eliminations, they wasted no time crawling under the car to track it down when they returned to the pit area. They began by pulling the center section, but instead traced the trouble to the transmission. They replaced it with a spare transmission, and Ausmus, who qualified third with an 8.03, is ready to roll into tonight’s first round of eliminations.

After setting the pace in VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod qualifying with a 3.80 in his fan-favorite Corvette, Sweden’s Adam Flamholc proved he was ready to roll this weekend at Route 66 Raceway, but he ran into trouble in the first round of eliminations today when his car made a mad move to the right. The quick-thinking driver got out of the throttle and tried to bring the car back around, but it went into a bounce before hitting the wall at a very high speed. Flamholc, who was calmly cooking dinner when we stopped by his pit area to check on him, shared that he’s very sore, but not seriously injured. He also shared that he had recently purchased a 2012 Mustang that he hadn’t picked up yet, but may do so sooner rather than later given this turn of events. The Mustang, we’re happy to hear, would see VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod action, with the same powerplant Flamholc was running in the Corvette, if it was not compromised on impact.

Qualifying results can be found HERE

We’re rolling through eliminations, and results, as they happen, can be viewed HERE

 

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