Super Sunday Sizzler
Last year marked the momentous 10th anniversary of the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, and the over-the-top event was a huge success. A year later, Route 66 Raceway welcomed even more cars and more fans, and those who couldn’t be at the track were able to catch live updates on nmcadigital.com, as well as watch the live feed on Bangshift.com courtesy of Precision Turbo & Engine.
The big blower cars brought the noise in VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod with longtime NMCA racer Randy Adler taking the top spot in qualifying. The Cinderella story of the event, however, involved the FKR Mustang driven by Kevin “Flash” Fiscus. The highly capable machine rolled the beams in round one of qualifying and pulled back in round two with an oil leak, but because the third qualifier was cancelled due to weather, Fiscus was put on the ladder. The team threw in a tune and went round after round en route to the final against points leader Tim Savell. At the hit, Savell drilled a .006 light with Flash at a .021. The twin-turbo FKR Mustang drove past the nitrous-injected Musi mountain motor, though, grabbing the win with a 3.84 at 209 mph to Savell’s 3.86 at 200.
New to the NMCA in 2016 is the Dart Pro Stock Shootout, which next year becomes a full-fledged championship class. The high-winding, stick-shifted tube-chassis’d machines were clocking low 7s in the quarter-mile in just their second event. Steve Graham set the pace with a 7.03 at 195 mph in qualifying, and he would drop another 7.03 in the final—as well as an .012-to-.070 starting line advantage—to take the win over newcomer and 2016 Australian Pro Stock champion, Nino “the Don” Cavallo, who had clocked a quicker, but losing 7.01 at 196.
Mickey Thompson Radial Wars was as heated as ever, with critical points at stake for both DeWayne Mills and Daniel Pharris. Mills was at the head of the class all weekend regularly clocking 3.8- and 3.9-second elapsed times. Mills went on to defeat Pharris in a semifinal matchup, and narrowly drove past Mark Micke in Jason Carter’s Malibu for the trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.
Wiseco Performance/VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw welcomed a multitude of top racers to compete in the eighth-mile contest. There were numerous cars that could easily take the class win, but in the final, Jacky McCarty was victorious over Charles Hull as Hull went -.009 red in the 4.436 to 4.438 final-round contest.
In Holley EFI Factory Super Cars, it was an all-Mustang final once again with Kevin Skinner making a great debut with his new 2016 Cobra Jet. Skinner faced Chuck Watson in the final and it was as close as close can get. Reaction times were near identical, and Skinner edged past Watson at the stripe, 8.38 to 8.40.
ARP Nitrous Pro Street was packed with heavy hitters this weekend, and all of the top points chasers went out early. In the final round, it was Andy Vogt in his Third-Gen Trans Am defeating the Mercury Cyclone of Randy Dolensek in a 7.52 to 8.03 matchup.
Once again making his mark in Quick Lane of Downs Ford NA 10.5 this weekend was Mike DeMayo, Jr. who with his EIC-powered engine under the hood, routed his way to the final round to meet up with Dwight Ausmus. Ausmus left first, but his 8.06 wasn’t enough to hold off DeMayo and his 7.98-second top-end charge.
Edelbrock Xtreme Street saw the first 7.5-second elapsed times in the class this weekend with Eric Kenward and Louie Filippides both dipping into that zone. Both would square off in the final round of competition, and Filippides got a slight advantage at the start. He didn’t let up after that, charging hard to a 7.57 at 180.94 mph for the win over Kenward, who slowed to an 8.878.
Since finding a solution to his transmission issues earlier this year, Glenn Pushis has been tough to beat in Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center competition. This weekend, it was Pushis once again setting the pace, and taking the event win in a 10.37 to10.42 contest with Ronnie Hackelton.
One of the new features added to this year’s Super Bowl race was the National Parts Depot Factory Appearing Stock Tire (FAST) class. The NMCA welcomed the group at last year’s finals, and brought them in for two events in 2016. Founding FAST member Dave Dudek proved unstoppable in his ’69 Roadrunner, and while he faced a capable machine in Terry Pennington’s ’69 Camaro—driven by Ed Keim—Dudek’s 10.26 at 136 mph was far too quick to beat this weekend.
Redline Motorsports MX235 was hotly contested this weekend, with Shawn Pevlor setting a new record for the class at 4.67 seconds in the eighth mile. In the final, it came down to the number one and two in points, with Brad Medlock powering past Brian Edwards for the win, 4.72 to 5.55.
Now in its second year with the NMCA, Fastest Street Car Top Sportsman featured the points’ leader and some really tough competition from the Midwest. Benjamin Board set the pace in his 2012 Camaro blasting to a 6.46 elapsed time, and he would make his way to the final to face Eddie Banderowicz in his ’68 Camaro. Eddie was .003 on the tree while Board left early at -.004 and proceeded to get loose and hand the win to Banderowicz.
MagnaFuel Open Comp simply was huge this weekend with 35 hardcore racers looking to collect the trophy, the money, and the championship points. The points leaders went out early, and in the final, Chuck Hockenberry drove his Mustang to the win over Jason Coomer, with a 10.02 on a 10.00 to Coomer’s 9.06 on a 9.03.
ATI Performance Products Nostalgia Super Stock came out swinging and for the second time this year, we’ve found a Ford Fairlane in the final round. The winner was decided at the start with D.W. Hopkins going -.005 red, but Jeff Frees was worse with a -.021 and subsequently took the runner up spot.
Like many of the other classes this weekend, the points’ leaders went out early in Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Car competition. And where the 60s muscle cars usually rule the class, it was that 70s show in the final round with Brenda Blair and her ’77 Caprice against Jerry Stamps and his ’73 Duster. Stamps had the better reaction time, and used a 12.08 on his 12.00 index to defeat Blair who went 12.18 on her 12.00 index.
Gear Vendors True Street action is always hot, and this weekend, Adam Hodson of New Haven, Indiana was the overall winner after piloting his ’73 Camaro to a 9.47 average, and Tom Javan of South Elgin, Illinois was the runner-up with a 9.88 average. Dan Pachar of Orange, Texas, wheeled his ’16 Camaro to the 11-second win, while Bob Hoffman of Sandwich, Illinois pushed his ’87 Grand National to the 12-second win. Morgan Hixon of Plainfield used a ’92 Firebird to take the 13-second win, while Al Gvorra of Bolingbrook, Illinois flew to the 14-second win. Last but definitely not least, Dan Lambert of Mosinee, Wisconsin relied on his ’12 Challenger to achieve the 15-second win.
Due to the immense amount of vehicles in competition, the normal bracket classes were left off of the program, however, True Street racers did compete in the B3 category. In the final round, Chris Parisi went -.005 red and handed the win to Gavin Hanson.
In the Super Bowl runoffs, it was a back and forth battle with the NMCA taking an early two-point lead, followed by the NMRA rallying back to a two-point lead as well. The NMCA needed to sweep the final three pairings, and Kevin Fiscus led the charge, followed by Louie Filippides and DeWayne Mills to secure the team win and pick up the Nitto Tire Diamond Tree rings and bonus money. The NMCA moves to Summit Motorsports Park next, where the World Finals will go down, and class champions will be crowned.