This may be Henry Lee’s first year competing in NMCA’s Edelbrock Xtreme Street, but the determined driver already has a handle on what it takes to go rounds in the incredibly competitive class.
In fact, he had just turned off the timers with a personal best of 7.61 at the 11th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing in Illinois in July when a gust of wind grabbed the chute on the back of his McCarty Performance-backed ’90 Mustang and forced it to make a move into the wall and burst into flames upon impact.
“I was in a hurry to get out of the burning car, but the door was jammed, and I was beating on it and banging on it, and when I got it opened, it sucked more fire into the car,” said Lee, who was treated for facial burns as well as bruises on his back but insists he’s fine.
Now, McCarty Performance is in the process of rebuilding his charred chariot, and his McCarty Performance teammate, Jacky McCarty, has invited him to climb into his black ’92 Mustang coupe so that he can take part in the last NMCA race of the year, the 15th Annual NMCA World Street Finals, Aug. 26-28, 2016, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The ’92 Mustang, which McCarty drove early in 2016 prior to moving to his black ’91 Mustang GT, has been outfitted with the powerplant from Lee’s ’90 Mustang, including the McCarty Performance-built 400 cubic-inch small-block Ford topped with Trick Flow High Ports massaged by ProLine and fronted by a 76mm Precision turbo. It also will feature Lee’s M&M Transmission-built two-speed Turbo 400 and converter, and like Lee’s ’90 Mustang, it features Racecraft suspension and Afco suspension massaged by Menscer Motorsports. Josh Lindsey is ready to lay the tune on the Big Stuff 3-equipped car, which is nearing completion but has not yet been fired.
“We had to modify the engine bay, but hope to have it wrapped up tonight,” said Lee, who’s currently in third place in points. “I’m looking forward to it, to be honest with you. My goal is to finish in the top three in points. That would feel great after all of this.”