16th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals—Sunday Coverage

Saturday’s running of the 16th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park promised — and delivered — powerful performances. In VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod qualifying, 13 out of 24 drivers ripped off a 3-second pass, and Billy Banaka led the field with a 3.78 in his Camaro. VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw saw Rich Bruder blast to a 4.37 and 170 mph to lead qualifying in Manny Buginga’s Little Red Mustang, which features a DiSomma Racing Engines-built small-block Ford fronted by a ProCharger F-1X-12R, while Buginga himself blasted to a 4.39 and 170 mph in his Big Red Mustang, featuring a DiSomma Racing Engines-built small-block Ford and 98mm Turbonetics turbo, to qualify in the third spot. The team members were the only drivers to hit the 170 mph mark in their category in qualifying, and Bruder’s numbers had Buginga shake his head and humorously pose the question: “How does the project car end up being faster than the purpose-built car?” In Mickey Thompson Radial Wars, Marty Stinnett set the pace by sailing to a 3.98 in his Mustang, and in Boninfante Racing NA 10.5, David Theisen led qualifying for the second race in a row with a 7.89 in his Firebird.

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Gates will swing open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, and ATI Nostalgia Super Stock will kick off today’s eliminations at 8:45 a.m.

VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod driver Jackie Slone went into tireshake in his 1969 Camaro in early qualifying, and hoping to get a good hit in the final round of qualifying on Saturday night, he put a more aggressive tune on his combination consisting of a nitrous-gulping 855 cubic-inch Buck Racing Engines-built engine, but  rattled the tires again and was forced to click it off early. He still managed to qualify in the eleventh spot with a 3.93, and will give it another go in today’s first round of eliminations in his car backed by LaFontaine Performance Center, Chevrolet Performance and Mullin’s Auto Supply and Services.

Trace Meyer is trampling the track in VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw this weekend in his Team Z Motorsports-built and suspended Mustang which is wearing new fiberglass doors by Motor City Solutions. He’s been struggling with a surging issue off the transbrake and qualified in the thirteenth spot with a 5.29, but the multi-time winner has proven time and time again that he knows how to tackle a set-up and take it all the way. The Ohio-based driver’s car, which has been in competition for countless years, features a Dart block-based 417ci small-block Ford topped with Edelbrock SC1 heads by Total Engine Airflow and an Edelbrock intake, and it’s pumped up by a ProCharger. A Proformance Racing Transmissions-built 2-speed Turbo 400 helps put the power to the pavement.

New to VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod this weekend is John Vergotz, who made the haul from Pennsylvania to compete in his Bickel-built 1968 Camaro. The stunner is powered by a nitrous-enhanced Buck Racing Engines-built 903ci Chevy bullet, and Vergotz, who experienced extreme tireshake in early qualifying and subsequently had to weld the cover of his converter after it loosened up, turned in a 4.02 to qualify in the sixteenth spot going into today’s first round of eliminations. “Everyone has been great, and we’re having a good time,” said Vergotz.

The Norwalk stop on the NMCA 2017 tour features the National Parts Depot Factory Appearing Stock Tire racers. Among this group you will find some of the nicest muscle cars, and also some of the fastest, that are on a vintage, bias-ply Firestone or Goodyear tire. Quickest of the group this weekend is Don Giannone, who pilots a 1966 Chevelle SS 396 and qualified at the top of the group with a 10.22 at 133mph run.

Also part of this weekend’s action-packed agenda is the Fastest Street Car Top Sportsman Shootout. Twenty-two cars are on the property to compete in the shootout, and the top ten of them have all run in the 6s. Scott Wasko of Columbia Station, Ohio, sits at the top of qualifying in his ’94 Lumina, having run a 6.56 at 210 mph.

The NMRA began holding a Cobra Jet Shootout years ago, and eventually the decision was made to host another one later in the season  here in Norwalk as a precursor to the US Nationals. Yesterday, Paul Roderick was the last name standing after the shootout concluded, having driven his 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang to wins over John Calvert, Anthony Bongiovonni, Matt Bell, and Rick Rodgers.

ARP Nitrous Pro Street standout Jeff Rudolf came to this race with the lead in points, would like to stay there and proved that last night. After burning up the number two piston in his nitrous-enhanced 521ci engine and deciding that loading his Nova into his trailer and heading back to Indiana wasn’t going to happen, he and his team, including Kelli Ulrey, Kieffer Simpson and Brad Robinson, came up with a plan. It involved repairing the damage in his block’s cylinder and asking Nicole Turner, who was back in Indiana watching over Ulrey’s children, to drive six hours through the night to bring Rudolf’s spare Big Chief heads to the track to replace the hurt Big Chief heads, and asking Kelli’s dad, John Ulrey and his friend, Rich Miller, to leave the track and drive to Summit Racing Equipment in Tallmadge, Ohio for additional parts needed. They’re working on no sleep, but they’re determined to be ready in time for today’s first round of eliminations, with help from friends and fellow racers.

Holley EFI real Street competition was completed on Saturday, and in the final round, it was Jessie Coulter taking the win over George Farkouh. Farkouh was out first and road a big wheelie for a good hundred feet or so, but Coulter was able to power past for the 4.68-to-4.76 victory.

Sixty-six cars entered Gear Vendors True Street this weekend, and there were all sorts of makes and models running in the class. Justin May posted an 8.16, followed by an 8.41, and then an improved 8.13 for an 8.23 average from his turbocharged Firebird for the overall win.

After posting the quickest elapsed time in Chevrolet Performance Stock history at 10.14 during the second qualifying session, Jesse Wilson—driving Kelly Pierce’s COPO clone Camaro—clicked off a 10.09 in the final qualifier. Haley Rounsavall also improved to a 10.13, Kevin Lumsden posted a 10.19, and Keith Vaughn drove to a 10.42 elapsed time. It’s a tight field going into eliminations today.

After noticing that something was amiss in his Mustang in the first round of qualifying, Mickey Thompson Radial Wars points leader Marty Stinnett began looking for the culprit, and with help from Proformance Racing Transmissions’ Dave Klaput, who built his TurboGlide 400, he traced it to the flywheel. With not much time to spare, he drove to Summit Racing Equipment in Tallmadge, Ohio to get the parts he needed, and as a result of his hard work, the Kentucky-based driver who led qualifying with a 3.98, is ready for today’s first round of eliminations in his car which has a 470ci small-block Chevy by Jeff Burns Racing Engines and 88mm Garrett turbos.