Soon after securing the 2016 NMCA West ProCharger Limited Street title in his DragZine Camaro, James Lawrence set his sights on competing in NMCA Mickey Thompson Radial Wars in his DragZine Corvette.
His 2018 season began with a 3.90 to qualify in the second spot and a 3.94 to win over Marty Stinnett and take a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle at the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem in March at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida.
He followed that with a 3.90 to qualify in the second spot at the 10th Annual NMCA/NMRA All-Star Nationals in April at Atlanta Dragway, and a 3.99 to qualify in the third spot and a 4.05 to claim the victory over Stinnett at the 17th Annual Quick Fuel Technology Bluegrass Nationals in May at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky.
Hanging onto his hot steak, he hauled to a 3.93 to qualify in the third spot and a 3.89 to win over Dewayne Mills at the 13th Annual Nitto NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing in July at Route 66 Raceway in Illinois, and a 3.96 to qualify in the second spot and a 3.98 to win over Enzo Pecchini at the 17th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals in August at Summit Motorsports Park in Ohio.
With the title in his grasp, the Californian set the pace with a 3.84 at the final event of the season, the NMCA World Street Finals in September at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana, where he was proclaimed the 2018 NMCA Mickey Thompson Radial Wars champion.
“It was a dream season with this Corvette and it just worked from day one,” said Lawrence, whose Corvette is powered by a ProLine Racing-built 548 cubic-inch Hemi with FuelTech fuel injection and fronted by a ProCharger F-3R-136 supercharger. “And when you have a team like ProLine helping you get it sorted out, it just cuts down on the time to get up to speed. With today’s evolution in engine technology and converter technology, the ProCharger 136 is still a great blower, and ProCharger is still working on R and D.”
Lawrence and his accomplishments will be celebrated at the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs Awards Ceremony presented by Aerospace Components, Dec. 7 at the Indiana Convention Center.
“Winning a championship is always a mix of luck, skill and a team effort,” said Lawrence, who is supported in his racing efforts by his wife, Melissa, children, Taylor, Jordan and Bradley, and crew, Joe Truilojo, Chase Driskell, Dean Jigamian, J-Money and David Lukason. “We’ve managed to win NMCA championships two of the last three years, and that’s something we are pretty proud of. I couldn’t do it without a great crew and support system.”
(Please watch for stories on all champions to be posted on the website and in Fastest Street Car in the days to come)