Friday Coverage — 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem

Today the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines action transitions from testing into qualifying as racers establish their combinations on the Bradenton Motorsports Park track. With a few hits down the track under their belts, competitors jockey for position on the ladders to set up the most favorable path to the final round. With the goal of taking a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle in mind, look for the competition to heat up today.

To check out the full qualifying results, click HERE.

With his company’s name on the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines, Chris Holbrook made a statement in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars with a blistering 7.71-second rip. His team tightened up the converter for the good air today, and he says power found via dyno R&D over the off season showed on that run. Holbrook also reports that his Hoosier tires are doing the job this weekend as well.

Mark Woodruff will make his NMCA Pro Mod debut this weekend with his new Camaro that he will share at various races with Craig Sullivan. The Camaro features a twin-turbocharged powerplant built by Nelson Competition Engines, and it will also serve duty in Radial vs. the World competition, too.

Andrew Handras is no stranger to VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod. Andrew is here this weekend with his nitrous- assisted 1969 Camaro. Handras recently made the switch from a 34.5 to 36 inch rear tire. He made one pass today with a planned early shutoff to collect suspension data.

Mike DiDomenico of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is competing in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod this weekend. He pilots a G-Force Race Cars Built Camaro with a 521ci, SSI-blown engine backed by a Liberty 5-speed with QuickDrive. DiDomenico has gone as quick as 3.68 at 200 mph and most recently won at the 2019 PDRA finals in Virginia in the Pro Boost category. With help from Tub O’ Towels and Robots Done Right, as well as his crew which includes his son Sal, Adam Stablein, Greg Molnar, and Gary Lucas, hopes to collect a win this weekend here at Bradenton Motorsports Park, and perhaps a championship this year.

Beige has 40-year history with the Patterson Elite Performance crew dating back to a Winter Nationals win in a like-painted Chevy II. A test bed for new Goodyear rubber at the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines, Tony Patterson’s 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro was the only example ordered in Sandalwood Beige (a ’70s Monte Carlo hue). Powered by a naturally aspirated 427 that pumps out 900 horsepower, the car should run eights this weekend in Coan Engineering Stock/Super Stock with Todd Patterson at the controls, as it ran a 9.02 at 145 into a headwind during testing.

Making a splash on the manufacturer’s midway is Arrington Performance, which brought a big rig to Bradenton Motorsports Park. It is loaded up with Arrington gear along with displays from partners Classic Instruments, Centerforce Clutch, FST Carburetors, Kooks Headers & Exhaust, Moser Engineering, QA1 and Redline Oil.

This Grinch can definitely make a quick getaway with all the toys. Piloting the green 1988 Chevy C1500 pickup in Late Model Engines Street King at the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines is Trevor Loken. The truck has a low-key combo based on a stock-bottom-end 5.3-liter LS force fed by a CS Racing 80mm turbo blowing through a Holley intake and a Shearer Fabrications air-to-water intercooler. That sturdy LS has over 70 passes on the clock churning out four-digit horsepower and single-digit ETs. Built by Jimmy Griner of Stylin’ Performance the truck sports a stock frame and leaf springs, but the latter get a traction assist from Calvert Racing CalTracs bars. Loken is still dialing in the combo on low-boost this weekend.

Holley Performance Products’ Director of Motorsports Robin Lawrence is on hand at the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines assisting racers with Holley and MSD gear. Along the way he helped Jason Dietsch dial in the tune on his so-equipped Holley EFI Factory Super Cars Cobra Jet. Lawrence believes attending these events to support the brand and learn what customers need is important.

Pete Blosser usually makes a week of it at Bradenton Motorsports Park running the NMRA event and staying to race the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines. Last week he destroyed his clutch and happened to meet Steve Cannizzo (right) of Champion Racing Transmissions in the pits. Between races Cannizzo swapped in a built auto behind the Mustang’s Kenne Bell-boosted MMR 5.1-liter Two-Valve. The car is making its first trips down track with the new setup today in MagnaFuel Open Comp.

Jay Tucker, of JLT Performance fame, brought out his 2020 Hellcat Charger to have some fun in the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout. Any ’05 and later Gen IIII HEMI-powered Dodge-, Chrysler-, or Jeep-produced vehicle on street tires can run in the class and the first 75 entries are on the house courtesy of Dodge // Mopar. Tucker’s 4,600-pound machine ran a 10.01 at 136.5 mph in testing on Thursday, and he hopes to run in the nines this weekend thanks to a number of upgrades, including a JLT Performance intake (of course), Metco blower pulleys, Injector Dynamics ID1050 injectors, an HP Tuners calibration by DTP Racing, and a VMP Performance 105mm throttle body.

Rocko and Vince Khoury’s Olds-powered Mustang felt a little sluggish in the warm air on Thursday, so the Khoury crew decided to swap out the gearing in the Liberty-Bruno five-speed to get the car moving quicker. Knowing the air would cool today, however, they went halfway on the ratio change to split the difference in anticipation of qualifying in Dart NA 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons. Their S197 is running the same engine as last season, so they expect it to run close to last year’s numbers this weekend.

After running in NMRA Detroit Locker Truck & Lightning last weekend, Mike Roup stuck around to run his 1970 Ranchero in MagnaFuel Open Comp this weekend at Bradenton Motorsports Park. He lost on a breakout last weekend, and he was sneaking up on the combination by referencing reams of data collected last season, while slowly adding ballast to achieve his goal of heading to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

For Wyatt Morse the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines is a family affair. Since he was eight years old his dad brought him out to Bradenton Motorsports Park. They run this race ever year, and every year his 1973 Pontiac Ventura is seemingly a different color. In 2020, the hue is green — which was just applied in his driveway two weeks ago — and Morse hopes his 435-cube Pontiac engine propels his street driver to another category win in TorqStorm Superchargers True Street, where he has won the 13-second crown multiple times.

Jeff Rudolf is working some winter bugs out of his Larry Jeffers Race Cars-built Camaro and found what was causing his transmission to not engage reverse after the burnout his last test run. With Jamie Miller calling the tuning shots on the Pro Line Racing Hemi, the team should be poised to go rounds this weekend in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod.

Cameron Hensley and John Urgo are working some bugs out of Eric Gustafson’s Coast Packing Camaro Pro Mod, as the car hasn’t been wanting to go down the track properly. PTP’s Jason Lee has been piloting the car during testing, and changing the tires seemed to do the trick and put the ProCharged Camaro back in the 3.6s where it normally runs.

Nick Mitsos’ Mountain View Tire racing team is back at another NMCA event with their Holley EFI Factory Super Cars COPO Camaro. Ryan Priddy will once again be at the wheel and is no doubt hoping to take home a Victor trophy at the end of the weekend.

2019 Coan Engineering Stock/Super Stock Combo champion Jeff Frees is ready for another season of NMCA racing in both his Dodge Drag Pak Challenger, as well as his beautiful Barracuda that he races in Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock.

Jason Waterman is competing this weekend at Bradenton Motorsports Park in the Edelbrock Extreme Street class. His 1993 Fox Mustang built by Tin Soldier Race Cars houses a Grand National engine owned by Dave Fiscus, who is currently in the process of building a Grand National for the X275 class. Jason’s first time out in the car was at Lights Out just a couple of weeks ago, where he concluded with a personal best of 4.83.

Chevrolet Performance Stock racer Shawn Calabrese dusted off his Pontiac Firehawk that he used to race in LME Street King with so fellow LSX racer Kurt Anderson could use it at this event for that same class, saving Anderson from having to make the long haul down from his home in Wisconsin. Shawn’s father, Tom, will also be racing his 5th-Gen Camaro in the Proform Rumble and TorqStorm Superchargers True Street category.

Jody Blalok runs his built-in-Canada Pontiac Parisienne in MagnaFuel Open Comp, and while he usually puts 9.20s on the board, he has slowed to 9.50s this weekend at the NMCA season opener at Bradenton Motorsports Park, and he’s not quite sure why. “The car feels a little flat, but I’ll get it figured out,” said Blalok, who added that yesterday’s headwind could have contributed to the loss in ET. Meanwhile, Blalok’s son, also named Jody, is competing in the same category in his Hudson.

MagnaFuel Open Comp driver Cameron Bowles, who earned his first trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle at the NMCA season opener last year before going on to earn the class championship, heard a loud pop from his 9-second Maverick as he approached the finish line during a test pass today at the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines, and was looking over his car, engine and data when we caught up with him in the pit area. The Kentucky-based driver said nothing appears to be out of the ordinary, and he’s preparing for today’s first round of qualifying.

After competing in Nostalgia Pro Street in his Fairlane, Pete Ricart took some time off to focus on his companies, Rabid Customs and Buddy’s RPM, before joining Coan Engineering Stock/Super Combo in his 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet, and while the car has a mere two passes on it, the Columbus, Ohio-based driver is hoping to rocket to 8.50s or 8.60s while going rounds this weekend. On his mind and in his heart every step of the way will be his son and fellow racer, Bradley, who passed away two weeks ago.

Born and raised in Florida, AJ Mullen is currently serving in the Army and based in Georgia, but he takes part in NMCA events as frequently as possible. Sometimes, he enters two categories to, as he says, “make up for lost time,” but this weekend, he’s taking on even more, as he has entered three categories, so watch for his small-block Ford-powered 13-second Mustang in MagnaFuel Open Comp, TorqStorm True Street and Fastest Street Car Bracket 3. “I don’t get to go to the track as much as I would like, so I go full-throttle when I do,” said Mullen, who has help from crew chief and longtime friend, Kenny Simunovic, and who is weighing his options to see whether he can attend more events to chase an NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp championship.

Father and son Dewayne and Nicholas Massengale have been turning on win lights in NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp and Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series Proform Rumble for several years now, and last year, Dewayne earned a third place finish in Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series Proform Rumble and Nicholas earned a second place finish in the category. Dewayne’s 2000 Camaro runs mid 11s, while Nicholas’ look-alike 2001 Camaro runs low 11s, and both have 346 cubic-inch LS1 engines. “Racing is one of the things we get to do together as a family, so I appreciate this time,” said Dewayne.

Edelbrock Performance Xtreme Street racer Bill Trovato made 5 passes yesterday during testing in his 5th-Gen BTR Performance Camaro and was a little short on nitrous for qualifying later today.

David Monday of David Monday Race Cars went back to his roots—no pun intended—by leaving the EFI’d and centrifugally supercharged combo he ran last year and moving to a PSI screw blower with mechanical injection.

The Khoury family is fielding two cars this weekend, one in Nitrous Pro Street and this Olds-powered Mustang in Dart Machinery Na 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons. The team was scaling the car this morning to move a bit more weight to the front to get the car up on the tire a bit quicker.

Adam Flamholc is normally pretty busy racing in Europe and Russia, but he has his own Flamholc/MMR Racing Corvette Pro Mod at Bradenton Motorsports Park this weekend for the NMCA season opener. He’s using the race to test out some new engine components from Frankenstein Engine Dynamics LLC that incorporated some changes to the location of various valve train components.

Tim Travis and his father Eddie are competing in their first NMCA race in the ARP Nitrous Pro Street class with their 1992 Camaro. They built the car at home about 10 years ago, and usually play with the Outlaw 632 crowd with their 402 ci Dart Machinery-based small-block Chevy engine. It’s been 4.95 before with the Travis Refrigeration and HVAC and Keep Racing-sponsored machine from Lehigh Acres, Florida, having consistency as its advantage.

Edelbrock Performance Xtreme Street competitor Tony Orts worked on a new intake manifold for his small-block Chevy, but it was a bit tall for his normal “Tony” Vfn Fiberglass hood, so he cut the top off of his own hood and raised it 3 inches. Testing and qualifying will reveal whether or not the change was worth the effort.

Tom Bailey is running VP Racing Fuels Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod this weekend in his “Beast Mode” Camaro. Bailey made changes for this event, but felt more confident with his usual quarter mile setup. He ran 3.92 this morning and when asked if he had more, he replied, “Yes it does.”

The Torqstorm Superchargers crew is here displayed on the midway, and will also be competing with a supercharged 2011 Camaro in TorqStorm Superchargers True Street. From left to right, Chris Brooker, Chris Beardslee, and Jeff Neiber are here to meet with racers and enthusiasts to talk about their gear-driven blowers. The LS3-powered Camaro wears one and produces 725 rwhp. It went 11.1 at 129 earlier today with a 1.7-second 60-ft time.

Holley EFI Factory Super Car driver Jim Betz is sponsoring a joint venture with Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School where two fans from every NMCA event will be awarded complimentary enrollment in the driving school. For more details, click HERE.

Keith Haney of Mid-West Pro Mod Series is making his debut with NMCA this weekend in Xtreme Pro Mod at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Intending to travel down from Tulsa Oklahoma just for private testing earlier in the week, he found out about NMCA occurring the same week and didn’t see any negatives in sticking around for competition. Clearly, that “ new stuff” he is testing is working very well for him and the team after the Black Mamba Camaro laid down several 3.70’s passes in a row.

Chuck Watson is back in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars in 2020. Chuck Watson Racing is running two Cobra Jet Mustangs this weekend. Over the off season, they made some suspension changes which seem to have worked out after a 7.88 in Thursday testing. When asked if there was more to come Chuck said “There is a lot left, but we have to creep up on it.”

A familiar face to VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod, Tom Blincoe in his ‘63 Corvette Pro Mod is here at Bradenton Motorsports Park this weekend. Blincoe has been testing a new motor combination after making the switch from radials to slicks. He described the switch as “no big deal”, as they have done it before. Blincoe plans to run all remaining NMCA events in 2020.

Eric Gustason is on a mission this weekend after clocking a 3.62-second run during this morning’s test session in his Coast Packing Co. Xtreme Pro Mod machine. Car Chief Cameron Hensley said there is more in PTPRacing-tuned, Noonan Race Engineering and ProCharger powered Camaro from Gary Naughton Race Cars, too.

Fresh off of wins in Ultra Street at the U.S. Street Nationals in January and the World Street Nationals last fall, Kirt Sanders plans to give it everything he has in Edelbrock Xtreme Street this weekend — and this year — as he wants to chase a championship. He’s behind the wheel of his 1993 Mustang powered by a BES Racing Engines-built big-block Chevy on nitrous, which his daughter, Hannah, has driven in Ultra Street and Edelbrock Xtreme Street as well. Brad Cox is tackling the tune-up, and Sanders’ girlfriend, Ruth, is on board to help however she can. “We made all but two NMCA races last year, and we plan to go to all of them this year,” said Sanders, who has been as quick as 4.63.

Check out the latest qualifying results right HERE.

Here’s a look at how the action will unfold today at the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines.

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