With three rounds of qualifying completed on Friday, the action ramps up today at the 13th Annual Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals Presented by MAHLE Motorsport. With one more round of qualifying schedule the action then rolls into eliminations. Meanwhile, competitors in the QA1/TorqStorm Superchargers True Street and Dodge // Mopar Hemi Shootout are set to decide winners in a host of elapsed time categories. The eight quickest Hemi machines from today’s action will also square off in the Arrington Performance Quick 8 presented by Redline Oil. Keep your eyes on this page for all the updates on today’s action at Atlanta Dragway.
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Today’s schedule kicks off with one more round of qualifying before rolling into the first round of eliminations.
Hudson, Florida’s Robert Blankenship is taking the fight to defending Dart NA 10.5 champion Leonard Long, posting a 7.796 to take the number two spot on the qualifying sheet behind Long, who was just a hair ahead at 7.744. Blankenship and his team were changing the gearing to improve the traction of the SN95 Mustang, and hope to get another shot in today’s 4th round of qualifying.
You would be hard pressed to find two guys having a better time at Atlanta Dragway. Marshall Meyers and Keith Lankheet fell in love with the Dodge Challenger, and after buying a few individually, they decided to share this 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock. Painted in the sultry Smoke Show hue, this rare ride remains stock until the warranty runs out, but Meyers has run as quick at 10.80 in qualifying for the Dodge // Mopar Hemi Shootout. The pair is having so much fun racing, that they plan to bring it out to the remaining events on the 2021 NMCA Muscle Car Nationals schedule.
Jeff Bourcier campaigns this 1963 Tempest, an Arnie Beswick tribute car signed by the legendary Pontiac racer himself, in Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock. Powered by a 501-cube engine fed by a tunnel ram intake topped by dual 750-cfm carburetors, it is capable of single-digit passes, but he has the car dialed in for a 10.25 index this weekend. It’s his sixth year of racing and he says it’s a good way to eat up his 401K. After three rounds of qualifying, Bourcier found himself in the 19th spot courtesy of a 10.35 hit.
Keith Vennekotter wants to be a contender in LME Street King with this 2001 Pontiac Firebird. He does all his own machine work and tuning and is slowly accumulating the equipment required to open his on machine shop. His nitrous breathing 383-cube engine runs under the control of a Holley EFI system, but the throttle cable mount bent during qualifying. He fixed the issue, and after three rounds he nailed down the seventh spot courtesy of 10.64 hit.
You don’t hear this too often, but Mike Winters wanted to slow his 1982 Mustang GT down a little bit. Powered by a 347 stroker, the car was flying in the cool air at the season opener in Bradenton, so he added weight to reel it in for more consistent times in MagnaFuel Open Comp. This weekend at the 13th Annual Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals Presented by MAHLE Motorsport it is still running the extra weight and clocking in near 3,200 pounds.
Scott Brown had high hopes for breaking into the 9-second zone with his 2013 Camaro in Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin Dickey Parts Center. He skipped a family vacation to race at Atlanta Dragway this weekend, and his wife told him that he better come out of the weekend with something to show for it. Dialing in his suspension settings via recently added Strange Engineering shocks, Brown definitely had something to show on the qualifying sheet, where he landed in the third spot with a, you guessed it, 9.99 at 131 mph rip.
The King is back – Chip King, that is. The former NHRA Pro Mod hot shot purchased his Dreamworks Motorsports-backed ’71 Mach 1 Mustang about a year ago, as the car was originally built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars for Terry Leggett to run in PDRA Pro Extreme. The lightweight, CFH-supercharged entry is so absolutely immaculate that King ironically refers to it as the “Sh!tbox” – which it’s the exact opposite of – and he’s been racing it in NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod this season. The combination consists of a Hemi engine from Joe Hornick Enterprises, M&M Transmission, and Carmack Engineering rear end. King has also christened the car the “Motengator” which he says is “a rare breed of racehorse that dominates the field with the fury of 10,000 MFers” in hopes that he’ll do the same to the rest of the XPM category.
Thanks to Nitto Tire for their continued support of the NMRA and NMCA drag racing series and especially of the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing event where winners receive coveted Nitto Tire Diamond Tree rings. Nitto’s Ron Bergenholtz (left) and ProMedia president Steve Wolcott (right) have put together many great opportunities for the series’ racers over the years.
While he’s waiting on his new Grand National build to be finished up by Tin Soldiers Race Cars to run in NMCA Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw, Ohio’s Dave Fiscus (left) is racing an unconventional combination consisting of his old Buick V6 engine in his crew chief Jason “Cheeseburger” Waterman’s (right) ’93 Mustang in NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street instead. Fiscus ran a “surprisingly quick” 4.573 at 152.95 mph pass with the turbocharged Fox body during Friday’s qualifying session and captured the top spot for the large NMRA Edelbrock Renegade/NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street combo class. A few problems early on with the boost controller seem to have been rectified, but Fiscus is being overly careful as he feels like he’s running “a ticking time bomb” where every lap on the engine is one more nail in its coffin. “It’s like eating a Fabergé hardboiled egg – it’s not real smart or something you should do.”
Kirt Sanders is knowing for doing more with less, as his ’93 Mustang known as “Tina” definitely won’t win any beauty contests – and that’s just how the driver likes it. Sanders regularly runs in Ultra Street but is giving NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street a shot this season to see what his nitrous-huffing big-block Chevy engine and Powerglide transmission can do up against bigger budgets. Sanders was the #1 qualifier at the NMCA season opener in Florida, but a broken lash cap on Friday has him ranked second-to-last in the combined NMRA Edelbrock Renegade/NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street category. Fortunately, Sanders knows prior planning prevents poor performance and he had the spare parts necessary to put in a new lifter and rocker arm so he’ll be ready to party when eliminations begin.
Floridian Don Cruz’s ’93 Mustang ran 4.368 at 162.86 mph at the first NMCA event of the year in his home state in NMCA Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw trim, but wasn’t able to test prior to the start of this weekend in Atlanta. Some front-end struggles and other issues prevented Cruz from making a full hit under power as a result. He usually runs a Buick V6 powerplant but has ventured into Street Outlaw/X275 territory this season with a 400 ci small block Ford engine and 85mm turbocharger instead. He will go into tomorrow’s elimination rounds from the number six spot.