Today is the last day of the final NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals event held at Atlanta Dragway, so racers will make a little history on the track. Mother Nature shortened the program yesterday, but we are back in action today for a full day of eliminations in all the categories, including QA1/TorqStorm True Street and the Dodge // Mopar Hemi Shootout. Additionally, several brave souls made it out for the car show on Saturday, but today a full field of beautiful machines vies for the trophies handed out at 3 p.m. this afternoon.
The schedule for today’s action-packed day at Atlanta Dragway is as follows. Eliminations began at 8:30 a.m. and roll on through the rest of the day.
For Elimination results, CLICK HERE.
With the passing of Watson Racing founder and Holley EFI Factory Super Cars racer, Chuck Watson Sr., Joe Cram was moved to honor his fallen friend. Because of the Watson connection to Cobra Jets he worked with Pete Epple to design a pair of decals that commemorate the man who did so much for racing. “A lot of people don’t get my sense of humor, but Chuck always wanted to talk,” Cram said. The decals were a big hit with racers and friends from across the globe clamoring to celebrate Watson’s legacy. Cram even commissioned a 15-inch version of the decal for the Watson Racing shop. “There are a few people in racing that make you a lesser person if you never met them, and Chuck was one of them,” Cram added.
In need of a new class, Angel Gaulden credits our own General Manager & National Event Director Rollie Miller with steering her toward racing in Proform Rumble with her Camaro backed by Modern Muscle Extreme and The Tuning School. Running a rare manual transmission in the class, she stepped up to a new McLeod clutch before the season opener, and she is still adapting her driving style to work with varying track surfaces. She plans to run the full series this year, and at Atlanta Dragway she overcame a crankcase ventilation tube failure and the car ran well in qualifying. It clocked a 12.30 right off the trailer and she is running on 12.25 index this weekend.
Though his debut race with NMCA wasn’t trouble-free, Rusty Howard still had a great time running his 1970 Camaro in MagnaFuel Open Comp. The rear brakes seized up and put a literal drag on his qualifying pass, so he overnighted parts and spent some of yesterday’s weather down time repairing the brakes in preparation for eliminations. The big-block Chevy-powered machine runs on alcohol and features a Powerglide transmission. Howard enjoyed the organization and atmosphere of the event so much that he plans on running more NMCA events this season.
When the COPO Connoisseur Scott Libersher (right) met Todd Haven (left), the two became fast friends – literally. Hoven has been a longtime bracket racer in the NHRA with his Hemi-powered Plymouth, and Libersher invited him to come out and race in NMCA Coan Engineering Stock/Super Stock this weekend. Hoven, who resides in Pennsylvania, is piloting Libersher’s 1 of 1 ever produced anniversary edition ’15 COPO Camaro with a 396 ci engine. Libersher’s fun-loving attitude and Hoven’s serious side complement each other well, and Hoven goes into eliminations from the number 17 spot as he ran an elapsed time of 9.811-seconds on his 10.55 index.
Joe Edmonston of Acworth, Georgia, has been wanting to go down the dragstrip since he was 14 years old and this weekend, at the age of 57, he finally made it happen for the first time in the NMCA Dodge//Mopar HEMI Shootout. Driving his ’15 Dodge Hellcat which is equipped with a Hellion twin turbo kit to deliver compound boost in conjunction with the factory supercharger, Edmonston has gone as quick as 10.36 at 138 mph so far here at Atlanta Dragway.
How would you like to rip off three passes in the low 10s and drive home in your 1969 Camaro? That’s just what Harry King did this weekend in TorqStorm Superchargers True Street. His classic features a 2010 5.3 LS swap under the hood, which is stock save for a Trick Flow camshaft, head studs, and aftermarket head gaskets. It is boosted by a VS Racing turbocharger pumping out 18 pounds of boost, which pushes its rear-wheel output to 730 horsepower. That power travels to the ground via a Turbo 400 with a transbrake and a 10-bolt rearend. King isn’t afraid to drive it, either, as he road-trips to various car events across the Southeast. This weekend King didn’t win the 10-second class, but he did earn that honor at Atlanta Dragway back in 2019.
For NMRA Qualifying results: CLICK HERE