Thursday Coverage—NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing

Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring NMCA

The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals has officially kicked off the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by HPJ Performance. Its new home is World Wide Technology Raceway, located across the river from St. Louis, and it is one of the most prestigious stops on tour with both series coming together to battle it out. Category winners will walk away with a Nitto Tire Diamond Tree championship ring, an honor that can only be won at this event or securing a NMCA championship.

Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag PakIt is official—the first 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak has entered NMCA competition! The honor belongs to Dennis Chaisson. The cars are gnarly with a new Whipple 3.0L supercharger sitting on top of a Gen III HEMI engine. The team has run 8.08 in testing before the event and they are looking to push the brand-new ride into the 7s this weekend in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars. Geoff Turk is the other Mopar in the Factory Super Car party, he put Blackbird back into action but has updated it with the latest class-legal Mopar engine package.

Steve Summers Haltech Garrett TurbochargersSteve Summers is back in action in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod with his familiar 2017 Chevy Camaro. The Illinois-based tuner and car builder has been busy with customers, most notably crushing the Limited Drag Radial record with Justin Cyrnek’s copper-hued Mustang. The Camaro sports his familiar all-billet traditional big-block Chevy and Garrett turbochargers. This will be the first runs on the drag strip in 2021 and the car is a solid 3.70-player and we expect him to capture the top speed honors given his history of big mph runs.

Straightline PerformanceNick McGrath of Straight Line Performance brought a new look to World Wide Technology Raceway as they wrapped the notchback in blue vinyl. He debuted a new combo last month during the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. The centerpiece of the LS engine is a Harts Turbo 76mm unit. McGrath walked away with a career best of 4.64 at over 150 mph, a number he hopes to improve this weekend.

Joe ClementeThe Joe Clemente/Rich Concato effort for Dart NA 10.5 is simply spectacular from the insanely clean presentation to the stance and, of course, the 7.80 performances. The engine is the brainchild of NHRA Pro Stock legend Tom Martino. Not only do they have a top notch entry in NA 10.5, the Dolce & Clemente Italian specialty food store is one of the finest purveyors of cured meats in the eastern hemisphere. If you are in New Jersey, we highly suggest the El Fuego sandwich.

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