Sunday Coverage—2021 NMCA All-American Nationals + COPO Shootout + Cobra Jet Showdown

ELIMINATION RESULTS HERE

It’s the final day of this year’s presentation of the NMCA All-American Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, and racers are eager for eliminations to start. Because this is the second to last race of the season and the chase to the championships is on, we’re in for some ambitious and aggressive racing. In addition to www.nmcadigital.com, check out www.racepagesdigital.com and our Facebook page for news, photos and elimination results, plus a full race wrap after the NMCA Winner’s Circle celebrations.

EFI Rumble will get us rocking at 8:45 a.m. today, and plenty more action will follow, so stay with us.

COPO Camaro NMCAThe venerable Al Corda drove his familiar 2015 Chevy COPO Camaro into the winner’s circle while competing in the COPO Parts Direct COPO Camaro Battle. It wasn’t easy as it took six rounds of eliminations while facing 37 other factory racecars driven by some of the fiercest competitors in the game. In the final, Corda ran nearly dead-on his 10.21 index with a 10.211 and packaged it with a .012 reaction time. That was too much for Ed Hawkins who ran a 9.73 on a 9.72 index and .015 reaction time. The margin of victory was a mere .012 at the stripe!

The Watson Racing Cobra Jet Showdown celebrates its tenth year of competition and nearly 50 Cobra Jets swarmed the Summit Motorsports Park property, entered in a variety of categories. The biggest gathering of Cobra Jets in a single class is the Cobra Jet Showdown, which is an Open Comp style format. Steve Trombley flexed his supercharged muscles of his 2013 Mustang Cobra Jet and saved his best package for last with a 9.146 on a 9.14 index to takeout Cody Herron in the final round. He walked away with a couple thousand dollars and bragging rights heading into 2022 as the King of the Cobra Jets.

NA COPO Camaro Winner NMCA

The COPO Parts Direct N/A COPO category is enjoying its second year as part of the Chevrolet Performance COPO Camaro Shootout and it continued to deliver tough competition and fast times from the un-boosted LS combinations. There were an assortment of combinations and all ran deep into the 9s in NHRA/NMCA Stocker configuration. The baddest of the pack in 2021 was Don Belles and his Ray Barton Racing Engines powered 2020 COPO Camaro, which ran a best of 9.12 and consistent 9-teens. He overcame a big holeshot in the finals by his competitor, Daren Poole-Adams, to take the class win with a 9.17 at 146 mph to a 9.38 at 142 mph.

NMCA TorqStorm Superchargers True Street drivers went for a 30-mile cruise on the roads around Summit Motorsports Park before returning to make three back-to-back runs down the race track. Scott Oshinski was the overall winner with a 9.05 average, and Adam Kemmer was the runner-up with a 9.32. Other standouts were Jeremy Hedlund, the 9-second winner, Ernest Krygier, the 10-second winner, Marshall Meyers, the 11-second winner and Anthony Jager, the 12-second winner. Rounding thing out were Rodney Ward, the 13-second winner, Rob Tackett, the 14-second winner and Austin Wilson, the 15-second winner.

Late-model HEMI vehicles, including Challengers, Chargers, Demons and Hellcats, had the track for the Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout, and when it was said and done, Tony DeMaio wrapped up the overall win with a 9.45 average and Robert Hess ran to the runner-up with a 10.18 average. Bruce Phillips was the 10-second winner, John Govenettio was the 11-second winner, Randy Stephenson was the 12-second winner and Rich Sprinzl was the 13-second winner. Also successful were Charles Tyree, the 14-second winner, and Nicole Ratliff, the 15-second winner.

Moran Motorsports NMCA Pinto Hot Rod MagazineJust because we enjoy drag racing doesn’t mean we ignore the Car Show and lurking on the show grounds today is a piece of NMCA history. Sitting between the shined up muscle cars is this rowdy-looking 1979 Ford Pinto wagon. It is significant because the car was owned by Mike Moran and it is one of the original Top 10 Fastest Street Cars in America, as declared by Hot Rod Magazine during their shootout at Memphis in 1992. The Ford Cleveland small-block engine is long gone and has been replaced by a 588ci big-block Ford. However, the current owners—Don and Lisa Scullin—kept a clutchless Liberty five-speed in the trans tunnel and remained true to its history. This is one of the cars that helped bring NMCA to a national audience and create this genre of drag racing that we have come to love.

ARP Nitrous Pro Street driver Derik Timmer was looking to lay down a lot of power in the final round of qualifying yesterday when his Mustang made a move to the right and rubbed the wall. Fortunately, Timmer was not hurt, the damage to his car was cosmetic, he taped it up and got past the first round of eliminations with a 4.50. Now, the Michigan-based driver is preparing for the second round of eliminations in his Mustang powered by a big-block Ford which he built and paired with a single kit of nitrous.

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