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21st Annual NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Magazine — Saturday Coverage

Posted By: Event Coverage Team
It is currently 58 degrees and sunny for the start of Saturday's running of the NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by Sick the Magazine at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The forecast calls for continued sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s. Racers are getting ready, and drivers are pulling into the park for the car show. In addition to all of the NMCA's captivating categories, this special event also features the Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Watson Racing, COPO Camaro Shootout presented by Chevrolet Performance and COPO Parts Direct, NMCA vs. Buckeye Stock/Super Stock All Stars, Sick and Magazine Drag & Drive Invitational and so much more.

Here's a look at today's schedule for the 21st Annual NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Magazine at Summit Motorsports Park. We have a lot on tap, including final qualifying rounds and some eliminations. 

Now in its fourth year, the Dodge//Mopar HEMI Shootout offer owners of late-model Challengers, Chargers, Durangos, RAM trucks and Jeeps the opportunity to go flat-out see how fast their vehicles can go down the quarter-mile. Contested at all six Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car National events, the Dodge//Mopar HEMI Shootout keeps growing in popularity. From 9-second 6.2L supercharged HEMI Challenger SRT Demons, to 13-second daily driver Charger R/Ts, the variety of modern Mopar muscle competing in the NMCA Dodge//Mopar HEMI Shootout is intense. The best part of this awesome race-within-a-race is Dodge and NMCA offers FREE entry in to the first 75 competitors who sign-up! Competitors run an ET bracket based on their vehicle’s performance levels. Starting at 15-seconds and going down to 9-seconds, the average of three runs closest to the specific ET bracket determines the winner. And best of all, winners walk away with cash, prizes and bragging rights.

Super Stock eliminator dates back to the 1960s and for decades has been home to racers looking to push production-car performance to the limit. NMCA offers Fastest Street Car Super Stock, a handicap break-out eliminator based off of all NHRA and IHRA, Super Stock classes. Super Stock racers qualify based off NMCA indexes and all 1955 to current models listed in the NHRA and IHRA Stock Car Classification Guide are permitted to run. Over 40 competitors are qualified at the 21st Annual All-American Nationals presented by Sick The Magazine, with Garrett Ghezzi leading the pack after two sessions in his GT/QA 1969 AMX.

Georgina Buckley, whose Mustang is featured on the event T-shirt for the NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Magazine, is back at Summit Motorsports Park for the first time since she experienced an issue in her Mustang and impacted the wall here back in 2016. The racer from Illinois has already ripped off a 4.93 and 149 mph and is currently qualified in the eleventh spot out of 15 racers in Edelbrock Xtreme Street with two more rounds of qualifying today. Georgina, whose crew chief is her husband, David Buckley, shared with us that her Mustang is packing a 588 cubic-inch engine by Jimmy Lopez and a nitrous system by Fast Lane, and that it recently spent time at Straightline Performance for some chassis work.

One of the most unique classes in all of drag racing is NMCA Chevrolet Performance Stock. CP Stock, for short is a heads-up, no breakout category where all racers utilize the exact same (sealed) crate engine and EFI tune-up. It’s designed for 1955-and-newer American Production bodied vehicles, so it doesn’t matter if you have a Gen 5 or Gen 6 Camaro, a C4 Corvette or a 1968 Nova, all you need is to meet the class requirements for weight, suspension and driveline. CP Stock is helps racers keep the cost in check, while allowing the thrill and challenge of heads-up racing. Horsepower comes from a production, OEM Sealed Chevrolet Performance DR525 crate engine combined with a factory Chevrolet Performance sealed ECM and installation kit. Performance is typically in the TK, making for a fun ride down the track. 

Kyle Pawuk, who is Holley EFI Factory Super Cars racer Mark Pawuk’s son, is quite proficiently piloting one of Scott Libersher’s COPO Camaros in the COPO Camaro Shootout presented by Chevrolet Performance and COPO Parts Direct at the NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Magazine at Summit Motorsports Park. The car features a 350 cubic-inch naturally aspirated engine backed by a Turbo 350 transmission, and Kyle, who recently attended the Frank Hawley School of Drag Racing at Summit Motorsports Park, earned the win in the first of eliminations round with a 10.18 on 10.15 dial. Now he's preparing for the second round of eliminations. “This has been a very good experience, and I’m really glad I’m not being yelled at by my dad,” said Kyle, with a laugh.

VP Racing Xtreme Pro Mod racer Craig Sullivan had a mishap during third round of qualifying in his popular El Mero Mero 1949 Mercury. Sullivan was running in the left lane when his Merc broke loose and contacted the left-side retaining wall. Sullivan immediately climbed from the car under his own power and was unhurt. His colorful Pro Mod sustained damage, but appears to be repairable.

Cindy Hoffman has spent years helping her husband, Tom Hoffman, campaign his classic Mustang in NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp and NMRA ARP Open Comp, and when he recognized her passion for racing, he decided to make plans — secret plans — to put a car together for her. With help from family and friends, he made the trip from Michigan to New Jersey to deliver a shell of a Fox body Mustang and a bunch of parts to NMCA Dart NA 10.5 racer Rick Riccardi, who put it all together in just a few short months, and freshened the 393 cubic-inch Windsor built by Holbrook Racing Engines that Tom previously had in his car. The car was then taken to Farks Supercars, where it received exhaust and was scaled. Riccardi and his wife, Jenni, towed it to the NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Magazine this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park, and they, along with Jim Johnson, who turned wrenches on the car as well, and family members, gave Cindy one of the biggest surprises of her life. “I had no idea they were doing this for me and presenting the car to me this weekend,” said Cindy, who plans to get some seat time before eventually racing the 11-second car in NMCA and NMRA TorqStorm Superchargers True Street. “It’s a very nice surprise, and I’m excited to see how it goes.”

The Horsepower Depot Factory Appearing Stock Tire (FAST) category continues to gain new fans, and that is certainly the case at the NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick Magazine this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park. The cars, which appear as they did when they rolled out of the showroom, are a step back in time, and they are swooned over by muscle car enthusiasts of all ages. 16 racers from Michigan, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania and other states are featured in the category this weekend, and most have been talking with fans about their cars and combinations.

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