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21st Annual NMCA World Street Finals Presented By Chevrolet Performance — Sunday Coverage

Action Continues On Championship Sunday In Indy

Two more championships have been determined, with Dave Swanson winning FSC Stock and Bruce Lang winning Quck Fuel Tech Nostalgia Muscle Car. Lang is also a back-to-back NMCA champ, having won the 2021 Super Stock Title. We're moving into semi-final rounds and there are still tignt battles taking place.

Dave Swanson, Fastest Street Car Stock Eliminator Champion



Bruce Lang, Quick Fuel Tech Nostalgia Muscle Car Champion




ONE CHAMPIONSHIP DOWN, ONE TO GO FOR DANNY TOWE


 
It didn’t happen exactly the way he drew it up, but Danny Towe is officially the 2022 NMCA Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle Car world champion. 
 
Towe came into the season-ending World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance as the championship leader following a clutch win last month at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk. Competing against Ralph Trimmer, Jerry Stamps, and his buddy David Mormann for the title, Towe expected a long fight to the finish but in a rare turn of events, all four contenders went out in round one. That clinched the title for Towe.
 
“Just like I drew it up,” Towe laughed. “Sometimes, these things happen. You think it’s going to go down to the wire, but it didn’t happen that way. The win in Norwalk was huge. When I won that race,  I knew I was in the chase for the title but I thought I’d need to win some rounds here today [in Indy]. Between the NMCA and NMRA Series, Towe now has three championships and he’s a favorite to add a fourth next week in Bowling Green, Ky. Towe enters the final NMRA event of the season as the championship leader in the Ford Muscle class. The rules for the Nostalgia Muscle Car and Ford Muscle class are similar, but Towe admits the competition is a bit stiffer in Nostalgia Muscle.
 
“For one, the fields are quite a bit bigger in Nostalgia Muscle,” he says. “I’ve also found that the Nostalgia Muscle racers are a bit more experienced. Not to take anything away from Ford Muscle because there’s some tough racers there, but Nostalgia Muscle is really competitive.” Fortunately, Towe doesn’t need to make any changes to his Harland Sharp-backed ’70 Mustang to run either class. Towe is also quick to admit that he’d have a hard time racing if not for the help of fellow competitor David Mormann, who is his traveling companion. Mormann lives in Tampa, Fla. While Towe is from Westminster, S.C. but they somehow manage the logistics to be able to use a single trailer and split travel costs.
 
“I wasn’t planning on competing in both the NMRA and NMCA series this year but David started the year really strong in Bradenton so we decided to go for it. Once we looked at things and saw that we were both in the running for championships, we felt like we had to go for it. “Sometimes, it’s a challenge to get the cars from one place to the other but we make it work. Sometimes we leave the trailer at Mike Moistner’s place, and sometimes we need to drive long hours or buy plane tickets, but we make it work. I definitely couldn’t do this without David, though.” Travel and logistical issues aside, Towe has also had to deal with an ongoing ignition gremlin in his classic Mustang all season. He admits it’s been a constant struggle, but it wasn’t enough to prevent him from adding crucial semifinal finishes in Bradenton and Martin to go along with his victory in Norwalk. 
 
“It’s been a hell of a year as far as this car is concerned,” Towe said. “It would skip, pop, and miss from time to time so I had no other choice than to dial-up so that I could get to the finish line first. The more I think about it, that might be the reason why I did so well this year. I just need something like that to occupy my mind so I stay focused on racing. I think we finally figured out that we had a problem with the tach but at some point this year, I changed everything and I do mean everything. If there is a part that had anything to do with the ignition system,  it got changed.”
 
With his NMCA title safely in the bank, Towe can now turn his attention to winning the NMRA SCT Ford Muscle title when the series heads south to Bowling Green next week for the Whipple Superchargers NMRA World Finals. Towe hasn’t clinched the title, but he’s got a sizable 330 point lead over Mormann who isn’t about to concede the title without a fight. “David has been my biggest rival all year so I don’t see why it would be any different this time,” said Towe. “We’re just going to go down there and give it our best shot. I owe a lot of thanks to Harland Sharp for all their support. I’d love nothing more than to deliver a second championship as a way of saying thanks.”


 



JOSHUA SCHWARTZ COMES OH-SO-CLOSE TO HEMI SHOOTOUT WIN


 
By a margin of just .015-second, less than the blink of an eye, Josh Schwartz missed out on the first place trophy in Saturday’s Hemi Shootout held at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. Schwartz wheeled his ’18 Hellcat Challenger to consecutive runs of 8.676, 8.880, and 8.872 providing a final average of 8.809 seconds. An impressive average to be sure, but slightly slower than Ed Springstead’s 8.794 average. Schwartz might normally be upset to lose by such a narrow margin, but in this case, he’s not overly worried since Springstead is his teammate. Both cars were prepared at Schwartz’s business, High Horse Performance in Smyrna, Del., which is a recognized leader when it comes to the Mopar Gen 3 Hemi package. 
 
“This car is really good and it’s really versatile,” Schwartz said of his 2018 Widebody Hellcat, which is owned by Darrel Faulk. “This car has a Whipple 3-liter blower and a nitrous system from Nitrous Outlet. The engine came from BES ad hit’s got Thitek cylinder heads which are really good. We’ve got 18 years of experience with this platform, so I think we’ve got a pretty good handle on it.” Schwartz’s Challenger is limited by rollcage rules to 8.50-seconds, but it’s capable of running much quicker than that. For the sake of consistency, Schwartz de-tuned the car for Saturday’s Hemi Shootout since the car is required to make three back-to-back-to-back runs without lifting the hood. That’s a tough task for many so-called street cars, but not for Schwartz. 
 
“We ran an 8.56 during testing but for the [Hemi Shootout] we just turned down the launch a little bit and the car responded with three pretty consistent runs,” Schwartz said. “This is still a very streetable car. All we need to do is change the blower pulley and we can run it on pump gas. Otherwise, we use VP Q16, which we’ve had a lot of success with. It’s has a lot of protective qualities which makes it almost impossible to detonate.” With the top two spots in the Hemi Shootout secured, Schwartz will now turn his attention to the Quick 8 class, which happens to be sponsored by HHP Racing. “I think we’ve got a good chance to win this [Quick 8] deal today,” Schwartz said. “Depending on who I have to race, I can hopefully take it a bit easy in the first round or two and then really get after it if we make it to the final. We came back to NMCA this year and it’s been a really positive experience. The Challenger platform is supposed to go away after next year, but these cars are so popular. I’m sure people will still be racing and modding them for 10 years or more. They really are great cars.”














Today is the day that dreams will come true from some racers, while others will have to wait until next year as season championships are decided as the Red Line Synthetic Oil NMCA Drag Racing Series wraps up the 2022 season at the 21st annual NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance.












A total of 13 individual and season champions will be crowned in the following categories:

VP Racing Xtreme Pro Mod
Holley EFI Factory Super Car
ARP Nitrous Pro Street
Dart N/A 10.5
Edelbrock Xtreme Street
Scoggin-Dickey CPS
FSC Stock Eliminator
FSC Super Stock
Detroit Truetrack NMC
Proform Rumble
LME Street King
MagnaFuel Open Comp
Quick Fuel Tech NSS
 
Stay tuned to NMCAdigital.com for updates on all the latest action from historic Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.





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