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Doug Poskevich Maintains Lead in Nostalgia Super Stock Despite Recent Trouble

Posted By: Mary Lendzion
Written by Mary Lendzion
Photos by NMCA
 
Doug Poskevich considers himself fortunate for finding his 1966 Fairlane 500 back in 1994.
 
The classic car was sitting in someone’s front yard, just begging to be bought, not far from his home in DeLand, Florida.
 
For well over a decade, Poskevich has been driving the wheels off of it NMCA Fastest Street Car Nostalgia Super Stock, and after relying on his 390 cubic-inch FE engine for many years, he built a 427 cubic-inch engine and debuted it in competition in 2023.
 
The engine features a cast-iron Bear block, Ross pistons, Callies rods, Comp Cams roller cam, ProMaxx cylinder heads, Edelbrock Victor intake and a Brawler 850 carburetor, and it helped Poskevich move from the 12.00 index to the 11.00 and sometimes 10.75 indexes.
 
Planting more power, Poskevich hurt the stock Ford center section under his car in the second round of eliminations at the last NMCA event of 2023, but still pulled off an eleventh-place finish in points.
 
“I could have had a top-10 finish in points had I not blown the center section under my car at the last event, but the good news is that I now have a Moser center section with 33-spline Moser axles, plus a new PST aluminum driveshaft because the previous one got hurt along with the center section,” said Poskevich, whose significant other, Cindee Hall, holds her own in NMCA Erson Cams Nostalgia Muscle presented by World Products and NMRA CJ Pony Parts Ford Muscle. “It is a much stronger set-up than I previously had.”
 
To kick off the 2024 Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car Nationals tour, Poskevich pulled into the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by Sipple’s Speed & Performance and Top of the Rock Thrill Festival Presented by Innovation Performance Technologies in April at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina. He qualified in the second spot with a 10.755 on a 10.75 index out of 19 cars and made it to the semifinal round of eliminations.


 
He followed that with a trip to the Holley NMRA/Red Line Oil NMCA Race for the Rings & Saturday Thrill Festival in May at World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois, where he qualified in the tenth spot out of 22 cars with a 10.79 on a 10.75 and finished as the runner-up after a breakout out pass of 10.64.
 
Poskevich, who picked up in the 60-foot and scrubbed a few mph to average 124 mph with his new engine, had high hopes going into the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Scott’s Trailer Sales & Saturday Thrill Festival in late May, early June at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Kentucky. Unfortunately, he was off-pace in qualifying and did not stage for the first round of eliminations.
 
“My car ran great in testing on Thursday, but then something broke under the car when I launched in the first round of qualifying,” said Poskevich. “The left side of the car came up really high, and I didn’t see anything obvious when I looked at it after that pass, but it got worse on the next pass, so I told my first-round opponent that I was not able to make the first round of eliminations. Later, I discovered that some brackets on the right rear ladder bar were bent and had possibly wedged the ladder bar so it was only lifting on the driver’s side and not the passenger’s side of the car.”
 
Despite the trouble at the event in Kentucky, Poskevich held onto his points lead, and is ordering parts to take care of the problem. His plan is to make up for lost time at the TorqStorm Superchargers NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by Nitto Tire & Saturday Thrill Festival, July 19-21, 2024 at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan.


 
 

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