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Friday Coverage | NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Muscle Car Drag Racing

Posted By: Mary Lendzion
During yesterday's test session, racers showed what race fans can expect to see at the 18th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Muscle Car Drag Racing, this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois. There is a lot of talk about the new format for the runoff portion of the event, the Testo Super Bowl Shootouts, which will see points leaders racing lead qualifiers, and anticipation is building for that. Check back for updates and photos!

Here is a peek at the very carefully and cleverly designed Nitto Diamond Tree Rings that racers will earn for winning in the highly anticipated Testo Super Bowl Shootouts on Saturday.

BIGFOOT #1, the Monster Truck that started it all for owner Bob Chandler, continues to capture attention at events across the country, and we  are happy to have it here this weekend. It has had a steady stream of fans around it, and many have had their pictures taken with it.

BIGFOOT #8 also is holding its own this weekend, with its colossal tires and colorful paint, and because many events across the country only feature one BIGFOOT, it is a big deal for fans of the Monster Trucks to see two together.

Here are the points leaders for the Testo Super Bowl portion of the 18th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Muscle Car Drag Racing! They are set to race the qualifying leaders on Saturday, and winners will receive gorgeous Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Rings. Stayed tuned for a post presenting all of the pairings.

Qualifying is underway, and we are seeing some great reaction times and elapsed times. To check out qualifying as we go, click

Dart NA 10.5 racer Joe Clemente, whose Mustang is motivated by a small-block Chevrolet by EIC Motorsports, Liberty's 5-speed and a Boninfante clutch, means business. He earned a runner-up finish at the NMCA race in Florida in March, won at the NMCA/NMRA race in North Carolina in April and is currently the lead qualifier with a 7.74 at the 18th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Muscle Car Drag Racing, which is this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. According to his son and crew member, Carmine Clemente, the rear end under Clemente’s Mustang let go during the first round of qualifying, but their team was quick to replace it and they are good to go. Clemente will give it everything he has to hold onto his qualifying lead as well as his points lead.

Bob Glenn of Pinellas Park, Florida has committed to racing in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod at all six races on this year’s NMCA tour, and fans are happy that they get to see more of his beautiful 1967 Mustang-bodied Pro Mod built by G-Force Race Cars. The stunner sets sail with a Brad Anderson Hemi and Roots-style blower, and Glenn and his team are dialing it in with help from Kevin King and Brian Whytas, who use FuelTech for engine management. So far this weekend, Glenn has posted a 3.71, despite having to pump the pedal, and a 3.66, and there is more where that came from.

Catherine Kosiba, who debuted her Drag Pak in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars last year, has been proving what she and her car are capable of ever since. With a Hemi and Whipple supercharger under the hood, Kosiba has been consistently competitive in the category, and she is currently in fifth-place in points. She is focused on holding onto that spot, or even improving on it, at the 18th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Muscle Car Drag Racing this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway, her first Super Bowl race. When we stopped by her pit area, she and her husband, Brad, were installing a lighter passenger’s seat in her car, and when we asked if she was ready to wheel to some wicked passes, she said she certainly was. We believe her, and we know she is one to watch.

After hurting his engine at this event two years ago, Dart NA 10.5 racer Rick Riccardi is back in action at the 18th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Muscle Car Drag Racing this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway, and it’s great to see his Capri. It is powered by a new small-block Ford built by Dave Jack and B&B Performance and topped with custom heads and intake by Dave Jack. Marc Poldino of Red Eye Racecars, where Riccardi works, helped set up the chassis. With help from his wife, Jenni, and an equally committed crew, Riccardi made some test passes yesterday, and he is working toward getting his car race-ready.

Amy Faulk has accomplished a lot in the past 40-plus years. She earned a world championship in NHRA Super Stock in 1979, was entered into the NHRA Division 2 Hall of Fame and she served on the SEMA Board of Directors. For the past several years, however, she has set her sights on being successful in NMCA Micro Strategies Super Stock, and she is succeeding. She came to this race in the tenth-place in points, and she is giving it everything she has to get closer to the first-place in points in her Firebird featuring an LS engine and dialed in for the 10.45 zone. Recently, she and her husband, Kenny, installed a new Coan transmission, Coan converter, Coan shifter and transbrake, and in addition to getting all of the new items dialed in, she is adjusting from the move from foot-braking to trans-braking. “I like change, and it can make you appreciate what other racers are doing, but sometimes, when I make a change to my program, I ask myself if I’m nuts,” said Faulk, with a laugh. The talented Tennessean is currently qualified in the fourth spot out of fourteen racers, with more qualifying to come. 

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