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Red Line Oil NMCA Racers Impressive in Race for the Rings

Posted By: Mary Lendzion
Written by Mary Lendzion
Photos by Evan Smith and Rudy Rouweyha
The Holley NMRA/Red Line Oil NMCA Race for the Rings & Saturday Thrill Festival was an exciting and engaging event for racers and race fans, May 3-5, 2024 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois.
Adding to the adventure were the Race for the Rings runoffs for racers who were points leaders or qualifying leaders, and awaiting the winners of those runoffs were Nitto Diamond Tree Rings, which were carefully crafted to resemble the lights on a race tree.
The VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod Race for the Rings saw two beautiful yet boisterous cars with Bob Glenn’s 1967 Mustang-bodied car and Craig Sullivan’s 1949 Mercury-bodied car. Glenn, of Pinellas Park, Florida, drove to a 3.71 and the win while Sullivan, of Plainfield, Indiana, was forced to get out of the throttle. Glenn also won the main event race.
In Holley EFI Factory Super Cars, Marc Heidings of Marco Island, Florida, won at the hit and coasted down track in his 2021 Challenger Drag Pak after Jason Dietsch of Edgerton, Ohio, turned on the red light in his 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet. While Dietsch did not win the Race for the Rings, he did win the main event race.
In ARP Nitrous Pro Street, Leonard Grawburg of Bradenton, Florida, got the win with a 4.32 in his 1969 Camaro when Kyle Salminen of Port Charlotte, Florida, experienced an issue in his competitive 2002 Cavalier. Grawburg also won the main event race.

In the Race for the Rings in NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street/NMRA VP Racing Lubricants Renegade, Joel Greathouse of Oakland, Kentucky, and Josh Hutnick of Westville, Indiana, gave it everything they had to be the first to the finish line. Greathouse pulled it off with a 4.56 to Hutnick’s 4.60. Greathouse also won the main event race against Ray Cox.
In a battle of fierce Firebirds, Dwight Ausmus of LaFollette, Tennessee pushed to a 7.80 to defeat equally outstanding opponent John Langer, who drove to a 7.87 in Dart NA 10.5.
“A special thanks to Red Line Oil and Nitto for supporting this opportunity,” said Ausmus. “John Langer and I were both racing with Pontiac engines built by BES, Liberty transmissions and chassis by Steve Matukas, and the margin of victory was .0055. It had to be an awesome race for the fans to watch.”
Mike Winters of Shelby Township, Michigan, and Brad Cail of Tell City, Indiana gave each other a good Race for the Rings in Scoggin Dickey Parts Center Street Warrior 10.10  presented by Chevrolet Performance, and Winters was the winner with a 10.10 in his 1982 Mustang GT while Cail motored to a 10.24 in his 1981 Malibu.
Rodney Ward of Muncie, Indiana, and Dave Swanson of DePere, Wisconsin, pulled into the beams for the Micro Strategies Stock Race for the Rings, and Ward won with a 12.54 in his 2014 Mustang to Swanson’s 8.08 in his 2019 Mustang Cobra Jet.

Jeff Dona of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, faced multi-time champion Mark Nowicki of Gaylord, Michigan in Micro Strategies Super Stock, and while both drivers were close on the tree, Dona was victorious with a 9.51 in his 1998 Formula to Nowicki’s 9.57 in his 1998 Avenger. Nowicki did, however, win the main event race.
In Nostalgia Super Stock, Mike Moss of Paducah, Kentucky, drove his 1966 Biscayne to a 10.28 and the win over Tim Frees of Menasha, Wisconsin, whose 1963 Savoy was 10.56 at the finish line.
Dan Sisson, who traveled from Austin, Arkansas, and Don Fotti, who traveled from Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada, were featured in the Race for the Rings in Erson Cams Nostalgia Muscle presented by World Products. Sisson secured the win with a good reaction time and a 10.32 in his 1969 Chevy while Fotti posted an 11.49 in his 1968 Mustang Cobra Jet.
In MagnaFuel Open Comp, Taylor Dietsch of Edgerton, Ohio, piloted a 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet to an 8.94 and the win over Phil Wrobleski of Plainwell, Michigan, who came in at 9.64 in his 1996 Thunderbird.

David Rickey of Tipp City, Ohio and Keith Vaughn of Nashville, Tennessee, both recorded .058 reaction times in the Race for the Rings in LME Street King presented by Chevrolet Performance, but Rickey took the win with a 10.51 in his 2002 Camaro while Vaughn stopped the timers at 9.99 in his 1987 Corvette. Vaughn, however, won the main event race in another category, Scoggin Dickey Parts Center Street Warrior 10.10 presented by Chevrolet Performance.
“It was a cool experience, and it was rewarding to be in the spotlight on Saturday in front of the crowd,” said Rickey. “Everyone was excited, and it was a big deal to be able to race against my good buddy, Keith Vaughn, and having the race as close as it was made it even more awesome. I’m really glad to have been part of this, and to come out the winner is even sweeter.”

Reigning Proform Rumble presented by Chevrolet Performance champion Tim Poston of Roundhill, Kentucky, faced Kevin Rowand of Covington, Indiana, for the Proform Rumble presented by Chevrolet Performance Race for the Rings, and Poston won with a 10.30 in his 2000 Corvette after Rowand turned on an -.013 red light in his 2008 Corvette.
“The Race for the Rings is always a special part of this annual event,” said Rollie Miller, General Manager and National Event Director for NMRA and NMCA. “Our racers really show what they are made of, and we are proud to celebrate their accomplishments and present them with the coveted Nitto Diamond Tree Rings.”

(A story about the NMRA Race for the Rings winners is posted on


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