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Saturday Coverage — Holley NMRA/Red Line Oil NMCA Race for the Rings & Saturday Thrill Festival

Posted By: Michael Johnson and Mary Lendzion
Racers will come ready to put down their best possible passes for the end of qualifying and the start of eliminations today at the Holley NMRA/Red Line Oil NMCA Race for the Rings & Saturday Thrill Festival at World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois.
Making things even more exciting, racers who are currently leading points in their category will be paired with lead qualifiers for the Race for the Rings portion of the event, which will reward winners with cleverly designed and coveted Nitto Diamond Tree Rings.
In addition to all of the heads-up and index racing, race fans can take in the exciting elements of the Saturday Thrill Festival, including jet cars, FMX Motocross Stunt Shows and the World's Largest BIGFOOT. The UPR Products Car Show will showcase some stunners, and the manufacturers’ midway will be cracking.
Come back to and each day through Sunday for race news, schedules, photos, qualifying, eliminations and a race wrap.


It is a treat to watch Rick Hornback’s 1969 Chevelle at each race, as in addition to being beautiful, it continues to clock quicker and faster passes in Dart NA 10.5. The car features a 645 cubic-inch engine by Scott Williams of S&K Motorsports with a cast-iron Dart Big M block, BES Racing heads and intake, Holley Fuel Injection and a Lenco four-speed, and it is still steel with the exception of the fiberglass hood. It also still has its original class with the exception of the windshield and still sports the factory dash, glovebox, dome light, backup lights and passenger seat. Hornback, who has a stellar crew chief in his son, Tyler Hornback, recently recorded a personal best of 8.29, followed by an 8.30 in a test session this weekend, and while he was slightly off-pace in yesterday’s qualifying, he is going over data and getting ready for today’s qualifying.

Shawn Keegan had been trying to talk his friend into selling him his 1965 Falcon, and a few years ago, he finally did. When we asked him how he managed to do that, he said simply “Cash.” Keegan enjoys driving the chock-full of character car on the street and in NMCA/NMRA Circle D Specialties True Street. “I enjoy the challenge of going for a 30-mile cruise and then running three back-to-back passes for True Street,” said Keegan, who clocks 14s with the help of a 289 cubic-inch engine and four-speed transmission.

Scott Williams has one of the most swoon-worthy cars on the NMCA tour, and fans are flocking to it this weekend. The racer from Michigan works hard to keep his 1965 Malibu SS clean and competitive, and he built a new engine for it for this year at his shop, S&K Motorsports. It is a 588 big-block Chevrolet on an aluminum block and it is backed with a Powerglide. Williams’ goal this weekend was to run 8.70, and he has already surpassed that with an 8.67 and is qualified in the seventh spot with an .012 reaction time in MagnaFuel Open Comp. “I feel good about where I am right now,” said Williams, who will soon head into the first round of eliminations. “It’s where I want to be.”

Today as part of the Holley NMRA/Red Line Oil NMCA Race for the Rings here at World Wide Technology Raceway, the Thrill Festival includes the World’s Largest Bigfoot Monster Truck, an FMX Motocross Stunt Show, Flame-Throwing Jet Cars, Huge Car Show and Massive Midway, and the NMRA/NMCA Fan Experience where you can win free swag, and who doesn’t love free swag?!?! In addition to the Thrill Festival, an added bonus today is the Race for the Rings Shootout. This shootout pairs the top racer in points against the top qualifier in each respective class for Big Money and possibly, more importantly, a Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Championship Ring.            

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