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Saturday Coverage—2022 NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab

Posted By: Steve Baur
The 2022 NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab begins Saturday with a short test and tune session followed by additional qualifying runs, as well as True Street, and HEMI Shootout competition. If the schedule permits, we will be running the first round of eliminations this evening for index classes over 17 cars, as well as Xtreme Renegade and Coyote Stock. Check the run schedule below and be sure to check back here throughout the day for continuous event updates from the pits and on track.

Tony Karamitsos is no stranger to TorqStorm True Street here in the NMCA, and he’s here once more to take home the crown. Karamitsos has owned his 1969 Camaro since 1997, and has built it up into the 7-second capable machine that it is today. The E85-burning engine is a diminutive 400ci small-block Chevy built with help from Ultra Tech and Performance Tech and boosted by a 98mm Precision turbocharger and PT2000 intercooler. Wired by Nitrous Dave’s Electronics and tuned with a Holley EFI system, the powerplant has put down 1,700 hp to the tires. Karamitsos is hoping to set a personal best this weekend and improve on the 7.93 at 174 mph run he’s already clocked.

Tom Moss, picked up this unique 1951 Henry J from Dave Granger, who campaigned the car in NMCA ARP Nitrous Pro Street a few times. Moss bought the car as a roller, and has temporarily stuffed a 396 big-block Chevy in it just to make some hits. He is having CNC Motorsports build a 598ci big-block Ford for the car and will be topping it off with a 14-71 blower as well. Moss plans to put the Henry J to work in Top Sportsman classes once the engine upgrade is complete.

Reigning VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod champ Chip King currently sits second in qualifying here at World Wide Technology Raceway. His Mustang Pro Mod suffered a missed shift during the second round of qualifying and zinged the engine, so the team was changing out the connecting rods just to be safe.

Kim Mapes of Watson Racing is enjoying the benefits of wireless tuning these days, and the majority of the Watson Racing customers have been converted over to Big Stuff 3 Gen IV EFI. The new system allows Mapes to wirelessly program each vehicle from one location provided the cars all have the battery power turned on. Not only does it save time bouncing from car to car, but he’s been able to do away with cables to connect his laptop as well.

Chevrolet Performance Stock points leader Glenn Pushis wasn’t going to be able to spend the weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, but wanted to at least grab some points for teching in and qualifying before heading off to his daughter’s college graduation. After conferring with Doug Thompson, a plan was hatched where Pushis would qualify in his spare CPS car, a Fourth-Gen Camaro previously campaigned by Heath Shemwell, and Factory Super Cars Driver Jason Dietsch would pilot Pushis’ CRC Camaro and hopefully steal some points from his competitors. We’ll see how it all plays out during eliminations.

David Monday needed to change out the rear gear in his David Monday Race Cars Corvette after last night’s qualifying run. His teammate, Tom Blincoe, is ready to rock according to team tuner and PTP Racing co-owner, Patrick Barnhill. Blincoe currently sits third in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod points, with Monday following up in 11th.

Chad Galloway has seemingly brought a knife to a gunfight, as his Second-Gen Camaro has run a best of 9.77 in the quarter-mile and the number-one qualifier in Dart NA 10.5 is Don Baskin with a 7.92. Galloway and his team built the car from the ground up, and it’s 496ci big-block Chevy engine provides bracket-like consistency, so we’ll have to see how they do in eliminations as the top contenders are often on the knife edge of traction and performance.

Scott Conley has been racing with the NMCA for about six years, and his 1964 Plymouth is a perfect fit for his category of choice, Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock. It's powered by a 540 cubic-inch Hemi, and it has carried Conley to several quarter-final finishes while oozing oodles of character. The Ohioan has been shuffling weight around in his car during qualifying to get it just right for the conditions this weekend, but he’s aiming for the 10.00 index and the NMCA Winner’s Circle. “I like that the Nostalgia Super Stock category is old school, and there are no electronics in it,” said Conley. “Also, the racers are really easy to get along with.”

Carter Motorsports founder Brandon Carter aired out his 2003 Mustang Cobra during X275 qualifying. The St. Louis-based team made some suspension changes to counter the wheelie as they get the chassis to work with the new close-ratio automatic transmission. Carter’s Cobra packs an in-house-built 400ci small-block Ford engine and 88mm Forced Inductions turbocharger and has run a best of 4.45 with the previous transmission.

John Hixon’s Buick GSX is one of the coolest cars in MagnaFuel Open Comp, and it definitely runs as good as it looks. Over winter, Hixon, out of Illinois, had his car at Straightline Performance, where it received a new fabricated 9-inch rear end and was narrowed. It also sits lower, and Hixon, who made some test passes to dial in the changes before making this his first NMCA event of the year, said it has responded well to the upgrades. Hixon, whose daughters, Morgan and Savannah, are his crew chiefs this weekend, plans to put a 9.76 dial on his car for MagnaFuel Open Comp, where he is nicely qualified in the third spot out of 33 fellow competitors with an .001 reaction time. He also plans to take part in a bit of Bracket Mayhem.

Steve Satchell likes to spend a lot of time in the cockpit of his Corvette, as he double-enters at most events, and the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab at World Wide Technology Raceway is no exception. Satchell is qualified in the tenth spot out of fourteen cars with a 10.39 on a 10.00 in LME Street King, and in the twenty-third spot out of thirty-three cars with an .056 reaction time in MagnaFuel Open Comp, after blowing a collector off of his car during qualifying. The piece is back on his car and he is ready for the first round of eliminations.

Steve Griswold drove to an 8.77 on an 8.75 index in his Corvette to qualify in the fourth spot in LME Street King, proving that he continues to have a very competitive combination in his 388 cubic-inch LS-based engine on a Concept Performance block, built by Richard Brannen and paired with a ProCharger F-2. When we stopped Griswold’s pit area today, he and Brannen were going over some data to get Griswold’s Corvette ready for the first round of eliminations in LME Street King, and Brannen shared with us what that involves. “The car is manageable to the point where we just need to worry about looking at the density altitude and a few other things, as well as our data, and making adjustments to the timing to get it where we need to be,” said Brannen. 

ARP Nitrous Pro Street racer Bill Garrock noticed that his car’s performance was dropping ff down track and traced the issue to a fuel system that was dropping pressure. He and his team hooked up with Weldon Performance’s Jim Craig here at the event and they got to installing the new regulator and fuel pump for the final qualifying run today.

There’s quite a sentimental story behind Keith Seymore’s 1974 Chevelle. His father bought it new for his mother, and when she was done driving it several years later, Seymore took it over and started racing it in 1978. He has fun, and holds his own in Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle as well as TorqStorm Superchargers True Street, with help from the big-block Chevy built by Scott Williams under his hood. Seymore, who had a spark plug pop off earlier in the weekend, pulled off a 10.06 on a 10.00 to qualify in the fourteenth spot in Detroit Truetrac Nostalgia Muscle, and is ready for the first round of eliminations in that category as well as TorqStorm Superchargers True Street.

Terry Ryan of Cascade Locks, Oregon, has been playing in X275 in the eastern half of the country for the past several years. His 1989 Mustang packs a Bennett Racing 400U small-block Ford engine and is fed pressurized air via a Precision Turbo 80mm turbocharger. Josh Lyndsey handles the tuning on the FuelTech EFI and Steve Klug handles the maintenance for the Mustang. “Track Momma” Deborah Fletcher takes care of the travel plans and organization for the team, which has claimed recent wins at the 2021 Shakedown, Lights Out, and Magic 8. Mutual friend Cal Hartline connected Ryan with Pro 275/LDR Racer Frank Mewshaw who performs the driving duties, and Mewshaw told us their car excels in tricky hot tracks. The team qualified third and will face Terry Smith on Sunday in the first round of eliminations.

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