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

Posted By: Steve Baur
What a weekend it has been so far, and we're in for a lot more on the final day of this year’s running of the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab at World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois. Race fans can expect to see racers and their teams pull out all the stops with their sights set on the winner's circle, the highly anticipated runoff between NMRA and NMCA winners and the coveted Nitto Diamond Tree Rings. We'll post news, elimination results and a race wrap to the NMCA and NMRA websites, so stay with us through what is sure to be a fantastic finale.

We're on track and ready to take in today's action. Here's the schedule.

TorqStorm Superchargers True Street racers spent time on the NASCAR oval next to World Wide Technology Raceway, before making three back-to-back passes down the drag strip. Randy Thomas was the overall winner with an 8.72 average in his Shelby GT500, and Daniel Rosner was the runner-up with an 8.97 runner-up in his Mustang GT. Also successful were Matt Caldwell, 9-second winner in his Mustang, Jason Wagoner, 10-second winner in his Mustang GT, Keith Lankheet, 11-second winner in his Challenger, Danny Tellman, 12-second winner in his Chevelle, Rodney Ward, 13-second winner in his Mustang GT, Paul Rosner, 14-second winner in his F150 and Mike Baker, 15-second winner in his Mustang GT.

Centertown, Missouri’s Danny Tellman isn’t afraid to drive his 1970 Chevelle SS, thanks to a pump gas 496, a Steinmetz Automotive 700R4 with a PTC converter and a 12-bolt rear end. Competing in Torqstorm Superchargers True Street, Tellman ran an 11.997, 12.045 and an 11.995 to win the 12-second class with a 12.012 average. Tellman says the car weighs 3,925 pounds with him in it, but it still gets 15 mpg. He’s driven it to Key West more than once, and since building it in 2010, he has put 60,000 miles on the car. Tellman is competing in Sunday's bracket program here at the Super Bowl.

Part of the 16th annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout is the Brian Tooley Racing LS/LT Xtreme Street Shootout, which pits the quickest LS- and LT-powered NMCA Xtreme Street machines on the property against each other is a heads-up battle. Bill Trovato started off the 2022 NMCA season with a win in Bradenton, Florida, and he can add another win this year as Trovato defeated Tom Hammonds in the final round of the LS/LT Xtreme Street Shootout, running 4.634 to Hammonds’ 4.764.

The Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout, a popular part of NMCA races across the country, saw a great assortment of Gen III HEMI-powered cars. Joshua Schwartz earned the overall win with an 8.97 average in his Hellcat, backing up his win from the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport last month at Rockingham Dragway. Also standing out were Bruce Phillips, the 10-second winner in his Charger, Bryce Rohrs, the 11-second winner in his Challenger, Robert Skalecki, the 12-second winner in his Scat Pack, Nicole Ratliff, the 14-second winner in her Charger and Shane Niebaur, the 15-second winner in his Ram 1500. 

This year marks the 17th annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, and while the combined event and classes that make up the event are exciting enough, the winners all receive the cherished Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring.

After a sensational second-place finish in Coan Stock/Super Stock Combo last year, Pete Ricart, a racer who puts his heart and soul into his racing program, is taking on Fastest Street Car Stock Eliminator. The Ohioan has been on a roll, and he led qualifying with a 7.86 on a 9.70 at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. Unfortunately, his high-horsepower Mustang Cobra Jet went into a wheelie at the hit in the first round of eliminations, forcing Ricart to pedal to settle its chassis while his competition got around him for the win. To know Ricart is to know that he will give it everything he has to pick up where he left off at the next event.

After 24 rounds of racing, multi-time Dart NA 10.5 champion Leonard Long finally lost, to himself. The G-Force Racing Transmissions proprietor lined up against Tony Petrovski in a matchup mirroring the final round from last month’s All-Star Nationals in Rockingham, and at the hit, found himself -.036 red against Petrovski. Long held a commanding 400-plus-point lead going into this event, and we won’t be surprised if the champ rebounds at the next event in Martin, Michigan, July 21-24.

Running Stock Eliminator, Jim Hanlon says he has the oldest, and slowest, car in competition. Hanlon’s 1965 Nova has a 327 with a Metric 200 three-speed automatic and a 10-bolt rear end with 4.88 gears. Hanlon is from Alton, Illinois, which is roughly 20 miles from World Wide Technology Raceway, and says he was here when the track opened in 1967. When talking about his Nova, Hanlon says, “It’s a fun old car, and I’m old, so it fits me.” How old is Hanlon? He’s a spry 80 years old, and we’re sure we speak for everyone in saying we hope to still be racing at his age. Hanlon made it to the semi-final round in Stock Eliminator, but then he turned on the red light to end his weekend.           

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