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

Posted By: Michael Johnson and Mary Lendzion
While we were in the thick of all the action at the Holley NMRA/Red Line Oil NMCA Race for the Rings & Saturday Thrill Festival at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday, strong storms in the late afternoon put a stop to it.
We are in the clear on Sunday morning, however, and cars are already fired up and flying down track. Many racers have their minds set on going rounds, getting to the winner’s circle and gaining points toward a season championship in the series.
Keep an eye on and for more race news, qualifying and elimination results, photos and a race wrap.

We are off to a great start. Here is Sunday's action-packed schedule.

Race fans are still talking about the FMX Motocross Stunt Shows, which included some mixing and mingling with BIGFOOT yesterday at the Red Line Oil NMCA Race for the Rings & Saturday Thrill Festival at World Wide Technology Raceway. The features have been a popular addition to events on the series tour this year.

We never find anything of value in an abandoned back yard, so when we heard that’s how Dan Sisson found this 1969 Chevelle, our level of jealousy was off the chart. However, the Chevelle was in pretty rough shape when he found it, and he had to do a lot of rust repair to get the car straightened out before painting it Hugger orange in the front yard. From Austin, Arkanas, Sisson races the car in Erson Cams Presented by World Products Nostalgia Muscle Car, and since he’s in the points lead Sisson was automatically entered into the Race for the Rings. In that matchup against Donald Fotti’s Cobra Jet Mustang, Sisson ran closer to his index to take the win and earn his first Nitto Tire Diamond Tree ring. Sisson’s Chevelle runs a Dale Meers Racing Engines 427 small block with a Dale Wolford Turbo 350 transmission. Shahan Performance and Fabrication’s roll cage makes sure the car is legal for its 10.25 index.

After competing in Erson Cams Nostalgia Muscle presented by World Products for more than 10 years, Jerry Stamps decided it was time for a change, and that change was a move to Micro Strategies Super Stock. Stamps made his debut in the category this weekend, and qualified in the fourteenth spot with a 10.75 on an 11.00, with the help of a new 360 cubic-inch Plymouth built by Valley Performance and backed by a Chrysler 904 transmission by Darrell Stiger. It seems like his move-in period is going smoothly, as Stamps, who had just four passes on his Duster with the new combination prior to this race, won the first round of eliminations with a 10.76 on a 10.64 when Dennis Breeden turned on the red light. He is now waiting to be called to the lanes for the second round of eliminations.

With only 69 ZL-1 Camaros built in 1969, finding a real one is extremely rare; not to mention the fact you could probably buy a couple houses for the price a single ZL-1. With that in mind, Mick Price decided to build his own. Just by looking at it, you would be hard pressed to know if it was an actual ZL-1 or not, it’s so well done. The car’s restoration was done by Jody Lane, and looks the part with an aluminum 427 big block, a transistorized distributor, a Muncie M22 Rock Crusher four-speed, 4.10 gear, radio and heater delete and a heavy-duty radiator. The color combination of Olympic gold with a white interior is classic, as are the American Racing Torq Thrust wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wide Tread F70-14 Polyglas tires.  

One racer receiving a lot of eyes during Saturday’s qualifying was the 1965 El Camino of Edelbrock Xtreme Street racer Steven Wardlow. The El Camino went up on the bumper during qualifying, which got the fans on their feet, but those are not always great for elapsed times, or front end components. Fortunately, the El Camino’s Blitzkrieg Motorsports chassis didn’t suffer any damage, and Wardlow also helped with the chassis and cage’s construction. Providing the power for wheels-up launches is a BTR Performance (Bill Trovato) big block Nitrous Outlet nitrous combo with a Northern Performance Turbo 400. This is the second year out for Wardlow with the El Camino, and sadly, Wardlow fell in the second round of Xtreme Street to his engine builder Bill Trovato.      

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