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Sunday Coverage—Mickey Thompson NMCA All-American Nationals

Posted By: Ainsley Jacobs & Mary Lendzion
It's the final day of the 22nd Annual Mickey Thompson NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Mag at America's Racetrack, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, and we'll be wrapping up the weekend with exciting elimination action!

We are off and running for the final day of this year's NMCA event at Summit Motorsports Park! Here is a schedule highlighting the action.

Steve Easton (middle), the Australian driver of Cor Valentyn’s Tim McAmis-built and Americana-themed “Patriot” 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, was busy tearing apart the transmission until midnight on Friday to try and find out why the entry was a touch off the pace in VP Racing Fuels Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod. With a 520 cubic inch Hemi engine built by Steve Easton Motorsport, SSI supercharger, and Rage fuel system, the Ohio-based team – which includes team manager and chassis/suspension tuner, Randy, (right) as well as chief mechanic, Billy (left) – began eliminations on Saturday evening second to last on the list. Fortunately for them, Easton was able to get the win in round one with a 3.933 at 189.55 mph trip against Jeff Rudolf and the group is preparing for another Pro Mod pairing this morning.

The COPO Connoisseur, Scott Libersher, brought his fleet of five out to have some fun in a variety of classes. In
Holley EFI Factory Super Cars qualifying with his 2016 COPO Camaro, Libersher went 7.930 at 171.47 mph to qualify tenth while he ran 9.308 on a 10.00 index with his 2023 COPO in Micro Strategies Inc. Stock Eliminator and wheeled his way to a number seven qualifying position in the COPO Parts Direct COPO Battle - his fifth Battle, as shown by the decals displayed on the rear windshield here. During Friday evening’s eliminations, Libersher exited unusually early in Factory Super Cars and got two round wins in COPO Battle before exiting in the quarter-files in what was a very close race, but was still in the game for Stock as the latter class continued on Sunday morning.

Also in the Libersher Racing camp, Chris Hall aka “Officer Caprice” was having a blast this weekend driving Scott Libersher’s black and gray 2023 COPO Camaro in Holley EFI Factory Super Cars. Hall usually races a blue COPO in Super Stock so he’s not a rookie in any regards, but going 8.055 at 171.82 mph in Factory Super Cars qualifying meant the Utah resident ran half a second quicker than he’s accustomed to. Hall, a bottom bulb bracket racer, had to adjust a bit to the Pro Tree, too, but jumped right in and did a solid job in the first round of eliminations on Saturday although he wasn’t able to turn on the win light.

Number one qualifier in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod after having gone 3.644 at 206.95 mph, Canadian Scott Wildgust, is having a Cinderella weekend with his Noon-powered and supercharged 2020 Camaro. Wildgust has set the low elapsed time of the round every time out so with the Smokie’s Garage “Black Smoke” entry, scored a round one win during Saturday night’s eliminations, and enjoyed a bye run this morning in round two where he ran his quickest and fastest pass so far of 3.638 at 207 mph for lane choice in the semi-finals.

Today's car show is all shined up and in full swing, and there's an impressive collection of stunning classics and late-model marvels of all makes and models on display at Summit Motorsports Park.

A little between-rounds maintenance is par for the course when you’re pushing the limits of performance in ARP Nitrous Pro Street, and reigning class champion David Fallon Jr. is no stranger to understanding it takes a thrash session or two to stay ahead. Fallon put his SpeedTech nitrous-assisted and Pat Musi-powered 2002 Camaro into the number one spot after the qualifying order had been finalized and has been consistently working his way through elimination rounds this weekend to earn a spot in the finals.

The burnouts have begun for ELIMINATIONS at the 22nd Annual Mickey Thompson NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Sick the Mag at Summit Motorsports Park, and we’re heading for the finish line! For ELIMINATION results as we receive them, click
and watch for a race wrap after the event! 

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