Spotlight on Mark Luton The VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod Driver and MMR Owner is a Modular Engine Mastermind
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by the Fastest Street Car Staff While racing various cars through the years, Mark Luton has successfully showcased the robustness and reliability of engines and everything else his company, MMR, makes. Most recently, he earned a championship in NMCA West True 10.5 in 2014 before moving to NMCA VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod in 2017, where his Mustang a...
Enter to Win Holley's Twin Supercharged LS Engine Giveaway!
Holley is pleased to announce they are partnering with Prestige Motorsports to give away another awesome powerplant to one lucky winner! With the help of Prestige Motorsports, Dart, and TorqStorm, we've concocted a 427 cubic inch, twin-supercharged combo that is capable of sending absurd levels of good old-fashioned V8 horsepower to the pavement! With warm weather already in effect across the m...
Dart Machinery, Diamond Pistons Team-Up to Sponsor NMCA NA 10.5 in 2020
Dart Machinery and Diamond Pistons, two divisions within Race Winning Brands, have signed on to sponsor the NA 10.5 category for the 2020 NMCA Muscle Car Nationals event series. The sponsorship began with the first event in early March and will continue when the series restarts next month with the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by HPJ Performance May 28-31 at World ...
Ronnie Hackelton Back Behind the Wheel in Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center
By Mary Lendzion Photos by NMCA and courtesy of Ronnie Hackelton Whether he's smiling, speaking or shaking someone's hand, Ronnie Hackelton is as cordial as they come. But as a racer in the NMCA and Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center categories, he's as competitive as they come, in his orange 2010 Camaro with a sealed ...
Jim Netherland and His Mad Torquer Have Motivated Start to Race Season
By Mary Lendzion Twenty-one years ago, Jim Netherland was racing a 1968 Buick Skylark in NMCA Detroit TrueTrac Nostalgia Muscle Car when he decided that he wanted to move to NMCA Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock. Because his car was a year newer than what was allowed in the category, he sold it and purchased a car that was a year older, a 1967 Buick GS400, from an estate sale not ...
Cash In On Mickey Thompson's Drag Tire Rewards Save $50 when purchasing new sets of two
Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has announced a new reward program for some of its most popular drag tires. Racers who purchase a new set of two race-winning M/T drag tires in April and May can earn a $50 prepaid card. "The 2020 drag tire reward is our only reward of the year, so drag racers looking for the ultimate traction and performance need to act quickly," said Ken Warner, Vice Preside...
Petrovski Brings His Beautiful Black Mustang to NMCA Dart NA 10.5 Presented by Diamond Pistons
By Mary Lendzion Once a month every spring through fall, Tony Petrovski spins serious rpm in All Motor at Milan Dragway in Michigan. The category is highly competitive and hotly contested, but Petrovski has held his own for the past several years, as he has been as quick and fast as 7.84 and 174 mph and captured the championship in the category in 2018. Fortunately for NMCA fans, the Almo...
Wade Rich Joins Bradenton Motorsports Park as Track Manager
The If you build it, they will come statement doesn't apply much anymore, but if you prep it, they will come definitely does. With track prep being paramount to racer loyalty, having a good crew and the right track management in place is critical to a facility's success. So, when Florida's Orlando Speed World Dragway's President of Operations, Wade Rich, announced he would be leaving, there wa...
Tom Ullery Taking on NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp
By Mary Lendzion When Tom and Eva Ullery met Rick and Jenni Riccardi several years ago, they were quick to form a friendship. The four New Jersey residents shared similar interests, and when Tom said he wanted to race something other than his 2014 Mustang GT, Rick, an accomplished NMCA Dart NA 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons driver, said he wanted to help him every step of the way, and the...
Ted Hughes Debuts His 2019 COPO Camaro in NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars
By Mary Lendzion Ted Hughes had been racing various cars in various series when he decided to purchase a 2016 COPO Camaro and dive into NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars in 2017. He found the competition compelling, and nailed a ninth-place finish in points that year, followed by thirteenth and twelfth place finishes in 2018 and 2019 respectively in the car flying Omaha Track and Patterson ...
NMCA Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw Expands to Four Events in 2020
ProMedia Events & Publishing is revved up to get back to racing action at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway for the combined Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by HPJ Performance May 28-31 after the unscheduled change in plans over the last month. Racing officials have decided to expand the NMCA Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw category to four events in 2020...
Tony Orts Ready to Take On Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by HPJ Performance
By Mary Lendzion It has been six months since Edelbrock Xtreme Street racer Tony Orts had his white-knuckle ride at the NMCA event at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana, but he remembers it as though it was yesterday. His 1968 Firebird went into a wicked wheelie that was higher than fans had ever seen the car go, and unfortunately, it turned left and went into the wall, before turning right and go...
Baskin Raring to Return to Racing After Two Crashes at NMCA Season Opener
By Mary Lendzion As most of his fellow racers and race fans know, Don Baskin is as devoted to racing as they come. He has several different race cars for competing in several different categories at NMCA events, and at the series well-attended 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines in early March at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, Baskin belted into h...
Adaptive Response NMRA/NMCA Revises 2020 Event Schedules
Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA Power Festival Presented by HPJ Performance World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Madison, IL May 28-31, 2020 Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, GA June 25-28, 2020 Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by Nickey Performance Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL July 30 A...
Spotlight Interview Camp Stanley
Reining in Racing in Favor of (Semi) Retirement Only a handful names in drag racing are revered as pioneers of the pastime. These influential individuals were responsible for shaping and developing drag racing in its heyday, and their names evoke vivid memories of a wilder time when technology, as well as the societal subculture surrounding the sport, evolved at a rapid pace. Arthur Camp Stanley ...
NMCA Racer Mike DeChicco and Wife Recently Raised Over $16,000 for JEGS Foundation Racing for Cancer Research
By Mary Lendzion When Mike DeChicco is in his car, he's all about the competition in NMCA Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock, and when he's not in his car, he's all about the camaraderie in the category. He likes people, and that's why he organized his first practice tree race at his home in Ostrander, Ohio, sixteen years ago. But he also likes to help people who need help, and t...
Gustafson and His Coast Packing Camaro Came Out Swinging in 2020 in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod
By Mary Lendzion Every time Eric Gustafson rolls his race car out of trailer, fans and fellow racers know that things are going to get wicked at wide-open throttle. He has put down plenty of power and picked up plenty of wins in his Coast Packing Camaro built by Gary Naughton Race Cars, maintained by Tim Lyons at Lyons Custom Motorsports and packing a Noonan-built Hemi fronted by a ProCharge...
Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout at NMCA Power Festival at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway May 28-31
NMCA is celebrating the 14th annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout, the longest running LS-based national event during the NMCA Power Festival at World Wide Technology at Gateway (Madison, IL) over the weekend of May 28-31, 2020. NMCA officials are giving away over $50,000 in cash, prizes, and giveaways in this special stop on the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series tour. Included in the...
Pete Ricart Had Personal Reason for Wanting to Win in Coan Stock/Super Combo at NMCA Season Opener
By Mary Lendzion After competing in NMCA Nostalgia Pro Street in his Fairlane, Pete Ricart took several years off to focus on his companies, Rabid Customs and Buddy's RPM in Ohio. He was happy and having fun when his life changed in an instant, as his son, Brad, was severely injured in a motorcycle accident last year. After nineteen surgeries, his son began to heal, and even began to train f...
Brian Keep Kicks Off 2020 With NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street Records
By Mary Lendzion It has become common for Ultra Street drivers to join NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street drivers for some nail-biting, neck and neck racing. Among them at the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines in early March at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida was Brian Keep of Ft. Myers, Florida. Keep, who finished second in Ultra Street points, just ...
NMRA/NMCA Technical Department Clarification On Turbocharger Compressor Covers In NMRA/NMCA Competition
Effective today, March 23, 2020 - All turbocharger compressor covers will require inspection and approval by NMRA/NMCA Tech before they can be used in NMRA/NMCA competition. This includes turbocharger compressor covers that have already been used in competition. Classes that this affects are: NMCA XTREME PRO MOD NMRA/NMCA STREET OUTLAW NMRA RENEGADE / NMCA XTREME STREET NMRA LIMITED ...
NMCA Muscle Car Nationals (ProMedia Events & Publishing) Office Goes Remote during COVID-19 Crisis
Due to California state regulations during the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic the office of ProMedia Publishing & Events, parent company of the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Cars Nationals has gone to a work-from-home status for the foreseeable future to keep our office staff safe. Despite the office closure, the NMRA/NMCA staff remains operational, but will be available via ema...
Kyle Salminen Campaigning his Father Matt Salminen's Camaro in ARP Nitrous Pro Street
By Mary Lendzion When Matt Salminen's beautiful blue 1969 Camaro pulled into the burnout box at the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines in early March at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, fans did a double take. That's because rather than Matt sitting it the driver's seat for ARP Nitrous Pro Street competition, it was his 21-year-old son, Kyle. Kyle, who...
Monster on the Midway Arrington Performance brings a parade of partners to the manufacturer's midway
There is plenty to see when the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals series rolls into town. From the World's Fastest Street cars on the drag strip to some of the coolest cars in town on the show field, these events are a gearhead's playland. For those looking for tech support or new go-fast hardware, however, the manufacturer's midway is the place to be. Thanks to Mike Copeland of Arrington Performance, ...
After Impacting Wall, Blankenship Repairing Mustang for NMCA Power Festival
By Mary Lendzion The NMCA Dart NA 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons category is known for its high-revving and high-horsepower engines that help cars haul without a power-adder. It's also known for its diehard drivers, and among them is Robbie Blankenship. The Florida resident prepared for the start of the 2020 race season by installing into his Mustang a fresh 400 cubic-inch engine toppe...
Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw Returns to NMCA Competition at Atlanta Dragway
The NMCA's Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw category returns for three NMCA events in 2020, starting with 12thAnnual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway on April 2-5. At this event, Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw is combined with the NMRA's VP Madditives Street Outlaw, which gives every fan something to root for when the tires light up and the Christmas tree ...
MotorCity Muscle Challenge Added To NMCA Norwalk and Indy events in 2020
The NMCA will host the MotorCity Muscle Challenge at its Norwalk and Indy events as an exhibition in the 2020 racing season. We have worked hard with NMCA over the last year to bring this together and are excited to be racing at the 19TH ANNUAL NMCA ALL-AMERICAN NATIONALS at Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, OH and 19TH ANNUAL NMCA WORLD STREET FINALS Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with all...
EATON TVS Throwdown Returns to NMRA/NMCA with New Location and Revised Rules
Last year NMRA/NMCA worked with EATON Corporation to create a category to celebrate its highly successful Twin Vortices Series (TVS) supercharger technology. The TVS Supercharger Throwdown kicked off with super fast street cars doing battle on the quarter-mile. In 2020, the TVS Supercharger Throwdown returns with a new set of race rules and a new location during the biggest street-legal drag race ...
Sunday Coverage 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines
The ladders are set and the matchups are crucial as the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines sends classes into eliminations. Vying to collect round wins in hopes of visiting the Aerospace Components Winner's Circle with the first wins of the season, racers will lay it all on the line today. Adding even more excitement to today's program, the top eight finishers ...
Race Wrap 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines
Written by Mary Lendzion Wondrous weather, powerful passes, and close competition made up the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines, March 5-8 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida. Excitement escalated as the weekend went on, and when it was all said and done, records were set and the winners of the series season opener in the Sunshine State celebrated ...
Race Wrap Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, Round 1
Written by Mary Lendzion Drivers of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series set in motion a new season of racing with the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem presented by Holbrook Racing Engines, March 5-8 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida. If they were in need of seat time after several months off, the racers didn't show it, as there were many laudable laps down-track from drivers ...
Saturday Coverage 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem
Competition heats up at the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines as most classes lock in their qualifying performances at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Meanwhile, racers in Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, Dodge // Mopar HEMI Shootout, and TorqStorm Superchargers True Street classes race to settle who will take a trip to the Aer...
Thursday Coverage 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem
The long off-season is over as the gates opened at Bradenton Motorsports Park for the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines. With sunny skies and moderate temperatures, the season opener of the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals series has the stage set for another weekend of impressive performances. The action kicks off today with three rounds of test and tune runs, so st...
Trovato Hoping to Trap 4.60s in Edelbrock Xtreme Street at NMCA Season Opener
By Mary Lendzion With a mix of skill and sheer determination, Bill Trovato has had his fair share of success in NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street in the past thirteen years. First it was in his Starfire, and since 2013, it has been in his Camaro, which is powered by a 440 cubic-inch LS engine on a cast aluminum Dart block which he built at his shop, BTR Performance in New York, and topped with Ch...
VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod Racer Randy Adler Aiming for All Six NMCA Events in 2020
By Mary Lendzion Whenever Randy Adler rolls his 1957 Bel Air-bodied Pro Mod out of the trailer at an NMCA event, it attracts attention. The Tim McAmis-built car is beautiful, but it's also bad-to-the-bone, and last year, the Illinois-based driver dished out a 3.70 followed by a runner-up and an eleventh place finish in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod points despite missing a few events. ...
Haney to Open 2020 Pro Mod Campaign with NMCA in Florida
In a surprise move, nitrous Pro Mod star Keith Haney revealed plans to open his 2020 racing season Mar. 5-8, with the 18th annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem event at South Florida's historic Bradenton Motorsports Park. "We've never raced at Bradenton before, but I've always heard such great things about the track and the fans there and I've always wanted to see it for myself," Haney said. "And what...
Gillig Partnering with EIC Motorsports for Even More Naturally Aspirated Power in Nitrous Pro Street
By Mary Lendzion It was nearly twenty years ago that Tony Gillig was firing up his naturally aspirated Cutlass and cruising to crazy-fast elapsed-times in NHRA and IHRA Pro Stock. After selling the car, and later attempting to buy it back from a buyer who didn't want to budge, he decided to debut a replica of it in the NMCA ARP Nitrous Pro Street category in 2018. With a 622 cubic-inch Ch...
Dart NA 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons Driver Craig Hejda Will Haul with Uratchko Racing Engines Power
By Mary Lendzion Photos courtesy of Craig Hejda and by NMCA Craig Hejda's 1972 Maverick was one of the coolest cars in the parking lot of his high school in Iowa back in 1979. And years later, that same Maverick is one of the coolest cars in the pit area at various race tracks. Hejda raced in the Ozark Mountain Super Shifters series for twenty years, and was laying down low 8-second laps...
More Companies Join NMCA Contingency Program
The 2020 list of contingency sponsors is filling up quickly now and has been updated. To see the 2020 Contingency list, go >>HERE<<. Please be sure to look for what exact parts each company is posting for, and what proof of purchase requirements/verification are needed. If something isn't clear or you have questions, please contact the company directly. These are the latest co...
Victory Bash Aerospace Components Winner's Circle Returns to NMRA and NMCA in 2020
Aerospace Components and ProMedia Events and Publishing, the parent company of the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, are proud to announce the event-ending victory celebrations will continue in 2020 with Aerospace Components Winner's Circle. We are honored to enter into our tenth season as major sponsors with ProMedia, said Kim Kussy, President of Aerospace Components....
Cameron Bowles Preparing to Pilot Grandfather Don Bowles Famous Mustang
By Mary Lendzion The moment Cameron Bowles climbed into the driver's seat of his grandfather Don Bowles Maverick, he showed that he was completely capable of being competitive in the famous car known as Little Coal Digger VII. He handled low 9-second passes with the help of a small-block Ford built by Roush and freshened by Phillip Oakley, and he even hauled to the NMCA MagnaFuel Open Comp ...
NMCA Rules Adjustments For Edelbrock Xtreme Street
It the last few days, many NMRA Renegade and NMCA Xtreme Street racers have approached the NMRA/NMCA Tech department regarding the crossover from Ultra Street into those two categories. For the last few years, the two racing series have been moving toward the goal of being aligned with Ultra Street to make it easier for racers to cross back and forth. Changes were made to the Ultra Street rules fo...
More HEMI News Arrington Performance Quick 8 Presented by Red Line Oil is back for 2020
The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will be running the popular and exciting Arrington Performance HEMI Quick 8 Presented by Red Line Oil at all six national events in 2020. The HEMI Quick 8 takes the top 8 finishers in the popular Dodge // MOPAR HEMI Shootout and enters them in a heads-up competition on Sunday with the winner walking away with $800 cash and an NMCA Victor award. The quickest growin...
Kevin Gass Ready to Chase Third NMCA Nostalgia Super Stock Championship
By Mary Lendzion There are a number of things that Kevin Gass has noticed while racing in the NMCA Quick Fuel Technology Nostalgia Super Stock category for the past seventeen years. For starters, he swears that with each event, drivers hit the tree harder and run closer to their chosen index during qualifying and eliminations. But he's right there with them, and he proved that when he ear...
Stacking and Parking Information for Bradenton
Below is a daily schedule of Parking and Gate information and Instructions. Monday March 2nd Tuesday March 3rd Stacking in parking lot west of the track (See map for entry and stacking row instructions) Wednesday, March 4th OVERNIGHT & All day Stacking in Parking Lot west of the track. (See map for entry and stacking row instructions) 1 PM 6 PM Pre-event Cred...
Great Strides for Standout ARP Nitrous Pro Street Racer Randy Dolensek
By Mary Lendzion As far as first hot rods go, Randy Dolensek had a doozy in the 1969 Mercury Cyclone he bought from his brother. He proudly drove it on the streets around their Wisconsin home, and years later, he bought another 1969 Mercury Cyclone that he painted green in a nod to the one he had in high school. These days, he cruises to 4-second passes in the eighth-mile in that classic ...
Take a Break from Winter While in Bradenton
The much-anticipated 2019 NMCA season will open with the 18th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem, March 5-8, at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. Granted there will be a lot of time spent at the racetrack, but we also know racers and their families are looking for other things to do as well. The Bradenton area has plenty offer families. From the sandy beaches and calm waters or the G...
Vortech Named Official Supercharger of the Dodge // MOPAR HEMI Shootout at NMCA in 2020
The red-hot late model HEMI market is getting a boost as Vortech Superchargers joined the 2020 NMCA Muscle Car Nationals as the Official Supercharger of the Dodge // MOPAR HEMI Shootout. The quickest growing segment in the NMCA regularly boasts over 100 Gen III HEMI vehicles at each event, most of them competing in the HEMI Shootout. The unique HEMI Shootout format features a series of time tri...
More Contingency Sponsors Join the NMCA
Things are really cranking up now as more and more companies are joining us as 2020 contingency sponsors. To see the 2020 Contingency list, go >>HERE<<. Please be sure to look for what exact parts each company is posting for, and what proof of purchase requirements/verification are needed. If something isn't clear or you have questions, please contact the company directly. The...
DeMayo Jr. Ready to Rumble in NMCA FST Carburetors NA 10.5 After Year Off
By Mary Lendzion Photos by NMCA and courtesy of Mike DeMayo Jr. Hard launches, huge wheelies and high-revving engines are among the many things that make NMCA FST Carburetors NA 10.5 the compelling category that it is. But equally impressive and interesting is seeing how much horsepower drivers, engine builders and crews can constantly coax from naturally aspirated engines, and among those ...

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