Race Wrap–17th Annual NMCA Quick Fuel Technologies Bluegrass Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center
Santa Ana CA – Back for another great rendition, the 17th Annual NMCA Quick Fuel Technologies Bluegrass Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center featuring the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series blew into Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, over the weekend of May 18-20, 2018. With a wet forecast dimming racers’ hopes initially, the weekend took a turn for the better and sunshine was more prevalent. The race was run to completion, and competitors went home with points, prizes, payouts, records, and many more reasons to celebrate. Additionally, the Grudge RACE TV show filmed several episodes on-site over the weekend and was an added source of excitement for race fans.
Turbocharged, supercharged, and nitrous oxide-powered machines came to battle it out in VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod and it was Jason Hamstra who topped the qualifying list with an insanely quick 3.695 at 207.91mph pass from his blown ’69 Camaro. It was a battle of the Chevys on Sunday as number-five qualifier, Jackie Slone Jr, and his nitrous-oxide-injected ’69 Camaro went up against the twin–turbo ’15 Corvette of number-two qualifier, Don Walsh Jr, and ran 3.819 at 199.88 mph to surpass Walsh’s 3.989 at 167.03.
Get ready for the 17th Annual Quick Fuel Technology Bluegrass Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center – an action-packed event surely to satisfy any performance enthusiast.
This race, the third of the 2018 NMCA season, will give fans a chance to see some of the most outrageous drag racing machines on the planet May 17-20.
From three-second, 200 mph VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mods and Mickey Thompson Radial wars cars, to the classic iron showcased in the Dave Duell Classic, one of the largest Nostalgia Super Stock races of the year, Beech Bend Raceway will be packed with power and performance.
The Bluegrass Nationals will host the 12th Annual LSX Shootout, which features LS and modern LT-powered machines.
After a raucous start to the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs season, the world’s fastest street cars head to Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY, for the 17th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Bluegrass Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center. With two record-setting events in the books, the NMCA turns their attention to one of the most storied tracks in the history of the organization.
Known for a killer track surface, it’s anyone’s guess how quick and fast cars will be at Bowling Green, but one thing is for sure; with the lineup of heads-up classes and special events within this race, it promises to deliver an action-packed weekend.
From VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, to some of the nation’s most outrageous drag radial cars running in the Mickey Thompson Radial Wars class, runs in the 3-second range at over 200 mph in the eighth-mile will be common place. Who knows who will end up in the Aerospace Components Winners Circle at the end of the weekend. One thing for sure, they will have earned it!
This race also features the 12th Annual LSX Shootout presented by Chevrolet Performance and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center. Classes include Chevrolet Performance Stock, LME Street King, Proform Rumble, Gear Vendors LSX True Street, and the all-new Street Car Challenge class for “true street” type vehicles with personalized instruction. There will also be a special Real Street Shootout, presented by Brian Tooley Racing, for the fastest LS-powered Xtreme Street cars on the property.
Presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center & Featuring the 12th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout at Beech Bend Raceway
Santa Ana, CA – The 17th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Bluegrass Nationals Presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center and featuring the 12th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout is coming to Beech Bend Raceway Park on May 17-20 with the biggest Muscle Car motorsport event of the year.
The 2018 NMCA Muscle Car Nationals season, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, is the leader in the Muscle Car and Street Car markets and making its only stop in the Kentucky area. The first two events exploded on to the scene with record-breaking performances and attendance, as fans couldn’t get enough of the most well rounded championship series in all of drag racing. As the season approaches the mid-way point, teams are fighting for every round point and chasing their dreams to celebrate in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle. Beech Bend Raceway will experience thrilling racing action that is matched with a giant all-American car show on both Saturday and Sunday, huge manufacturers’ midway, swap meet and burnout contest… it’s the best value in motorsports!
Santa Ana CA – The NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport celebrated its 10th year at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, April 5-8, 2018, and while the cool, wet weather provided some challenges, the NMRA/NMCA/Atlanta Dragway staff and the racers worked hard to give spectators a great show and complete the event. A combined event showcasing both the NMRA and NMCA series, the All-Star Nationals delivered exciting, side-by-side racing for fans of all brands.
Boasting the world’s fastest street cars, the VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod class saw 22 cars try to qualify for the 16 available spots, and Jason Hamstra set the pace and the unofficial class record in qualifying with a 3.67 performance. Hamstra would go out in the semifinals to Eric Gustafson, who went on to meet Craig Sullivan in the final round. This was the first time both drivers had been to an NMCA Pro Mod final, and Sullivan drilled the tree with an .020-second reaction time, but Gustafson drove around him for the win, 3.77 to 3.85.
Bradenton Mickey Thomson Radial Wars winner James Lawrence was hoping to double up in Commerce, but he was outshined in qualifying by 2016 champion DeWayne Mills, who took the top spot with a 3.88 run at 206 mph. In the final round, it was Marty Stinnett and his Mustang facing Mills and his Camaro. The drivers were neck and neck down the track and both made moves toward the centerline. Both drivers clocked 3.88-second runs, but Mills was ahead at the stripe for the win, and took the trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.
It’s going to get really busy soon as racers from the NMCA and NMRA gather at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga., for the 10th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport. With 23 NMCA and NMRA classes plus True Street, there will be a plate full of racing for anyone, regardless of taste. Racing isn’t the only item on the menu April 5-8. Action begins Thursday, April 5th with a special test session for all racers, followed by qualifying Friday and Saturday with eliminations starting Saturday afternoon.
As always, the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals features one of the largest car shows of the year as all owners of GM, Ford and Mopar brands come together in one venue to display their rides not only to the judges, but to fans as well. The event is topped off with a huge manufacturers’ midway, which this year features many vendors of high-performance gear. If you’re searching for the latest in performance aftermarket goodies for your muscle car, you’ll have plenty to look at in Commerce.
For the Chevy purist, this race will also feature the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series; where racers who choose to run the LS or modern LT engine, get the chance to race each other in three exciting classes.
All the Stars and All the Cars of both NMRA & NMCA!
With the first race of the young season now in the books, the NMRA and NMCA move to Commerce, Georgia’s Atlanta Dragway for the 10th Annual NMRA NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport on April 5-8.
This second event of the season for both organizations combines the power of the Keystone Automotive All Ford Drag Racing Series with the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs to create one of the largest heads-up races of the year – featuring the nation’s quickest and fastest doorslammers at the same venue.
The uniqueness of this event is obvious as racers from the NMCA and NMRA share the stage at Atlanta Dragway, offering fans a chance to see more than a dozen heads- up classes do battle in both the eighth and quarter-mile distances.
Last year’s race saw some of the wildest action of the season highlighted by huge numbers up on the scoreboards from both NMRA and NMCA racers.