12th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by Precision Turbo July 27-30
Who Will Win the Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Rings?
The 12th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by Precision Turbo has arrived. The largest race of its kind in the country showcases the world’s fastest street cars and the world’s fastest Fords racing together at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., July 27-30.
Twenty two championship classes from both the NMRA and NMCA will be featured during the event which begins with a test session on Thursday July 27th and concludes with the legendary “Super Bowl” portion of the event on Sunday afternoon when class winners from both organizations race against each other in hopes of being awarded a Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring© in the Aerospace Components Winners’ Circle.
In the Super Bowl runoffs last year, it was a back and forth battle with the NMCA taking an early two-point lead, followed by the NMRA rallying back to a two-point lead as well. The NMCA needed to sweep the final three pairings, and Kevin Fiscus led the charge, followed by Louie Filippides and DeWayne Mills to secure the team win – complete with Nitto Tire Diamond Tree rings and bonus money – A much needed win for team NMCA which still trails the NMRA team by a seven to four margin.
Santa Ana CA – Mother Nature tried her best to disrupt the race with several rain delays, but the NMCA staff was patient and eventually the storms passed and cars were able to get down the track at the 16th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Bluegrass Nationals Presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Featuring the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A monumental effort was made by all to get the race in before the weather turned once again, and, incredibly, all was said and done just before 4:00pm on Sunday as winners headed to the Aerospace Components Winners’ Circle.
The three power adders of the VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod category were all well represented, but it was Steve Summers whose twin-turbocharged ’16 Camaro took top honors after qualifying on a 3.810 at 214.45 mph hit. Daniel Pharris of Sikeston, Missouri, had a few minor issues with his gorgeous new Mustang during the weekend, but it wasn’t enough to keep him from squaring off against Billy Harper in the finals. There, Harper fouled at the start and opened the door for Pharris to take the win; Pharris had problems getting down the track, but got it done and made the victory official.
Santa Ana, CA – The 16th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Bluegrass Nationals, featuring the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series is coming to Beech Bend Raceway Park on May 18-21 with wild heads up drag racing, a giant all-American car show.
The 2017 NMCA Muscle Car Nationals season, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, has been one of the best. In the first two events, records have already been broken in several classes, providing some of the most exciting racing in the country. And as one of the most competitive tracks on the NMCA circuit, Beech Bend Raceway is sure to keep that trend going as it’s known for producing some of the quickest times. Over the weekend, this thrilling racing action 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!
Waiting for drivers who rolled into the 9th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by Steeda Autosports on April 6-9 at Atlanta Dragway was new asphalt from the eighth-mile to the quarter-mile, and they used every inch of it to lay down rousing and record-setting runs.
In the NMCA’s quickest and fastest category, VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, Sweden’s Adam Flamholc led qualifying with a 3.72 and 201.73 mph blast from his 1963 split-window Corvette powered by a 526 Hemi and Roots-style supercharger. Along the way, he picked up a national record for elapsed-time and reached 200 mph for the first time. Right behind him was Steve Summers, who reached 3.82 and an incredible 216.03 mph to take the second-qualified spot in his turbocharged Camaro. The pair proved formidable throughout eliminations, and met in the final, where Flamholc flew to a 3.80 finding victory over Summers and his 3.85.
Two of the biggest names in door-car drag racing – Jeffrey Barker and Bruno Massel – are already racking up wins in 2017. Barker dominated Top Sportsman competition in Gainesville, Fla., on consecutive weekends, and Massel topped all challengers in the Holley EFI Factory Super Cars category at the NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem event in Bradenton, Fla.
Barker, the most successful driver in the championship era of NHRA Top Sportsman racing, scored not just once but twice at Gainesville Raceway, first at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division event and the following week at the prestigious Gatornationals, one of the oldest events on the NHRA tour. At the wheel of his NOS nitrous-oxide-fed ’06 Chevy Cobalt, Barker earned the first of his back-to-back victories with a final-round decision over John Lynch at the Division 2 race. He led all qualifiers with a 6.55 at 213 mph – not far from what today’s Pro Stock cars run in the quarter-mile.
STOW, OH – Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has renewed its sponsorship commitment to the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA), the oldest and most recognized domestic vehicle drag racing series in America. Mickey Thompson has sponsored the heads-up Radial Wars class since its inception in 2014. Additionally, the company will be offering on-site trackside support at most NMCA events and contingency awards to all drivers competing in Pro, Sportsmen and various special event classes.
“We are proud to continue our long history of support for the NMCA and the Radial Wars class,” stated Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. “Offering trackside support and rewarding drivers through our contingency program is one of the ways that we live up to the legendary Mickey Thompson’s mantra to ‘Stand on the Gas.’”
Santa Ana, CA – NMCA is proud to announce the addition of the Stock/Super Stock Combo class to their all-American drag racing line-up. The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs features a six-race series with contingency and a year-end championship where winners take home a Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring. Beginning with the season opener in Bradenton, FL on the weekend of March 9-12, the Stock/Super Stock Combo class racers will become part of the exciting NMCA series.
All Stock and Super Stock combinations from NHRA and IHRA are allowed. However, the NMCA event/tech team has put a twist on the conventional method of how the eliminator is run. These changes will add excitement for spectators and allow far more competitors to join the class and be competitive. For a complete list of rules, please click here.