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.
In VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, where the quickest cars on the property pounded the pavement, Randy Adler ran a personal best of 3.70 in his Bel-Air on his way to the top in qualifying. While he was poised to make it past copious amounts of cutthroat competition, he was forced to lift in the first round of eliminations, and that opened the door for a final round featuring Don Walsh Jr. and Jason Hamstra. Both drivers were close on the tree, but Walsh Jr. wheeled to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle with an incredible 3.70 to Hamstra’s 3.74.
In Mickey Thompson Radial Wars, DeWayne Mills motored to a 3.88 in his Camaro to lead qualifying, but in the final, James Lawrence landed a 3.94 and the win in his new Corvette over Marty Stinnett, who turned on the red light with his Mustang before running it out to a 3.85.
Vortech Superchargers Street Outlaw saw Daniel Pharris post a 4.36 in his Mustang to set the pace in qualifying. The final round, however, saw Shawn Ayers advancing to the win with a 4.33 in Fletcher Cox’s Gold Dust Mustang over Pharris, who was also 4.33, but not quite as quick at the hit.
Dodge//SRT and Mopar Brands to Offer Complimentary Drag Race Experience for National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Competitors in 2018
Auburn Hills, MI – The Dodge//SRT and Mopar brands are teaming up with the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) to offer complimentary customer drag racing experiences exclusively at NMCA race events for the 2018 season. Mopar-powered competitors in model year 2005 and newer FCA US LLC vehicles will receive complimentary entry to battle it out in the NMCA Dodge/Mopar HEMI® Shootout category, giving owners the opportunity to race their vehicles in a sanctioned and secure drag strip environment.
Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout fields are expected to draw a unique mix of modern-day FCA US vehicle nameplates, such as Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles in a variety of models, including the 485-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger Scat Pack models, 707-horsepower Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, as well as Chrysler 300, Ram truck and Jeep® vehicles.
The NMCA season kicks off with the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, March 8-11, 2018.
With the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem only a few days away, racers and fans will soon be filling the pits and grandstands as the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs, begins it’s 31st season.
As in years past, this race sets the stage for a six-race season, which finishes at Lucas Oil Raceway late in September. But it is this race, at a track known for producing insane performances, where racers and teams set the tone for the rest of the year.
With one of the best racing surfaces in all of drag racing and arguably the best air of the season, this event usually sets performance benchmarks for the rest of the year – something the most competitive racers are well aware of. While record-setting numbers at one event may not win a season title, it does allow for early contenders to stand above the pack in terms of performance.
For fans, it gives them an opportunity to see some of the quickest and fastest passes of the season, across all classes.