Race Wrap: 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by Fuel Systems Technology
Santa Ana CA – The 13th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing was one for the record books, as favorable temperatures brought in around 600 race cars, over 250 show cars and upwards of 20,000 spectators to witness all the action at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. After two days of qualifying, Saturday afternoon signaled the start of eliminations that saw round one stretched into the late night hours to complete. Before the clock stuck nine on Sunday morning, eliminations were underway with round two action. By mid afternoon hours, eleven individual class champions were crowned. They would be joined by the True Street winner from Saturday’s action to comprise Team NMRA to battle sister series NMCA in the Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Runoffs to determine the best team and the lucky recipients of the Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring and huge celebration in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.
The VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw class gets a bump in participation at Route 66 Raceway, as the NMCA series joins NMRA to create a large field of Street Outlaw racers. Shawn Ayers qualified the Fletcher Cox-owned ’93 Mustang atop the sheets with a 4.29 at 167 mph, and he would advance to the final round to face Daniel Pharris. Pharris showed the driver mod was active, cutting a .006 reaction time, but the Procharger power pulled Ayers alongside, and at the stripe Ayers got the win by just one thousandth of-a-second with a 4.31 at 167 mph besting the holeshot-aided 4.34 at 172 mph lap of Pharris.
The 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing has become a destination event for both racers and fans for more than a decade. Billed as the largest gathering of heads-up doorslamers in the nation, it’s no wonder.
With both the racers of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Series and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs racing together there will be 25 racing classes plus the always exciting True Street class highlighting the four-day event which gets rolling with a test session on Thursday July 26th.
The event concludes with the presentation of Nitto Tires Diamond Tree Champions Ring © to the winning team on Sunday evening. Last year it was the drivers of the NMRA who took the rings. Can the NMCA strike back this year?
Regardless of where your brand-loyalty is, the non-stop racing from early in the day until late in the evening serves as an adrenaline injection for any drag racing enthusiast. With record-setting car counts expected in many of the heads-up classes, plus the addition of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, this year’s race will likely be the largest race in the past 13 years.
NMRA and NMCA Battle It Out for Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Rings
The 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing is just around the corner. 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, Illinois, July 26-29.
Twenty five touring points classes from the NMRA, NMCA and The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, will be featured during the event which begins with a test session on Thursday July 26th 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 winning a Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring©, awarded in the Aerospace Components Winners’ Circle.
After winning in 2016, the NMCA was looking to score their second consecutive Super Bowl portion of the event last year, but it was not to be as the NMRA once again took the class vs. class win earning them their eighth overall championship to the NMCA’s four.
Only at the 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag on the weekend of July 26-29 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL
Santa Ana, CA – It’s hailed as one of the most unique drag racing competitions of the year where both NMRA and NMCA racers compete in one arena with a team challenge as the finale for the right to win the coveted Nitto Tire Diamond Tree rings. It is the 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing and the action goes down at Route 66 Raceway over the weekend of July 26-29. Over 25 event champions will be crowned through the two sanctioning bodies. Last year, Team NMRA won the Nitto Tire Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing in dramatic fashion. Can the Ford camp continue their domination or will Team NMCA reclaim the glory?
New for 2018 is the addition of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series two index categories—Proform Rumble and LME Street King—and the Chevrolet Performance Street Car Challenge. It is part of the expanded Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series schedule for this year.
Off track—the Manufacturer’s Midway includes deals on speed parts and a chance to talk to technical representatives from over 50 companies. The Car Show brings in hundreds of custom and original vehicles while the Swap Meet brings the Internet classified sections to real life.
Santa Ana CA – The NMRA Drag Racing Series presented by Keystone Automotive kicked off the second half of a six-race series with the 15th Annual NMRA Ford SuperNationals, June 7-10 at National Trail Raceway. The crowd of racers and fans dealt with weather late in the day on Friday and Saturday, but cooperation got the program completed in its entirety. NMRA officials made the call to run three rounds of qualifying on Saturday and then began eliminations on Saturday night. One round of index categories was completed, as well as a couple of a heads-up categories, before the rain came. Sunday was clean-up day, but the shortened program didn’t affect the exciting and dramatic day of competition.
In VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw, Andy Manson was looking to secure his fourth-straight, final-round appearance in 2018. He slid into the field with a 4.439 at 167.55 mph, which was just .001-second slower than the top qualifier, Manny Buginga, who posted a 4.438 at 165.56 mph. Manson defeated John Urist in the semifinals on his way to the final round with low ET of the meet, a 4.402 at 167.09 mph, while Urist posted a 4.451 at 166.19 mph. Buginga advanced past Nick Bacalis with no results due to a computer malfunction. In the final, Manson unleashed a 4.437 at 167.36 mph to top Buginga’s 4.484 at 165.46mph effort.
The 15th Annual NMRA SuperNationals being held at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio is the fourth race of the 2018 NMRA Ford Nationals series, and marks the beginning of the second half of this season.
From the screaming VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw class to the always-explosive Edelbrock Renegade and ProCharger Coyote Modified cars, this race is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the 2018 NMRA Keystone Automotive Series season.
A look at the top three classes points, reveals it is still anyone’s game to win this year’s title, but frontrunners are emerging. In VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw, Manny Buginga, Shawn Ayers and Andy Manson all have won one of the first three events, but Manson has been in each final. In Edelbrock Renegade there have also been three different winners in the first three races as Bart Tobener, Frank Varela and Tony Hobson have each visited the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle, with Varela being the only one of the trio to make it to two final rounds.
National Trial Raceway, outside of Columbus, Ohio will light up once again as the largest Ford motorsport event series takes over National Trail Raceway for the 15th Annual NMRA Ford SuperNationals, June 7-10, 2018.
With a full line-up of NMRA’s wild classes this race promises to be off the hook as the series crosses the mid-point in the championship season for the World’s Fastest Fords. Championships and Top 10 achievements are on the line and racers will be primed to take their shot at the glory.
If Ford power is what gets your motor running, the SuperNationals will have you on the chip. From 2,000 horsepower VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaws, to the screaming ponies in Edelbrock Renegade this event will leave those hungry for a taste of the Blue Oval, fully satisfied as the racers do their best to end the weekend in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.