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Race Wrap: 15th Annual NMRA Ford SuperNationals

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.

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The World’s Fastest Fords Invade Ohio!

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.

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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.

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Race Wrap–Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, Round 2

Santa Ana CA – Mother Nature was all talk and no action as rain threatened the second round of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series held during the 17th Annual Quick Fuel Technologies NMCA Bluegrass Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Beech Bend Raceway Park. Fortunately, the event went off with only minimal delays and there was some great heads-up LS-powered, drag-racing action.

Jessie Coulter was the number-one qualifier in the special 275 radial-tire eliminator Brian Tooley Racing Real Street Shootout with his 4.791 at 148.94mph number. The 2017 Real Street champion and driver of the infamous turbocharged ’91 Camaro then went on to win the class outright on Saturday when he took down Ernie Dampier and earned an additional $1,000 prize, along with a new LSX Bowtie block from Chevrolet Performance.

Last year’s Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Chevrolet Performance Stock class winner Jesse Wilson maintained the momentum as he and his ’14 Camaro lead the qualifying order on a 10.160 at 130.32mph trip. Wilson made it two in a row as he defeated Haley Rounsavall during the last eliminations pair of the weekend; Wilson went 10.205 at 130.23 mph to Rounsavall’s 10.285 at 128.73 mph and late reaction.

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The World’s Fastest Fords Take Over Ohio!

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.

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15th Annual NMRA Ford SuperNationals June 7-10 at National Trail Raceway

Santa Ana, CA – Located right outside of Columbus, OH, National Trail Raceway in Hebron is getting ready for one of the biggest all-Ford motorsport events of the year! The 15th Annual NMRA Ford SuperNationals is coming June 7-10 with the World’s Fastest Fords, Street Outlaws, QA1 True Street Battle Royale and the most exciting side-by-side drag racing in the country! If you’re a Ford Mustang fan, you don’t want to miss this wild weekend of wheel-standing madness! There’s something for every Ford fan, on and off the track, with a giant manufacturers’ midway, all-Ford car show and swap meet on Saturday and Sunday. With kids 12 and under free, it’s the perfect family-friendly event.

The 20th anniversary tour of the NMRA Ford Nationals, presented by Keystone Automotive, brings thrilling heads up drag racing between VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaws, wild Edelbrock Renegades and many other all-Ford drag racing classes. Watch as these incredible turbocharged, supercharged, and nitrous packed Mustangs go wheels-up and heads-up for big money and a chance to celebrate in the Aerospace Components Winners Circle for national bragging rights.

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The Pennsylvania Derby–CJ Pony Parts NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals presented by Vortech Superchargers Race Wrap

Santa Ana, CA – On the same weekend that the largest horse race was going down in Kentucky, it was the mechanical horses of the NMRA that rocked the rolling hills around Maple Grove Raceway (Reading, PA). Despite the threat of rain for the third straight year, NMRA officials accelerated the racing program and completed the 18th running of the CJ Pony Parts NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals, presented by Vortech Superchargers, a day earlier than scheduled. The short schedule didn’t short-change the fans as the racing was fast-paced on and off the track, and all but four categories completed their elimination rounds.

VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw saw Manny Buginga climb back to the top of the category he helped define. With help from Mustang drag racing legend Dwayne Gutridge and crew chief Josh Ledford, Buginga spent two days pushing his turbocharged 2003 SVT Cobra quicker and quicker. He found himself in the final round against current point’s leader and top qualifier Andy Manson, who has been nearly unstoppable in 2018. Both Mustangs are powered by DiSomma Racing Engines powerplants, but both supply the boost differently. Buginga relies on a Garrett GTX 98mm turbocharger while Manson sports a ProCharger F-1X-12R. Buginga used his starting-line prowess and left with a .023 light, which proved to be the deciding factor. “Big Red,” as Buginga’s Cobra has been nicknamed, streaked to the finish line first with 4.309 at 170.39 mph run to Manson’s quicker, but losing 4.292 at 170.13 mph.

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