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.
Santa Ana, CA – The NMCA stop at Summit Motorsports Park August 23-26, 2018 is the official host of the Ford Performance 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion, a celebration within the already action-packed Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals. The 50thAnniversary Cobra Jet Reunion, which is presented by TascaParts.com, is packed with modern and nostalgia Cobra Jet drag racing categories, Cobra Jet car show, and other special events including guest speakers and the largest gathering of Cobra Jets in the world.
A portion of the left side of Summit Motorsports Park will be turned into a Cobra Jet village with massive tents housing some of the most storied vehicles in Ford’s history. NMCA and Ford Performance officials have already lined up Al Joniec’s Cobra Jet that won the 1968 NHRA Winternationals, ’68 Cobra Jet #1, a special 50th anniversary edition Cobra Jet, and many other significant and historical vehicles. Outside the tents will be the Cobra Jet car show and the pit area for vehicles that are in the drag racing competitions. There will also be autograph sessions and exclusive merchandise on sale.
Because participation in the Cobra Jet drag racing classes, car show, or VIP fan experience requires pre-registration due to the luncheons, celebration dinner seating, reserved parking, and meal prep, the cut-off date is August 15, 2018 and sign up information is available at www.CobraJetReunion.com.
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.
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.
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.