This past March the NMCA-Edelbrock Drag Racing Series roared into action at the season opener at Bradenton Motorsports Park (Bradenton, Florida). Our attention was focused on not only the 6-second, 200-mph Pro Street cars but also the nearly dozen different heads-up and index categories. Reports from Florida included a 7-second '69 Camaro in True Street (30-mile drive followed by three consecutive runs without a cool down) to one of our favorite categories, Xtreme Street where the cars run low 8s on true 10.5-inch tires and loosely limited engine combinations. We missed the season opener but jumped on tour at its second event, which took place at Maple Grove Raceway (Reading, Pennsylvania), to catch the action. It was a hot and humid weekend but it didn't seem to slow down the competition as a few competitors reset different class records.
We caught up with the wild and crazy True Street ride that ran 7s in Florida and it was built and driven by PSI Motorsports' Frank Soldridge (You can read about it in an upcoming issue as a full feature). Maple Grove Raceway is his home track and the crew had the ProCharger-blown ride tuned up for 7.70s in competition, Soldridge won the class with a 7.84 average. Joe Dunne destroyed the Pro Street record with his '68 Camaro by going 6.19. Dave Beeson and his Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based '77 Camaro posted a jaw-dropping 7.28 performance in Nostalgia Pro Street. He had two tenths on the rest of the field. Beeson and crew chief Kenny Lafferty spent quite a bit of time with the NMCA tech officials but the Camaro was declared legal and his record was made official.
The action was tight and the cars were gorgeous and we plan on hitting a few more NMCA events before the season is over.