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2014 NMCA Drag Racing in Atlanta - Just Peachy

NMCA explodes in the Peach state with lots of horsepower and a new look for 2014

Michael Galimi Sep 22, 2014
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It didn't take long for the NMCA Flowmaster series to gain momentum after its season-opener in early spring. The second stop on tour is Atlanta Dragway, which sits about an hour north of the town that bears the same name. The exciting news heading into the Nitto Tire All-Star Nationals was the kickoff a brand-new class for the street legal organization: Radial Wars. The category is a virtually unlimited power-adder eliminator that puts back-half and stock suspension cars on 315 radials or 29x10.5-inch slicks. As NMCA officials describe it, the cars are so powerful (in excess of 3,500 hp) that the class is contested in the eighth-mile only. The quick-paced Radial Wars joins the rest of the NMCA program that includes 5-second Pro Mod cars, 275 Radial machines tickling the 6-second barrier at 200 mph, and several other categories that bring in hundreds of new and old muscle cars.

The biggest noisemakers in the NMCA arena of play belong to the Pro Mod class (sponsored by Kooks Custom Headers). Big-displacement nitrous engines rule the roost most of the time with powerplants that check in between 800 and 903 ci. Bobby Rahaim pushed his '69 Camaro replica into the 5.90s on his way to the Pro Mod victory. The 872ci engine comes from Reher-Morrison and while it doesn't use any traditional big-block Chevy components, we're going to pretend that it's just a steroid-enhanced version of the second-generation Mark IV engine family. The Michigan-based competitor took down the Pro Mod Mustang entry of Kevin Fiscus in the finals, 5.94 at 244 mph to the turbocharged racer's 6.14 at 242 mph.

The Mickey Thompson Tires Radial Wars class culminated in a battle of Corvettes, with Keith Berry facing of against Mark Woodruff. Both racers might share similar tastes in Chevy's baddest sports car—Berry runs a C5 Z06 while Woodruff runs a C6 ZR1—but the similarities end there. The winning C5 sports a nasty 468ci LS small-block with twin turbochargers while Woodruff's C6 packs a monster 670ci engine, also with twins. The NMCA uses a different minimum weight requirement to keep both combinations equal. The top Radial Wars cars run in the 4.30-4.40 range with speeds in excess of 180 mph through just 660 feet of race track. Berry took down Woodruff in the finals with a 4.40 at 180 mph to a slower 4.79 at 161 mph.


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Keith Berry took down the Radial Wars field in Atlanta—it’s a new category that is contested on the 1/8-mile, pays big money, and winners walk away with an NHRA Wally trophy. The times were in the mid-4s with speeds around 180 mph.

2010 Chevrolet Camaro 3/19

The ’10 Camaro SS of Bill Trovato was deadly consistent all weekend long with high 7/low 8-second e.t.’s in the Xtreme Street category. The nitrous-injected LSX 440ci engine delivered Trovato to his first NMCA victory in two years.

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John Warren is back on track with his Nuclear Banana race car in the Xtreme Street ranks. The 565ci engine was built by Knieriem Race Engines and sports a single stage of nitrous oxide to push the heavy ’72 Nova into the high 7s on true 10.5-inch tires.


Other notable performances turned in by Chevy racers included a win in the tough Edelbrock Xtreme Street category for Bill Trovato and his '10 Camaro. The fifth-generation Camaro gets motivated to 170-plus mph speeds on true 10.5-inch tires thanks to a 440ci LSX engine with LS7 heads, carburetor intake manifold, and a single stage of nitrous oxide. Trovato lined up and beat the Chevy-powered Mustang of Dan Kroll in one of the tightest races of the final rounds—8.12 at 171 mph to Kroll's impressive 8.14 at 172 mph. Xtreme Street was revamped over the winter and is NMCA's fastest growing heads-up class thanks to the conventional powerplants and true 10.5-inch tires required for competition. The times hover in the high 7/low 8-second realm with these mild looking race cars.

One of our favorite race cars in NMCA competition, the '71 Caprice of Andy Warren, sat on top of the Detroit Locker-sponsored Nostalgia Muscle Car index category. The big-block Chevy-powered leadsled knocked off a 10.51 on a 10.50 index to defend the Bow Tie honor against the '68 Mustang of Bryan Parker, who happened to go red in the finals, handing the win to Warren. Jeff Rudolph was another Chevy racer who pushed his iron into the winner's circle. The MagnaFuel Open Comp racer used his '70 Nova to beat the modern '04 Pontiac GTO of Keith Vaughn. The Nova won by way of a 9.98 on a 9.96 index.

Stay tuned to the pages of Chevy High Performance as we'll bring you more highlights from other NMCA races in 2014.


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There is a lot of diversity on the property at NMCA events—pictured here is the flawless ’65 Chevy II driven by Kevin Scott. The Radial Wars entrant is powered by a Proline Racing small-block Chevy with twin turbochargers. The car runs 4.60s at 170 mph in the eighth-mile category.

1980 Chevy Malibu 12/19

The biggest wheelie of the weekend belonged to Kelly Pierce in the Open Comp class. The ’80 Malibu sports a 406ci small-block and runs low 10s.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette 13/19

The favorites to win Pro Mod heading into the Georgia race were the Keen Brothers and their ’63 Corvette. Driver Jimmy Keen had delivered a class victory just three weeks prior with consistent 5-second runs. They ran 5.99 at 238 mph in round two but lost on a holeshot to Clint Hairston and his turbo’d small-block.

1970 Chevy Camaro 14/19

Steve Summers once again brought his award-winning ’70.5 Camaro to NMCA competition for 2014. As you can see, the Pro Mod cars are carbon-fiber replicas of old muscle cars with overexaggerated aerodynamic enhancements.

1968 Chevy Camaro 15/19

Mid-7s with a full weight, old-school Pro Street car is pretty impressive for the Nitrous Pro Street entry of Joe Trobiani. The ’68 Camaro sports a 482ci big-block Chevy. The class is called Nitrous Pro Street, which replaced last year’s nickname of Nostalgia Pro Street. The concept is similar—a throwback to the old-school days of the original Pro Street cars when they were built off real vehicles and not carbon-fiber replicas.

1970 Chevy Chevelle 16/19

The Nostalgia Muscle Car category consists of several indexes, which are designated by a call sign. In the case of Ken Weilbrenner, he is entered in NMC/AA, which carries a 10.00 index. The ’70 Chevelle packs a 565ci big-block to help push the heavy A-body into the low 10s with ease. He, unfortunately, threw away a stellar 10.01 on a 10.00 index in round two due to a redlight start.

Turbo 17/19

The turbo rules in Pro Mod allow for big-block and small-block combinations. Here is a 526ci powerplant with CFE cylinder heads and intake manifold along with a pair of Precision 88mm turbochargers. It’s basically 3,500 hp looking back at you and ready to tear apart any nitrous or supercharged competitor that lines up next to it.

1979 Chevy Malibu 18/19

Defending NMCA champions Mark Micke (driver) and Jason Carter (owner) brought their ’79 Malibu back out for a tour in 2014. A new Nelson Competition 540ci engine sits between the framerails and Garrett Turbochargers is back on as the team’s primary sponsor for their assault on Radial Wars. Micke and Carter won two national championships last year and several big-money outlaw shootouts.

C6 Zr1 Corvette 19/19

The NMCA officials announced the Radial Wars class just weeks before the Georgia race. Immediately following the announcement, Mark Woodruff went out and purchased this C6 ZR1 to replace his crashed-up ’63 split window Corvette race car. He qualified on top of the ladder and finished runner-up.

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