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2014 NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl - Summertime Madness

NMCA invades Route 66 Raceway and a drag racing brawl breaks out with NMRA

Michael Galimi Dec 15, 2014
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This past summer, for the ninth consecutive year, the NMCA Flowmaster Drag Racing Series invaded Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, for what is called the Nitto Tire Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing. The event is an extravaganza that brings both the NMCA (National Muscle Car Association) together with its sister series, NMRA (National Mustang Racers Association) for four days of horsepower madness. Over 600 cars crowded the property to race in over 20 different categories spanning 5-second, 250-mph Pro Mod cars to 15-second daily drivers.

The concept of this “little” get-together is to run both series independently of each other with qualifying and elimination rounds. Then on Sunday, once the class winners are crowned, the NMCA/NMRA officials pair up corresponding categories that are close in performance and “let it ride.” On the line is a team championship—Team NMCA facing Team NMRA—and the team with the most wins takes home the coveted Nitto Tire Diamond Tree rings. These championship rings are gold and feature diamonds, rubies, and emeralds to replicate a drag racing Christmas Tree. There are only two ways to get one of those rings—win a season-long championship contest in either sanctioning body or be on the winning team at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing.

With 11 pairs of match-ups on the scorecard, we are sad to say that the NMCA lost again to NMRA. But this year we will blame the Brand-X cars of Team NMCA for the big letdown. The NMCA is an all-brand muscle car series so there are some Chrysler and Ford racers who managed to find their way on to the team. The event at Route 66 Raceway isn’t just about the team challenges as fans get to enjoy two sanctioning bodies on one track. That means NMCA brought out some awesome Chevy machines to do battle.

Here are some highlights from the event.

Fourth Gen Camaro 2/22

Contrast in style. On top is the fourth-gen Camaro of Dave Hutnick; he captured the Edelbrock Xtreme Street win with 7.80 e.t. performances from his nitrous-injected 523ci engine from BTR Performance. He faced Darin Hendricks who represented Team NMRA. The racers run using a staggered start with no breakout.

Nhra Wally 3/22

One of the cool aspects of NMCA competition is its affiliation with the NHRA Unleashed program, sponsored by Aerospace Components. That means all NMCA class winners are awarded a legit NHRA Wally.

1970 Chevy Camaro 4/22

The biggest, boldest, and baddest Pro Mod on the property was Steve Summers and his ’70 1/2 Camaro. The car relies on a 520ci big-block Chevy with a pair of Garrett GTX 88mm turbochargers. It delivered him to consistent runs in the 5.80s and a scorching top speed of 257 mph!

1955 Chevy Pro Mod 5/22

What were you driving at when you were 18 years old? John Green of the Green Racing juggernaut piloted this ’55 Chevy Pro Mod car to a 7.03 e.t. at 200 mph. That wasn’t quite as quick as his mom, who busted off a 6.58 at 212 mph, and definitely not even close to his 20-year-old brother Josh, who qualified number one with a 5.92 at 233-mph performance. All three Pro Mod cars run Pat Musi 903ci big-block engines!

1979 Chevrolet Malibu 6/22

Mark Micke and Jason Carter were back on track with their Turbo by Garrett-sponsored ’79 Malibu. The team competes in Mickey Thompson Radial Wars, which is contested on the eighth-mile due to outrageous power. There are virtually no rules, and the Malibu makes in excess of 3,500 hp with the twin 98mm turbochargers.

1979 Chevrolet Malibu 7/22

Mark Micke and Jason Carter were back on track with their Turbo by Garrett-sponsored ’79 Malibu. The team competes in Mickey Thompson Radial Wars, which is contested on the eighth-mile due to outrageous power. There are virtually no rules, and the Malibu makes in excess of 3,500 hp with the twin 98mm turbochargers.

1969 Camaro Z28 8/22

Kurt Anderson went sky-high in his ’69 Camaro Z/28—a 416ci LS3 engine built by Wegner Motorsports powers it. The small-block makes about 700 hp on pump gas and runs bottom 10s.

C5 Corvette 9/22

The baddest LS-powered drag car of all time? Keith Berry is making that argument with his masterpiece C5 Corvette. He won the Radial Wars class with the 468ci LS engine and was running 4.20s at 180 mph in the eighth-mile.

2012 Chevy Camaro Ss 10/22

Bill Trovato of BTR Performance competes in Xtreme Street with his ’12 Camaro SS. It sports a 440ci LS7 engine and a shot of “giggle gas” to push him into the 7.90s at 176 mph.

1972 Chevy Nova 11/22

John Warren has his ’72 Nova tuned up to 7-second performances on leaf springs! A Knieriem Racing Engines 565ci engine with a single-stage of nitrous from Applied Nitrous Technology has motivated the Nuclear Banana to 7.80 e.t.’s at 175 mph. He competes in Xtreme Street where a variety of real muscle cars like this one do battle.

John Warren 12/22

John Warren has his ’72 Nova tuned up to 7-second performances on leaf springs! A Knieriem Racing Engines 565ci engine with a single-stage of nitrous from Applied Nitrous Technology has motivated the Nuclear Banana to 7.80 e.t.’s at 175 mph. He competes in Xtreme Street where a variety of real muscle cars like this one do battle.

Jimmy Keen Orange Squeeze 13/22

Would it be totally cliché to name this car Orange Squeeze—but how could we not? Jimmy Keen owns an orange grove (literally), and the car features four stages of nitrous that get squeezed into the 855ci mountain motor. Keen pulled the Lenco levers to the tune of 5.94-second e.t.’s at 239 mph.

Scott Oksas Hickok Race Cars Teams 14/22

The race is so big that it attracts racers from all over the country, like Scott Oksas, who hails from Southern California. Oksas and the Hickok Race Cars teams made a mini-vacation out of the road trip and brought along their 5.90/250-mph race car.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette 15/22

Bob Muccianti Jr. boils the hides of his ’73 Corvette in the MagnaFuel Open Comp category. It’s powered by a 454ci big-block, and he went a few rounds in the tough class that features a fixed dial-in.

Nitrous Pro Street 16/22

Kevin Parent kicks it old school in Nitrous Pro Street with a 520ci engine with a single stage of nitrous. His Nova got progressively quicker each round, dipping into the 7.40 e.t. zone at 182 mph but lost in the semis to Andy Vogt: 7.49 at 181 to Vogt’s 7.45 at 187.

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