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2011 NMRA/NMCA West Coast Shootout

True Street comes to California with a side of autocross

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The inaugural JE Pistons NMRA/NMCA West Coast Shootout, presented by Lucas Oil, was held at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California, July 8-10, 2011. This event is part of the NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals. The main focus for Team Super Chevy was to check out the Racers Against Street Racing True Street Challenge class, presented by Tremec. Since there are very few dragstrips in California, street racing has become more prevalent and this event was designed to take racing off the streets and put it on the track where it belongs.

The True Street class is designed for genuine street cars that are licensed, insured, and capable of making a 10-20-mile escorted cruise. After the cruise each racer will run three back-to-back passes for an overall average elapsed time. Awards are given to the overall fastest competitor, runner-up, and the closest averages to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 seconds. Included in this True Street class was a special Media vs. Manufacturers class that pitted all editors (who had a car ready) against the makers of the products we write about.

Not limited to just drag racing, the event offered an autocross track hosted by Hotchkis, a SpeedStop challenge sponsored by Baer Brakes, and a car show area. With classes for Modern Muscle, Street Machine, Muscle Machine, Truck, Street Rod, and Turn & Burn, there was a great array of cars and trucks running the cones and locking up the tires on the autocross and SpeedStop courses. Winners took home Hotchkis sway bar sets, Nitto tires, Centerforce clutches, and discounts on TCI, NMCA, and K&N products. All the events ran like clockwork, and everyone we spoke to got their fill of racing. For a complete listing of the results, check out the NMCA website.

Drag Results

RASR True Street

Overall Winner: Mike Nordahl, '64 Chevy Nova, 10.258 average
Runner-up: Brian Rock, '65 Pontiac GTO, 10.523 average
11-Second Winner: Jacorie Gray, '71 Chevy Vega, 11.813 average
12-Second Winner: Nita Clein, '72 Plymouth Duster, 12.004 average
13-Second Winner: Norm Knox, '11 Ford Mustang, 13.154 average
14-Second Winner: Jason Lafrenz, '93 Ford Mustang, 14.07 average
15-Second Winner: Gregory Anderson, '07 Ford Mustang, 15.229 average

Media vs. Manufacturers True Street

Overall Winner: Steve Rupp, '68 Chevy Camaro, 11.589 average
Runner-up: John McGann, '66 Chevy Chevelle, 11.789 average
12-Second Winner: Will Baty, '10 Chevy Camaro, 12.160 average
13-Second Winner: Evan Smith, '12 Ford Mustang, 13.087 average
14-Second Winner: Kevin McIntosh, '07 Dodge Magnum, 14.124 average
15-Second Winner: Dave Wallace, '03 Mercury Marauder, 15.998 average

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