VOLUME XX, NUMBER 9 - SEPTEMBER, 2018
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ET DRAG RACING
Randy Thomas got the win in the specialty shootout Weld Racing Terminator vs GT500 battle.
The sun has set on the 2018 NMRA drag racing season and on twenty years of incredibly awesome NMRA All-Ford World Finals competition at Kentucky’s beautiful Beech Bend Raceway Park. Tons of sunshine and great racing allowed the year to wrap up with wins celebrated in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle, records, championships, and a whole lot more at the 20th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals Presented by Holley EFI.
Andy Manson topped the qualifying order in VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw with his ’96 Mustang when the man from Manassas, VA, cruised the eighth-mile in 4.281 at 175.64 mph. Manson maintained his momentum through to the finals where he met with Alton Clements of Central, SC. Both men left the line hard, but Clements in his newly-acquired ’92 Mustang got the hole shot win on a 4.342 at 167.28 mph blast over Manson’s 4.333 at 169.47 mph effort to capture the NMRA Victor trophy. It wasn’t moot for Manson, though, as he was crowned the champion for 2018.
In Edelbrock Renegade, Tony Hobson of Moscow Mills, MO, took the top spot in qualifying on his 7.407 at 186.56 mph trip with his JPC Racing ’14 Mustang. As the elimination rounds whittled down the contenders, it came down to Hobson and the number-three qualifier, Bob Cook of Mokena, IL. Cook (shown) and his ’90 Mustang had the reaction time advantage he kept at it to cross the finish nearly two seconds in front as Hobson struggled to maintain traction. Frank Varela, meanwhile, went out in the semi-finals but still won the overall season championship for the category earlier in the day.
It was Texan Danial Pachar of Triangle Speed Shop leading the pack in ProCharger Coyote Modified when he ran 7.601 at 172.67 mph in his ’04 Mustang. Pachar used his advantage to take out James Meredith in round one of eliminations, then went on to go 7.728 at 176.40 mph and defeated Haley James in the finals for the event win. James, however, secured the 2018 ProCharger Coyote Modified season championship along the way so it was a win-win situation for the two racers.
In Steeda Autosports Limited Street, Sondra Leslie was the quickest qualifier as she ran the quarter mile in 8.572 at 158.73 mph with her ’85 Mustang. Once the show got started, it was all about Michael Ciborowski of Trenton, IL, as he powered through the first three rounds to meet Matthew Williams in the finals. There, Ciborowski stopped the clocks in 8.733 at 155.10 mph with his ’14 Mustang and continued on through to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle to celebrate not only his win but also his championship.
Running a 10.187 at 130.69 mph pass during qualifying, Indiana-based driver Darin Hendricks sat at the top of the competitive G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock class once the order was finalized. Despite going out midway through eliminations, Hendricks was deemed the season champion while Steve Kurmchak of Clarksburg, MD, persisted and stayed in the game to the finals. The number two qualifier saw Jacob Lamb in the other lane, and even though Lamb had the lead at the start, Kurimchak’s ’01 Bullitt powered past to take the stripe and the win with a 10.267 at 128.76 mph time slip.
Mike Bowen of Girard, PA, inked his name next to the number one spot in Richmond Gear Factory Stock thanks to a quick 10.286 at 130.19 mph run from his ’71 Maverick. Eliminations was a marathon of mayhem as all the drivers worked to chase the win, but it came down to Bart Welte and Dan Ryntz in the finals. Both men were piloting ’89 Fox body Mustangs, but it was Welte from Findlay, OH, who used his starting line advantage to find success despite his slower 10.384 at 127.51 mph run against Ryntz who ran 10.358 at 128.29 mph but still managed to capture the championship for himself.
The large ARP Open Comp category saw Maynardville, TN, resident Tim Hamilton cut a perfect 0.000-second reaction with his ’37 Ford time during quality to wind up in the number one spot. The always insanely competitive eliminations competition ultimately pitted Steven Daniels of Valdosta, GA, against Brandon Rice in the finals. Aiming for a 10.75 number, Daniels had the lesser of two evils in a double break-out situation and illuminated the win lights in his lane. Championship honors, however, were awarded to Gordon Harlow for his outstanding performances throughout the season.
Hailing from Elwood, IL, Amanda Saad cut a quick 0.002-second light in qualifying to put her ’83 Ranger into the number one position for Detroit Locker Truck & Lightning. Saad’s success story didn’t end there, and she took home five straight wins to finish out her weekend with a happy ending by making things official against Mike Motycka in the finals. Randy Conway, who went out in round three of eliminations, wound up earning enough points to be named the season champion for the year for the third year in a row.
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