It certainly wasn’t pretty, but whenever you can put a completed race in the books, everyone wins. So was the case at the 11th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals; the fifth race of the Flowmaster Drag Racing Series featuring NHRA Unleashed presented by Aerospace Components. Thankfully patience eventually beat the weather and eleven winners were awarded NHRA Wallys on Sunday afternoon.
Leading the eliminators was Former PSCA Pro Street Champion Clint Hairston, who drove his family’s turbocharged ’69 Camaro to his first NMCA Kooks Custom Headers Pro Street win , by beating former class champion Chris Rini and his ’69 Camaro on a .015 to .055 holeshot, which was enough of an advantage to squeeze out the win, despite a slower 6.11 ET at 241 MPH to Rini’s quicker 6.08 at 245.
In Mickey Thompson Super Street 10.5 action, Eric LaFerriere and his twin-turbocharged ’78 Malibu won his second consecutive race by beating Mike Murillo’s ’92 Mustang, in a close 6.78 at 217 MPH to 6.79 at 211 MPH contest.
For ARP Nostalgia Pro Street racer Dave Beeson, winning has proven very elusive. Despite setting numerous ET and mile-per-hour records over the past three seasons, and competing in multiple finals, the Baton Rouge driver finally has an NMCA win to his credit as well as an NHRA Unleashed Wally.
Beeson and his nitrous assisted ’74 Camaro, led all qualifiers with a 7.27 at 191 MPH and was able to stay consistent through three rounds of racing before eliminating
Joe Bucaro in a 7.19/185 to 7.31/188 MPH final.
After running poorly earlier in the season, Bill Trovato has re-established himself as a frontrunner in Aeromotive Xtreme Street after winning his second consecutive race of the season when he piloted his ’78 Olds Starfire to a 7.99 to 8.03 victory over Phil Smith and his 2002 Trans Am.
In Stainless Works 275 Drag Radial, Jason Lee put the fourth notch of the season in his belt after his ’86 Mustang outdistanced the ’85 Mustang of first time finalist Sean Ashe in a 7.49 to 7.96 final round match.
Don Baskin was back on top in Comp Cams Pro Stock after pushing his naturally-aspirated ’67 Nova through the field, eventually winning a lackluster final over Greg Delaney after Delany’s 2001 Trans Am left before the tree activated, giving Baskin the automatic win.
In B&B Race Cars Mean Street, Jeremy Gilliam continued his dominance of the class by winning his fourth race of the season after his ’91 Mustang outpaced the ’98 Mustang of Brandon Alsept in a 9.86 to 10.09 final round win.
In Tremec True Street, Jason Meador was able to squeeze an 8.89 three-lap average out of his ’90 Mustang to win the category over Randy Thomas, whose 2010 Shelby Mustang averaged 9.77.
This event also played host to the Dave Duell Classic, featuring the nations top Nostalgia Super Stock racers. This year Rosie Kossuth and her ’64 Coronet visited the winner’s circle after defeating Jeff Frees and his ’64 Belvedere in an all MOPAR final.
Other action included Keith Broyles grabbing his first NMCA win in a couple years after defeating Jim Wickus in Eaton Posi Nostalgia Muscle Car, while Donald Carver defeated Wade Vincent in Hawk Performance Open Comp. In Lakewood Late Model EFI action, father and son racers David and Tim Rickey met each other in the final round for the second time this season with David taking the win.
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