JENSEN SEALS THE VICTORY AT CECIL COUNTY NEOPMA EVENT
Andy Jensen's triumphant return to the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) winner's circle after 16 years was the highlight of Saturday night's Strange Engineering Outlaw Street Car Shootout at Maryland's Cecil County Dragway. Jensen's victory came in the Nitrous/Turbo class, beating Fredy Scriba in the final round.
Jensen's 3.673-second pass at 204.23 mph in his single-turbo, small-block-powered ’68 Camaro got the better of Scriba's 4.223 at 129.07. Jensen credited his victory to the hard work of his crew and his dedication to building and racing his own unconventional, custom-made machines.
“We’ve had a pretty good car in the past but struggled for the past few years. To me, the fun is taking a bunch of homemade junk and trying to run with the store-bought stuff. It's difficult. You really can't ask anybody for help because nobody knows anything about it. It's a lot harder way to go, but it’s more satisfying when you win," Jensen said.
Jensen's win was the culmination of years of effort and experimentation after retiring his McAmis-built car in 2021 and switching to a newer ’68 Camaro that previously sported a roots-blown combination. He swapped in his favored single-turbo, small-block combination and added a Ty-Drive and a torque converter, and he also switched to Haltech electronics.
The NEOPMA also completed eliminations from its rained-out Maple Grove Raceway event during qualifying at Cecil County, with Chris Russo winning in the Supercharged class in his screw-blown DMPE ’69 Chevelle and Fredy Scriba winning in the Nitrous/Turbo class.
Mike Decker Jr. and Derek Ward will settle the Supercharged final round when the series returns to Cecil County in July. Decker and Ward had both progressed to the final, but the curfew prevented them from completing their race. Nevertheless, Decker's journey to the final included a 3.659 on a first-round bye run, a 3.642 to beat Tyler Hard's 3.63 on a holeshot, and a 3.643 to knock out Brazil’s Roderjan Busato. Ward's trip to the money round included a first-round win over Maple Grove winner Chris Russo, then a perfect reaction time in the second round to help him beat Steve King in the "Savage" Corvette. He had a bye run in the semis.
The Supercharged final round will be contested during qualifying at the July edition of the Strange Engineering Outlaw Street Car Shootout, and NEOPMA racers will have a month off before heading north for the Empire Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge on June 30-July 1 at Empire Dragway in Leicester, New York.