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04-16-2011, 06:20 AM
Friday was an exciting day for racing at the Third Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. Even with the constant threat of rain, most of the schedule was completed with stellar performances.


In TurboSmart Pro Outlaw 10.5, which is combined with the NMCA’s Mickey Thompson Super Street 10.5 class for this race, Mike Murillo set the high-water mark with a 6.731-second blast at only 195 mph. The low trap speed is due in part to Murillo getting out of shape on the top end, and lightly tagging the wall past the finish line. After talking with him briefly this morning, he’s going to have the car back in fighting shape for eliminations, if not sooner.


In Blow-By Racing EFI Renegade action, Brian Mitchell seems to be running with the momentum of victory, taking the number one spot after winning the Bradenton race. B-Mitch posted an 8.373 at 163 miles per hour, putting him about eight hundredths of a second ahead of the number-two qualifier, Bart Tobener. With one more round of qualifying left on the schedule, that can change, because there are a number of players in the class capable of running in the 8.30s.


At the season-opening NMRA event, the racers in ProCharger Super Street Outlaw turned in a few amazing passes, but nobody was able to be consistently quick all weekend except for race winner Kenjo Kelley. Here in Commerce, there are four racers qualified quicker than 7.20 – an ET level unheard of up until this season. Torque converter technology has advanced so far, so quickly, that the turbocharged racers are finally able to take full advantage of the power they are making. Topping the ladder is Chris Tuten, who bettered the 7.20 he turned in last month at Bradenton with an astounding 7.08 at nearly 203 MPH. John Kolivas, making his return to the NMRA this weekend in SSO, sits in the second position with a 7.11/208 mph blast, while nitrous racer Sammy Vincent’s 7.14 puts him in third. Andrew DeMarco clicked off a 7.19 at 201 mph, while Kelley sits fifth with a 7.31. This is without a doubt the quickest SSO field ever and it will be anyone’s game come elimination time.


BFGoodrich Tires Factory Stock is another class turning in amazing performances at the beginning of the season. In Florida, Carlos Sobrino became the second member of the Ten-Second club, and here he’s been able to top the ladder with an 11.01 entering today’s second round of qualifying. Louie Sylvester Jr., fresh off an offseason suspension upgrade at Team Z Motorsports, also jumped into the fray with a stout 11.02 - his quickest pass ever - to land in the second spot on the ladder. John Leslie Jr. sits in third with an 11.271, while Brian Campbell (driving Matt Amrine’s hotrod) took fourth with an 11.273. This class only got one round in yesterday as we got pounded with a serious storm last evening, but we’ll be up and running again here shortly to get into their second round.