View Full Version : Champions have been crowned in Bowling Green!

10-02-2011, 06:57 PM

The NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green, Kentucky has always been the most exciting all-Ford drag race of the year, and this year’s 13th annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals not only lived up to the expectations, but actually raised the bar in terms of exciting action. The on-track action by itself was awesome, and combined with the additional excitement of the points battles, the largest car show in the history of the NMRA with over 300 cars this was an event for the record books.

In Turbosmart Pro Outlaw 10.5 action, Mike Murillo set the high-water mark in qualifying, with a blazing 6.65-second pass at 217 miles per hour, putting him over a tenth ahead of the number-two qualifier, Tim Essick. In eliminations, it came down to the final round for the championship, where the two frontrunners, Murillo and Essick met. As the tree dropped, Murillo was away first, and made the quickest and fastest pass of the weekend to take the win and lock up the 2011 Pro Outlaw championship.

ProCharger Super Street Outlaw was a thrill-fest from the word “go”. In qualifying, John “The Fireball” Urist cranked off a pair of 7.02-second elapsed times to take the number-one spot and set the new ET record. His 7.025 put him only .011 second ahead of the number two qualifier, Chris Tuten, on the ladder. In eliminations, Urist never went slower than a 7.06 en route to the final round, where he met Terry Elam, who was having a stellar day himself. As the tree dropped, Urist had the starting line advantage, and as Elam slowed, Urist streaked to a 7.05-second victory. While the first six-second run wasn’t in the cards for Urist, he won his unprecedented seventh Super Street Outlaw title.

Blow-By Racing EFI Renegade had a nine-car field, and something we haven’t seen for a number of races, and that was cars in the 8.30-second range. Bob Cook put together a stellar 8.34 at 161 mph, but it wasn’t enough for the top spot. That honor went to Brian Mitchell and his 8.315 pass. In eliminatrions, Mitchell met Cook in the semifinals, where Mitchell reset the class record and ran the quickest pass ever in EFI Renegade class history – 8.292 seconds – while losing the round on a holeshot. However that clinched the class championship for Mitchell, his fourth. In the final, it was Bob Cook and Joel Howard facing off for the event win, and Cook cut the tree down with a .008 light, and carded an 8.38 to Howard’s 8.58 for the win.

Edelbrock Hot Street always bring excitement to the line with their high-winding small-blocks. The top-half of the field was quite tight, with the top four cars were only separated by six hundredths of a second. The top spot went to Charlie Booze, Jr. with a stellar 8.435 at over 163 miles per hour. Booze cut through his side of the ladder with a string of stout 8.40 passes. On the other side of the ladder, Robbie Blankenship made his way through the field to meet Booze in the final. As the tree came down on the pair of champions, Booze got the holeshot, but Blankenship powered around Booze and took the win light, 8.39 to 8.44, for the event win and the 2011 Hot Street championship.

In AFCO Drag Radial, Sean Lyon took the top honors with a record-breaking 7.52 at 189 mph, putting him over a tenth-of-a-second ahead of his nearest opponent, Brad Medlock. As eliminations rolled around, there were two familiar faces cutting through the field. On the way to the final round, Lyon carded the quickest pass in class history, an 8.477. On the other side of the ladder was Jason Lee. As the tree dropped on the pair in the final round, Lee was away first, but slowed on the top end, his 7.80 posing no threat to Lyon’s 7.51, earning Lyon the event win. That win tied Lee and Lyon for the points championship, with the nod going to Lee in the tiebreaker procedures for having attended more events, making Lee the 2011 Drag Radial champion.

Steeda Real Street saw serious excitement in qualifying and Bruce Hemminger not only took the top spot in the seven-car field with an astounding 9.166-second pass, but also reset the ET record and was the quickest pass in the history of the class. Come eliminations, Hemminger lost to Jay Marr in the semis, but the appearance clinched the Real Street Championship for Hemminger. On the other side of the ladder, Jim Breese advanced through to field to meet Marr in the final. Marr lead stripe to stripe to take home the win in Real Street.

Eibach Springs Pure Street had the largest field of the season at this event, with eleven drivers vying for the winner’s circle. Coming out a tenth ahead of the rest of the field was Shawn Johnson, with a 9.986-second blast down the Beech Bend quarter-mile. However, at the conclusion of qualifying, Brandon Alsept secured the 2011 season championship. As Sunday’s eliminations progressed, Johnson worked his way through one side of the ladder, while Farmer Steve Gifford did the same on the other side of the ladder. The pair met in the final round, where Gifford redlit his shot at the winner’s circle away, giving Johnson the win.

BFGoodrich Tires Factory Stock was probably the closest points battle of the heads-up classes coming into this event, with no less than four contenders for the championship among the eleven class participants. It also turned out to be the quickest qualified field the class has ever seen, with the top four drivers all in the ten-second zone. At the end of Saturday’s qualifying, Carlos Sobrino led the pack with a 10.90 at over 122 mph. As the ladder dwindled, contenders were not only eliminated from competition, but also from championship contention. In the final, only Louis Sylvester, Jr. and Brian Campbell remained. As the tree dropped, Campbell took an early lead and held on to it all the way down the track, taking the win. However, by virtue of his appearance in the final, Sylvester secured his first Championship in Factory Stock.

A special class for this race was the Posi Performance Terminator/GT500 Shootout. Joe Logan led the field in qualifying with an 8.34 at 171 mph. In eliminations, Logan met Tim Oswalt in the final where Logan streaked to an 8.23 at 176 and the win over an ailing Oswalt.

Trick Flow Specalties Open Comp is always a tough fight, and Gordon Harlow cut a perfect triple-zero light to take the top qualifier spot. In eliminations, Jon M. Pickering met Wade Vincent in the final. Apickerin put together a stout .022-second package to take the win and secure the 2011 Open Comp championship.

In Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle, Reggie Burnette, Jr. secured the top spot going into eliminations with a .004-second reaction time. En route to the final, Burnette clinched the 2011 class championship before meeting Randy Mounce. As the tree came down on the final pair, the newly-crowned champ lit the red bulb, handing Mounce the event win.

Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning was lead into eliminations by Gary Windsor with a .002-second reaction time for the top qualifier honors. In eliminations Mike Motycka met Dave Cole in the final, where Cole ran an 11.23 on an 11.20 index for the win, while the points worked out to crown Steve Martin the 2011 Truck and Lightning class champion.

In JDM Engineering Super Stang, Al Miller made it through the 23-car field to the final round where he faced George Dockery. In a reaction time victory, Al Miller took the event win and the 2011 Super Stang championship.

In Tremec True Street, there were 99 entries in Bowling Green. Taking the overall win was Chris Gish with an 8.548-second three pass average. Pete Ricart took the overall Runner-Up spot with an 8.821-second average. The nine-second title went to Karl Blasi, with a 9.326-second average. Jason Riley took the ten-second title with a 10.089-second average, while Dan Schell took the eleven-second title with an 11.014. Steven Dale averaged 12.003-seconds for the twelve-second win, and the thirteen-second win went to Teresa Gibson, with a 13.004 average. James Gallimore took the fourteen-second plaque with a 14.016-second three-pass average and Belinda Moore once again, with a 15.011-second average.