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NMRA Jason
08-11-2007, 05:11 PM
Saturday’s Bits from the Pits

By :The Thumb and the Master of Donut Holes


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After an entire season of sitting out, the lure of the 7-second nitrous pass was too much. Bryan Sorby decided to make the short trip down from his New York home in order to disrupt the MSD Ignition Super Street Outlaw class. We expect to see solid, straight-as-a-string 7.60 passes from the wily veteran.

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Another racer making his return to the NMRA is Massachusetts native Jim Coger. A Real Street competitor in years past, Coger feels that his combination is finally ironed out enough to make his return. Crew Chief Mike Dezotell tells the Race Pages spies that the car should be good for solid 10.0 passes, if not faster, but after making some passes today, the car is hurt.

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Manny Buginga had a bit of a mechanical mishap while testing in preparation for this event. Seems a difficult tuning opportunity left him with a hole in a cylinder head. Not wanting to miss the event, Buginga had a set of cylinder heads red-labeled in, and we caught him preparing the parts to be reinstalled onto the engine.

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In a change from his usual routine, Virginia native Larry Hourcle has decided to move up to NMRA’s EFI Renegade class in place of NMCA’s Street Race where he competed last year. Hourcle has been testing the combination in anticipation of moving over full-time.

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There was a lot going on in Real Street today. Tim Matherly ran a 9.79 in qualifying, and then fell to Hemminger’s 9.81 pass in the Shootout final. In other Real Street news, Mike Washington finally broke into the nine-second zone with a 9.91-second hit in the third round of qualifying.

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Renegade racer Chris Beary had a scary moment in the first round of qualifying when he got loose just past the 60-foot lights and spun the car, only missing the wall by mere inches. As he was towed off track, he received a round of applause from the awed crowd.

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Charlie Booze ripped off a blazing 8.77-second pass during qualifying. He wasn’t the only Hot Streeter in the .70s though. Tomorrow will definitely be interesting in Edelbrock Hot Street.

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In another installment of “stuff that fell out of racecars,” we feature an adjustable crescent wrench, which fell out of Mike Washington’s real street car on the return road and retrieved by Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords editor Evan Smith.