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NMRAPaul
07-18-2008, 06:01 PM
Written by Thumb and Zen

They say that into each life a little rain must fall, and this is never more true than for an NMRA racer. After a round and a half of qualifying here at the 3rd Annual Motive Gear NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by Nitto Tire, the Illinois skies opened up and doused Route 66 Raceway with a brief but very intense cloudburst. Thanks to the crack track staff, an hour later the dragstrip was dry again and we were back in action, completing the second round of qualifying and ready to head into the third and final round tomorrow, with the opening round of eliminations following on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a recap of a few of today’s highlights:

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Route 66 is one of the finest dragstrips in the nation, and as part of their continuing commitment to driver safety, they’ve recently extended their sand trap to 205 feet and reconfigured the turnouts. We’re told that these improvements were in the works prior to the recent tragedy at Englishtown, and they’re a welcome addition to an already world-class facility.

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Making his return to the NMRA this weekend, former Real Street champ and Drag Radial racer Chris Tuten has decided to move up to the ProCharger Super Street Outlaw class. The decision came after some serious thought about how to best utilize his brand-new Team Z Motorsports chassis. Tuten had done some playing at home in the past with a big turbocharger, and knew exactly what the car would be capable of. Unfortunately, he didn’t get much of a chance to do any testing prior to the event due to a camshaft issue, but he did qualify eleventh in a field of sixteen cars with a soft 7.95 at 179 mph. Tuten told us he was taking it easy, because he had no idea what the car was going to do. The expectation is that he will become a serious player in this class in short order.

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Also coming back to the NMRA this weekend after missing the first half of the season, SSO racer Sammy Vincent has a brand-new Bischoff-engineered set off cylinder heads and a matching intake manifold. With the short timeframe he had, he didn’t get any chance to test, but did show up for today’s second qualifying session. A soft 8.19 at only 121 mph shows much more potential out of the 422 cubic inch engine.

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Editor Huizenga has been telling us for the better part of the year that Garrett Turbo-sponsored driver Ron Lummus and Bothwell Motorsports were ready to unleash some fury upon the NMRA. Friends of Huizy’s from his Sport Compact days, the Bothwell team earned the NHRA Sport Compact’s Hot Rod class championship in both 2004 and 2005. After the earning one lead trophy after another, Garrett and the team saw the light and built a twin-turbo Mustang to compete in the red-hot world of Outlaw 10.5 racing. Lummus is here on the property at Joliet, and unleashed a sick 6.86 pass at over 208 mph to take the pole position in Turbonetics Pro Outlaw 10.5 as of the end of the second round. Look for more from this team as Lummus gets accommodated to the NMRA style of racing.

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Speaking of crazy-fast runs, ProCharger Super Street Outlaw racer AJ Powell put on a monster 7.42 pass at only 185 mph to take the early lead in qualifying. Jarrett Halfacre is right on his bumper with a 7.43, carrying more than 11 more mph through the traps, though, so don’t be surprised if the SSO record book is nothing but ashes before this weekend is over.

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We’ll leave you for today with this shot of Hedman Hedders True Street racer Ron Townsend, who may be one of the handful guys in the world who’s ever run a seven second pass in a front-wheel-drive car, but he still doesn’t have the sense to come in out of the rain.


That’s it for Friday’s Bits from the Pits. We’ll see you all tomorrow with more racing fun from Joliet!

sam sso2077
07-21-2008, 01:55 AM
Written by Thumb and Zen




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Also coming back to the NMRA this weekend after missing the first half of the season, SSO racer Sammy Vincent has a brand-new Bischoff-engineered set off cylinder heads and a matching intake manifold. With the short timeframe he had, he didnít get any chance to test, but did show up for todayís second qualifying session. A soft 8.19 at only 121 mph shows much more potential out of the 422 cubic inch engine.







Thatís it for Fridayís Bits from the Pits. Weíll see you all tomorrow with more racing fun from Joliet!

Not sure where your info came from, but I have the same heads & intake that i've had for the last three years. Only thing new was a block, rods, pistons,

SHOWTIME
07-21-2008, 09:21 AM
Not sure where your info came from, but I have the same heads & intake that i've had for the last three years. Only thing new was a block, rods, pistons,

They are giving you press and you still *****.:confused: