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NMRA Jason
08-09-2009, 04:03 PM
Written by Jason Reiss

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For the first time ever, the NMRA and NMCA ventured into the Carolinas to hit the brand-new zMAX Dragway on the grounds of the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The weather cooperated with sunny skies all weekend long, although the extremely high temperatures and high humidity made for a tricky track surface. Read on for all of the juicy details!

The Turbonetics Pro 5.0 class saw five cars show up for competition this weekend. After qualifying was complete, Dan Millen sat atop the ladder. Millen took his first-round bye before facing off against Mike Murillo in the second round. Murillo lit the red bulb -.188 too soon, sending Millen to the final against Conrad Scarry, who had taken out Dwayne James on his way to the final. In the final round, both racers had identical reaction times, but Scarry got slightly out of shape before the 330 and pulled the chutes early, handing Millen the win.

ProCharger’s Super Street Outlaw class had five competitors in the lanes at the beginning of the lanes, led by John Urist, who had qualified number one with a 7.406 nearly 195mph. During eliminations, Urist had his first-round bye before losing to Don Burton in the semifinal on a heartbreaking -.018 redlight, sending Burton to the final round. On the other side of the ladder, John Macdonald ran a 7.54 to send Chris Tuten home. Macdonald took the second round bye into the final, where he faced off against Burton. In a final round where both racers faced problems, Macdonald had the least, crossing the traps with a 10.41 to Burton’s 18.13, earning his own very first win in the NMRA.

The competitors in the BFGoodrich Tires Drag Radial class were faced with difficult conditions this weekend, forcing everyone to dial back the power levels. Sean Lyon managed to click off an 8.08 in the final round Saturday to lead the ladder, but he promptly lost to Enzo Pecchini in the first round. Enzo then mowed down the rest of the field, running like a bracket car all the way through to the final round. On the other side of the ladder, Dave ‘Hotlips’ Guy took out Steve Thompson in the first round, then Steven Biggs and Adam Jude in succession in Sunday to make it into his first final round of the season. As the pair powered out, Pecchini got loose, then wheelied, then got loose again and couldn’t recover, handing Hotlips his first-ever NMRA win!

In DiabloSport’s EFI Renegade class, Bart Tobener qualified first with an 8.51 over seven other racers. As eliminations progressed, Brian Tuten won when Brian Mitchell redlit, then Tuten won over Dan Rawls in the semifinals on a redlight start. On the other side of the ladder, Larry Hourcle pushed his Vortech-powered LX to the final round, winning over Chad Almandinger on a redlight, then taking out Tobener in the semifinal. In the final round, Hourcle lit the red bulb -.218 early, handing the win to Tuten right off the hit.

Edelbrock’s Hot Street eliminator featured seven racecars this weekend, headlined by number one qualifier Charlie Booze Jr.’s 8.73. Booze had a first-round bye, while Robbie Blankenship faced off against Jim Sutterlin and took the win. Max Gross faced off against Rick Riccardi, and after some confusion on the stating line, the pair had to re-run, and Riccardi lost on a redlight. Don Bowles got a free pass into the semifinals when Richard Preiser went home on Saturday afternoon. In the semi, Gross redlit to send Blankenship onto the final. Bowles and Booze faced off, and Bowles cracked off an 8.78 to Booze’s 8.80 to make it an all-Roush-powered final round. Don Bowles took home his second win of the season on a holeshot when Blankenship wheelied a little too hard and couldn’t recover.

Everyone’s favorite street-based class, 5.0 Mustang Magazine’s Real Street, Bruce ‘Almighty’ Hemminger turned in a 9.43 to take over the top qualifying spot. Hemminger then dispatched Jim Breese before taking a bye into the final round. On the other side of the ladder, Paul Wiley was able to tune his Vortech-supercharged notch past Dave Ginter in the first round and class stalwart Tim Matherly in round two, ending up in his first final round ever. In the final round, Wiley got loose at halftrack and Hemminger ran a 9.52 to take home the win.

Eibach Springs Pure Street had nine racers on the property, headlined by Ryan Hecox’s 10.25 top qualifying shot. For the third race in a row, Hecox mowed down the competition, putting Brandon Alsept and Teddy Weaver on the trailer to end up in the finals. On the other side of the ladder, Joliet winner Mark Anderson took care of business with Jimmy Wilson and Steve Gifford before taking the bye ride into the final against Hecox, reprising the Joliet final round. As the pair powered through the traps, Hecox came out on top, 10.27 to Anderson’s shutdown 10.54.

ACT Factory Stock saw 2008 champion Tommy Godfrey take the top qualifying spot yet again with an 11.18 pass in the wicked heat. He then had a bye in round one before winning over John Leslie Jr. when JLJ had a -.028 redlight in the second round to lead him to the final. On the other side of the ladder, Jay Dold used his eliminated Jeremy Taylor and Jim St. Charles on his way to the final. In the final round, Godfrey busted off an 11.17 to Dold’s 11.34 to take home the win.

In Roush Performance Modular Muscle, Lucas Clark qualified first with a stellar .002 reaction time. However, when the final round rolled around, Randy Mounce faced off against Gary ‘Hollywood’ Parker. Parker put together the better package to take home the win this time around.

Steeda’s Open Comp class found Joliet winner Paul Lehman back atop the qualifying list with a perfect .000 reaction time. As eliminations progressed, Lehman put every competitor he faced back on the trailer, leading him to the final round. On the other side, Bobby McMasters leaned hard on his ’82 converted Ford EXP to end up facing Lehman. A -.045 redlight start for McMasters gave Lehman his second consecutive win.

Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning saw Steve Martin put a perfect .000 reaction time up to land atop the qualifying board. But once eliminations started, Diamond Dave Cole and Johnny Lightning took control of things and took care of the competition to face off. Lightning went in deep, Cole left first, and as the pair powered down the track the win light came on in Johnny’s lane, giving him his first win of the season.

The JDM Engineering Super Stang class saw fourteen competitors show up to do battle on the zMAX 1320. Chris Parisi rolled through Paul Gamino, Don Justus, and Derek Kernodle on his way to the final round. On the other side of the ladder, David Bachota took out Brent White, had a bye, then eliminated Michael Dellisanti to meet Parisi. Parisi took the win with his V6 car.