NMCA Street Radial fans will remember the name Tim Meager and his blue 1989 Mustang LX coupe. The highly limited drag radial category, now defunct, was a mild version of 275 Drag Radial with greater power adder restrictions. Meager dominated with his 76mm turbocharged combination and when the class went away he focused on local X275 racing. He has decided to step up his operation once again thanks to the announcement of NMRA Street Outlaw in 2013. The coupe has been dropped off at DMC Racing where upgrades have already begun.
First order of business is to remove weight from the car to get it from its 3,350-pound race weight for X275 action down to the 3,000 pound range. This will make it easier for DMC Racing to tailor fit the coupe to the final weight rules, which are expected to be in the 3,100 to 3,200 pound range. DMC is fitting the coupe with the new DMC Wicked Lite Series fabricated 9-inch housing as well as DMC Wicked Lite Series control arms, wishbone, and anti-sway bar. The car will also be used to help develop new components for the new DMC performance parts line-up due out this winter.
Next on the To-Do List: Nelson Competition is building a large cubic-inch engine combination designed to run both the proposed 94mm turbocharger of Street Outlaw as well as an 88mm unit for X275 action. We know it will a Brodix-headed monster with a unique intake manifold and custom DMC bonnet. Dan Rondeau of DMC is thrashing on a completely new set of turbo headers, crossover, and mounting the turbo in the middle of the grill. Tuning chores are being handled by Eric LaFerriere—you know, the hottest driver in NMCA Super Street 10.5 right now with 2 event wins and a runner-up in the last four races. LaFerriere is the electronics and EFI tuning expert under the DMC Racing umbrella. The first phase of chassis modifications are underway and Meager is planning on getting on-track before the winter sets in.