The competition has been fierce in Edelbrock Renegade and one of the most talked about rides of the weekend is Tony Hobson’s 2014 Mustang GT. The Missouri-based racer competes out of the JPC Racing camp and brings a turbocharged Coyote 5.0 to the class. Hobson was victorious in his first round pairing against the point’s leader and Spring Break Shootout winner, Dom DiDonato. The Coyote topped the Shelby GT500 with an impressive 7.51 at 186 mph to DiDonato’s 7.56 at 180 mph. The behind-the-scenes story on Hobson’s S197 is its lack of a sixty-foot clocking this weekend. According to crew chief Eric Holliday, they’ve been swapping torque converters at every race and have finally settled on running a Pro Torque GenX. The converter is a bit tight, limiting the short times to just a best of 1.21, but the story is in the incremental ET between the 330-foot mark and the finish line. Apparently that split time is the same as some of the class leaders; the team feels pretty good that they will be the next team to run deep into the 7.40s.
As you can see from the video, Austin Hickman had the wildest drive to the finish line in Edelbrock Renegade. His fan-favorite, a 1978 Fairmont station wagon that was built by Triangle Speed Shop, carried the front-end way down track and the car became nearly uncontrollable when it came back down. He secured the win and is advancing to round two.
Giving Hickman’s Renegade wagon a run for the title of wheelie of the weekend was Greg Herbert in G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock. He lost in the opening round to Darin Hendricks, but the Louisiana resident left a lasting impression of the crowd. Herbert dragged the bumper as he continued to pull and push the shifter lever to select second and third gears before the car came slamming down. As you can see just how high the car was thanks to the screen-capture from Herbert’s GoPro camera, which we stole off his Facebook page.
Chuck Bartholme quietly had an unbelievable weekend, despite breaking during first round of eliminations. He ran a career best performance in qualifying with a 7.49 at a high speed of 180 mph. The interesting part of the equation is the Vortech V-27 YSi-B supercharger, whereas most competitors who run in the mid-7s typically rely on the larger Vortech unit, dubbed the V-27 YSi-BX version. The engine combination is a tried-and-true 363ci powerplant with Trick Flow High Port cylinder heads.
With a quickest-ever 60-foot time of 1.31-seconds laid in Florida, Jacob Lamb came close when he clocked a 1.32-second short time earlier this weekend. The G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock competitor says he’s running the exact same setup as he did in the Sunshine State – scout’s honor – and that the only change has been to a fresh set of rear tires. Lamb went 10.198 at 129.08 mph during round one of eliminations to take the win over Michael Nisi, and credits great track prep for the improvement. His father and son crew of Billy and Matt Fint, as well as Tommy Livingston and support from his wonderful fiancée, Beverly Johnson, have all been instrumental in keeping him moving in the right direction.
After earning his first-ever ProCharger Coyote Modified class win at the NMRA season opener race last month, UDMC Racing-sponsored John Kauderer clicked off a 7.775 at 172.43 mph run during round one of eliminations and put Justin Ehlin back on the trailer. Kauderer struggled on Thursday and Friday with his MMR-powered, turbocharged ’14 Cobra Jet, but team JPC Racing rallied and pinpointed a set of worn-out shocks as the source of the problem. A quick swap to a new set of double adjustables cleared up the confusion, and Kauderer was on a mission as he motored down the track.
G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock driver “Shiftin’” Shane Stymiest was the big winner of the Sealed Stock Shootout with his Booze Brothers Racing ’90 Mustang. The G-Force Racing Transmissions-equipped car carried Stymiest to wins against the Camaros of Keith Vaughan and Haley Rounsavall before he met up with Tim Matherly and his Mustang in the finals where a burndown battle resulted in Stymiest taking the win. In a show of good sportsmanship, the two actually made the call to split the purse before the finals were run so neither would go home empty-handed.
The Cajun sensation Curtis Catalon had a killer 1.13-second 60-foot time during Edelbrock Renegade competition last night and has shown consistent improvement all weekend long. His ’03 Cobra is powered by a turbocharged, Rich Groh Racing-headed 4.6L Triangle Speed Shop-built engine that Catalon says is running flawlessly, and Catalon proved it when he defeated Bart Tobener in round one of eliminations. He’ll be paired with Frank Varela in round two.
There’s a lot of hustling going on in the All Hustle Motorsports pit of VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw driver Phil Hines. His ProCharged ’01 Mustang busted its rear end when a bearing went out, so Hines and the guys had to make quick moves to get it replaced. Meanwhile, Hines’s car was cutting in and out during its runs, so he’s making a last-minute spark plug change to alleviate the issue and get it sorted. He comes off a round one win last night, when he took out the number one qualifier, Manny Bunginga. Hines rolled in late Friday night, made one qualifying hit and was on the bottom of the ladder, but pulled it all together with a 4.47 at 160 mph for the round one victory. He had a bye-run in round two, tested the track, and clicked it early.