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Saturday Coverage—2022 22nd Annual NMRA Ford Performance Nationals

Posted By: Ainsley Jacobs & Mary Lendzion
Saturday event coverage and race updates from the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.


Due to looming weather for Sunday and a worsening forecast, we will be running E1 for every class today and potentially E2 as well depending on how quickly we can run through things here at the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals.

On Friday, a rouge rag caused dramatic damage for the father and son team of Mike and Keith Ciborowski. The guys started up their 2014 Ford Mustang and get ready for VP Racing Fuels Madditives Renegade when the turbo suddenly ingested the towel straight into the impeller and spat it out the other side. The good news is that it didn’t make it through the intercooler and into the engine, but the bad news is the guys had to wrap up their weekend before they ever even got out of the pit.

Donnie Bowles, his son Cameron Bowles and Susan Roush-McClenaghan make a remarkable race team. They share ideas, and they share insight, and the results have been inarguably impressive through the years. This weekend, Donnie is behind the wheel of his Mustang powered by a 5.4 Four-Valve bored and stroked to 376 cubic-inches and fueled by propane for Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle. He is holding down the tenth spot in points. His son, Cameron, is pulling double-duty by competing in ARP Open Comp and Bracket Mayhem, in his grandfather Don Bowles’ Maverick packing Don’s old Hot Street Windsor engine. Cameron is currently in the eighth spot in points. Susan is as steady as always in her Mustang motivated by a supercharged Coyote engine, and she is looking to hold onto second-place in Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle points, or take over the lead in points.

Stacey Roby’s devoted wife went on a six-hour adventure on Thursday to obtain a new stator for his HPJ Performance-backed and ProCharged 2014 Ford Mustang, and the trip paid off in a big way. With the converter updated on Thursday night, Roby’s first test hit on Friday had the car rear back onto its bumper. He made some shock adjustments and moved weight around, then went straight to the front of the pack with a run of 8.048 at 170.84 mph to reset both the class’s elapsed time and speed records. Roby needed to back it up to make it official, and he easily did so in the second qualifying session with an even quicker 8.030-second hit. Coming just after him, though, Samantha Moore stole the speed record away with her 170.90 mph trip, but Roby is throwing down and going all in this weekend to lock in both ends once again. Based on the data, and the 1.21-second 60-foot time, Roby is also hungry to be the first in the category to run in the 7-second zone.

Longtime NMRA racer Bob Cook (white t-shirt) has made a lot of changes to his 1990 Ford Mustang lately, including completely redoing the back end of the car, adding new brackets to the rear end, and installing Merillat Racing upper and lower torque boxes along with close-ratio transmission gears. Additionally, Cook changed from his former ProCharger D1X blower to a new F-1A-91 for his 2022 NMRA VP Racing Madditives Renegade season. During Friday qualifying, he ran 4.777-seconds – just one-hundredth slower than with the previous setup – and is confident that he’ll get his suspension dialed in to produce even better results very shortly.

With the majority of the NMRA G-Force Transmission Coyote Stock field in the 9-second zone after only two sessions of qualifying, Matt Fint was feeling left out with his 10.138 at 133.00 mph pass. So, the guys were busy making clutch adjustments to his 1998 Ford Mustang Cobra on Saturday morning to hopefully make the car more “un-slow” before the third and final session.

Greg Collins, who has happily called Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning home for several years, is fresh off of celebrating his first win in the category at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab in May at World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois. He was .001 at the hit in the final round of eliminations in his Ranger rocking a 347 cubic-inch engine and C4 transmission, but he told us this afternoon at the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park that his reaction times have fallen off a bit this weekend, and he’s working hard to get back in the zone before today’s first round of eliminations. We have confidence that he can do it.

Leticia Hughes has had a wild weekend in her SunCoast Performance Mustang packing a TKM Performance Coyote, Whipple 3.8L and SunCoast 10R80 transmission. She entered SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race and the All-Female True Street presented by Baer Brake Systems, and during qualifying yesterday, the stock rear end under her Mustang broke. She and her team hurried to find a replacement on Facebook Marketplace, and managed to get it here in short order so they could get it installed and she could get back to racing. While they were at it, they swapped in a different transmission, and wrapped up the work a mere 15 minutes before she was called to the lanes for the All-Female True Street presented by Baer Brake Systems cruise. With determination and drive, she went on to win the All-Female True Street presented by Baer Brake Systems with a 9.20 average, and will try to double-up with a win in SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race as well.

If it weren’t for the beautiful heritage pieces like Tim Wrenn’s gorgeous 100+ year old Model T, the iconic Ford muscle cars and amazing modern machines wouldn’t even exist. Wrenn and his fellow members of the Model T Ford Club International take pride in preserving the blue oval brand’s history and educating the public about their incredible cars.

In the UPR Products Car Show, Fords of all forms can be found for spectators to enjoy. Whether it’s an early-era stock model or a new, highly-modified monster, there’s something for everyone on display.

This 2006 Ford GT40 Gulf Edition is owned by George Conrad and has Carroll Shelby’s signature proudly displayed on its hood.

Delighting fans of all ages, from the young to the young-at-heart, Bob Chandler’s original Bigfoot 4x4x4 monster truck always sparks a smile. Chandler began modifying the 1974 Ford F-250 pickup truck in 1975 and created an entirely new automotive segment with his incredible creation.

Rockin’ Randy Soper blasted the NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock class speed record during qualifying with his blistering 142.03 mph pass. Soper has been working on dialing in his Gen 2 Coyote-powered 2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1’s ACT clutch and making minor changes to get it to leave the line better. He saw an improvement in his typical elapsed time on the run, too, and the New Edge SN95 ran through its G-Force G101A gears as smooth as silk to click off the quarter-mile in 9.837-seconds and put its driver in the number four spot going into eliminations.

When we stopped at Andy Russell’s pit area just before the first round of eliminations for Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle today at the Ford Performance NMRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, he and his Mustang were ready to rock, though he was concerned that the rising density altitude may affect his car’s otherwise predicable performance. Russell, who relies on a Modular engine built by BES Racing and backed with a G-Force Racing Transmissions’ G5R clutchless five-speed — and who earned a runner-up finish at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab in May at World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois — has his sights set on going rounds this weekend, so that he can hold onto, or better yet, improve upon, his current third-place standing in points.

After hearing, and reading, about the SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race category, which NMRA debuted this year, Scott Hasty of Ohio decided to give it a whirl, and he’s glad he did. Hasty, whose 2011 Mustang hauls with a Coyote engine by RPG Racing Engines, a Whipple 3.8L supercharger and 6R80 transmission, is qualified in the eleventh spot, out of 16 cars, with a 9.10, and is preparing for the first round of eliminations tonight. When we asked Hasty how much street time his car sees, he smiled and proudly said “I drove it five miles yesterday.” Helping him this weekend is his wife, Keri Hasty.

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