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Saturday Coverage—2022 NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab

Posted By: Steve Baur
The 2022 NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuelab begins Saturday with a short test and tune session followed by additional qualifying runs, as well as True Street, and HEMI Shootout competition. If the schedule permits, we will be running the first round of eliminations this evening for index classes over 17 cars, as well as Xtreme Renegade and Coyote Stock. Check the run schedule below and be sure to check back here throughout the day for continuous event updates from the pits and on track.

Ronnie Moss has been competing in the NMRA since 2002, mostly driving his 1963 Mercury Marauder in Open Comp competition. This weekend, he’s debuting a new race car, this 1962 Mercury Comet that he picked up out of a junkyard. Moss decided to keep the patina, and it has been continually updated as the work has progressed on the car. “It sat behind a barn for 18 years after I bought it, and one day I was out bushhogging and decided I needed to finish it.” The Comet is powered by a 598ci, CNC Motorsports-built, big-block Ford that wears SVO A460 cylinder heads and a Littlefield 14-71 supercharger. Mechanical injection provides the M1 methanol fuel, and Moss is thinking the car will be too fast for ARP Open Comp once he makes some full hits on the car.

Jason and Leigh Ann Wagoner of Georgetown, Indiana, are here with this 1991 Mustang that they purchased from Phillip King. Jason has a GT500 that he’s been racing, but wanted something a little lighter and less valuable than the Shelby to race with. The Fox body is packing a London Chassis Dyno-built Coyote with a VMP supercharger that makes 915 to the tire, and Jason is hoping to collect the 9.00-second win in TorqStorm Superchargers True Street today.

It’s a family affair in VP Racing Madditives Renegade racer Alton Clements camp. “We outsource the engine’s machine work,” Alton says, “but dad puts it all together.” Behind the formidable small block is a Keith Neal Turbo 400, and for this race he is trying a new converter. At the Rockingham race a couple weeks that converter was too loose, and the new one in the car is just a tad too tight, but Clements says the converter is laying nice with the car’s tune, which he handles via a Fueltech FT600 engine management system. “With the air here this weekend, it’s a battle,” Clements says, but he went on to say everyone has to deal with it, so it’s still a level playing field. Since making the switch to alcohol he has enjoyed not chasing bags of ice, but there is added maintenance between races cleaning injectors and lines. So far, here at the Superbowl, after 2 qualifying rounds, Clements sits 5th with a 4.73. “We’ll be looking for 4.60s today,” he says.

Richmond Gear Factory Stock racer Mike Bowen’s Maverick ran when he parked it in the trailer for the ride to World Wide Technology Raceway, and good for him it ran when he went to get it out of the trailer. He didn’t touch the car between Rockingham and this weekend, but so far, so good. The heat has been a struggle for everyone, but Bowen says the track has been good, so he’s happy.   
VP Racing Madditives Renegade racer Becki Cram has become more comfortable at the wheel of her 2010 Mustang. That comfort level has helped make her a competitor no one wants to see in the other lane. Tuner and husband Joe Cram added they have changed their approach to tuning the car, as well, with more emphasis on getting down the track, making solid passes in the process. So far, after 2 qualifying rounds, Becki sits in the 4th spot with a 4.72.

Richmond Gear Factory Stock racer Chris Niebauer lamented the price of fuel to get to World Wide Technology Raceway for the 17TH Annual NMRA/NMCA SuperBowl of Street Legal Drag Racing. Niebauer did a gear swap when he arrived at the track, but his definition of a gear swap is to go from a 28-inch tall tire to a 26-inch tall tire. It’s hard to argue against that logic, because in a roundabout way it does have an effect on rear gearing. Niebauer added a new pair of Mickey Thompson Pro Bracket Radials for the event so we’ll see how he does with the gear change. For his 3rd qualifying hit, he ran a 10.30 at 129 mph, so we would say he's doing pretty well. 
When it’s hot outside, most people choose a cold beverage to provide a little relief and to stay hydrated. That’s the most common way to battle the heat. Well, the World Wide Technology Raceway starting line staff may have the best idea we’ve yet to see. Donuts!!! Yes, Krispy Kreme donuts. Why have we not thought of this before?!?!

NMRA Street Outlaw champion Phil Hines is back racing with the NMRA in the X275 category. Hines’ Mustang was down for 10 months while he had Rogue Race Cars cut the old front end off and weld a new one on. During that time, the Ohio-based racer also switched over to FuelTech EFI with help from Craig Pachar on the tuning side. Underneath the hood is a new BES Racing Engines 445ci bullet and ProCharger’s F3X-12R supercharger. 

The UPR Products Show & Shine brought out some fine-looking machines today and, of course, the action continues tomorrow as well. Perhaps the best part is that the grandstands are located right behind the car show area for easy access.

Terry Ryan of Cascade Locks, Oregon, has been playing in X275 in the eastern half of the country for the past several years. His 1989 Mustang packs a Bennett Racing 400U small-block Ford engine and is fed pressurized air via a Precision Turbo 80mm turbocharger. Josh Lyndsey handles the tuning on the FuelTech EFI and Steve Klug handles the maintenance for the Mustang. “Track Momma” Deborah Fletcher takes care of the travel plans and organization for the team, which has claimed recent wins at the 2021 Shakedown, Lights Out, and Magic 8. Mutual friend Cal Hartline connected Ryan with Pro 275/LDR Racer Frank Mewshaw who performs the driving duties, and Mewshaw told us their car excels in tricky hot tracks. The team qualified third and will face Terry Smith on Sunday in the first round of eliminations.

Mickey Thompson X275 racer Eric Moore and his crew, like everyone else here at the SuperBowl, have battled the heat and the track surface since unloading. With a Disomma Racing Engines 430-inch small block featuring Edelbrock Glidden Victor heads taking boost from a Precision 88mm single turbo, and with Joe Oplawski from Hyperaktive Performance Solutions handling the tune via a Fueltech FT600, the team saved their best pass for the last round of qualifying with a 4.34 at 171 mph to land in the 2nd spot going into eliminations. Behind the hot small block is a Proformance Transmissions 2-speed 400, while the chassis was constructed by Josh Lindsey. Moore and the crew zero in on what the chassis and suspension wants using Menscer shocks.    

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