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Sunday Coverage—2022 22nd Annual NMRA Ford Performance Nationals

Posted By: Ainsley Jacobs & Mary Lendzion
Here is the official Sunday schedule for the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals. Racers, we will have a short day but please be prepared for a tight turnaround as we are trying hard to beat the incoming weather!


Although he’s new to NMRA VP Racing Madditives Renegade, Chad Wendel has been racing with the NMRA for many years in other categories. This weekend, his “barn find” seafoam green 1986 Ford Mustang is enjoying its second shot at life after only recently being wired and finished by Keith Ciborowski. Under the notchback’s hood, a Gen 1 Coyote engine from Rich Groh Racing is amped up by a ProCharger supercharger and transfers power out through a three-speed Turbo 400 from RPM Transmission with a PTC torque converter. Considering it’s a new car and combination, Wendel made great progress shaking down the car with Ciborowski on-site to work the tune up. In qualifying, he had a quickest run of 4.981 at 144.67 mph but was slow at the start of his first round eliminations run and cruised leisurely through the traps to give up the win to Becki Cram

Gary Windsor is piloting Michael Washington’s 1990 Ford Mustang in NMRA Richmond Gear Factory stock this weekend, and the Fox body is sporting a new Rich Groh Racing-built Coyote engine along with a G-Force G101A stick shift transmission and Team Z rear suspension. Ryan Hecox has been instrumental in not only getting the car built and assembled, but also with assisting the suspension setup and adjusting the shock angles. This weekend, Windsor admits that the “check driver light” has been illuminated he only got to make two test hits with the manual prior to the water pump going out. Fortunately, his wife, Jessica, made a two-hour trip to Jegs to pick up a replacement and Windsor was able to run in qualifying to get on the ladder with an 11.390 at 126.91 mph and plenty of room for improvement. Windsor did exactly that in round one of eliminations on Saturday when he went 11.240 at 127.88 mph, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

Fred Cook and the Evolution Performance team are proudly displaying their latest flagship creation on the vendor midway this weekend, a gorgeous green Shelby GT500 equipped with their new supercharged Vx1400S upgrade package. Tailor-made to meet specific power and performance goals while also offering lots of customization options, Evolution Performance’s Vx packages allow 2020+ GT500 owners to easily obtain up to 2,000-horsepower while still utilizing Ford’s dual clutch transmission. Also in the booth is the shop’s 1,600HP 2020 Shelby GT500 “Villain” which reset the Ford DCT transmission quarter-mile elapsed time record with an incredible 8.45-second at 167 mph pass.

Young gun Logan Day cracked the intake manifold of his 2021 Ford Mustang and wasn’t sure if he would be able to continue running in NMRA HP Tuners Super Stang. A quick trip to the store, though, meant his father Terry (pictured) came back to the pit well-armed with plenty of epoxy to match it up. The fix held and Day, who had qualified eighth in the group, was able to make the start of eliminations but ran too quick on his 11.05 goal with a 10.935 at 131.18 mph blast went out to veteran Marvin Knack.

After being stuck in Canada for what felt like an eternity, NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions longtime supporter Chad Stephens (left) and his “Dirty Bird” 1987 Ford Thunderbird were back at it this weekend in totally new, untested territory. Different gear ratios, suspension setup, tires, and more all culminated in Chad just wanting to have some fun with his family – especially his father, Greg (right). He qualified eleventh with a 9.920 at 136.80 mph trip and took down Frank Paultanis in round one of eliminations on Saturday afternoon, but Nathan Stymiest returned the favor in round two. Meanwhile, Chad’s brother, Damien (front) was racing his 1989 Mustang in NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock with some new updates as well and Damien sat fifth after qualifying had been finalized on a 10.391 at 126.96 mph rip before experiencing the same first-round-win, second-round-loss fate as his brother.

NMRA racers Bryan Parker and Bob Cochran have been good friends for a long time, and when Parker recently lost his mother and wife to cancer, Cochran supported him. Sadly, Cochran is now fighting his own cancer, and when he asked Parker if he wanted to climb into his truck to test his new 572 cubic-inch Jon Kaase engine, and to compete in Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning competition this weekend, Parker was honored. With a 10.53 dial, he won three rounds of eliminations and is preparing to face Greg Collins in the final round of eliminations, with a fuel pump he borrored from Junior McKenzie last night. “This is the first time I have raced a truck and the first time I have raced with a transbrake, so there’s a learning curve, but it means a lot to me to race in memory of my mom and wife, and in honor of my friend, Bob Cochran,” said Parker. 

Tim Flanders is preparing to face Dan Ryntz in the final round of eliminations in SunCoast Performance 8.60 Street Race, and he is ready. Flanders, out of the MAF Racing and Performance Tool camp in Battle Creek, Michigan, shared that his 1986 Mustang with a Coyote engine and single turbo by Forced Inductions has been running quite well, with help from fellow racer Charlie Booze Jr., among others “I made ten passes yesterday and haven’t had to make a ton of changes, so I’m happy about that,” said Flanders.

Chris Hammon was having a blast belting in for two different categories at the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park. His Mustang powered by a supercharged Coyote engine was prepared for Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle as well as Bracket Mayhem’s Bracket 2, and while he arrived at a semifinal finish in Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle in his high 9-second Mustang, he exited eliminations in the first round of Bracket Mayhem’s Bracket 2. Hammon, who was holding onto seventh-place in Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle points prior to this event, will give it everything he has to move up a couple notches at the next event.

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