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Sunday Coverage | Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming

Posted By: Steve Turner and Mary Lendzion
The energy enveloping the Saturday, June 8 presentation of the Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming presented by Anderson Composites & Saturday TransTec Thrill Festival at Summit Motorsports Park was palpable and powerful.
Fans flocked to experience outstanding on-track action as well as Jet Cars, BIGFOOT Monster Truck Car Crushes, FMX Stunt Shows, the NMRA Fan Experience with giveaways, the UPR Car Show and more, and there were smiles for miles.
Also holding court were Circle D Specialties True Street, Tremec All-Female True Street, BMR Suspension S650 Mustang Stampede, Paul’s High Performance Godzilla Invasion presented by Willis Performance, Tremec Stick Shift Shootout and Mickey Thompson King of the Street.
Today, June 9, drag racing will have undivided attention as competitors climb into their cars, focus on the finish line and work to get to the winner’s circle. With only two races left on this year's Holley NMRA Ford Nationals tour, the chase to the championships is on, and we hope you will stay with us through the celebrations.



Here is how things go down today at the Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming Presented by Anderson Composites. For more schedule information, click HERE.

Samantha Moore may have faltered in the first round of VP Racing Lubricants Renegade, but she still smiled after clicking off a 4.83 at 148.99 mph after installing a fresh engine in her car just 24 hours before that run. After having her trailer totaled by a tractor-trailer on the way home from the Race For The Rings, Moore had to replace her rig and engine, which was damaged at World Wide Technology Raceway. The team and Holbrook Racing went above and beyond to build a fresh engine, which she received this past Thursday. She had it installed just in time to make it to the Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming Presented by Anderson Composites. She was pleased that with just a bit of tuning, she made a clean pass in the final round of qualifying and made it into eliminations. Giving up was never an option for more. “I don’t quit,” she said.
There is an impressive Manufacturer’s Midway at the Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming Presented by Anderson Composites, and among the displays is Cruise For A Cause. Founded by Dan Neve back in 2010 after his mother and wife were both diagnosed with breast cancer, this non-profit raffles off unique cars to raise money for cancer treatment research. To date, CFAC raised more than $1.2 million. This year the raffle Mustang is a one-off 2024 Mustang Dark Horse customized with gear from Anderson Composites and others, and tickets are for sale at his display and online.
VP Racing Lubricants Renegade racer Joel Greathouse entered this weekend’s Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming Presented by Anderson Composites action after winning the Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Edelbrock Xtreme Street class last week in Bowling Green. His car ran well in qualifying with consistent 4.55-second passes, but he struggled with traction on his first-round bye run. He tried to collect some good data on Saturday to prepare for today’s Holley NMRA Ford Nationals eliminations.
Randy Soper is back in action in Vengeance Clutch Coyote Stock at the Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming Presented by Anderson Composites. He cut a .000 light in qualifying and says the clutch and suspension are dialed in for consistent runs. However, Soper is chasing a gremlin that has the car down on power. After this weekend, Soper plans to run his Coyote Stocker on the Hot Rod Drag Week, which should be quite an adventure.
After being away from the racers for a while, Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle Matt Harget returned to the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals fold this weekend at the Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming Presented by Anderson Composites. He says the car is running well and putting down consistent passes. He qualified in the sixth spot with a .044 reaction time and coasted to a win in the first round after his opponent broke. He powered to the win today in Holley  NMRA Ford Nationals action.

Elaine Larsen, who pilots the Florida Institute of Technology Jet Dragster, and Josette Roach, who pilots the House of Kolor Jet Dragster, visited the Akron Children's Hospital on their way to perform at the Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming presented by Anderson Composites & Saturday TransTec Thrill Festival at Summit Motorsports Park. The visit to the hospital was incredibly special for Elaine and Josette, who wanted to spread some cheer to the children in the hospital’s care, and to let them see Josette’s jet dragster up-close and to sit in it if they wanted to. When Elaine and Josette arrived to the track, they invited some of the families from the hospital to come to the event to spend time in their pit area, to see them race and to receive some gifts, including copies of the children’s book Elaine and Josette wrote, “Piper’s Pals — The Big Race,” T-shirts, wagons with designs painted by hand by students of Auburn Career Center and Ohio Technical College and more. Among those families was the beautiful Russelle family of Canton, Ohio. Parents Erik and Katelynn brought their children Lei’ayre, Trevy, Aspyn, Eero and Epik, and Epik is being treated for CCHS, or Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome. This was the family’s first time at the track and seeing a performance by Larsen Motorsports, and we were happy to have them with us. “This was a special experience for Larsen Motorsports and our nonprofit, Blazing Trails,” said Elaine. “Visiting the children at the Akron Children’s Hospital and having them at the racetrack meant so much to me, Josette and our team.” (See more photos for this story on NMRA Facebook)

It’s been more than a year since Autumn Schwalbe was involved in a devastating accident in Rockingham that destroyed her Suncoast Performance 8.60 Street Race Mustang, but the good news is that a replacement car is currently under construction and should hit the track later this year. She fulfilled her need for speed by racing in the TREMEC All-Female True Street class at the Mickey Thompson NMRA Ford Homecoming presented by Anderson Composites behind the wheel of Super Stang champion Kevin McKenna’s 2014 Mustang GT, and McKenna once again offered his car for this year’s True Street event. Schwalbe and co-pilot Miranda Prieur completed the 30-mile street cruise Schwalbe was able to finish the job with an 11.13 on her final run, producing a winning 11.09-second average.

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