Engines have been fired for today’s running of the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, and cars are already crushing it on the well-prepped track. While there was no testing yesterday because of rain, drivers who are currently making hits appear to be ready to go rounds in all-out attempt to get to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle and represent Team NMCA or Team NMRA in the runoff for the coveted and cleverly-designed Nitto Diamond Tree Rings.
It’s been a few years since Orson Johnson entered an NMRA race, but he’s back and competing in VP Racing Madditives Street Outlaw. Johnson bought this 1999 Cobra new off the showroom floor and has been racing the low-mileage snake ever since. He competed early in the BFGoodrich Drag Radial class with the original Modular engine, but has since switched to a 400ci small-block Ford and Precision turbo, backed by an M&M Transmission Turbo 400. Johnson’s Mustang has been as quick as 4.30 to the eighth-mile in X275 competition.
NMRA Street Outlaw racer Tony Hobson debuted his new Fox-Body coupe in Commerce in June, and he’s already showed that his ProCharged machine is a contender after qualifying second and taking home a runner-up finish for the weekend. Basic maintenance was on order for today, and the HPJ Performance technician will be ready to put the boost to his DiSomma Racing Engines small-block Ford.
Portland, Indiana’s Chad Wendell (At left) currently sits in third place in points for JDM Engineering Limited Street and he and Todd Dennis (At right) were referencing the spark plugs to better calculate the Holley EFI tuneup on his Rich Grow Racing Engines Coyote bullet. Wendell’s S197 Mustang is one of a few in the class that still retain most of their OE components and street manners, with some even still being registered and insured for street use.