Last night’s elimination rounds ran under the lights here at Route 66 Raceway, and we saw everything from new records to underdog victories. Today is shaping up nicely already – the sun is shining and the forecast looks great. Eliminations will continue first thing, and then we’ll move in to the highly-anticipated Super Bowl portion of the event where Team NMRA and Team NMCA will battle head-to-head in hopes of securing a coveted Nitto Tire Diamond Tree championship ring.
Hellion Turbo mastermind Dwayne James and Edelbrock Renegade heavy hitter Frank Varela are busy prepping the flying beer can also known as Varela’s Work-turbocharged ’89 Mustang GT for the next round of eliminations. After trouble at the last two races meant Varela had to foot brake at the line, the crew took the car to Chris Groves at The Dyno Edge. With Graves’ help, along with the Bruder brothers, Mark Luton, and Manny Buginga, Varela and James were able to figure out the electrical gremlins that were causing the issues and rewired the car. The effort helped, and last night, during the first hit, “B-Team” crew man Brian Warcup predicted a new record would be set. Varela didn’t disappoint – his 7.396 at 180.52 mph pass was only one-thousandth quicker than Aaron Bates’ previous record, but it allowed Varela to grab some valuable points towards the championship and that’s what matters most at the moment.
It was game over for Jacky McCarty last night in VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw. The proprietor of McCarty Performance went for a wild ride during the first round of eliminations. Shortly after the hit, his turbocharged ’91 Mustang headed towards the center line. Not wanting to disqualify himself, McCarty tried to steer it back into the groove but the car didn’t cooperate. His next plan was to romp on the throttle a couple times to get the car to kick back to the left. He intended to purposely put it into the wall and ride the wall all the way to the finish in hopes of winning. Unfortunately, the cowboy’s crazy plan never came to fruition as the crank suddenly exited through the bottom of his 390 ci Ford small block and put an end to his weekend.
Cal Hayward absolutely killed it in Saturday’s True Street competition and set obliterated the current elapsed time record. His three passes, 7.473, 7.620, and 7.374 averaged 7.489 seconds to take the overall win for the class as well. With a ProEFI system tuned by Errol McCollum, the ’91 Fox body Mustang runs twin Bullseye Power turbochargers on its Baker Engineering-built 427 ci small block Ford with a Rossler two-speed 400 transmission. Amazingly, the engine has been in the car for over three years and was only just freshened up by Baker a month ago. Tim Lyons was responsible for the original build of the car and has massaged the suspension to keep the car planted while Race Part Solutions has supplied many of the other key components over the years. Hayward is supported this weekend by his girlfriend, Britnee, and his 8-year-old daughter, Chelsea.
Elimination results can be found >>>HERE<<<