Racers from around the country and Canada have flocked to World Wide Technology Raceway, just outside of St. Louis, for the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by HPJ Performance. It is the third stop on the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals tour as championship hopes begin to take shape as we near the mid-point of the season. Thursday is reserved for setup and testing as the NMRA/NMCA staff is hustling to get hundreds of racecars checked in and ready for action. On the line this year are Nitto Tire Diamond Tree rings that will be rewarded to each category champion. Here are highlights from testing..Tim Donathen has been teasing build pictures of his latest creation, a 1978 Ford Fairmont station wagon and it is officially entered in G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock. It is a theme they carried to the extreme, including a fuel cell that is hidden inside a 1970s style Coleman cooler! The first hit off the trailer netted them a totally cool wheelie and they forgot to remove the surfboard from the roof. Legendary NMRA driver Bob Cosby has been tasked with rowing the gears in the unique hot rod.
Dan Saitz makes his return to heads-up racing with his 1987 Mustang LX, which had been seeing thousands of street miles in Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week. The Hyperformance Motorsports shop car was converted over the winter to Edelbrock Renegade specs, complete with a Bennett Racing Engines that checks in at 400ci, wears a set of Trick Flow High Port heads, and is pumped up by a ProCharger F-1A-94 supercharger.
This is a cool treat for the racers and fans—Mark Kirkman brought his NHRA Comp Eliminator dragster to World Wide Technology Raceway to do some testing. The dragster sports an ex-Larry Morgan Ford Pro Stock engine. Unlike NHRA Pro Stock, this engine isn’t quite restricted, as Kirkman throws the shifts at 11,000 rpm!
Coyote Stock racer Andy Johnson recently underwent surgery to repair damage sustained during a qualifying event for the World’s Tough Man Competition in the over-the-hill category. He has yet to finish rehab and needed a driver for this weekend. The search led him across the border to Canada and he landed Chad Stephens to fill the seat, which required intense negotiations between the two governments. The car instantly went into the 9s—off-the-trailer—with a 9.92 at 134 mph blast.