Thursday Coverage—Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing Presented by HPJ Performance

The Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance gets underway today and kicks off four days of heads-up and index racing here at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. This event is the second of three events in 2020 where the NMRA and the NMCA drag racing series come together, but it is the only one of the three where the winners of each series face off at the end of the day on Sunday in the Super Bowl to determine which series takes home the Nitto Diamond Tree rings and the Super Bowl prize money.

Edelbrock Renegade/Xtreme Street racer Tim Knieriem went into the combined race in Commerce wanting to make some changes to the team’s SN95 Mustang. Like many other race teams, though,  they struggled with the track conditions and never had the time to make the changes. Now heading into the Super Bowl this weekend, Knieriem said the changes were made, and they were hoping to find out if they worked the way they had hoped during today’s now-cancelled test session. The team will get another test session on Friday, and hopefully the changes were in the right direction.

The newest addition to the Hellion B-Team is Frank Varela’s new VP Racing Madditives Street Outlaw coupe and it makes its debut this weekend here at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

JDM Engineering Limited Street racer Jason Davis lucked his way to the final round of competition in Georgia last month as his ailing S550 Mustang had a host of problems initiated by the flexible stainless steel exhaust coupler coming apart internally, getting sucked through the turbo and going into the engine. The Blow-By Racing entry got to work back in Florida and tore things down. A few bent valves got the engine back together, but the team also noticed that the Cobra Jet intake ports did not match up with the cylinder heads, so the team switched to a Holley intake, which unfortunately required a parts store hood scoop to cover the hole they had to make to fit it.

We caught up with Mike Ciborowski who was on detail duty this weekend with his son Kyle’s 2006 Mustang GT. He might also be making a test hit on the car tomorrow morning, as his son’s work obligations will keep him from getting to the track in the AM. Kyle, with help from his dad and brother Keith, swapped out the 3-valve/5R55S drivetrain and interior from this car with that of a 2011 Coyote-powered Mustang GT. Everything down to the wiring system made the swap and the car, now equipped with a supercharger and 6R80 transmission is capable of 9s, but the Lindenwood University student will have to dial it back for QA1 True Street competition this weekend.


While he competes in the NMCA’s all-motor category, Rich Nye and his stick-shifted, Fox-Body Mustang relate to the core of the NMRA. Nye’s engine builder, Gabby Labiosa of EIC Motorsports, told us that Nye and his Dart NA 10.5 presented by Diamond Pistons points-leading Fox-Body Mustang are ready to return to the Aerospace Components winner’s circle this weekend here at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Due to possible inclement weather, today’s test and tune was cancelled. Here is Friday’s schedule.

Due to possible inclement weather, today’s test and tune was cancelled. Here is Friday’s schedule.

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