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Official Race Results From BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout
The start of the 2021 Holley NMRA Ford Nationals began with the 27th Annual BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, March 5-7.
VP Racing Madditives Street Outlaw: The turbocharged ’02 Mustang belonging to Steve Halprin met John Urist of Hellion Turbo in the finals, as Urist cruised to the win on a 4.261 at 171.97 mph with his turbocharged S550 Mustang.
Edelbrock Renegade: Bill Gregan and his ProCharged Fox Mustang met Charles Bartholme and his ’90 Mustang in the finals, where Bartholme captured the win with a 4.557 at 154.21mph time slip.
JDM Engineering Limited Street: Samantha Moore and her supercharged ’14 Mustang California Special took down Kent Nine with a 8.194 at 162.68 mph.
G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock: Nathan Stymiest in his ’92 Mustang defeated Frank Paultanis and his ’04 Mustang in the finals, 9.706 at 138.78 mph to 9.869 at 136.98 mph.
Richmond Gear Factory Stock: Mike Bowen and his ’71 Maverick advanced to the finals, meeting Justin Fogelsonger and his ’88 Mustang. Fogelsonger was the first to leave the start, and maintained the advantage through to the finish line where his 10.153 at 131.48 mph cemented him as the overall winner for the weekend.
Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle: Jason Steamer and Jason Henson met in the finals, where Steamer’s ’08 Mustang GT went up against Henson’s ’03 Mach 1. When the men crossed the stripe together, it was Steamer who was the winner.
Fastest Street Car Super Stang: Chris Parisi and his ’20 Mustang defeated Lloyd Mikeska in the finals when he ran 12.089 on his 11.95 dial to Mikeska’s opposing 12.167 on his 11.97 dial-in.
ARP Open Comp: Woody Pack and his ’66 Mustang defeated Steve Cannizzo and his ’67 Mustang in the finals.
Detroit Locker Truck & Lightning: In the finals, Mike Roup and his ’70 Ranchero bested Fred Wade and his ’04 Lightning when he went 11.362 at 118.72 mph and captured the win.
RacePagesDigital.com Ford Muscle: Alan Hill and his ’87 Mustang met Bill Lee Jr. and his ’79 Fairmont in the finals, where Hill was defaulted the win, although he ran under his 11.00 dial-in with a 10.945 at 122.05 mph pass.
QA1 True Street: Donato Sierchio was determined to be the quickest of all as his ’86 Mustang ran the 1,320 in an average time of 8.305 seconds. Larry Albright took second place honors with his ’91 Mustang and an 8.409-second average, while Don Walsh and his ’20 GT500 took the win in the 9-second category. The quickest of the 10-second cars was Scott Boda’s ’18 Mustang, Cary Shotwell and his ’17 Mustang were winners in the 11-second section, while Maci Belcher and her ’16 Mustang were victorious in the 12-second group. Additional winners included Ray Eugenio in the 13-second bunch, Rick Doern in the 14-second segment, and Stephen Priske in the 15-second section.
ACE Racing Spring Break Shootout: Donato Sierchio and his ’86 Mustang met Larry Albright and his ’91 Mustang. Both men were well into the 7-second zone, but Sierchio’s 7.367-second hit was no match for Albright’s 7.534-second run.
TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout: The overall heads-up eliminator was won by David Leshay, piloting his classic ’63 Galaxie to an 11.974 at 115.36 mph win over Tyler Thornburg and his ’88 Mustang.
Mickey Thompson Street Car Challenge presented by Whipple Superchargers: Donato Sierchio’s ’86 Mustang proved unbeatable once again all throughout eliminations, as he clinched his third victory of the weekend on a 7.403 at 189.42mph final run while Randy Thomas, who had qualified second with his ’10 Shelby, took home the runner-up honors with his 8.379 at 167.95 mph hit.
Watson Racing Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Ford Performance: Steve Trombley and his ’13 Cobra Jet earned the top position in qualifying, and Trombley trumped the competition all through eliminations. For the last run of the weekend, Tony Jarvis, who had qualified second, pulled into the beams alongside him. Both men had 8-second dial-ins, but Trombley crossed the traps with more accuracy and earned the overall honors.
The Bracket Open: Jerry Norton took on J.C. Cole for all the marbles in an unusual final. Cole red-lit with a -0.009-second reaction time, and when Norton tried to leave the line he faced mechanical trouble. Although Norton wasn’t able to complete a pass, he still broke the beams to make his unconventional win official.
Racing resumes April 9–11, at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, with the 13th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals.
Krista Baldwin to Make Top Fuel Dragster Debut at the NHRA Gator Nationals
Krista Baldwin will make her first professional start in the NHRA Camping World series in a Top Fuel Dragster at the Gator Nationals. She will pilot her grandfather’s NHRA legend Chris “the Greek” Karamesines, Don Schumacher Racing canopy dragster backed by McLeod Racing, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Composite Specialties and Eat Sleep Race. As the newest NHRA Top Fuel pilot, Baldwin is the only third-generation Top Fuel driver in the class. Baldwin began racing at 18 years old in a front-engine dragster in the Nostalgia Eliminator 1 class. In 2015 she upgraded her license to a nitro injected A/Fuel dragster. For the last five years, Baldwin has campaigned her McLeod Racing dragster in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing series with Anthony Dicero. This year she will drive for her grandfather, Karamesines, under the black-and-gold canopy dragster. Baldwin draws inspiration from her late father Bobby Baldwin, who raced Top Fuel from the late ’80s to ’01. To honor her father, Baldwin has attained his old Top Fuel competition number, T/F 725. The Karamesines/Baldwin entry will be tuned by long-time family friends Bobby and Dom Lagana. Catch the excitement this weekend on Fox Sports 1 and Fox.
IHRA Announces 2021 Sportsman Spectacular Schedule
The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has announced the 2021 schedule for the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering. The Sportsman Spectacular series will feature an expanded 15-race schedule with new venues this season. Top (Box), Mod (No Box/Footbrake), and Junior Dragster competitors who are members of IHRA will have the opportunity to compete for the IHRA Ironman at each event, as well as the oversized championship checks. IHRA members will also be running for the limited-edition Sportsman Spectacular commemorative medals and round prizes from IHRA sponsors Sunoco Race Fuels, Moser Engineering, and Summit Racing Equipment, in addition to their winnings. The IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering will kick off March 20, at Edinburg Motorsports Park, Edinburg, Texas.
2021 IHRA Sportsman Spectacular Schedule presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering:
- March 22: Edinburg Motorsports Park, Edinburg, Texas
- March 27-28: Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, North Carolina
- June 12-13: Onawa Dragway, Onawa, Iowa
- June 19-20: Empire Dragway, Leicester, New York
- June 26-27: Mo-Kan Dragway, Asbury, Missouri
- July 10: Music City Raceway, Goodlettsville, Tennessee
- July 31-August 1: Beacon Dragway, Paducah, Kentucky
- July 31-August 2: Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada
- August 20-22, Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, Maryland
Additional dates will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks.
Classic Instruments Sponsors the Great Lakes Stock SS Association Series for 2021
Classic Instruments is the official series sponsor for the Great Lakes Stock SS Association Series (GLSSA) for the fourth consecutive year. The GLSSA’s 2021 race schedule is as follows:
- May 1: Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Stanton, Michigan
- May 2: Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Stanton, Michigan
- May 15: US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, Michigan
- June 12: Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Stanton, Michigan
- June 13: Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Stanton, Michigan
- September 19: Milan Dragway, Milan, Michigan
Revchem Composites Extends Partnership With Kalitta Motorsports
Revchem Composites is extending its relationship with Kalitta Motorsports into the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season starting at the 52nd annual NHRA Gatornationals. The multi-time world championship drag-racing team will once again work with Revchem Composites throughout the course of the season on technical opportunities as well as strategic partnerships with their many corporate partners. Additionally, Revchem will be featured on all three Kalitta Motorsports race cars in 2021. Last season, Kalitta Motorsports used a variety of products distributed by Revchem Composites in its Michigan-based shop, and Revchem was branded on Doug Kalitta’s Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster’s rear wing throughout the season. This season the company will have a presence on Kalitta’s dragster as well as the DHL/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster driven by Shawn Langdon and J.R. Todd’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Revchem Composites will also participate in the business-to-business pit-side hospitality program Kalitta Motorsports hosts at each NHRA national event.
IMSA Shifts Dates For 2021 Michelin GT Challenge, Motul Petit Le Mans
IMSA has announced date changes for the Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta following the recent announcement that the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been moved from June 12–13 to August 21–22. The new Le Mans date falls on the originally scheduled IMSA weekend at VIR, slated to have a live, NBC network television window for the two-hour, 40-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race featuring the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes. As a result, the WeatherTech Championship race will now be run Saturday, October 9, airing live on NBC. It also will become the WeatherTech Sprint Cup season finale for the GTD class. The new VIR event weekend will be October 8–10.
The new date for the 24th Motul Petit Le Mans will be Saturday, November 13, and will include a live, three-hour NBC network television window. The race will include five WeatherTech Championship classes–Daytona Prototype international (DPi), LMP2, LMP3, GTLM, and GTD–and close both the 2021 WeatherTech Championship and IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup seasons. The event weekend will run from November 10-13. In addition to the WeatherTech Championship events, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge races scheduled for VIR and Michelin Raceway will also move to the new event weekends. Three IMSA-sanctioned single-make series–Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, and Porsche Carrera Cup North America–also will be affected by these changes. Officials will provide updates at a later date. For more information, visit www.imsa.com.
Knights of Thunder 360 Sprints to Debut in Canada
A new, touring 360 sprint car series is set to debut in Eastern Canada this season. Dubbed the Knights of Thunder (KoT) 360 Sprint Car Series, the new competition will feature 27 races across seven tracks on the 2021 calendar, with several live streaming broadcasts planned on GForceTV. Competitors will take part in 19 full-points events, set to take place at five Ontario, Canadian-based venues, including six at Brighton Speedway, five at Humberstone Speedway, four at Merrittville Speedway, two at Ohsweken Speedway, and two at the remodeled and renamed Southern Ontario Motor Speedway (formerly South Buxton Raceway).
Show-up points will be awarded in four additional events at Ohsweken—two surrounding the NASCAR Pinty's 100 in August and two on the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals weekend in September. The schedule is rounded out with co-sanctioned non-points events with the Empire Super Sprints and Patriot Sprint Tour at Brockville Ontario Speedway and Cornwall Motor Speedway. The season kicks off on April 17 at Merritville’s Spring Sizzler, and concludes at Southern Ontario Motor Speedway on October 9. For more information, visit www.knightsofthunder.com.
IMS Hall Of Fame Adds Michael Schumacher, Paul Page
Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher and longtime Indianapolis 500 broadcaster Paul Page comprise the 2021 class of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Hall of Fame. They were elected to the IMS Hall of Fame by the distinguished voting panel of 150 motorsports journalists, officials and living Hall of Fame members, chosen from a total of 14 nominees representing the Speedway’s diverse history as host to the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and, from 2000–2007, F1’s United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis. The pair will be honored and officially inducted at the 2021 IMS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Dinner presented by Firestone, Thursday, May 27, at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 induction ceremony, the 2020 IMS Hall of Fame inductees—legendary drivers Janet Guthrie and Dale Earnhardt—will be honored at the 2021 event. For more information, visit indyracingmuseum.org.
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