SEMA eNews Vol. 20, No. 41, October 12, 2017

Racing News: 6th Annual Energy Suspension NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals Race Wrap

Compiled by SEMA Editors

The 2017 NMCA West championships will wrap up at the 6th Annual Mickey Thompson NMCA West Coast World Finals, October 13–15.

Race Wrap: 6th Annual Energy Suspension NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals

The 6th Annual Energy Suspension NMCA West Street Car Nationals on September 15–17 was the third of four races that make up the VP Racing Fuels NMCA West Drag Racing Series championship season.

ProCharger Outlaw Street: Michael Orban’s ’68 Camaro lost to Richard Morris and his ’66 Chevy Nova, 5.097 to 5.339.

Lucas Oil Ultra Street: Brian Greenberg’s 6.47 was good enough to beat Mike Silva’s 6.53 run for the trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.

ARP Outlaw 8.5: George Raygoza ran a 4.828 to defeat Tim Orello and his Camaro, which mustered a 6.160-second effort.

Lucas Oil NA 10.5: Ross Wilson charged to a holeshot victory with an 8.124 to over Joe Keurjikian’s 8.114—the difference being Wilson’s .078 light to Keurjikian’s .103.

Meziere Top Sportsman: The final round pitted the Trans Am of Joe Stannard against the Corvette of Doug Crumlich. The race was over at the start, though, as Crumlich went -.004 red and sent Stannard to the Winner’s Circle.

Champion Cooling Systems Pro Comp: Bob Harris was set to race Bruno Doyle in the final round of competition, but Doyle was unable to complete the run, thereby giving Harris the event win.

FSC Open Comp: Greg Dreher and his ’84 Mustang took on Monte LaFrenz and his ’84 Thunderbird. Dreher was .057 to LaFrenz’s .066 on the light, and used that and a 10.221 on a 10.21 to defeat LaFrenz and his 9.510 on a 9.51 dial-in.

TBT Racing Products Street Comp: The Nova of Mike Sayle took the win with his 10.883 on his 10.81 dial in over Nick Cuaresma, who was 11.110 on an 11.10.

Edelbrock Super Quick: David Butler’s ’74 Vega wagon went 10.618 on his 10.61 dial-in to defeat Bob Harris and his Pontiac Grand Am, who was 10.011 on a 9.90 bid.

Calvert Racing Quick Street: Randy Wilson’s ’72 Nova faced Marvin Roles’ ’72 Vega in the final, where Wilson ran 9.611 on a 9.61 dial-in to win over Roles’ 10.227 on a 10.20 dial-in.

Mustang Madness: John Wright faced Donnie Bowles in the final round of competition, where Wright picked up the win with a 10.420 on a 10.40 dial-in, while Bowles was further off with a 10.268 on a 10.22.

Classic Performance Products Nostalgia Street Car: Paul Geis in his red pickup truck was victorious over double NMCA West champion Mike Nordahl. Geis had the better light and was 11.037 on his 11.00 bid to win over Nordahl’s breakout run of 10.482 on a 10.50 index.

Gear Vendors True Street: Bill Olson averaged 9.352 seconds over three runs for the overall win. Dan Geis was runner up at 9.692 seconds. Michael Webb once again grabbed the 10-second win, improving his three-run average to a 10.372; and Gary Goodner was right behind him with an 11.425 to nab the 11-second. Nick Cuaresma grabbed the 12-second award with a 12.093 average, Tyson McPherson took the 13-second win in his Mustang, Melanie Green once again hoisted the 14-second plaque with a 14.005 effort, and Edward Narvaez pulled the 15-second prize with his Subaru Impreza.

Edelbrock Bracket Showdown: On Saturday, Will Mangrum took the Super Pro win, Rod McGregor grabbed the Pro award, and Brenda Cox grabbed the trophy in Sportsman. Sunday’s winners were James Warden in Super Pro, Trey Sommers Pro and CW Hoeffer in Sportsman.

Also contested at NMCA West events is the Hotchkis Auto X presented by Nitto Tire. The autocross is run by the Racing Byrds and features everything from American iron to sport compacts. Awards for the two-day competition were as follows:

The 2017 NMCA West championships will wrap up at the 6th Annual Mickey Thompson NMCA West Coast World Finals, October 13–15.

Baja Desert Racing Film “Dust 2 Glory” Set for VIP Screening at SEMA Show

In 2005, producer Dana Brown released his film Dust 2 Glory, lifting the veil of Baja desert racing and exposing the sport to a worldwide audience. After nearly 18 months of filming in the desert, Brown’s long-awaited film brings new stories to the screen. While the film will receive a nationwide premiere in cinemas December 6 via Fathom Events, credentialed attendees of the SEMA Show are invited for a VIP screening of the film presented by BFGoodrich Tires, Wednesday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m., at the SCORE Baja 1000 Experience in the Silver Lot. Champion Baja racers will join executives from BFGoodrich Tires and SCORE International for the initial world viewing of the film, which chronicled each of the four races that made up the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship and the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires claimed the overall win in four of the five highlighted races, which included the second and the third overall win for Rob MacCachren as part of his three consecutive SCORE Baja 1000 wins (2014–16). Dust 2 Glory was produced by BCII in association with SCORE International and Dana Brown Films. BCII’s Bud Brutsman is executive producer.

NMRA to Celebrate 20 Years in 2018

The National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA) has announced its official schedule for its 20th-anniversary series tour in 2018. The 2018 NMRA Ford Nationals series includes six events, starting with the 24th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout, presented by Steeda Autosports, held at Bradenton Motorsports Park, March 1–4, 2018. The season will conclude with the 20th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway, September 27–30, 2018. Top-10 and championship awards will be presented in Street Outlaw, Renegade, Coyote Modified, Limited Street, Coyote Stock, Factory Stock, Open Comp, Modular Muscle, Truck & Lightning, Super Stang, and Ford Muscle. Additionally, True Street will be a featured category at every event with its world-famous 30-mile cruise and three consecutive runs down the drag strip.

March 1–4
24th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout Presented by Steeda Autosports, Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, Florida

April 5–8
10th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia

May 3–6
18th Annual NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, Pennsylvania

June 7–10
15th Annual NMRA Ford Supernationals, National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio

July 26–29
13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois

September 27–30
20th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals, Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky

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