- Monday 17 June, 2013
The 10th Annual McLeod Racing NMRA Ford Nationals marked the fourth stop on the NMRA’s 15th anniversary tour, and the first visit to the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The event was jam-packed with the usual NMRA program, along with the Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords All-Female Shootout presented by Royal Purple, the Granatelli Motor Sports 2011-2014 5.0-Liter Shootout, and the McLeod Racing Killer Clutch Shootout. Couple that with the fact that there were 110 cars in Tremec True Street and you can get an idea of how action-packed this event was.
In AFCO Street Outlaw action, the top qualifying spot was owned by Phil Hines who ran 7.30s like a bracket car, with only the thousandth digit change all through qualifying. Jason Lee worked his way through the tough field in his first outing with his new Vortech XB105 supercharger to meet Hines in the final round. In a close race, Lee got a holeshot, but his 7.40 wasn’t able to stop Hines’ 7.35-second charge to the win.
Edelbrock Renegade saw a new face at the top of the 12-car field – that of Adam Arndt. Arndt carded an 8.36 with a borrowed motor and backup trans, which put him almost ahead of the nearest competitor. The field was pared down to just defending-champ Brian Mitchell and nitrous racer Scott Grove. Grove was hurt eased down track while Mitchell clicked it off early and coasted to the win.
Shane Stymiest continued his top qualifier streak in Strange Engineering Coyote Stock, running a 10.605-second best qualifying effort, putting him only .04-second ahead of the number two qualifier, Joe Charles. Stymiest’s elapsed times continued to lead the way in eliminations, putting him through to the final where he met Joe Marini. As the tree dropped, Stymiest jumped out front and continued to pull on Marini, lighting up the scoreboards with a 10.75 to Marini’s 10.89 for his third win in a row.
Matt Amrine lead the Nitto Tire Factory Stock qualifying charge with a 10.749 at 124.76 miles per hour, which put him a quarter-second ahead of the next nearest competitor, going into eliminations. Amrine did indeed make it to the final where he met Matt Williams. Amrine led the whole way, but slowed on the top end, still taking the win light, 10.94 to Williams’ 11.33.
In Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle, Rob Hartness cut a perfect light to sit atop the field. However, in the final round, it was an all-New Edge affair, as Reggie Burnette, Jr. and Gary Parker faced off. With almost identical indexes, Parker left first and lit the red bulb, handing the win to Burnette; his first of the season.
Flex-A-Lite Open Comp saw Jeremy Massat take the top spot in his 1985 Mustang during qualifying with a .003 reaction time. In the final round it was the classic of Woody Pack against the Fox body of Jim Johnson, Jr. Unfortunately, Pack went red, handing the win to Johnson.
Also with a .003 second reaction time to take the top qualifier spot was Fred Wade in Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning. However, in eliminations, former champon Steve Martin worked through one side of the ladder while Robert Chuhuran sliced through the other to meet in the final. In a close race, Steve Martin turned on the win light with a 10.57 on his 10.50 index.
Larry Firestone led the ROUSH Super Stang field after the first round of qualifying with an.027 reaction time. The final round came down to Firestone and Diallo Walcott. Walcott lurched and stopped as the lights came down while Firestone cruised to an easy 12.19 on an 11.81 for the win.
The Granatelli Motor Sports 2011-2014 5.0-Liter Shootout saw Nelson Whitlock not only take the top qualifier spot with an 8.492-second qualifying effort, but he also reset the record for quickest 5.0 car in the nation. It was no surprise that Whitlock found himself in the final round against the number two qualifier, Chris Cruz. Whitlock unleased an 8.51 to Cruz’s 8.86 for the win and title of quickest 5.0-liter car in the country.
In Tremec True Street, Mike Jovanis took the win with an 8.778-second three-pass average in his turbocharged ’89 Mustang, while Donna Million took the top spot in the All-Female portion of True Street, with a 9.195-second three-pass average. The quickest stick car in True Street was Brian Krackowski with a 10.717-second average.
The Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords All-Female Shootout was seeded on Sunday with the eight quickest women from Saturday’s True Street competition, putting Donna Million, driving Randy Seward’s famous coupe, at the top of the ladder. In eliminations, the ladder dwindled down to Million and the number-two qualifier Tracy Keller. From the tree drop, it was all Million as she streaked to an 8.89 elapsed time and the win.
The McLeod Racing Killer Clutch competition pitted the two top manual transmission racers from True Street against each other on Sunday, in a heads-up shootout. Drian Krakowski handily defeated his opponent, Mike Mergdith, with a 10.75 at 131 miles per hour.
In the Aeromotive Bracket Showdown, Josh Reitschg won in Fast Ford, Gary Sterley won in Quick Ford, Mark Colombini won in Street Ford, and Gary Johnson won in Nostalgia Ford.