It's been a few years since the National Muscle Car Association has been able to finish a race at Beech Bend Raceway Park without mother nature interfering, so when rain clouds only visited a couple of times, there was a lot of relief which left the rest of 10th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals prepared for one killer drag race. Also, the popular Dave Duell Classic was being held in Bowling Green, and featuring over 50 of the coolest nostalgic muscle cars in the country battling it out for a pile of cash and prizes. Through the recent combination of the NMCA Flowmaster Drag Racing Series and NHRA's Aerospace Components Unleashed, this was the first time NMCA racers could walk away from the winner's circle with an NHRA Wally, which raised the bar of competition to a new level.
In Kooks Custom Headers Pro Street, Chris Rini topped the field in qualifying with a clean 6.10 at 233 mph, followed by Joe Dunne with a 6.14, and in third was Alex Viscardi with a 6.15 at 234 mph. But it was Vincent Demieri who was able to pull out the event win in Bowling Green. He took out Dave Pierce in the first round by virtue of a 6.13 run, which pitted him against the turbocharged Ford of Viscardi in round two. Viscardi left first with an .024 to Demieri's .212 reaction, but Demieri's 6.24 was enough to get past Viscardi's 6.45. A bye into the final meant he would face Joe Dunne. Although Demieri lost the holeshot war, his machine was on a rail and was able to outrun Dunne, 6.21 to a lifting 7.75, grabbing his first event win with the NMCA.
Mickey Thompson Super Street 10.5W saw seven outlaws duking it out for supreme glory and some cash at Beech Bend Raceway. Mike Murillo, who has been doing very well this year in both NMRA and NMCA, got the number one spot with a 6.70 at 216 mph, with Tony Nesbitt and Willard Kinzer coming in second and third with their 6.81 and 7.03, respectively. When eliminations started, Murillo hacked through the field methodically, starting with a first round bye, then in the second round Murillo got around Steve Summers supercharged machine with a 6.95 to 7.37, which sent him to face Ed Rice in the final round. When the light dropped in the final, Murillo left first and never looked back, taking down Rice in a 7.27 to 7.45 battle.
In ARP Nostalgia Pro Street, Jeff Colletta lead the qualifying pack with a 7.31 at 188 mph, followed by Jim Jarrett with a 7.32 at 187 mph, and third was Andy Vogt with his 7.42 at 184 mph. It was Jarrett who managed to make it all the way to the final in BG, starting with a win over Chuck Demory jr., who redlit. In round two, Jarrett beat out Skip Baskin in a 7.38 to 7.48 race, which meant Jarrett would go to the final to face Andy Vogt. When the tree came down, Vogt broke on the launch, handing the win to Jarrett who sailed down the quarter with a 7.35.
ATI Performance 275 Drag Radial was light turnout, but it featured some incredible runs. Jason Lee ran things in this class this weekend, topping the qualifying field with 7.72, coming in second was Orson Johnson with an 8.06, and third was Mike Fratena who ran 8.13. Jason Lee started elimination with a bye run, while Johnson took out Fratena in an 8.06 to 8.13 drag race. Unfortunately, Johnson's Mustang broke, and had to give the uncontested event win to Lee.
CFE Xtreme Street featured some awesome action between thirteen of the baddest racers on 10.5-inch slicks. Jamie Stanton qualified at the top of the heap with a 7.92, followed by Mike Keenan with an 8.00, and Enzo Pecchini came in third with an 8.04. Although Bob Kurgan did not qualify in the top three, he was the man left standing with the Wally when the smoke cleared. Starting with an 8.03 victory over Steve Cagle in the first round, Kurgan beat Scott Guiler in the second with an 8.06, then Dan Kroll with another 8.06, and in the final, he was handed the win by Phil Smith who redlit.
Robbie Blankenship ruled the Comp Cams Pro Stock field in qualifying by running an 8.53 at a whopping 156 mph. Don Baskin was the second on the pole with his 8.55 at 150 mph, and Mike DeMayo was third with 8.57 at 154 mph. Eliminations for the event champ, Blankenship started with a race with John Langer. Blankenship was able to get the holeshot on Langer, .107 to .159, and simply outran Langer, getting the round one victory. The semi-finals saw Blankenship against Demayo. Although Demayo tree'd his rival, the Roush-powered Mustang was just too speedy and managed to get around Demayo on the top end, 8.56 to 8.64. In the final, Blankenship was able beat Booze, even though he got tree'd, .037 to .042. The ending result: 8.53 to 8.76, with Blankenship snaking past Booze for the win.
BFGoodrich Tires Mean Street was another three car field, with Don Baskin getting the number one spot with a 9.96 at 132. Gary Duncan was second on the Q ladder with 10.18 at 128 mph, and third was Benny Smith who ran 10.21 at 130 mph. Baskin got the event win by first getting a bye into the final, then he took out his teammate Smith in a 10.08 to 10.32 heads-up match.
In other action, Hawk Performance Open Comp saw Mike Rickman take out John Mackey in the final. In EATON Posi Late Model EFI Al Corda won over Alan Kasper, and in Indy Cylinder Head Nostalgia Super Stock, Kevin Gass won over DW Hopkins. Mr. Gasket Nostalgia Muscle Car was owned by defending class champion Andy Warren, who too out Larry Fleming and lastly, TREMEC True Street's overall winner in Bowling Green was Greg Mayton who had a 9.12 three-run average.</center>