Michael Galimi
July 15, 2016
Photos By: Paul Rosner

Two-thirds of the NMRA season has whisked by as the annual roaming horsepower tour began 2016 with the Spring Break Shootout and has worked its way up the east coast and now moved into the mid-west. The fourth stop on the six-race tour took place at National Trails Raceway (Hebron, OH) as the fields of fast paced heads-up cars and index racers battled the heat to complete the competition. National Trails Raceway has a deep history with the NMRA series by being its host track for many years and even served as the season-kick off event of the 2000 season. After a five-year hiatus, it is back on the schedule and almost 300 Ford vehicles entered the drag racing competition while a few hundred took to the UPR Products Car Show grounds.

Brad Gusler heats the hides on his 2015 Mustang EcoBoost ride. He ran 10.30s last month, marking him as the quickest and fastest EcoBoost Mustang of all-time and he is building up quite a rivalry with Bill Putnam in heads-up competition.
Vinny Palazzolo claimed his first NMRA victory in VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw as the field completed the rained-out eliminations held over from the previous month’s Ford Motorsport Nationals held at Maple Grove Raceway. The turbocharged entry ran 4.50s on his way to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.

The highlight for many of the fans and racers has been the VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw racers as the competition continued to be very tight as a fourth different winner was crowned event champion this year. Russell Stone and Dwayne Barbaree teamed up for the win at the Spring Break Shootout while a Brand-X racer took the victory at the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. Vinny Palazzolo pushed his R&S Automotive machine into the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle in the rained out finale from Pennsylvania. The latest name to capture a Street Outlaw victory is Charles Hull, who runs out of the KBX Performance/Bennett Racing Engines camp. He beat Ronnie “The Modfather” Diaz in a peddle-fest, proving that the tire limitations are still very much real in NMRA’s quickest category.

The new venue dragged out 84 QA1 True Street cars to find out whom would stand on top of the wild street car category. As Mike Jovanis was one of the favored racers, a broken starter ended his hopes for a second straight class victory. Though, the noted True Street racer would’ve had to run career best times if he was to catch the new Big 3 Racing 1991 Mustang LX hatch-back. Lonnie Tibbs used a trio of bottom eight-second runs on his way to being crowned the King of Ohio. He opened the session with an impressive 8.182 and followed that up with an 8.230. For his third and final run—sans popping the hood or major adjustments to the car after a 30-mile cruise—the Ohio racer slowed up just a little but still rocked the clocks with an 8.451. The result was an 8.288 average, which was significantly quicker than the Overall Runner-up Jason Wagoner, who had recorded a 9.725 average. As the season is racing to its conclusion, here are the highlights from the NMRA Super Nationals.

Taking the win in Edelbrock Renegade was Chuck Bartholme, who recently returned to heads-up drag racing competition. He relies on a 358ci engine with a Vortech YSi-B supercharger and Mike Dezotell of Dez Racing sits at the controls of the Holley EFI Dominator.
Scoring a second victory for KBX Performance/Bennett Racing Engines that weekend was Charles Hull. The Georgia-based racer won the Ohio event as the heat and humidity slowed the field down off record paces, but Hull still managed to run a string of 4.60s to make the final round and win his first NMRA event.

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