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A Buckeye Brawl: NMRA Competitors Race Towards Victory at National Trail Raceway
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.
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.