Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
August 26, 2016

Each NMRA season comes to a close at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It’s a bittersweet event, because even though every NMRA racer and fan loves the event, it’s a sign that anther season is coming to an end. The World Finals is the culmination of a year’s hard work to put yourself in a position to win a championship, improve your points standing, or to garner momentum for next year. Either way, racers are coming to Beech Bend to do work, which makes it a great event for fans, as well.

As we hit the final race, the normal names we usually see at the top of points races are noticeably absent. In Street Outlaw, with the change to eighth-mile competition, that has brought more racers to the fold, and those racers have more eighth-mile experience. That has left many regular NMRA Street Outlaw competitors playing catch-up to get their programs tuned into the shorter distance. Even the defending champion Phil Hines sits in third as of this writing. Multi-time champ John Urist debuted a new car at the most recent Joliet event, and other than earning a tech card at Bradenton’s Spring Break Shootout, those are the only points he has for the year.

Currently at the top of Street Outlaw is Vince Palazzolo, with the ModFather Ronnie Diaz following closely sitting in second. Even with the last race coming, the Street Outlaw points are still up for grabs, so this class will definitely be one to watch once we get to the World Finals.