Eddie Maloney
September 20, 2016

Labor Day weekend brought the countries best modular powered vehicles to Memphis International Raceway. The highly anticipated ModNationals featured passes down its famous ‘strip, but it also included a car show, no time grudge racing, and a mobile chassis dyno.

Drag racing classes included: Mod Outlaw, Boosted Coyote, Coyote Stock, 2-Valve vs. 3-Valve, King of the 4-Valve, Driver Mod, Open Comp, Modular Truck, and even a LS vs. Mod class. From Coyote powered Mavericks to SVT Lightning’s; if it was modular powered, it was happening here and there was something for everyone.

The inaugural ModNationals pitted racers from all walks of life. From your local grudge racer to NMRA champs; everyone was there for bragging rights. The track was set on kill thanks to Tyler Crossnoe and there were fantastic side-by-side racing all the way through eliminations.

At the end of the weekend, it was a successful event and several ModNational champions were crowned. “We are already working on next years event and we’re planning to return to Memphis International Raceway,” said Justin Young. The second annual ModNationals will return with additional bracket and grudge classes, so we’re sure it’ll be an event that you don’t want to miss.

In AEM MOD OUTLAW, Thea Zancanella of Aurora, Colorado beat out Ronnie “Mod Father” Diaz of Madison, New Jersey, running a 4.73 at 158 mph to Ronnies’, 4.80 at 155 mph.
Lance Rainey of Lawton, Oklahoma qualified number one and also won the event in Boosted Coyote. Rainey defeated Grant Bundy of Lafitte, Louisiana running a 7.77 at 166 mph to Bundys’ 9.36 at 146 mph.
Tim Matherly wheeled his Coyote Stock 03 Mustang through the tightest field of the event. Tim took out fellow NMRA competitor Drew Lyons running a 10.48 at 127 mph to Lyons early shut off.
Jake Conant of Webster, Massachusetts was crowned “King of the 4-Valves” by defeating Ryan Aycock of Sheridan, Arkansas. Conant finished with an 8.51 at 133 mph to Aycocks’ 9.22 at 149 mph.
In the Battle of the Underdogs, “aka” the 3-Valve vs. 2-Valve cars, Micah Monteleone of Dallas, North Carolina ran 8.94 at 151 mph to defeat Justin Humphrey of Weatherford, Texas running 10.87 at 147 mph.

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