Eddie Maloney
September 12, 2016

The First Annual ModNationals took place September 2-4 at the storied Memphis International Raceway. A creation nearly 3 years in the making by independent promoter and Air Force veteran Justin Young and with the help of many supporters. This event pitted the top modular motored vehicles in the country against each other in numerous heads up classes. Teams from as far as California and Maine assembled in Memphis for the 3-day event.

Big names such as John Mihovetz wheeling the worlds quickest and fastest modular powered car and Street Outlaws star Shane Lesters’ “Da Hellion” were also on site, providing exhibition passes for the spectators.

The weather ranged from the mid 80’s to low 90’s with extremely humid conditions, which proved to be tricky for some teams. Nonetheless, it was an incredible weekend of racing with non-stop action.

Final qualifying saw Lance Rainy from Lawton; Oklahoma go number one in Boosted Coyote with a 7.66 e.t. at over 186 mph (quarter-mile), followed by Jeremiah Hussey of Robbins, North Carolina, and Clint Bates of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Mark Meiring of Albuquerque, New Mexico took the top spot in Modular Outlaw (eighth-mile) running a 4.73 at 155 mph. Following closely behind him were Justin Burcham of Millersville, Maryland and Thea Zacanella from Aurora, Colorado.
Battle of the Underdogs staged the fastest 3 valve cars against 2 valve cars and Ed Pierce (far lane) of Morsonton, North Carolina claimed the pole with an 8.57 at 161 mph in the quarter-mile. Dallas, North Carolina native Micah Monteleone qualified in the 2nd position just edging out Justin Humphrey of Weatherford, Texas.
The fan favorite NMRA Coyote Stockers had their own class at the ModNationals, but the top qualifier went to Drew Lyons of Elton, Kentucky running a 10.23 at 129 mph in the quarter-mile. In the tightest qualifying of the weekend, Tim Matherly of Winder, Georgia qualified number 2 with Darin Hendrichs out of Centerpoint, Indiana followed closely behind.
King of the Four-Valve was another class contested in the quarter-mile format, which was led by Raul Torres of Pembroke Pines, Florida running a 7.81 at 171 mph. Number two qualifier went to Jake Conant of Webster, Massachusetts and third qualifier went to Scott Steinman from Massillow, Ohio.

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