Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
January 28, 2010

Horse Sense
NMRA staffer Greg "Donut" Acosta agreed to let the first racer who cut a perfect light in the Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing shave his head bald. The lucky shaver was none other than Super Street Outlaw racer John "Fireball" Urist. Thank goodness, too, because the Donut was rather hairy.

We've always been excited to attend the NMRA Ford Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, but the past couple years have been especially well worth the price of admission. Recently the event has been billed the Motive Gear Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, presented by Nitto Tire. The event features both the NMRA and NMCA racers at one event, and the winners of respective categories from both sanctioning bodies must race each other for an even more distinctive victory. Plus, winners of the Super Bowl Shootout, as it is billed, receive Nitto championship rings, similar to the ones given to class champions at the end of the year. Last year, NMRA racers put it on the NMCA racers; this time around, the roles were reversed. The NMCA racers took the NMRA guys behind the woodshed for a good beating, but "Just wait till next year." We'll be there, will you?

As qualifying started and one of our favorite classes, Drag Radial, came to the lanes, one racer was conspicuous in his absence. We knew Chris Tuten was on the property, but maybe he decided to sit out the round-we didn't know. Imagine our surprise during Super Street Outlaw qualifying when we saw Chris' ride coming to the water box. What was going on? Did he forget to run with Drag Radial, so the NMRA gave him a pass with the Outlaw guys? Nope, Chris' car wore Mickey Thompson E/T Drags instead of his usual drag radials. And the car once again had a turbo under the hood. Chris lasted one round and he drew Kentucky Sam Vincent, so he knew he had to push the tree. He pushed it a little too hard with a heartbreaking 0.399 redlight. By the way, Chris ran a 7.64 on one of the few passes he's been able to make with the new setup, so we expect the Team Z Motorsports chassis to show big dividends the rest of the year. We think Chris may be going for his third championship in as many NMRA classes. It may not happen in '08, but watch out come '09.

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