KJ Jones Senior Technical Editor
January 1, 2010
Photos By: Paul Rosner, KJ Jones

Every year, racers from ProMedia's NMRA and NMCA heads-up drag-racing sanctions converge on Route 66 Raceway in Joliet ("Chicagoland"), Illinois, for what has become somewhat recognized as one of the hottest events of either season: the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing.

"Hot" is more than just a simple figure of speech in this case, as broiling temperatures, barely moving air, and many other poor weather conditions that can inhibit drag racing (rain storms and so on) have been somewhat synonymous with the drag-racing Super Bowl ever since the NMRA/NMCA mega-event was conceived back in July 2004. Five years later, let it be known that the 2009 edition of the long-standing sibling rivalry definitely bucked "tradition," if you will, in every sense of the word.

The record-setting low July temperature of 56 degrees helped produce record-setting e.t.'s in several NMRA and NMCA heads-up classes at the Super Bowl. A perusal of the NMCA staging lanes during its qualifying sessions found more than a few NMRA racers had jumped over to the other sanction for this event to match their 'Stangs against non-Ford race cars of the NMCA. While the event is essentially a same-time/same-place deal, with basically two separate races being held, winners from each NMRA and NMCA heads-up class actually do clash. They face off against each other in the event-closing showdown, which awards each member of the winning team-based on the team's total number of wins-Nitto's coveted Diamond Tree rings.

Of course, our primary objective at a monster mix like this is to make sure we're on top of all things that are associated with the NMRA side of the event (the racing, the car show, pit scuttle, and more). As you'll see in the accompanying photos and captions, we definitely accomplished that. However, while there are no supporting pics or text for our claim that we also kept a close eye on how Brand-Xers and their cohorts did on the NMCA side, you still can bet good money that we did!

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