Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
June 23, 2011
Photos By: Michael Johnson

Naturally Aspirated Unlimited

Adam Browne


Best Pass: 10.94/125.68
Race Weight: 3,375

In addition to planning the race and working on customer cars, Adam Browne stepped up his own combination with a healthy injection of Boss parts before the event. He had hoped to best his 10.99 low e.t., and did so with his 10.94 qualifier. That put him in the third qualified spot and lined him up against Nelson Whitlock in Round 1. Nelson's car leapt out but fell on its face, and Adam walked to an easy win with an 11.80. Unfortunately for Joe Marini, his car suffered a transmission failure and gave Adam the win. It made for an awkward awards presentation at the end of the day, but Adam certainly deserved an award for putting on a great event.

Engine And Drivetrain

  • Boss 302 valves, valvesprings, exhaust cams, and balancer
  • Re-ground intake cams
  • Boss 302 intake manifold
  • Exhaust ports matched to headers by Revolution Automotive
  • JLT carbon fiber intake
  • JLT oil separator
  • McLeod RST clutch, aluminum flywheel
  • American Racing Headers 17/8-in long-tubes
  • X-style pipe
  • Resonators deleted
  • Flowmaster American Thunder axle-back
  • Revolution Automotive-built MT-82 trans (all gears REM-treated and reassembled)
  • Dynotech one-piece aluminum driveshaft
  • 3.73 gears w/extra clutches in factory Traction-Lok

Electronics

  • SCT tuning by Revolution Automotive

Suspension And Chassis

  • UPR control arms and adjustable Panhard bar
  • UPR lightweight radiator support
  • Maximum Motorsports NHRA-legal rollbar
  • ARP extended wheel studs
  • 17x4-in Weld Alumna Star fronts
  • 15x9.5-in Weld R/T rears
  • 28x10.5 Mickey Thompson ET Drags

Nelson Whitlock


Best Pass: 10.88/124
Race Weight: 3,275

You never quite know what to expect when the Evolution Performance crew hits the track. They aren't afraid to change up a combination on a moment's notice, and that was certainly the case for the shop's Factory Stock '11 Mustang, which we last saw in NMRA-legal form at Bradenton. For the shootout, the Evo crew decided to put the car on a diet and add some freer-flowing induction in the form of a Boss intake and a JLT cold-air intake. The resulting 10.88 would have put them atop a Factory Stock ladder, but it landed driver Nelson Whitlock in the Number 2 qualified spot. Though he looked to have at least a second on Adam Browne, an electronic gremlin showed up at the starting line, short-circuiting Nelson's run as it began.

Engine And Drivetrain

  • Ford Racing 5.0 Coyote crate engine
  • Ford Racing Boss 302 intake manifold
  • Fore Precision Works F4 fuel-pressure regulator
  • Fore Precision Works fuel filter
  • JLT cold-air intake, oil separator
  • American Racing Headers 15/8-in long-tubes
  • Borla S-type Cat-Back exhaust system
  • Barton short-throw shifter
  • McLeod Racing clutch
  • Ford Racing 3.73 gears
  • Evolution Performance 3.5-in aluminum driveshaft

Electronics

  • Ford Racing Control Pack
  • Custom-tuned by Jon Lund

Suspension And Chassis

  • Evolution upper control arm and mount
  • Evolution billet lower control arms
  • Evolution adjustable race Panhard bar and brace
  • 15-inch Bogart racing wheels
  • Mickey Thompson ET drag slicks

Joe Marini


Best Pass: 10.87/128
Race Weight: 3,275

Known online for its 500-plus-rwhp dyno exploits, Joe Marini's GT proved just as impressive on the track. His ride looked like the car to beat after laying down the top qualifying pass with a 10.87. This set the stage for what should have been anyone's race in the finals versus Nelson Whitlock. Of course, that's why they run the races--they don't always work out the way the schedule says they should. For Joe, a busted transmission took his ride out of contention.

Engine And Drivetrain

  • FRPP Boss 302 intake manifold
  • JLT cold air intake
  • JPC long-tube headers
  • JPC off-road X-style pipe
  • JPC over-axle pipes
  • Bassani axle-back
  • JPC/RGR Stage 1 ported heads
  • JPC Stage 1 N/A cams
  • 4.88 gears
  • Strange axles, spool

Electronics

  • Custom DiabloSport Trinity tune by JPC Racing

Suspension And Chassis

  • Strange brakes, shocks, struts
  • Metco lower arms
  • JPC upper control arm
  • JPC custom driveshaft
  • Eibach drag-launch kit
  • JPC line-lock kit
  • Bogart 15x4-in front wheels
  • Bogart 15x10-in rear wheels
  • Mickey Thompson front tires and slicks
  • JPC eight-point chrome-moly rollcage
  • JPC front and rear lightweight bumper supports