Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
December 1, 2006

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Brookville, Indiana's Tony Bischoff qualified number one in Pro 5.0 with his nitrous-sniffing, 646ci '02 Cougar. Bischoff received a bye in Round 1 and faced Joe Morgan's Motive Gear entry in the second frame. Morgan had replaced a burnt piston after qualifying, but the car had problems again, which set Bischoff against Michael Hauf in the final. Hauf was first off the Tree, but slowed to a 7.57 at 194 mph, while Bischoff rocketed to the win with a 6.63 at 211 mph. His day wasn't over, though, as he squared off against Brian Robbins in the Skinny Kid Oldsmobile during the showdown. Bischoff held off the hard-charging Cutlass at the stripe, thus sealing the team win for the NMRA.
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Paul Miller's Danchuck Manufacturing jet car lit up the evening skies with a brilliant afterburner display and 260-mph trap speeds.
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Michael Hauf squeaked past Pro 5.0 points leader Don Walsh Jr. when Walsh went -0.010 red on the Tree. It would have been a great race, with Hauf running a 6.76 to Walsh's 6.77.

The showdown, which used a handicap system to level the playing field, was a well fought battle, with the NMCA stepping up to three straight class victories before the NMRA's return volley served up a steady stream of five victories. Not going down without a fight, the NMCA guys came back with two more wins tying it up for the final round, which pitted the fastest cars from DiabloSport Pro 5.0 and Denso Pro Street. The NMRA's Pro 5.0 chalked up another victory to take the team win for 2006. Super Bowl class winners walked away with bonus cash and Nitto Diamond Tree championship rings.

The showdown was such a success, the ProMedia folks will offer trophies to the winners as well as a championship cup to the team that wins next year. And speaking of winners, check out the photos and captions we snapped to get the details on the Super Bowl of street-legal drag racing

’06 Motive Gear Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag
Racing Showdown Results, presented by Nitto Tire

Vortech Modular Muscle vs. Original Parts Group Nostalgia Muscle Car
W Jeff Barr
R/U David Beyer—NMRA
Detroit Locker {{{Truck}}} vs. Motive Gear Super Truck
W Michael Roup
R/U Dave Cole—NMRA
Toyo Tires Open Comp vs. Superchips Racing Open Comp
W Ron Arbogast
R/U Robert Motycka—NMRA
ProCharger EFI Renegade vs. GMPP Nostalgia Pro Street
W Johnny Baio
R/U Bob Cook—NMRA
MSD Super Street Outlaw vs. Nitto Tire Super Street 10.5W
W Bill Glidden
R/U John Urist—NMRA
K&N Filters Factory Stock vs. Hamburger’s Performance Nostalgia Super Stock
W Shawn Johnson—NMRA
R/U Bud Cochran
BF Goodrich Drag Radial vs. Vortech Xtreme Street
W John Kolivas—NMRA
R/U Cameron Coble
Tremec Pure Street vs. BFGoodrich Mean Street
W Ron Anderson—NMRA
R/U Jeff Swanson
5.0 Real Street vs. Car Craft Street Race
W Bruce Hemminger—NMRA
R/U Tim Meagher
Edelbrock Hot Street vs. TCI/Pro-X Pro Stock
W Charlie Booze—NMRA
R/U John Langer
Diablosport Pro 5.0 vs. Denso Pro Mod
W Tony Bischoff—NMRA
R/U Brian Robbins