Michael Galimi
January 1, 2009
Photos By: Dr. Rudy Rouweyha

There are three naturally aspirated categories in NMRA action, Edelbrock Hot Street, TTC Tremec Pure Street, and ACT Clutches Factory Stock. Each is unique and the racers rely on what the earth's atmosphere provides them with to make power. The quickest class is Hot Street with mid-to-high 8-second performances from these stroked Windsors with inline valve heads and 750 cfm carburetors. Roush's Ben Mens was back in competition with his Lucas Oil-backed LX, and he qualified on top of the field with an 8.84. He went to the finals but lost to Robbie Blankenship who had gone 8.81 to Mens' 8.83.

Pure Street features wheelstanding, gear-banging, small-cube engines (up to 310 ci), 0.500-inch lift cams, and street-oriented heads and intake packages. Despite the restrictions, racers have forced their way into the low 10-second zone on smallish 26x10.5-inch slicks. Ryan Hecox qualified Number One (10.28 at 133 mph) and took the class win on Sunday over Mark Anderson, driving his dad's (Ron Anderson) famed silver coupe.

Factory Stock is NMRA's version of Stock Eliminator but with more driveline restrictions and less limits in the engine bay. The cars run traditional five-speed street transmissions with H-pattern shifters. These Stangs also roll on BFGoodrich 275/50 drag radials. The tires are small and require lots of finesse. Tommy Godfrey ran the tables with his copper coupe as he took the top qualifying honors with an 11.26 at 119 mph. The JPC Racing-sponsored racer took the win with a new class record of 11.22.

Index And Dial-In Classes
This was the third installment for the JDM Engineering Super Stang class. It is designed exclusively for '05-and-up Mustangs, and restricts them to street-type vehicles only. The class is unique in that Saturday is spent making time trial runs as there is no qualifying for the class. You establish a baseline on Saturday and pick your own index on Sunday. The index is fixed and you cannot adjust it as the day progresses. Think of it as a cross between bracket racing and open comp-style competition. Larry Russell of Jeg's took home his second win in three events with his Mustang V-6. Russell faced Paul Gamino in the final round for the second time this year. Gamino was driving JDM's Saleen 25th Anniversary edition Mustang. Both drivers broke out, Russell was closer to his dial-in with a 14.98 on a 14.99 index. Gamino's supercharged Stang picked up in the cooler weather and ran 10.24 on his 10.29 index.

Gamino was unsuccessful in Super Stang, but he scored the big win in Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning. He drove JDM's modified Saleen S331 truck to the winner's circle by beating James Steamer. The difference was at the Tree where Gamino knocked down a 0.043 to Steamer's sleepy 0.142. Gamino held on for the win, his first ever NMRA victory.

Roush Modular Muscle almost saw Jack Roush's daughter, Susan McClenaghan, take the win as she went to the final with her 10-second supercharged Roush Mustang. Blocking her from the winner's circle was Tom Motycka in his SN-95 Stang. McClenaghan was the Number One qualifier with a stellar 0.001 reaction time while Motycka was second in qualifying. In the final, like Gamino in Super Stang-the cooler weather had a positive effect on her supercharged combination and she blew through her index of 10.92 with a losing 10.88 run. Motycka won with a 12.57 on his 12.55 index.