Frank Cicerale
February 1, 2009
Photos By: Michael Galimi, Frank H. Cicerale

Not only were the heads-up racers duking it out, but the index and bracket class competitors were going toe to toe as well. Roush Modular Muscle saw Reggie Burnette, Jr. outlast Brad Elander. Burnette scored a tenth of a second on the starting line, and used the holeshot to take the win as his 11.27 (11.10 dial) was closer than Elander's 10.59 (10.35 dial). In Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning, the championship came down to Mike Motycka and Johnny Lightning. With Johnny taking a tough second-round breakout loss, Motycka was guaranteed the title, and went on to win the race. A redlight by final round opponent Gary Windsor sealed the deal for Motycka, who ran an 11.93 on the single. Steeda Open Comp's final run was a bout between Stacey Estel and Damon Sea. Estel scored the holeshot with an 0.013 light, and then ran a 12.37 (12.34 dial) to gun down Sea's losing 9.43 (9.40 dial) effort. Finally, in JDM Engineering Super Stang, Bobby Barrick got set to square off against the V-6-powered S197 of Larry Russell, Jr. Russell, who clinched the championship earlier in the day when Paul Gamino fouled out by a mere 0.007-second in Round 2, broke out by a scant 0.005-second in the money round, as his 14.785 was underneath his 14.79 prediction. That handed the win to Barrick, who ran a 13.47 on his 13.43 index.

The NMRA closed out its first season of Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords True Street in grand fashion, as 81 cars showed up to compete. Of the 81 contestants, 44 Mustangs and fast Fords managed to live through the 30-mile cruise around scenic Bowling Green, Kentucky, and the subsequent three back-to-back passes down the Beech Bend quarter-mile. There were some pretty quick cars, and when the smoke cleared, it was Michael Newton taking home top honors in his '88 Mustang. Newton averaged a 9.35, which was just enough against runner-up EJ Williams, who averaged a 9.67 with his own '88 Stang. Rounding out the Top Three was Brandon Coday, who used a best lap of a 10.18 to end up in Third Place with a 10.37.

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