Michael Galimi
December 1, 2009

Nitrous ruled the roost in DiabloSport EFI Renegade as Dan Rawls of PT Race Engines won his second straight event. He endured four rounds of action against some of the quickest supercharged cars in the category's history. Rawls stuck to his guns and blasted to an 8.52 in the finals, beating Bart Toebner, who suffered engine problems.

NMRA's quickest naturally aspirated eliminator, Edelbrock Hot Street, mimics the old days of NHRA Pro Stock, and the action was just as tight. Charlie Booze Jr. in his high-flying Fox GT took the win over Don Bowles in his Coal Digger IV Maverick, 8.64 to 8.68.

Class winners include Bruce Hemminger-Real Street, Mark Anderson-Eibach Springs Pure Street, Tommy Godfrey-ACT Clutch Factory Stock, Scott Mistro-Roush Modular Muscle, Paul Leaman-Steeda Open Comp, Rick Devito-Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning), and Ken Nine-JDM Engineering Super Stang.

Tremec True Street Presented by MM&FF
The Tremec/MM&FF True Street participants were treated to a special cruise at the Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing. The NMRA/NMCA officials brokered a deal with the Route 66 Raceway staff to open the gates to the Chicagoland NASCAR track across the street. The staff pulled out a few of the NASCAR pace cars, and the competitors paraded around the famous raceway to prove the street worthiness of their machines.

Once back on the property, the 39 Ford entries were paired against the Brand X machines for an honest street car shootout. Our money was on Jon Huber and his wild turbocharged four-cylinder LX, but he bowed out when he dropped fluid on the track.

That left the door open for Chad Slattery and his '88 Mustang LX coupe. The nitrous-injected coupe blasted to a 9.16 average, besting Lou Iacopetti for top honors in True Street, but Slattery made it interesting. After clicking off an 8.87 and 8.89, his M/T drag radials spun hard on the last run and he slowed to a 9.72. Lucky for him, Iacopetti ran into trouble with his Buick Grand National (running a big-block Chevy with a ProCharger F2 blower) and fell off pace with a 9.51 in the third round (9.17 and 9.15 in the previous two rounds). Slattery was crowned the King of Chicago with a 9.16 average; Iacopetti finished with a 9.28.

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