Team NMRA was comprised of winners in the sanctioning body's 12 eliminators. Numerous records fell due to favorable weather conditions and a stellar track surface. We witnessed four record-breaking performances by Dan Millen (Pro Outlaw 10.5), John Kolivas (Super Street Outlaw), Dan Rawls (EFI Renegade), and Dave Guy (Drag Radial).
Quick times weren't the only highlight-the racing was tight as well. Dan Millen might have walked away with the record in Turbonetics Pro Outlaw 10.5, but he wasn't the only fast car in attendance. Doug Sikora made the long haul from Barstow, California, to compete in the NMRA's quickest category. Sikora made waves by qualifying number one with a 6.69-under the national e.t. record held by Mike Murillo at 6.72. By the end of the weekend, Millen secured the record with a 6.69 (thanks to the required back-up). Millen faced Sikora in the finals and walked away with his first '09 NMRA win with a 6.72 to Sikora's impressive 6.76.
A new player in ProCharger Super Street Outlaw made the most noise in Joliet, despite a quiet turbocharged combination. Two-time NMRA Drag Radial champion John Kolivas stepped up with a new Bennett Racing 427ci engine and a Precision 94mm turbo. He ran on rather small Mickey Thompson 275/60 drag radials, despite the rest of the class relying on 28x10.5-inch slicks. Kolivas ran the tables by qualifying number one (7.36), turning a new class record (7.32) and beating four-time SSO champ John Urist in the process.
Consistent 7s was the theme in BFGood-rich Drag Radial, and Dave Guy of SGS Automotive topped the list. After hitting the wall a month earlier at the NMRA-Milan event, the team was back on track, setting the record with a 7.97 and going as quick as 7.91. Guy had good company in the 7s, with Sean Lyons running a 7.95 and qualifying number one. Both exited competition early.
Consistency wins, and Enzo Pecchini won over Jason Lee, who went red in the final. Pecchini streaked to the winner's circle with a career best 8.02 at 176 mph.