Every year, the NMRA and NMCA roll into Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois for the Nitto Tires NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing. The joint event brings racers from both organizations together on the same weekend, but also plays host to a race within a race.
The Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing pits the event winners from each series against each other for bragging rights and the coveted Super Bowl rings. The 2010 event marked the fifth time the NMRA and NMCA have faced off, and coming into this weekend, the score was tied at two wins for each series.
The 5th Annual Nitto Tires Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing was truly an amazing spectacle for those in attendance. The car counts were high, the show was huge, and the midway gave everyone a chance to check out the latest aftermarket performance parts for late-model and classic American muscle.
As the action on track heated up, so did the action in the pits. Reggie Burnette Jr., the 2008 Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle champion, struggled with mechanical difficulties through the first half of the weekend. Reggie's '00 Mustang GT was down with a broken ring gear after only the first pass. Reggie and his crew battled to get the car together in time for qualifying, only to come away with a broken transmission. After assessing the damage, the Rougemont, North Carolina-based team swapped the broken tranny and went on to win the event. Reggie even took home one of the coveted Super Bowl rings!
In the Turbonetics Pro Outlaw 10.5 pits, Conrad Scarry came into Joliet with a fairly sizeable lead in the points. Despite winning the first three events of the 2010 season, the Scarry Crew has been plagued with cylinder-head issues all year. Midway through the weekend, Conrad thought the gremlins might have returned, but the crew kept the Mustang running strong. As they thrashed to get the twin-turbo Mustang back together for the finals, Scarry was pumped to be in his fourth final round of the season. Unfortunately, Mike Murillo of San Antonio, Texas, put an end to Scarry's winning streak, taking his first win of the 2010 NMRA season.
During a double event, some of the Saturday activities are moved to Sunday to accommodate the first rounds of racing. Normally held on Saturday morning, MM&FF's True Street class kicked off in the early afternoon during Sunday's eliminations. Forty-four True Street cars took to the cruise around the grounds at Chicagoland Speedway. The neighboring NASCAR tri-oval played host to the Richard Petty Driving Experience, so True Street competitors took the scenic route around the outside of the track. Participants also got the chance to see the NASCAR pits and garage area on the 30-mile cruise. Of the 44 racers in True Street, 33 were Mustangs. Once the three passes were complete and the e.t.'s averaged, Philip Delaney of Bartlett, Illinois, took home the top prize with his '86 Mustang and a 9.73-second average.
After the final rounds were complete, the winners from the NMRA and NMCA rolled back into the lanes. This time they were racing as a team, battling the NMCA winners. Each match-up was tallied and whichever side came away with more wins took home the Super Bowl rings and bragging rights for the year. As the races began, neither side took a commanding lead. With 8 of the 12 runs complete, it looked like the Super Bowl could go to either series. In the end, the NMRA won 7 of the 12 races, making them the 2010 Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Champions.
There is no shortage of excitement when the NMRA and the NMCA comes together. A great blend of classic and late-model American muscle truly makes for an amazing weekend. If you ever have the chance, we highly recommend checking it out for yourself.
Reggie Burnette Jr. fought...
Reggie Burnette Jr. fought mechanical troubles through the first half of the weekend. A broken ring gear and a broken transmission limited his test-and-tune runs and cut his qualifying attempts short.
Luckily, Reggie and his team...
Luckily, Reggie and his team worked feverishly to get the Mustang back together, and took home the event and Super Bowl win.
Chicago NMCA/NMRA Super Bowl True Street 2010
|No.||Name||Hometown||Make||Model||Pass 1||Pass 2||Pass 3||Avg.||Win Status/Notes|
|1||Philip Delaney||Bartlett, IL||Ford||'86 Mustang||9.626||9.702||9.874||9.734||Winner|
|2||Eric Lozowski||Woodstock, IL||Ford||'89 Mustang||9.980||10.151||10.023||10.051||Runner-Up|
|3||Tom Franks||Homer, IL||Ford||'93 Mustang||10.389||10.513||10.773||10.558|
|4||Mark Panther||Scahmburg, IL||Ford||'90 Mustang||9.484||10.944||12.443||10.957|
|5||Darren Ambro||St. Peters, MO||Chevrolet||'80 Malibu wagon||11.135||11.070||11.095||11.100||11-Second Winner|
|6||Matt Childwell||Brimfield, IL||Ford||'86 Mustang||11.487||11.560||11.515||11.521|
|7||Chad Creamer||St. Peters, MO||Ford||'93 Mustang||11.693||11.626||11.528||11.616|
|8||Kevin McCotter||Clio, MI||Ford||'90 Mustang||11.913||11.918||11.996||11.942|
|9||Matt Tomlinson||Grayslate, IL||Chevy||'88 Vette||12.036||12.062||11.971||12.023||12-Second Winner|
|10||Jack Caldwell||Metamoto, IL||Ford||'97 Mustang||11.988||12.004||12.221||12.071|
|11||Scott Shoobridge||Armada, MI||Ford||'92 Mustang||12.392||12.165||12.120||12.226|
|12||Jaeger Joe||Villa Park, IL||Ford||'04 Mustang||12.220||12.189||12.295||12.235|
|13||Frank Amstadt||Napeetulle, IL||Ford||'05 Mustang||12.269||12.460||12.679||12.469|
|14||Jason Triezenberg||Homewood, IL||Ford||'02 Mustang||13.022||12.290||12.409||12.574|
|15||Paul Bickel||Orlan Park, IL||Ford||'08 Mustang||12.914||12.516||12.388||12.606|
|16||Jon Huber||St Louis, MO||Ford||'79 Mustang||13.705||12.287||12.628||12.873|
|17||Allen Braasch||Oak Lawn, IL||Ford||'88 Mustang||13.118||12.849||12.835||12.934|
|18||Kevin Connolly||Lockport, IL||Ford||'03 Mustang||13.023||12.870||12.981||12.958|
|19||Kevin Cody||Dearborn, MI||Ford||'86 Mustang||12.827||13.172||13.176||13.058||13-Second Winner|
|20||Josh Murabito||Oak Lawn, IL||Ford||'92 Mustang||12.747||12.973||13.566||13.095|
|21||Eddie Natal||Aurora, IL||Ford||'03 Mustang||12.957||13.181||13.218||13.119|
|22||Robert Ricci||Manteno, IL||Chevrolet||'88 Camaro||13.380||13.289||13.399||13.356|
|23||Matt Belt||LaGrange Park, IL||Ford||'98 Mustang||13.734||13.477||14.845||14.019||14-Second Winner|
|24||Thomas Fry||Oaklawn, IL||Ford||'95 Mustang||13.564||15.089||15.114||14.589|
|25||Chris Ohlrogge||Wilmington, IL||Ford||'03 Mustang||13.629||14.088||16.105||14.607|
|26||Tony Vece||Manhattan, IL||Ford||'11 Mustang||15.023||15.084||15.004||15.037||15-Second Winner|
The True Street pits were...
The True Street pits were filled with all kinds of classic and late-model American muscle. Many people were making changes before the cruise started. Of the 44 cars entered, 33 were Mustangs. MM&FF would like to thank all of the Mustang owners for supporting our favorite class!
Tony Vece of Manhattan, Illinois,...
Tony Vece of Manhattan, Illinois, brought out his '11 V-6 Mustang for True Street. On top of being the only 2011 in the True Street class, Vece also took home the 15-second win.
John Leslie Jr. lined up against...
John Leslie Jr. lined up against Louis Sylvester during ACT Factory Stock qualifying. Leslie took the fourth qualifying spot and Sylvester qualified sixth.
Justin Burcham, owner of Justin's...
Justin Burcham, owner of Justin's Performance Center, brought out the company's '11 Mustang GT. The 5.0-liter-powered Pony was sporting an awesome-looking wrap, which set it apart from a lot of other cars at the event.
Marty Gibson of Gibson Custom...
Marty Gibson of Gibson Custom Hotrods brought out this slick custom-painted Fox. The GT definitely proved to be more than all show as he busted off consistent 10.0-second e.t.'s is bracket competition.
Jim Brown brought his nitrous-fed...
Jim Brown brought his nitrous-fed '03 Mustang for Pro Outlaw 10.5 competition. Although Jim's day would be cut short in the second round, he still managed to lay down some respectable numbers, breaking the beams in 7.65 seconds.
Brandon Alsept launches hard...
Brandon Alsept launches hard against Bob Alexander in Eibach Springs Pure Street competition.
Conrad Scarry rolled into...
Conrad Scarry rolled into Joliet with a strong points lead and an unbeaten streak in 2010. The Scarry Crew battled mechanical issues and made it all the way to the final round. Unfortunately for Scarry, his winning streak would come to an end as Mike Murillo drove around him to take the win in Turbonetics Pro Outlaw 10.5.
Chris Parisi, the 2009 JDM...
Chris Parisi, the 2009 JDM Engineering Super Stang Champion, came out and piloted the JDM-sponsored Roush '10 Mustang in Super Stang. Chris' day would be cut short by Brent White of Brenspeed, who took the first round win.
Jess Albright of Saleen was...
Jess Albright of Saleen was nice enough to let us take a sneak peak at some new parts being designed by Saleen. Among them was this new intake for the Saleen superchargers. The design features a less-restrictive path for the incoming air, as well as a new more aggressive look.
In between rounds, the Hellion...
In between rounds, the Hellion B-team of Dwayne James was hard at work preparing James' '03 Mustang for Pro Outlaw 10.5 competition.
The swap meet area gave attendees...
The swap meet area gave attendees a chance to get their hands on a lot of those hard-to-find parts you can only find at a swap meet.
The car show was packed with...
The car show was packed with the hottest late-model muscle the Mid-West had to offer, including this slick P-51-themed S197.
The Griswolds even brought...
The Griswolds even brought the ol' family truckster out to enjoy the weekend!