U.S. Street Nationals 2017 Event Coverage And Photos From Bradenton

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For the 13th season the Bradenton Motorsports Park in sunny Florida will serve as the kickoff to heads-up drag racing season with the annual running of the U.S. Street Nationals. With a host of heavy hitters from around the country on hand, some of whom are already flirting with the record books in testing, the 2017 edition may just stand as the best one yet.

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Barry Mitchell scored a 3.74 in testing yesterday running under the Pro Drag Radial record. Barry says the car is starting to come together after s0me testing and a couple of race events. The incrementals were a .980 60′ and 2.50 33′ 3.748 @ 197.45 MPH. “This wouldn’t be possible without my crew, Robbie Kaziah (Crew Chief), Nick, Jason and David and tuners Todd Tutterow and Billy Stocklin. Jeff Miller and the track staff did a great job with the track surface. We are excited about it and were just waiting for the weather and track conditions to line up to make a good run.” The car was originally built by Tim McCamis and run in Pro Mod on the West Coast with some updates by Tommy Mauney to assist with the radial tires.

Marc “The Rodfather” Caruso is driving this car formerly campaigned by Mike Janis in NHRA Pro Mod with Janis placing second for the 2015 season and Marc running PDRA in 2016 where he finished in sixth on the year. Sponsors for the team include JAN-CEN Racing Engines, Mickey Thompson Tires, Lucas Oil Products and DRE Engine Diapers.

 

Chad Opaleski put up new personal best this weekend with a 4.06. Changes for 2017 include a new intake to match the port of the Newnan heads, and new transmission and rear gear ratios which have paid off already on the first day out for the year. The Hemi is built and maintained by Fast Forward Racing Engiens in New Port Richey, Florida with chassis work from Dan Neuman in Ocala and Rob Zark on the key board.

 

Outlaw Pro Mod racer Robert Abbot also ran well yesterday scoring a new best 3.84 and backed it up with a .83 running a fresh engine from Todd Tutterow. From left to right keyboard manager, Guy Carlton, Crew Chief Scott Halstead and Robett Abbott car owner and driver.

Ryan Martin put up a 3.95 in his Pro Drag Radial Camaro and will be looking for some 3.80s in qualifying today.

David Reese is driving a new car for 2017 built in house at Reese Bros Race Cars and owned by his brother Kelsey. They built the car for Adam Flamholc and circumstances wound up with Kelsey buying the car back from Adam and running a 526 BAE combo built by Flamholc and topped by a blower from Chuck Fuller. David made some clean passes yesterday with a best of a 3.92 on the day. Adam Flamholc shown with David Reese on the right

Shawn Pevlor made the switch to a Haltech engine management system for this year and did some testing in Orlando before coming here this weekend where he bent up the front end coming down hard from a wheelstand. The crew managed to patch it up for this weekend and will make proper repairs thanks to UPR who helped Pevlor out with the necessary parts. He ran a 4.78 yesterday so he is on track already and looking to run quicker today in qualifying. Sponsors include TRZ Motorsports, BES, Nitrous Express, Mickey Thompson, Wilson Manifolds, NLR, RPM Transmissions and Trick Flow Specialties. Jason Waterman punches the keys on the Haltech.

Ken Cruz ran afoul of the driveshaft gods yesterday after some new shocks changed the ride height of the car enough for the driveshaft to contact one of the safety looks in the tunnel. It showered some sparks but caused no real damage and the team was able to find a replacement to continue their weekend in Outlaw Pro Mod.

Final Qualifying Results

Today's third round of qualifying was cancelled after one of the Munster cars put some oil on the track. The cleanup would have taken about forty-five minutes allowing the track temp to fall to unsafe levels with the cold front rolling through and temps continuing to drop towards fifty degrees.

Today’s third round of qualifying was canceled after one of the Munster cars put some oil on the track. The cleanup would have taken about forty-five minutes allowing the track temp to fall to unsafe levels with the cold front rolling through and temps continuing to drop towards fifty degrees.

Open Outlaw, X-Treme Pro Mod, Pro Nitrous, Outlaw 632.

Heavy Street, Ultra Street, Limited Drag Radial, Pro Drag Radial.

5.50 Index, 5.90 Bike, 6.50 Index, 7.50 Index.

7.90 Jr. Dragster, 8.90 Jr. Dragster.

Hamptonville, North Carolina based racer Barry Mitchell put the Keziah/Mitchell 69 Camaro on top the pro Drag Radial field today with a 3.803 at 197.45 MPH. Barry's brother David Peters puts him in the beams in the round two session this afternoon.

Hamptonville, North Carolina based racer Barry Mitchell put the Keziah/Mitchell 69 Camaro on top the pro Drag Radial field today with a 3.803 at 197.45 MPH. Barry’s brother David Peters puts him in the beams in the round two qualifying session this afternoon.

Mark Woodruff is coming out hard for 2017 qualifying with a 3.867 and 208.57 MPH through the lights.

Mark Woodruff is coming out hard for 2017 qualifying with a 3.867 and 208.57 MPH through the lights.

Chad Opaleski has ran well all weekend with several passes in the 4.0's and qualifying seventh with a 4.08 at 186, three MPH faster than his previous best in the Fast Forward Race Engines powered '66 Chevelle.

Chad Opaleski has ran well all weekend with several passes in the 4.0’s and qualifying seventh with a 4.08 at 186, three MPH faster than his previous best in the Fast Forward Race Engines powered ’66 Chevelle.

Daniel Pharris had a clean his in second round qualifying scoring third with a 3.96 at 203 in the Aleppa Racing 2015 Vette.

Daniel Pharris had a clean hit in second round qualifying scoring third in PDR with a 3.96 at 203 in the Aleppa Racing 2015 Vette.

Lil Country leads the Limited Drag Radial class with a 4.243 at 173.44 driving The Apocalypse based out of Zephyrhills, Florida. In the near lane Don Lamana put his Pro Fab Performance Plus 90 Fox in sixth with a 4.38 at 178.

Lil Country leads the Limited Drag Radial class with a 4.243 at 173.44 driving The Apocalypse based out of Zephyrhills, Florida. In the near lane Don Lamana put his Pro Fab Performance Plus 90 Fox in sixth with a 4.38 at 178.

Syracuse, New York based Mike Gwynn had a wild ride today in his 66 Chevelle climbing the ring gear very quickly on his qualifying attempt next to Scott Husted out of New Port Richey, FL. Gwynn sits last in the LDR field with Husted sitting fourth with a 4.299.

Kevin Fiscus (far lane) was paired with Lyle Barnett who is glad to be back behind the wheel driving for Jason Digby and smashing the Leaf Spring record to the tune of 4.298 at 183.37 MPH landing third in class at the season kickoff here in Bradenton this weekend. Fiscus is driving for Willard Kinzer this weekend driving the trusty stock suspension Wolfe built Mustang in LDR. He sits second, .001 behind Apocolypse with a 4.244 with 184.27 top speed, good for top MPH in qualifying.

I can safely say no one is Surprised Shawn Pevlor is the top qualifier in Ultra Street running a 4.801 at 146.96. There are three other cars in the 4.80's this weekend though so things should get interesting Sunday.

I can safely say no one is Surprised Shawn Pevlor is the top qualifier in Ultra Street running a 4.801 at 146.96. There are three other cars in the 4.80’s this weekend though so things should get interesting Sunday.

Walter Drakeford broke a center section earlier today before coming back in the last session to score eighth spot on the Ultra Street ladder with a 5.02 at 128 after this wheels up launch. You can see the nose of the number two qualified ATF Speed car of Mike Freeman out of Lehigh, Florida.

Walter Drakeford broke a center section earlier today before coming back in the last session to score eighth spot on the Ultra Street ladder with a 5.02 at 128 after this wheels up launch. You can see the nose of the number two qualified ATF Speed car of Mike Freeman out of Lehigh, Florida.

 

After an eight day thrash session Eric Kenward is now sporting a Procharger and a new engine to go with it. He sits tenth with a 5.055 at 140.

After an eight day thrash session Eric Kenward is now sporting a Procharger and a new engine to go with it. He sits tenth with a 5.055 at 140.

Ultra Street racer Tony Alm is concentrating on Ultra Street for 2017 running a 4.78 and 4.74 personal best during Friday's testing. He runs Haltech engine management on the MPR built engine with an update to coil on plug in the off season and a switch to the new Hossier 275 Drag Radial which carries a 50 pound weight penalty. Plans for this year include the Heads Up Madness series here in Bradenton and select Ultra Street events and taking the year off from the NMRA and the extensive travel that series entails. Alm sits third in class with a 4.83 today.

Ultra Street racer Tony Alm is concentrating on Ultra Street for 2017 running a 4.78 and 4.74 personal best during Friday’s testing. He runs Haltech engine management on the MPR built engine with an update to coil on plug in the off season and a switch to the new Hossier 275 Drag Radial which carries a 50 pound weight penalty. Plans for this year include the Heads Up Madness series here in Bradenton and select Ultra Street events and taking the year off from the NMRA and the extensive travel that series entails. Alm sits third in class with a 4.83 today.

Felix Garcia's Chevy II appeared not up to one hundred percent and still managed to top the Heavy Street field with a 4.59 at 167 MPH. The car is powered by a Chevy 555 inch big block and twin turbos.

Felix Garcia’s Chevy II appeared not up to one hundred percent and still managed to top the Heavy Street field with a 4.59 at 167 MPH. The car is powered by a Chevy 555 inch big block and twin turbos.

Rick Prospero is based out of Satellite Beach with his 1990 Mazda RX7. It's also got a big Chevy and twin turbo set up which has competed in Drag Week with. He sits second with a 4.74.

Rick Prospero is based out of Satellite Beach with his 1990 Mazda RX7. It’s also got a big Chevy and twin turbo set up which has competed in Drag Week with. He sits second with a 4.74.

Third qualifier David Boger got on the bars unloading the rear tires and losing traction. The car did a quick spin and David was able to get it stopped straight scoring a nice save, albeit, facing the wrong way. David is ok though and the car is likely fine but for a tire, or two. He put up a 4.84 in the first session to earn third spot.

This C-10 is popular with the crowd and Austin Stephens and the NBS Race Cars team and Kris Nelson have stepped up the power and moved out of 5.50 Index to Heavy street this weekend. He landed fifth with a 5.12 at 135 miles per hour.

This C-10 is popular with the crowd and Austin Stephens and the NBS Race Cars team and Kris Nelson have stepped up the power and moved out of 5.50 Index to Heavy street this weekend. He landed fifth with a 5.12 at 135 miles per hour.

Outlaw 632 had 22 cars vying for the field with Ken Quartuccio taking top qualifier with a 3.372 at 165.86 MPH in the C&S Powered Camaro. He is a whopping files MPH better than the next best car of Troy Blake who qualified third. Oh, this is Ken's first weekend on Drag Radials too.

Outlaw 632 had 22 cars vying for the field with Ken Quartuccio taking top qualifier with a 3.372 at 165.86 MPH in the C&S Powered Camaro. He is a whopping files MPH better than the next best car of Troy Blake who qualified third. Oh, this is Ken’s first weekend on Drag Radials too.

Dominic Augustine hails from Moorseville, NC with his 65 Chevelle sporting only a 598 inch big Chevy power plant. Small engine and small tires works just fine for him after landing second with a 4.392.

Dominic Augustine hails from Moorseville, NC with his 65 Chevelle sporting only a 598 inch big Chevy power plant. Small engine and small tires works just fine for him after landing second with a 4.392.

Jeff Ensslin put the 37 Chevy in fourth spot with a 4.47 at 159.

Jeff Ensslin put the 37 Chevy in fourth spot with a 4.47 at 159.

NMCA Racer Billy Banaka led the Pro Nitrous class scoring a 3.78 at 198 MPH.

NMCA Racer Billy Banaka led the Pro Nitrous class scoring a 3.78 at 198 MPH.

Danny Perry runs out of Sims North Carolina and sits second in Pro Nitorus with seven cars in class here this weekend.

Danny Perry runs out of Sims North Carolina and sits second in Pro Nitrous with seven cars in class here this weekend.

Ty Tutterow landed third behind Jose Gonzalez and Todd Moyer with a 3.77 at 199 MPH for team Galot Motorsports 1968 Camaro entry. It's a big filed of Outlaw Pro Mod this weekend with twenty five cars vying fo rthe field of 16.

Ty Tutterow landed third behind Jose Gonzalez and Todd Moyer with a 3.77 at 199 MPH for team Galot Motorsports 1968 Camaro entry. It’s a big filed of Outlaw Pro Mod this weekend with twenty five cars vying for the field of 16.

Mike Janis put his car in fourth spot running a 3.78 right behind his old car now driven by Marc Caruso, who landed in seventh.

Mike Janis put his car in fourth spot running a 3.78 right behind his old car now driven by Marc Caruso, who landed in seventh.

 

Adam Flamholc was the last car in the 3.70's earning fifth position with a 3.796.

Adam Flamholc was the last car in the 3.70’s earning fifth position with a 3.796.

Robert Abbot kept up his performance today running a 3.84 at 190 to take eighth spot in the field. He will face number nine Ken Cruz in round one.

Robert Abbott kept up his performance today running a 3.84 at 190 to take eighth spot in the field. He will face number nine Ken Cruz in round one.

Jason Scruggs earned top qualifer in X-Treme Pro Mod with a 3.51 at a whopping 222.00 MPH for the Mississippi based team.

Jason Scruggs earned top qualifier in X-Treme Pro Mod with a 3.51 at a whopping 222.00 MPH for the Mississippi based team.

Jose Gonzalez is also entered in X-Treme Pro Mod with his 2016 C7 Corvette. He earned second for his efforts runnign a 3.62 at 220. John Sullivan Jr and Bubba Stanton struggled getting down today with both cars qualifying in the fours after aborted runs.

Jose Gonzalez is also entered in X-Treme Pro Mod with his 2016 C7 Corvette. He earned second for his efforts running a 3.62 at 220. John Sullivan Jr and Bubba Stanton struggled getting down today with both cars qualifying in the fours after aborted runs.

Tracy Stunkard put his Open Outlaw dragster on top running a 3.89 at 185.

Tracy Stunkard put his Open Outlaw dragster on top running a 3.89 at 185.

Melissa Hutson hiked the front wheels in her 2010 Spitzer Dragster. When the front came back down it unloaded the rear tires and spun. The team knows the surface here well though so should have an A to B pass set up for first round tomorrow.

Melissa Hutson hiked the front wheels in her 2010 Spitzer Dragster. When the front came back down it unloaded the rear tires and spun. The team knows the surface here well though so should have an A to B pass set up for first round tomorrow.

Butch Patrick, AKA Eddie Muster made an appearance today and an exhibition run with the "Munster Cars" after second round of qualifying. Butch and the cars got quite a bit of interest with the fans but some oil from the Munster Coach in the far lane put an end to qualifying due to cleanup time and the cold weather conditions the day was called for safety reasons.

Butch Patrick, AKA Eddie Muster made an appearance today and an exhibition run with the “Munster Cars” after second round of qualifying. Butch and the cars got quite a bit of interest with the fans but some oil from the Munster Coach in the far lane put an end to qualifying due to cleanup time and the cold weather conditions the day was called for safety reasons.

Sunday Eliminations

Rain delayed out start time till around 1 PM by the time the track was dry and ready for racing. The Index Classes were also given rain checks due to the delay so the other classes could finish the event.  The Leaf Spring and Pro Drag Radial records fell this weekend along with a string of personal best runs in multiple classes so today is shaping up for some exciting matches.

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Final Event Results

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Outlaw Pro Mod, Outlaw 632, Ultra Street, Limited Drag Radial.

Pro Drag Radial, Pro Nitrous, Open Outlaw, Heavy Street.

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Rob has had an interest in photography since he was young, but didn't get started until 2007, when he started shooting at the local tracks. After that, he started doing local video coverage of heads-up events and began working with Power Automedia shortly after.
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