Bill Lutz powered his way to the Kooks Custom Headers Pro Street win in record-setting fashion as the Flowmaster NMCA Muscle Car Nationals series returned to the always quick and fast Maryland International Raceway over the weekend.
Lutz, who recorded the quickest pass in NMCA Pro Street history at 5.97 during qualifying on Saturday and reset both ends of the national record (5.97 and 247 MPH and some change) in the process, downed the other Lutz – Jeff (no relation) — in the Pro Street finale, running 6.09 to a slowing 6.71.
In Mickey Thompson Tires Super Street 10.5W, reigning series champion and No. 3 Mike Murillo scored another victory for the SCT Performance team from Texas, ousting a strong field of competitors, including Jerry Morgano, Frank Mewshaw, Steve Jackson, and No. 1 qualifier David DeMarco in the final round on his trip to victory lane. DeMarco had spent the first two qualifying session of the weekend idle while he and his crew worked on the car, but rolled out for the final session and took the pole in convincing fashion with a killer 6.52. Georgian Steve Jackson also grabbed plenty of headlines over the weekend as he entered his familiar Outlaw Drag Radial machine in the 10.5 category. Jackson, in a departure from his normal 1/8-mile racing, qualified second at 6.73 and bowed out to Murillo in the semifinals with mechanical issues.
Hohenwald, Tenn. chassis builder Darren Breaud scored his first win in ARP Nostalgia Pro Street behind the wheel of his 2006 Pontiac GTO, downing longtime class frontrunner Kevin Parent in the final, 7.33 to 7.38. Breaud had qualified his entry No. 4 in the six-car field that was led by Skip Baskin’s 7.26, but turned up the wick and edged Baskin in round one with a 7.29 to earn a single into the final.
In Stainless Works 275 Drag Radial, class kingpin Jason Lee appeared on track to carry the hardware home once again on the wheels of his 7.39-second No. 1 qualifying effort that paced the field by nearly three-tenths, but his run came to a screeching halt in the final round when opponent Dan Kroll, making his first start with a freshly re-worked race car, got the best of the champ and took a huge upset win, 7.85 to a quickly closing 7.92. Kroll, with his defeat of Lee, claimed the “bounty” offered up by ProCharger to pay his entry fees to the remainder of the NMCA events in 2012.
Phil Smith, more affectionately known as “Corndog”, scored a big win in Aeromotive Xtreme Street when he drove around the Corvette of Bob Curran after getting welded to the tree, .016 to a dead late .127 — needing every bit of the his 8.02 at 168.35 to overtake Curran’s 8.16. A round prior, the Bob’s — Curran and Kurgan — squared off for a trip to the final, and it was the Bartlett, Tenn. native Curran in his Corvette that took the 8.15 to 8.11 holeshot victory. In doing so, Curran also collected on one of the weekend “bounties” offered by Vortech Superchargers to any racer that could take the “Flyin’ Hawaiian out in competition.
Multi-time champ Charlie Booze Jr. scored another one in Pro Stock, beating don Baskin on both ends of the racetrack with an .036 light and a great 8.47 at 157 MPH in the final round.
Indiana native Jeremy Gillam went wire-to-wire in Mean Street on the weekend, earning the No. 1 qualifying slot with his 9.89 lap and recording low ET of each round of eliminations before a 9.89 to 9.99 defeat of Tommy Godfrey in the money round.
Joe Winick, who hails fro New Jersey, made the most of his annual entry in the Indy Cylinder Heads Nostalgia Super Stock category in his ’63 Savoy, defeating Skip Koester in the final round. Winick defeated Dallas Schultz and Doug Poskevich on his way to the final, where he strapped a big holeshot on Koester and was never headed.
Mike Clifford, all the way from Daytona Beach, Fla. earned Eaton Nostalgia Muscle Car honors in his Barracuda, downing fellow Florida native Gerry Vizzo with a better .086 to .126 reaction in the final.
Other winners in Maryland included Bobby Barrick (EFI Rumble), Frankie Radake (Open Comp), Billy Copeland (Hemi Rumble), Brian Brunt (HemiTuner Unlimited), Bill McFadden (Pettys Garage Stroker), and Paul Mondock (Stage 6 Motorsports Pro).