Chris Holbrook Clocks NMCA Factory Super Cars Record 7.66

NMCA Factory Super Cars competitor Chris Holbrook recorded the quickest and fastest run in the history of the category, and the quickest in the modern era of Detroit’s big-three “factory wars” Saturday at the season-opener in Bradenton, Florida.

The Livonia, Michigan native, who is one of the longest-tenured racers in the category, dating back to the days of the ADRL’s SuperCar Showdown, clocked a stunning 7.660 at 181.06 mph in his supercharged 2019 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet to lead qualifying.

Holbrook was joined in the 7.60s — uncharted territory for the category in both the NMCA and NHRA to this point — by Tennessee’s Tripp Carter, at 7.696. Two other racers, Jim Betz and Chuck Watson, exceeded 180 mph — also previously uncharted waters in the class.

Holbrook parlayed his dominating performance into a victory on raceday, clocking a 7.70 in round one, a 7.75 in a defeat of Terry Munroe in the quarterfinals, and an off-pace 7.93 in the semis, setting up a final round match with another Ford powerhouse in Bill Skillman. There, Holbrook was better on both ends of the racetrack, taking a .09-second advantage out of the gate and charging to a 7.70 to 7.73 victory.

A season ago, citing continual rule changes in the Factory Stock Showdown category by the NHRA to retain parity, the NMCA divorced itself from the NHRA rules package for its Factory Super Cars eliminator in hopes of creating a more inviting and cost-effective venue for racers. The NMCA’s rules structure, with smaller supercharger pulley sizes for the 2019-20 COPO Camaro and Mustang Cobra Jet, allows such performances as Holbrook’s incredible 7.66 — a number you’re not likely to see in the NHRA fold this season.

About the author

Andrew Wolf

Andrew has been involved in motorsports from a very young age. Over the years, he has photographed several major auto racing events, sports, news journalism, portraiture, and everything in between. After working with the Power Automedia staff for some time on a freelance basis, Andrew joined the team in 2010.
Read My Articles

Drag Racing in your Inbox.

Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from Dragzine, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE!

Free WordPress Themes
Dragzine NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

We'll send you the most interesting Dragzine articles, news, car features, and videos every week.

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Dragzine NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...



Hot Rods & Muscle Cars

Diesel Army

Engine Tech

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...

  • Hot Rods & Muscle Cars
  • Diesel Army
  • Engine Tech

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Loading