Hughes Performance Customers Curran, Jones Red-Hot This Summer

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Veteran NMCA competitor Bob Curran has been on a tear in the middle part of the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals tour this summer, claiming three victories and setting a new national elapsed time record in the always exciting Xtreme Street eliminator in his supercharged Corvette.

Curran made the switch to a Hughes Performance billet Pro Series torque converter in his familiar Corvette this season, and immediately began to see results. Curran dominated at the series’ premier race, the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing in Chicago, doubling-up by winning the postponed finale of the Atlanta race from April before marching to victory lane in the main event on Sunday to capture two NHRA ‘Wally’ trophies in the same weekend. Putting the icing on the cake, he also reset the Xtreme Street record during the event, running a stout 7.83 at 178 mph.

Image courtesy Hughes Performance

Image courtesy Hughes Performance

The momentum carried through to the series’ next and most recent event at the Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., where Curran once again emerged victorious by defeating John Warren in the final round.

Curran has been as quick as 7.80-seconds at 181 mph this season with his Hughes Pro Series combo, and with cool fall air on the way, the numbers could go even lower.

Out on the West coast, radial tire frontrunner Ryan “Toaster” Jones has continued to dominate with his little red Chevy II packing a Hughes billet Pro Series converter. Jones set both ends of the Outlaw 8.5 record at the WCHRA event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield in July, powering his twin turbocharged, SBC-powered machine to a blistering 4.854 at 158.84 mph. Ryan scored the Outlaw 8.5 win at that event and currently sits atop the points in the class. Making Jones’ feat all the more impressive, as the Hughes gang points out, is that he did it on Mickey Thompson’s 235/60-15 Drag Radials, which measure a tread width of just 7.6 inches.

To learn more about Hughes Performance, their products, and the record-setting racers who use them, log on to hughesperformance.com.

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.
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