2012 NMCA All Star Nationals Same Day Coverage From Atlanta

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Today started out overcast but it looks like the sun is starting to make an appearance around 10:30 AM. The forecast has a chance of rain but the radar is clear for now. The track is hot with index and brackets running now while the heads up portion should start after 12 noon. For those of you at home or in the pits there is a live feed broadcast by Motormaniatv.com covering the on track action. Stay tuned through the day for exclusive photo coverage here at Dragzine.

Special thanks to our event coverage sponsor Mickey Thompson Tires, check them out at www.mickeythompsontires.com.

 

I spoke with Jim Hairston about the team this morning to get the skinny on the previously West coast based operation. Driver Clint Hairston took the 2010 PSCA Pro Street championship with this car then took off part of 2011 as Jim's youngest son and crew chief Jake took a job tuning for Troy Coughlin using this car to run the NMRA Pro Mod series for seven races while awaiting the new car to be finished. Since then Jake has taken a position with Jegs' Pro Stock engine shop in Charlotte so the car is now based there and the rest of the team flies here.

The family operation was started in 2001 wih a 70 Camaro body on nitrous and later hooked up with Kenny Dutwieler and made the move to a small block twin turbo combination and getting this Bickel GTO in 2008. They set numerous records in PSCA with a best there of 6.08 @ 240, and holds the prestige of being the fastest small block in NHRA history with a 5.91 @ @ 249. Father Jim is the Director of marketing and product development at Pertronix and they are the main sponsor on the car. Other sponsors include Lucas Oil, Patriot Exhaust which is a division of Pertronix, Precision Turbo. The engine they are using this weekend is based on a Dart billet block with Little Chief heads displacing 396 cubic inches and topped with a Hogans intake. The Hairston Racing schedule for 2012 includes here, Joliet, Budds Creek, Bowling Green and Indy and also try to run the SCSN in Vegas again.

 

Things are a bit busy this morning in the Steve George pit as they have been struggling some with the new engine, an 822 ci. 5.2 bore space piece from Steve Schmidt. They did run a 4.36 1/8th in Bradenton at the US Street Nationals but fell off pace and are adjusting the tune this am to get back to a baseline.

DeMarco Racing has three cars here this weekend wih Andrew sitting out after loosing a head gasket in his Drag Radial Mustang in qualifying. David's Grand National is doing well running a 6.51 in qualifying but the run was disallowed at the scales for being light on the run by ten pounds. This was after they had added ten pounds to the car expecting to weigh in at 3160. After that they added weight to rescale the car and came up at 3170 so Dave isn't to happy about losing his best run but it's one of those racing deals and he knows he has the capability to run with the other top qualified cars. Last year the car was updated with a new front suspension at Victory Racecraft and a new engine from Pro Line Racing with an aluminum block for over hundred pound loss. His first full run since the updates was the 6.51 pass on Saturday.

RD 1 Elimination Results

KOOKS PRO STREET

L     JEFF LUTZ                          5     0.00     3.602     0.000     0.00
R     JIMMY KEEN             1995     0.00     .137     6.474     225.18
L     CLINT HAIRSTON     1000     0.00     .033     6.083     244.43
R     BILL LUTZ                    1969     0.00     .001     6.352     228.07
L     JOSHUA GREEN        1020     0.00     .057     6.949     200.14
R     CHRI RINI                  1010     0.00     .079     6.108     232.23

M-T 10.5W-SCT PRO OUTLAW
L
R     MIKE MURILLO          1     0.00     .057     10.783     80.44
L     STEVE GEORGE           2327     0.00     1.459     17.789     74.85
R     KEVIN MITCHELL     2030     0.00         0.000     0.00
L     JIM MONSON              1224     0.00     -.003     6.949     206.64
R     BRIAN HICKS             2930     0.00     .020     0.000     0.00
L     KEVIN SCOTT             2021     0.00         0.000     0.00
R     TIM ESSICK                 1003     0.00     2.481     6.750     220.30
L     RAY SANCHEZ           2018     0.00         0.000     0.00
R     TONY NESBITT           2999     0.00     .135     6.800     207.30
L     DAVID DEMARCO     2012     0.00     .007     6.541     233.32
R     WILLARD KINZER     2605     0.00     .025     6.740     234.74
L     MARK WELLS              2009     0.00     .048     7.345     165.31
R     FRANK MEWSHAW     2840     0.00     .032     6.673     218.12
L     TONY WATKINS          1202     0.00         0.000     0.00
R     ERIC LAFERRIERE     2001     0.00     .116     6.678     215.27

ARP NOSTALGIA PRO STREET

L     DAVID BEESON           3003     0.00     .064     7.298     190.62
R     SKIP BASKIN                       4     0.00     .116     7.318     188.83
L     KEITH MCCOY            3074     0.00         0.000     0.00
R     DARREN BREAUD     3807     0.00     .030     7.859     137.67
L     JOE BUCARO                      3     0.00     3.707     11.564     169.83
R     JEFF COLLETTA              2     0.00     .025     7.314     187.99
L
R     KEVIN PARENT     3000     0.00     .649     7.401     165.70

AFCO-STAINLESS WORKS DR

L     MIKE ALWARDT          10097     0.00     .065     7.987     177.56
R     MICHAEL FRATENA     6101     0.00     .078     7.778     186.28
L     DAN SAITZ                        6001     0.00     .166     14.436     68.43
R     DAN KROLL                     6116     0.00     .085     7.723     182.90
L     BRIAN TUTEN                      4     0.00     .885     30.930     80.03
R     SEAN ASHE                    6108     0.00     .131     7.824     176.21
L     RONNIE DIAZ                      6     0.00     .023     8.251     178.35
R     JASON LEE                            1     0.00     .035     7.577     177.86

AEROMOTIVE XTREME STREET

L     SCOTT GUILER               4442     0.00     .040     0.000     0.00
R     BOB CURRAN                 4005     0.00     .077     8.095     174.30
L     JASON BROCK                4004     0.00     .167     8.683     160.69
R     DAVID HUTNICK          4827     0.00     .037     9.064     172.19
L     PHIL SMITH                            4     0.00     .099     8.076     175.96
R     DANNY SHEMWELL     4999     0.00     .078     8.637     139.04
L     FRED BRUNN                  4105     0.00         0.000     0.00
R     BILL TRAVATO             4177     0.00     1.348     22.776     0.00
L     BOB KURGAN                 4444     0.00     1.304     18.935     0.00

EDLEBROCK HS-COMP PSTK

L     DON BOWLES                 3HS     0.00     .018     8.591     156.17
R     DON BASKIN                      3     0.00     .007     8.515     156.81
L     ROBBIE BLAKENSHIP     1     0.00     .033     8.497     158.02

Jeff Lutz was hurt and started the car to take the tree for points against Jimmy Keen. Bill Lutz did his job with a fantastic .001 light but Clint Hairston drove by with a 6.08 @ 244 for low ET and top MPH of the round.

6.10 @ 232 for the win over Joshua Green who had his best run of the weekend breaking into the sixes with a 6.94 @ 200 MPH. Team Green struggled during qualifying and tore up a trans and enlisted Dave Klayput from Proformance Transmissions to get it straight.” type=”1″ images=”167515″]

Brian Hicks was paired with Jim Monson in the combined Mickey Thompson/SCT Pro Outlaw class for round one. Monson went red and matched his qualifying performance of 6.94 with 205 MPH through the lights as Hicks got loose and crossed the center line behind him, pulled the chutes and did a great job getting the car under control sending Monson to round two.

Darren Breaud was paired with Keith McCoy but go a single after the Trans AM wasn't able to start. He ran a 7.85 @ 137 after shutting i down early.

Dan Kroll got the win over Dan Saitz with a clean 7.72 @ 182 in the second pair of Afco/Stainless Works Drag Radial.

Jason Brock had luck go his way in first round as David Hutnick struck the tires after going .037 on the tree to Brock's very late .167 on his best run of the weekend.

Phil Smith was paired up with Danny Shemwell who left first but went into a wheel stand and watched Smith go on to a clean 8.07 @ 175. Bog Kurgan also advanced over Trovato after a nitrous backfire at the hit.

 

RD 3 Results

 

KOOKS PRO STREET

Round E2
L
R     CHRI RINI                    1010     0.00     .008     10.386     74.80
L     JIMMY KEEN              1995     0.00     .008     6.184     229.66
R     CLINT HAIRSTON     1000     0.00     .065     6.067     245.72

M-T 10.5W-SCT PRO OUTLAW

Round E3
L     ERIC LAFERRIERE     2001     0.00     .049     6.780     189.66
R     FRANK MEWSHAW     2840     0.00     .004     6.824     189.87
L     TIM ESSICK                    1003     0.00     .016     6.792     213.37
R     MIKE MURILLO                   1     0.00     .038     6.634     221.89

Round: E2
L     TONY NESBITT              2999     0.00     -.014     24.441     29.25
R     TIM ESSICK                  1003     0.00     .010     6.786     220.69
L     JIM MONSON                1224     0.00     .058     7.029     205.16
R     ERIC LAFERRIERE     2001     0.00     .143     7.048     176.37
L     DAVID DEMARCO      2012     0.00     -.014     13.609     58.10
R     MIKE MURILLO                 1     0.00     .007     6.635     231.60
L     FRANK MEWSHAW     2840     0.00     .039     8.981     100.62
R     STEVE GEORGE             2327     0.00         0.000     0.00

ARP NOSTALGIA PRO STREET

Round: E2
Lane     Name     Number     Dial In     R/T     ET     MPH
L     JEFF COLLETTA               2     0.00     .039     7.357     188.04
R     DAVID BEESON        3003     0.00     .064     8.879     113.86
L     DARREN BREAUD     3807     0.00     .027     7.376     187.16
R     KEVIN PARENT       3000     0.00     .063     7.310     192.55

AEROMOTIVE XTREME STREET

Round: E3
L     PHIL SMITH                4     0.00     .126     8.098     175.89
R     BOB KURGAN     4444     0.00     .073     7.794     171.29
L     JASON BROCK     4004     0.00     .147     8.683     160.42
R

Round: E2
L     JASON BROCK        4004     0.00     .117     8.625     161.11
R     BOB CURRAN         4005     0.00     -.004     8.088     172.87
L     BILL TRAVATO     4177     0.00     .351     11.671     91.89
R     BOB KURGAN        4444     0.00     .081     7.843     168.22

AFCO-STAINLESS WORKS DR

Round: E2
L     SEAN ASHE                      6108     0.00     .112     8.590     168.20
R     DAN KROLL                     6116     0.00     .079     8.140     182.03
L     MICHAEL FRATENA     6101     0.00     .074     8.175     184.88
R     JASON LEE                              1     0.00     .043     7.505     187.52

EDLEBROCK HS-COMP PSTK

Round: E2
L     DON BASKIN                       3     0.00     .032     8.487     156.66
R     ROBBIE BLAKENSHIP     1     0.00     -.029     8.472     158.52

B&B RACE CARS MEAN STREET

Round: E2

L     GARY DUNCAN           2     0.00     .082     10.177     131.34
R     JEREMY GILLAM       4     0.00     .097     9.989     132.23
L
R     BRANDON ALSEPT     6     0.00     .136     9.930     134.07

 

In round three of Mickey Thompson 10.5/SCT Pro Outlaw the first pair out was Meshaw and LaFerriere with Meshaw putting up a .004 light to take the early lead. Past half track Meshaw got a little wiggle then the car made a hard left into the other lane and he pulled the chutes but wasn't able to save it and scrubbed the wall and the car went on it's roof and started sliding. Frank is ok and the damage is mostly cosmetic but will need a new roof and windshield. We will be updating to get you up to speed and have it live as soon as possible.

 

Final Results

KOOKS PRO STREET

L     CHRIS RINI                 1010     0.00     .078     6.064     234.66
R     CLINT HAIRSTON     1000     0.00     4.356     16.562     55.98

Pro Street had a very interesting weekend with several racers busy making repairs, rebuilding engines or swapping them out, swapping cars and a new record for Chris Rini with a 6.031 and running the table with the event win. The Rini crew did an engine swap during qualifying to prepare for the next event, running only to the 1/8th on Saturday to get it dialed in a bit before hitting it hard. Clink Hairston seemed to be the only threat running a 6.08, then a 6.06 @ 145 against Jimmy Keen but the chutes came late and he ran the car into the sand box at the end of the track. The incident with Frank Meshaw then the True Street program gave them plenty of time to prepare, though when the lights came down in the final the car didn't move and Rini put up a 6.06 @ 234 MPH for the win. You can count on the Hairston crew wanting another shot at Rini especially with Clint now with the MPH record this year

M-T 10.5W-SCT PRO OUTLAW

L     ERIC LAFERRIERE     2001     0.00     .055     6.736     221.96
R     MIKE MURILLO     1     0.00     .021     6.709     222.44

Eric LaFerriere had luck go his way on route to the final with Mike Murillo in an NMCA vs. NMRA final. After a round one opponent broke bye, Jim Monson bursting the intercooler losing water and coming up light on the scales in round two and a near miss accident as Frank Meshaw crossed the center line and went over on his roof in the semis one might say he had an easy road but the car runs very well and LaFerriere put up a game race in the final with Murillo taking the win by about .06 at the stripe.

ARP NOSTALGIA PRO STREET

L     JEFF COLLETTA     2     0.00     .010     10.515     106.18
R     KEVIN PARENT     3000     0.00     .047     7.331     189.20

Jeff Colletta was first out at the start but fell off pace as the hard charging, determined Kevin Parent made a move to the right and out of the groove hugging the edge of the racing surface but the car was stuck and he pulled it back for a 7.33 @ 189 MPH run. The crew consists of Kevin's girlfriend Lubel Mirafelix, Bob Travelbee and Brian Mullaney.

AEROMOTIVE XTREME STREET

L     JASON BROCK     4004     0.00     -.019     8.477     164.11
R     BOB KURGAN                4444     0.00     .083     7.764     181.37

Bob Kurgan earned a single in first round and took the tree and backed out, after that he improved ET every round and ran a 7.76 @ 181, his best of the event in the final with Jason Brock, who debuted his car here this weekend and also put up his best numbers in the final. Who can argue with a runner up finish in a new combination.

AFCO-STAINLESS WORKS DR

L     DAN KROLL     6116     0.00     .021     10.837     102.37
R     JASON LEE     1     0.00     .043     7.967     134.74

Dan Kroll and Jason Lee met up in the Afco/Stainless Works Drag Radial final with both racers having it relatively easy getting here and Lee having the more consistent car this weekend. Kroll had the starting line advantage but struck the tires early and clicked it early, Lee did the same a bit farther down track cruising through to a 7.97 @ 134 taking the win for PTP Racing and Strange Engineering. Besides having to swap out the transmission early Friday the rest of the weekend was uneventful and without breakage.

EDLEBROCK HS-COMP PSTK

L     DON BASKIN     3     0.00     .032     8.487     156.66
R     ROBBIE BLAKENSHIP     1     0.00     -.029     8.472     158.52

Don Baskin put up his best run of the weekend with his BES powered Chevy II in the final against Robbie Blankenship who went red, taking a loss.

B&B RACE CARS MEAN STREET

L     JEREMY GILLAM     4     0.00     .035     9.996     132.58
R     BRANDON ALSEPT     6     0.00     .074     9.914     134.93

Mean Street was another class where the top cars met in the final with Brandon Aslept having the ET advantage and running his best in eliminations 9.91 @ 134 to take out Jeremy Gillam with both cars being very consistent all day.

 

 

 

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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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