Before the craziness of Sunday eliminations, we caught Billy Glidden tending to his revived 1990 Mustang. “I ran the car once in 2008 and once in 2010,” Glidden describes. “It was very erratic back then. We came out to Indianapolis Raceway Park on a Wednesday night not long ago and tried the setup the car had in it. It didn’t move around, but it also did not hook up perfectly. We then went to Louisville for a big event and tried to make four passes. It was so erratic; we couldn’t even try for third gear.”
When it comes to tight racing for the upcoming first round of VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, five racers are in the 3.70-second range on the Indy 1/8th-mile. Right behind them, there are five more competitors under the 3.80-second field. No matter how you look at the upcoming ladder compared to qualifying ETs, this is anyone’s game.
As of eliminations Leonard Long has already been named the FST Carburetors NA 10.5 for this NMCA championship season. Long scored three wins and a runner-up over season and took home a runner up finish during 2019. His effort continues to see if he can finish with four wins for this year.
Tom Blincoe is the optimist going into round one of Xtreme Pro Mod. He told us, “Believe it or not, we have a whole, whole lot left in the car. We ran a 3.80 in the final qualifying shot but we have 3.72 or even a 3.70 ET to get out of it with some changes.”
One of the biggest upsets in the first round of eliminations was in VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod class. Number-16 qualifier Stephan Stringer defeated number-one qualifier John Stanley in the top versus bottom ladder. Stringer ran a consistent 3.821 compared to his qualifying 3.824 pass. Stanley spun the tires resulting in an out-of-shape pass as he idled through the traps.
Chris Holbrook entered eliminations with the number one spot and continued to prove himself over the newly named 2019 champion, Bill Skillman. Holbrook ran a 7.84 in his round win over Chuck Watson while Skillman ran 7.86 to defeat Gardner Stone. The COPO Camaro versus Cobra Jet Mustang rivalry will continue into round two.
Unfortunately, in that second round, Holbrook blew a head gasket causing a harrowing top-end ride as he did everything imaginable to keep the Mustang off of both guardwalls.
Shawn Pevlor scored a bye run single in the first round of Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw competition. The elapsed time spread continued to be an exclusive battle between Rob Goss in his 2009 supercharged Challenger and Pevlor. It ultimately was Pevlor and Goss in the Sunday evening finals. Goss achieved a big reaction time advantage off the starting line and held Pevlor off with a 4.38 to Pevlor’s 4.55 ET.
Ultimately, Rob Goss may have won the battle for the day, but the 2019 World Championship for Street Outlaw goes to Shawn Pevlor who only lost a few of his 670-point lead to Goss with the final round loss.
It was a similar scenario in the ARP Nitrous Pro Street class; the first round elimination showed only two racers, Billy Glidden and Tony Gillig in 4.30’s in the 1/8-mile. Short of Jordan Ensslin or Tricia Musi bettering their 4.40’s, there are two dogs in that hunt as well.
Well, the dog story for Gillig and Glidden came to fruition as the two met in the finals. Jaws dropped as a .021-second starting line reaction time advantage went to Gillig, but Glidden ran a 4.317 to Gillig’s 4.367. The final round calculated margin of victory was .016-second. The 2019 overall champion in Nitrous Pro Street is Tricia Musi. She held her commanding 1100 -point lead finishing out the final event at Lucas Oil Raceway.
The VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod held a Cinderella story from the first round to the finals. Stephan Stringer caught everyone’s eyes when, as the number-16 qualifier, he defeated number-one qualifier, John Stanley. He then went on to score round-after-round wins to ultimately get to the final round against Jim Widener. Widener actually ran a quicker 3.78 compared to Stringer’s 3.80 ET. It was the starting line where the Xtreme Pro Mod final was decided as Stringer’s .058 reaction time held off Widener to the finish line.
Jim Widener’s journey to the final round gained him points against John Walsh Jr. who entered the event in the national points lead. It wasn’t enough points accumulated though, as Walsh is crowned the 2019 Xtreme Pro Mod champion.
It is no great surprise that with the dominating national points lead he had going into this final event, Leonard Long was the man to beat. Long had a 1,240 point lead, the largest lead of any class before the World Street Finals race began. Long is now named as the 2019 champion in FST Carburetors NA 10.5.
Long paired-up against Dwight Ausmus in the final round of NA 10.5 class. With almost identical reaction times, Long walked away with a big lead at the ‘stripe with a 7.86 to Ausmus’ 8.03 ET.
In the Holley EFI – Factory Super Car category, Bill Skillman solidified his points lead by traveling all the way to the finals where he went up against Randy Eakins. Eakins and his 2019 Mustang made up an all-Ford Cobra by pairing against Skillman. In one of the tightest final rounds of the day, Skillman edged Eakins with a 7.95 to a 7.96 ET. At the end of the day, the Factory Super Car world championship honors go to Skillman as well.
With both the 18th Annual NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance in the books and the 2019 NMCA World Championship points honors decided, the only thing left is the upcoming NMCA and NMRA Championship awards banquet held in conjunction with the 2019 Performance Racing Industry trade show this coming December. Of course, this biggest project for all of the racers who compete in NMRA and NMCA events is to begin planning and building for the upcoming season in 2020.