he pits were filled with Blue Oval and Bowtie race cars, but Mopars made their presence known at last weekend's Ross Racing Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, NMCA's 2013 Flowmaster Drag Racing Series season-opener.
Come on in for more about Doug Duell's Nostalgia Super Stock win, and two other class-winning Mopars...
If there's one class at last weekend's season-opening NMCA race at Bradenton (FL) Motorsports Park that drew a lot of Mopar interest, it was tti Exhaust Nostalgia Super Stock, where the big-engined Plymouths and Dodges filled the class and went rounds during eliminations
When it was all over, Doug Duell's '64 Plymouth Fury wagon took the NSS win, on a double-breakout in the final round. His 9.496/140.27 run was a breakout on his 9.25-second index, but he was closer to his (only going .004 seconds under it) than his final-round Bowtie opponent.
If you look at the results--at www.nmcadigital.com--you'll see that there were a lot of double breakouts all weekend long.Everybody was making plenty of power, and the Bradenton Motorsports Park track crew did a great job preparing the racing surface, especially after heavy rains hit after Friday's early runs.
Remember the "Texas Whale," that' 60 Plymouth Suburban drag wagon that we brought you in "Penta Stars" some time back? Dave Schultz ran strong all weekend in it, with a best of 9.777 seconds/135.82 mph (on a 9.75 dial-in), but only making it to the second round of NSS before red-lighting.
That wasn't the only Schultz-family Mopar at Bradenton. Son Dallas ran this sharp '65 Dodge Coronet, running a best of 9.525/138.18 mph in the first round. In Round 2, he was paired up with his dad, and took the win when the senior Schultz red-lit. Unfortunately, Dallas broke out in the third round.
Also running strong at Bradenton in NSS was Michael Sanders, whose '68 Barracuda won his first-round race (on his opponents' red light) before losing to Doug Duell in the second round.
You like early B-Bodies? So have Mopar drag racers for over half a century--and they're still going strong! That includes Randy Stransbury's '63 Plymouth. Randy's Belvie ran a best of 10.522/124.29 during eliminations, winning an all-Mopar first round (against Ron Carraway's '64 Plymouth Fury, who ran a 10.128/133.94 on a 10-flat index, powered by an engine built by our own Dave Young) before red-lighting in the second round.
Another sensational '63 was Joe Ewing's Dodge Polara, which made the show, but red-lit in the first round of eliminations.
The Tremec True Street field was huge, and dominated by Bowties and Blue Ovals--but you knew the Mopars were there! That included the A-Body that won the 10-second class, Willard Howard's '67 Dodge Dart. He averaged 10.076 seconds on his three passes, including a 10.023-second run...along with completing the 30-mile off-track cruise required of all True Street contestants.
(True Street contestants each made three timed runs, and their final class ranking was based on an average of those three runs.)
Also running strong in True Street (and beautifying the nearby Florida highways during the cruise) was Mike Mogeman's '66 Plymouth Barracuda. He ran a best of 12/885 seconds in his glass-back early A-Body. Another Mopar in True Street was Lauren Strong's '09 Challenger, which ran a best of 13.841 seconds.
And there was one more Mopar in the winner's circle...Billy Copeland won the Lakewood EFI Rumble class. Running on a 13-second index, his best run was a 13.111/104.26, and won the final on a double breakout that had him only .027 seconds off his index.
Get complete results from Bradenton--and info about NMCA's upcoming 2013 events--when you log on to www.nmcadigital.com.