Episode #152: NMCA West

Drag Racing Wrap Up and More


Back at the Galaxie Studio after a day at the drag races in Fontana…conversation goes from event coverage to Irwindale to illegal street racing…William continues to have his usual luck, RIP Glen Thornton, SEMA, and more. Check it out and tell your friends.


Episode #152


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The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California was every bit alive on this particular March weekend. Inside the super speedway oval track was NASCAR driving school, at the south end of the parking lot was dedicated go karting, above that was the Hotchkis autocross challenge and next to that was the quarter mile dragway. The National Muscle Car Associaton (NMCA) kicked off the 2015 season with their Spring Nationals.

We missed both runs by ProMedia president, Steve Wolcott, but we managed to get some great coverage of the many race classes as they ran the quarter with mid 80’s temperatures on the track. Probably the most notable class is the ARP Outlaw 8.5.

Meaning, an 8-1/2” rear tire. Time lapse speeds varied from 111 to 146 mph in the 5-6 second neighborhood in a basically stock-looking car with power adders. This class only has less than 10 entrants, but I call that just plain crazy.

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Other classes included Pro Mod, Super Quick, Quick Street and Brackets 1-3. Overall, you get a great variety including some dragsters and fiberglass bodied mods making the rounds. Big mention is also the True Street class which opens the doors to your every day driver truck, sedan or resto mod muscle car. Early and late models eligible as long as the driver has a DOT qualified helmet. The different rule for this class is the 30 mile stop and go traffic outside the track. Then the cars make their last dialed in run with the winner being the most consistent ET.


On the other side of the 18 foot wall, was the autocross sponsored by Hotchkis Suspension. We’re always amazed at the growing trend of the autocross challenges. It’s affordable, easy and looks like a lot of fun. It’s not an annual membership dedicated program like SCCA, but more like a single day, pay-as-you play kinda deal. It’s a dedicated area with the course changing each day and it’s timed. The program breaks drivers out by experience to keep the field consistent and to help with course setup between the runs.


We’ll see if we can get the Mustang ready for one of these events later this year since it’s pretty easy to sign up online and we’ll be attending the event anyway for some great motorsport coverage. This is all good motivation to get back to the garage.


We’ll be back for more NMCA in Fontana.