- Published on Friday, 23 August 2013 13:56
Perfect evening air, world records plummet and soar!
NORWALK, Ohio – The bold and courageous answered a call to wild and furious racing at the 7th Annual J.E. Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals on Friday, August 23, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The sun glowed red and orange in the west; the air cooled and stilled, resulting in six unofficial National Muscle Car Association world records with plummeting elapsed times and soaring miles per hour.
Jeff Lutz, Callery, Pa., lined up last at the tree for a solo pass in Atkins and Kooks Custom Headers Pro Street. His 1969 Camaro churned pavement straight and true, and demolished previous records with a 5.930-second elapsed time at 252 mph.
“Champions live for moments like that,” said announcer Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park. “Rather than buckle under pressure, he chewed it up and spit it back out.”
A few minutes earlier, Clint “The Milkman” Hairston, Tulare, Calif., set an unofficial record with a pass of 6.016 seconds at 245 mph in his orange 2009 Pontiac GTO.
Clint Hairston hardly parked in his pit before Jeff Lutz rocketed down the Summit lane, gaining speed the whole way, straight and true without a waver, snatching Hairston's celebration.
“Unbelievable,” said Jeff Lutz, in an interview with Bill Bader Jr. “When we heard you talking about the track, we said, 'Leave it alone. The track will come to us.'”
With the combination set, Jeff Lutz's team focused on shoes for the dance.
“We never touched a thing,” Jeff Lutz said. “We changed to a brand new set of Goodyear tires. Once you get it into high gear, it's really trucking. It was on a run.”
In Mickey Thompson Super Street 10.5, which means they apply the power from big engines to the pavement through 10.5-inch tires, Mark Micke, Jefferson City, Mo., leads the pack with a record run of 6.479 seconds at 227 mph.
Wilard Kinzer, Allen, Kent., owns the fastest speed in first round qualifying at 230 mph on a 6.637-second run in his 1998 Mustang with a Ford 526 engine.
Mark Carlyle, Hilliard, Ohio, qualified third with a run of 7.199 seconds at 207 mph. in his 2007 Corvette with an LSX 427 engine.
A record also fell in ARP Nostalgia Pro Street, when Skip Baskin, Covington, Tenn., wielded the power in his black-with-orange-stripes 2010 Camaro with a Chevy 638 cu. in. engine to a 7.236-second elapsed time at 189 mph.
One pass before, Joe Bucaro, Franklin Pike, Ill., bucked his Blue Monster Mustang to a short-lived world record with a run of 7.272 seconds at 188 mph.
In Stainless Works Street Outlaw, Dwayne Barbaree, El Dorado, Ark., mashed his black 1990 Mustang with a Ford 417 engine to a new record elapsed time of 7.220 seconds at 195 mph for the top spot after first round of qualifying.
Sean Ashe, Plantation, Fla., followed close behind in his Mustang with a Ford 405 engine at 7.270 seconds at 194 mph.
In Aeromotive Xtreme Street, John Warren, Vine Grove, Kent., leads the class in a 1972 Nova toting a Chevy 523 motor with a qualifying run of 7.854 seconds at 175 mph.
We're thinking that before the weekend is over, some of these guys might want to take their records back!
Another fabulous facet of this event shines brightly as the 13 racing classes offer variety, muscle, heads up and speed. The car show and swap meet glimmer with even more pizzazz!
Fans Charlie Riolo, Carlo Rizzo and four others in their group drove about five hours from Toronto, Canada to Norwalk.
“Once a year we always do something,” Carlo Rizzo said. “We usually do the car show thing. But this year we have the racing and the car show, so we would have the best of both worlds. We heard there were going to be fast cars here.”
Cobra Jet lovers, Saturday offers a marathon series of treats for you! First cruise the Budweiser pits and visit the Watson Racing trailer, where Chuck and Robin Watson unveiled a 2014 Cobra Jet. That'll sizzle your heart strings!
Three hearty smoking, roaring Cobra Jet classes answer the call to wild and furious racing five times through the day, beginning with time trials at 11 a.m., then Cobra Jet eliminations at 12:15 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.
On Sunday, Racers for Christ Chaplain Randy Ferrell, Cross Plains, Tenn., welcomes all to a chapel service at 8 a.m. underneath the Budweiser grandstands.
Also, after the chapel service at the Racers for Christ canopy, please visit for free coffee and donuts. Anyone wishing to talk about matters of faith, to ask questions about Jesus Christ, or to pray with someone, may call Randy Ferrell on his cell phone at 615-394-7289.
Check out the full J.E. Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals event and print the schedule by clicking on: Big muscle, baby!