With Chris Tuten moving up to Super Street Outlaw and John Kolivas roasting an engine at Joliet, the door was open for someone else to step to the forefront of the Drag Radial class. Tony Akins seized the day with his turbocharged '03 Cobra by running 8.20s every pass during eliminations. His reaction times were equally stellar; Joey Bridge was the only competitor to have a quicker reaction time, and that was in the final. Tony was able to make up the ever-so-slight deficit by the finish line, however. In the Super Bowl Shootout, Tony was one of the lone bright spots for the NMRA when he beat the NMCA's Extreme Street winner Tony Orts and his '68 Firebird.