Paul Rosner
March 13, 2012
Photos By: Steve Turner, Paul Rosner

• Hellion Power Systems businessman Dwayne James and crew are one of the most die-hard bunches you'll ever see. They have inched away at dialing-in their ProCharger-powered, 440 small-block '03 Mystic Cobra.

Super Street Outlaw

The wildest, most unpredictable "freaks" of Mustang heads-up racing community come to battle in the Super Street Outlaw class, where '64-and-newer Mustangs utilize OEM-body-shelled cars, requiring a stock unibody structure from firewall to taillights. This results in the ultimate display of chassis builders' handiwork with complete safety cages built into the structure of the body.

The blaring shriek of the 440ci supercharged combos top the engine decibel charts. In contrast, the nearly inaudible sounds of the turbocharged cars in the water box always ends with a tantalizing asthmatic wheezing as the excess boost is exhausted from the wastegate. Then there are the melodious tones of a high-winding 525ci big-block, followed by the tell-tale purge of a triple-stage nitrous-oxide system after they return to the staging beams.

Did we forget to mention the required miniscule 10.5x28.5-inch slick doesn't take to the 1,500-2,000 hp well, especially with e.t.'s nearing the 6-second zone at over 200 mph, which will continue to make this the 10-Inch-Tire Freak Show!

2011 Class Record

E.T.: John Urist, 7.02 seconds

MPH: John Urist, 208.71 mph

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• John Urist and the Hellion crew stumbled in the first few events last season. Then they went four for five in final round appearances and topped the qualifying ladder on multiple occasions en route to their sixth consecutive championship of seven. These guys continue to build on their legendary legacy, nearly achieving the first 6-second runs and topping 208 mph!

• Chris Tuten blazed out of the box last year, claiming the first 200-mph pass on a 10.5x28-inch tire. Did we fail to mention he still commonly races without wheelie bars?

• Phil Hines' copper colt was never the quickest, but consistency not only earned him a victory in the sickest class in the series, he also finished Third in the points last season. He will be a steady performer in the top half of the field.

Xtreme Drag Radial

Optimum performance numbers don't necessitate bolting on a set of drag slicks anymore. With a bit of tuning magic, a set of D.O.T.-legal Drag Radials can equate to nearly equal performance results, even with the highest horsepower applications. The D.O.T. insignia means they are legal in all 50 states for highway usage, therefore making the Drag Radial class the pinnacle in street-legal Mustang racing.

You'll see them creep out of the hole, but watch out—these guys have a tendency to put it on the bumper at about the 330-foot marker as the frightening amounts of power kicks in, making for some breathtaking side-by-side mid-7-second drag radial action.

After the boys from the NMRA decided to remove many of the class restrictions and move the class closer to the 275 radial racing that seems to be sweeping the nation, the class knocked off a half second and ended in the closest points battle in the NMRA's 12-year history!

2011 Class Record

E.T.: Sean Lyon, 7.47 seconds

MPH: Sean Lyon, 188.15 mph

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• There is no denying the dominance of Jason Lee's ProCharger-powered '86 'Stang, claiming the last two consecutive NMRA championships in dominating fashion, while also collecting the 2011 NMCA 275 Xtreme Drag Radial championship nearly uncontested.

• Sean Lyon's lemon-yellow, Panhandle Performance-turbocharged, 353-cube coupe made two finals last year, leaving with two wins. Sean did everything right at the season finally, qualifying number one, setting the record, and keeping nemesis Jason Lee out of the winners' circle.

• Newcomer Andy Manson nearly turned out to be a spoiler, collecting an even record and winning two of his four trips to the finals in Paul Curry's turbocharged 325-cube, Four-Valve-powered '96 Mustang.

Renegade

How much horsepower can you make in your '79-and-newer Mustang-bodied steed with a nitrous-oxide-injected or a non-intercooled supercharged small-block Ford breathing through a 75mm throttle body, 81mm mass air meter, and mufflers with a measly 0.550-inch-lift hydraulic camshaft? Hopefully, enough to run in the low-8-second range on a 10.5x 28.5-inch slick!