Finally, if you're able to track down even half of all that stuff, to complete this piece of NMRA history, you will have to enlist someone to replace the black primer with Atomic Orange. By that time, we're sure there will be robots capable of sanding, prepping, and spraying a car, so maybe that will be easy.
Plus, not only do you have this feature to reference for sticker placement, design, and color, you have countless NMRA race features--oh wait, we cut our race coverage at Real Street during Tommy's Factory Stock reign--our bad. Anyway, to replicate said stickers, you'll need to call Hall Signs in Glen Burnie, Maryland, which made the originals.
If you've exhausted every resource and are still coming up empty, maybe one of the following people are still around. Look on Facebook 3D for Michael Washington, Justin Burcham, Rich Groh, Eric Holliday, Ryan Hecox, Bruce Hemminger, Gary Windsor, Donnie "Burndown" Burton, Shannon Murphy, and Tommy's best friend, Ryan Miller. Of course, Tommy thanked his wife, Chrissy, and children, Baeleigh and Gavin, most of all for making his championship run possible.
Since Tommy is 34 as of this writing, he may still be around by the time the car makes its grand debut after its restoration. Maybe he'll autograph the dash for you. If you're lucky, he'll jump behind the wheel and give you a 10-second history lesson..
Horse Sense: Tommy should be at the wheel of an X275 car by the time you read this. Once that program is up and running, he'll decide what to do with this car. However, he also says the proposed Coyote-engine class looks interesting...
Tommy settles in to a comfy...
Tommy settles in to a comfy Kirkey Racing seat, while relying on Auto Meter gauges to make record-setting runs. With a g-Force T5 in the tunnel, Tommy rowed a Pro-5.0 shifter to the next gear. Not only did Insane Racing Fabrication add the eight-point rollcage, the shop fabricated a custom aluminum rear-seat delete and the car’s chrome-moly subframe connectors as well.
Though Tommy (right) had support...
Though Tommy (right) had support from the entire JPC crew, it was former Factory Stock racer Michael Washington (left) who helped out during our photo shoot.
The power to run 10s was courtesy...
The power to run 10s was courtesy of Rich Groh’s wealth of mechanical know-how, but a little 311ci engine running 10.40s at 128 mph is ridiculous. It’s not by accident, either, as Tommy follows the JPC Racing mantra of leaving no stone unturned in search of e.t. and speed. 5.0
5.0 Tech Specs
'89 Mustang LX
Engine And Drivetrain
RGR-prepped Dart Iron w/4.060-in bore
Ross, RGR-spec flat-top
RGR custom hydraulic-roller
RGR-prepped factory stock-spec GT-40 w/Harland Sharp roller rockers and Manley valvesprings
'93 Cobra, unported
Pro-M 80mm w/JLT Performance cold air
Walbro 255-lph w/stock lines and rails, 30-lb/hr injectors, and Kirban fuel pressure regulator
1-5/8-in Kooks long-tube headers w/Insane Racing Fabrication custom 2-in X-shape crossover pipe, Bassani mufflers and tailpipes
g-Force T5 w/SPEC clutch and Pro-5.0 shifter
8.8-in w/4.30 gears and Moser Engineering axles
A9L computer w/DiabloSport chip
MSD, Brisk spark plugs
Chassis and Suspension
OEM five-lug conversion
Bogart 15x3-in Welded RT
Shocks QA1 double-adjustable
Springs Moroso w/airbag
Control Arms HPM w/solid bushings
Brakes Stock drum
Wheels Bogart 15x10-in Welded RT
Tires BFG drag radial 275/50-15
Chassis Stiffening Insane Racing Fabrication eight-point cage and subframe connectors