The National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) tour is making its final stop on the six-race tour for 2019 with the 2019 Muscle Car Nationals. Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana hosts one of the biggest street-legal drag races of the year. The lion’s share of class points competition shows commanding leads for the titles with crucial battles in play for the second and third spots in the World Championship rivalry.
In VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, Don Walsh Jr. has a handy lead in the NMCA points chase. Walsh, a multi-time NMRA Pro 5.0 champion drives his show-stopping turbocharged C7 Corvette. He comes into the final event holding a commanding 820-point lead over Jim Widener. Breathing down Widener’s neck for the number two finish is Tom Blincoe with a mere 80-points spread, and John Stanley is behind by only 125-points.
Bill Skillman is at the top of Holley EFI – Factory Super Cars entering this final weekend. The patriarch of the Ford Cobra Jet/Ray Skillman Ford team leads by more than 1000 points over Randy Eakins.
We asked Skillman what it took over the 2019 season to get his commanding points lead. “Ford really stepped nap their Cobra package this year,” Skillman described. “We did get a couple of big wins this year, but its earning round after round points that got us to this point.”
Shawn Pevlor has the points lead in the Mickey Thompson – Street Outlaw battle going into Indy. The small-tire, single power adder class is where Pevlor’s well recognized 1989 Mustang dominates across many similar classes across the sport. Pevlor has a 670-point lead over Rob Goss while Phil Hines, Mike Cerinaro, and James Lawrence are separated by just a couple hundred points.
ARP – Nitrous Pro Street sees Tricia Musi holding a little more than 1,000 points over number two chaser, Don Baskin. The class is a spread with normally aspirated, and nitrous oxide injected weight and cubic inch rules applied to the tube chassis race cars. Musi tells us that even though she mostly has the championship wrapped up, she still has something to prove by coming to the final event and go additional rounds.
Third in points is Mark Hoagland who has his sights set on Baskin with just a little more than 200-points dividing their current number two and three positions.
“We had some timing hiccups here in the first round of qualifying which slowed us to a 4.51 ET,” Trish adds. “We ran a 4.39 in the afternoon test session so that we will get back in the hunt by our next round of qualifying.”
Edelbrock – Xtreme Street is the NMCA category where greater liberties are allowed with engine/body combinations, yet still comes down to the single power-adder, and small tire rule restrictions. Jessie Coulter has held a command in this class for years and he leads in his LS-powered Camaro. Scott Guiler and Tony Orts still have a shot at the championship though with under 500-points holding them back.
Leonard Long has rocked the FST Carburetors – NA 10.5 class going into the end of 2019. His accumulation of 2940 points at the start of the World Finals puts him over 1,200-points under current number two the points roster, John Langer. Langer though, has two racers from the class, David Theisen and Don Baskin breathing down his neck with less than 200-points dividing the three.