The National Muscle Car Association (NMCA)'s West regional division returned to Fontana, Calif.'s Auto Club Dragway for the third time of four scheduled for the 2016 season, bringing with it some of the fastest, most competitive, and most consistent street-legal drag racing to be seen west of the Rockies (and east, for that matter).
ProCharger Limited Street saw the fastest finishing times of the event, when James Lawrence and his deceivingly fast 2001 Camaro edged out Ryan Jones with a 4.82-second E.T. to 4.95 final. Surprisingly, the next-fastest-finishing class was one that has seen some of the hottest competition throughout recent seasons: ARP Outlaw 8.5, an Outlaw class with racers limited to a true 8.5-inch tire. Despite the limited contact patch, Ben Davidow laid down a 4.99-sec E.T. in qualifying and backed it up in the finals with a 5.03 to rival Anthony Smith's 6.24, letting off.
Fastest Street Car Pro Mod saw Mack Moffat and his 'Vette score his first season win against multiple winner Greg Seth-Hunter with a 5.17-second final blast to Greg's 6.03, while in the new-for-2016 Ultra Street Shootout, Mike Silva defended his season wins with another, logging multiple 5.47 E.T.s, including a 5.479 in the final.
The nail biter of the weekend came in Meziere Top Sportsman, not when Doug Crumlich and his new Corvette qualified quickest with a 7.18 E.T., but when they narrowly won the class with a 7.239 @ 184.14 to rival Kelly Harper and his GTO's 7.241 @ 192.00.
Naturally aspirated racing saw Ross Wilson and his Sunfire come out on top of the Lucas Oil NA 10.5 class, qualifying with an 8.18 @ 170 blast and backing it up in the finals with an 8.35 @ 164.39 to his rival's close 8.39 @ 163.45
Bracket-class racing saw two racers score double wins, beginning when Zach Meziere launched behind the Champion Cooling Systems Pro Comp start by .007 seconds, but bested final-round opponent Gary Cooke with a 8.894 in his 8.90 dial-in to Cooke's 9.889 on his 9.90, before taking the reaction-time advantage and final-round win in Edelbrock Super Quick with a .028 light and 8.905/8.90 to opponent Dave Gotts' .033/9.915/9.990.
Repeat win #2 came when Jet-Hot Open Comp saw Brent Calvert and his late-model Mustang nail his 8.68 dial-in with a. 8.688 final pass, before winning MMR Mustang Madness competition with an 8.689 on his 8.66 dial-in.
Top Dragster Shootout saw another ridiculously close final, with A.J. Cameron running a 7.79 E.T. on a 7.77 dial-in, but falling to Michaelyn Roelle and her (yes, her) 6.97/6.96 and faster R/T.
And finally, Gear Vendors True Street Crown competition saw many competitors average E.T.s between 9 and 15 seconds. Maybe not the fastest class, but one packed with genuine street-driven cars and talented drivers who won more heavily on skill than tech.
Check out all the excitement below, and for full results and more information, visit: www.NMCAwest.com