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HOT PEACHES! The Corona-delayed Holley NMRA Atlanta event packed full of great racing!

There’s a reason why the NMRA Atlanta event is usually held the first weekend of April, instead of the last weekend in June – It was a bit tepid! But the hot temperatures didn’t stop the racers, and the pent-up demand created by 4 months down time brought out most of the racers, sponsors, vendors and fans. Social distancing was practiced in the grandstands, hand washing took place, and there were some masks worn. Fist bumps and elbows took the place of handshakes and hugs most of the time, but when we saw Gary Youngblood, back in a race car for the first time in over 15 years, there might have been a hug. Look for Gary’s story in Mustang Driver soon.

The car show was packed full of award-worthy cars and trucks, the swap meet area had every part you could want at reasonable prices, and the Vendor Midway was packed every day with people checking out the latest go-fast parts. 

On to the class racing – This event was combined with the National Muscle Car Association, and several classes were run as combined classes. In NMRA/NMCA VP Racing additives/Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw, Phil Hines and his ProCharged 2001 Mustang took the win over Tony Hobson’s 1990 Fox body. NMRA/NMCA Edelbrock Renegade/Xtreme Street class, Bob Zelenak’s 1993 Mustang took the win light over Scott Grove. 

Sondra Leslie qualifies in Limited Street.

UPR’s Bill Putnam and his Orange 1994 Mustang took a solo trip down the 1320 as Blow By Racing’s Jason Davis hurt his turbocharger earlier in the day in JDM Engineering Limited Street. Wheels Up John Leslie Jr qualified Number 1 with his 1989 Fox in Richmond Gear Factory Stock, and rocked his way through the field, defeating Mike Bowen for the win. G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock Frank Paultanis took his 2004 Mustang straight through the field with a win over Nathan Stymiest.

UPR’s Bill Putnam dominated the Limited Street class.

The index classes had lots of excitement, too! James Meredith drove his Coyote-equipped 1973 Capri to victory lane in Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle class. David Mormann cruised his 1970 Mach 1 to the finish line in the FSC Ford Muscle class and Lloyd Mikeska got himself a win in Roush Performance Super Stang. 

Gary Youngblood waits patiently – over 15 years – for his first qualifying pass of the event.
Larry Geddes (far lane) and Gary Youngblood qualified in Open Comp.

Pete Espeut warms the tires in his GT500.
Saturday’s qualifying came to an abrupt halt when the storm rolled in.
Race Star Wheels’ Kent Nines goes wheels up in Limited Street.
Mark Anderson brought the wheels up in the Laris Insurance Limited Street Fox.
Lloyd Mikeska got the win in Super Stang.
James Meredith showed the potential of his Coyote-equipped 1973 Capri combo with the win in Modular Muscle.
Gary Parker (Near Lane) and Chris Parisi line up in the Modular Motor class.
David Mormann wheeled his 1970 Mach 1 for the class win in Ford Muscle.