Tony Hobson began competing in the National Mustang Racers Association’s (NMRA) Street Outlaw class last year in his 1990 Ford Mustang LX but has only mustered a number of late-round finishes in the ProCharged Fox Body to this point. However, that streak came to an end at the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio recently when Hobson drove his 1990 Ford Mustang to victory.
Hobson’s week got off to a strong start with a series of solid qualifying runs, including a best e.t. of 4.353 seconds at 165.01 miles-per-hour that put him in the proverbial driver’s seat for eliminations. After lucking out and earning a first-round bye, Hobson ran a slightly slower 4.407 elapsed time at 164.77 miles-per-hour on a second test run before moving on to round two.
There, Hobson defeated fellow driver Steven Halprin with a 4.378-second pass at 164.29 miles-per-hour, followed by a 4.422-second run to take the win against John Urist in the final. It was Hobson’s second final of the season, and his first win, though he doesn’t exactly plan to celebrate it for too long. “We aren’t done yet,” Hobson said. “I have the best team behind me and I’m going to push us as far as we can go! Thank you to everyone that is involved, I can’t thank you guys enough!”
Together with his crew chief, Eric Holliday of Justin’s Performance Center and sponsor JPC Racing, Hobson’s 1990 Ford Mustang achieved victory courtesy of a 440 cubic-inch Ford V8 that was built by DiSomma Race Engines and is fitted with Diamond pistons, a FuelTech FT600 engine management system, and the aforementioned ProCharger huffer. The mighty mill is backed up by a TH400 automatic transmission.
Hobson will try to extend his winning streak in the make-up finals for the rain-delayed St. Louis race at the NMRA Power Festival at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, which takes place July 22nd-25th.