After qualifying No. 1 on Friday, Mark Micke charged through five rounds of eliminations in PJS Racing Outlaw Pro Mod presented by FuelTech to secure the $32,000 win at the U.S. Street Nationals presented by M&M Transmission Sunday night at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Micke fired off a 3.609-second pass at 222.84 MPH in the final round to deny Ken Quartuccio a second consecutive U.S. Street Nationals win. Quartuccio posted a 3.629-second, 208.14 MPH runner-up effort.
The U.S. Street Nationals served as the season opener for the FuelTech Radial Outlaws Racing Series, which crowned winners in five drag radial classes. Victories went to Jason Collins in PST Driveshafts Pro 275 presented by Pro Line Racing, Mark Meiering in Mickey Thompson Tires X275 presented by Precision Turbo & Engine, Rob Goss in Energy Manufacturing Limited Drag Radial presented by Callies Performance, Shawn Pevlor in TRZ Motorsports Ultra Street presented by Motion Raceworks, and Louie Filippides in SP Tools Limited 235 presented by ICE Ignition. Brandon McGee won the Radial Remix over Steven Wardlow.
Chris Holdorf secured the win in Summit Racing Outlaw 632 presented by Rife Sensors. The winners in the index classes were Jerry Norton in 5.50 Index, Pat Nanney in 6.50 Index, and Mickey Pearce in 7.50 Index.
OUTLAW PRO MOD
As pre-race testing at Bradenton progressed in the days leading up to the U.S. Street Nationals, Mark Micke in his twin-turbocharged M&M Transmission ’69 Camaro emerged as a serious contender to win the event. Low 3.60-second passes in testing and early qualifying sessions paved the way for a 3.57-second No. 1 qualifying effort in the final session. His bracket-car-like consistency continued in eliminations, culminating with a final-round win over close friend Ken Quartuccio. Micke cut a .006 reaction time, but Quartuccio was also ready with an .026 light. Micke charged to a 3.609 at 222.84 to beat Quartuccio’s 3.629 at 208.14. He collected $32,000 and a custom trophy for his efforts.
“This is one of our biggest wins, period,” Micke said. “I’m just so proud of my team because we never missed a run. We were here since Tuesday. We never missed a run for anything falling off the car. The car was flawless. The team was just phenomenal. I don’t even know how to put it. My guys are just young and that makes it a lot more fun. We’re a bunch of crusty old guys and these young guys just kicked ass.”
Micke started eliminations Saturday afternoon facing…