Florida runner Tony Alm has started 2018 out on a hot streak with back-to-back victories in the Sunshine State with Orlando’s World Outlaw Nationals and the opening event in the Vortech Superchargers Ultra Street Championship Series, the U.S. Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park.
Alm pilots a 1990 year model Ford Mustang with a MPR Racing Engines, Diamond Pistons equipped small block under the hood with a class-legal 76mm turbocharger tucked behind the bumper. He also relies upon ProTorque torque converters, RPM Transmissions and a host of other companies including Thunder Autosports. With 2018 being the first season with the Ultra Street Championship Series, sponsored by Vortech Superchargers, Alm and team took full advantage of the opening event at their home track of Bradenton Motorsports Park with the 13th running of the U.S. Street Nationals. The team fought broken parts all through qualifying, only racking up a 5th place standing on the ladder, drawing a full route to the finals if the changes were made. Overnight, Alm and his right hand man, Richard Colas, went to work changing part after part until the well-known turbocharged runner was back in full force.
Alm made quick work of Ken Pellicciotti, had a tough second round matchup with Alton Clements and then took a competition bye run as Archie Marasco couldn’t make the call for the semi-finals. This setup an all Florida matchup with Tony facing off with the supercharged entry of Brian Keep. Keep took a reaction time advantage but slowed to a 4.80 elapsed time as Alm motored by to yet another 4.70 ET on the weekend to secure the event win, his second in a row and taking the points lead in the first series race of the year. “It was very satisfying, that’s for sure. We got our butts kicked all weekend with the car, but, it showed up on race day like it has so many times. We are hoping to carry that momentum into Lights Out 9 at SGMP in just a few short weeks.”
Alm, the 2017 Lights Out 8 champion in Ultra Street, is definitely the odds on favorite as some of the toughest racers in the world will converge upon the Cecil, Georgia based South Georgia Motorsports Park in less than two short weeks to see who will reign supreme in the second event of the championship series, brought to you by Vortech Superchargers, Salvato Designs, Race Part Solutions and John Sears of X275 Motorsports.
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