NMCA Joliet Super Bowl - Compulink StarTrak CFE Xtreme Street
Bob Kurgan recorded the quickest pass in Xtreme Street history when he put an a top ET of 7.814 at 178.35 mph on the scoreboards to lead the field into the final round of qualifying.
NMRA - Blow-By Racing EFI Renegade
Bart Tobener qualified with a 8.707 @ 159.59
Bob Kurgan and his Kurgan Motorsports AEM Mustang went to the winner's circle at the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout, held May 28th at Piedmont Dragway. Kurgan summed up the weekend, "All in all I'm happy with my performance." After his win Kurgan thanked race promoter and organizer, Nate and Adam Prichett. He also explained that it was thanks to his wife of 20 years, Chris Kurgan, and well as his sponsors that he could continue racing.
I need to thank the following people for the help and support in winning Nate/Adam's Ultimate Outlaw x275 class on 5/28..
My wife, Chris... over 20yrs she has put up with me and she still allows me to go racing! Without her blessing and support, I couldnt do this!
All my sponsors! Vortech Superchargers, AEM Electronics, Diablosport, Kurgan Motorsports LLC, DSS Race Engines, Fox Lake power products, Team Z, UPR, Blowers4less.com, UCC, Ford Racing, Kooks, Goodyear, etc... Without the help of all these great sponsors, i could NOT afford to go racing! My car would be sitting in the shop on jackstands! Please support these guys if you are looking for top quality products.
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - Brandenton, FL
At the 9th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
In CFE Xtreme Street, Bob Kurgan ran a killer 7.852 at 175 mph to top the field, while Stanton, and Steve Cagle came in second and third with 7.92 and 8.02, respectively. Kurgan was on fire this weekend, running and 8.01 in the first round, he had a bye in the second and returned in the third to run an 8.02, enough to win over Dan Kroll. In the finals he met Bill Trovato, but Trovato appeared to be broken and allowed Kurgan to take the win uncontested, running an 8.01 to seal the deal.
From StangTV.com - By Chris Demorro on March 13, 2011
Few engines are as well-known in the Ford lineup as the famous 5.0. With roots dating back to the heyday of the muscle car days, “5.0” became synonymous with performance during the 1980’s when Ford ditched measuring engine displacement in cubic inches and began measuring it in liters. Thus 302 cubic inches became 5.0 liters, and a legend was reborn.
Over the years, the Fox-body has become a platform for all sorts of performance applications, even as Ford ditched the pushrod design in favor of overhead camshafts and smaller displacement. As a result, the famed 5.0 moniker disappeared for almost two decades before Ford brought it back in the 2011 Mustang GT. So it was only a matter of time before a shop managed to get the 412 horsepower 5.0 liter “Coyote” engine and dropped it into the original 5.0, the Fox-body Mustang.
Kurgan Motorsports is among the first shops in the U.S. to get a Coyote 5.0 engine swapped into a Fox-body Mustang. They’ve not only done a beautiful job, but the powerful and modern engine in the lighter Fox platform means the Mustang goes like stink. We talked to Bob Kurgan, famed Mustang drag racer and owner of Kurgan Motorsports about this new 5.0-powered Mustang.
This gorgeous red racer began its life as a humble-but-clean 4-cylinder car, but the engine and drivetrain came out of a wrecked 2011 Mustang GT. The engine swap itself was simple. “The engine just dropped right in,” said Bob Kurgan. “It was everything else that was difficult.” Because the Coyote 5.0 engine has only been on the market for a few months, both in the 2011 Mustang GT and as a crate motor, all the parts for a Fox-body swap have to be custom built.
“Getting the engine running was easy,” says Bob Kurgan. “We had to custom make the motor mounts, air conditioning brackets, power steering brackets ourselves. But it’s a friggin’ animal on the streets.” The car was slated to get a supercharger, though right now it is being fitted with custom Kooks headers. The brake booster came out of an ’03 Cobra, and they performed a T-45 transmission swap to back the much more powerful engine.
The four-cylinder engine this particular Mustang came with had just 100 horsepower, and the V8 made just 235 horsepower. But the Coyote 5.0 engine makes 412 horsepower and 390 ft-lbs of torque, paving the way as the most powerful Mustang GT ever. And thanks to Kurgan Motorsport’s work, the swap will soon be much easier for the rest of us. The car is just the first part in a master plan that will culminate at the Carlisle Ford Nationals event later this year. Kurgan is working with Ford to do the complete Coyote 5.0 swap in front of a crowd at Carlisle. Then they are going to start selling swap kits to other Fox-body owners who want to do this very same swap.
By Chris Demorro on March 13, 2011
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