By all accounts, Charlie Booze Jr. has been a force behind the wheel of Justin Fogelsonger’s Mustang in NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock this year.
He qualified fourth with a 10.29 at the 18th Annual CJ Pony Parts NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals in May at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania, led qualifying with a 10.36 at the 15th Annual NMRA Ford Super Nationals in June at National Trail Raceway in Ohio and led qualifying again with a 10.21 and went to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle with a 10.24 at the 13th Annual Nitto NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing in July at Route 66 Raceway in Illinois.
As a result of his hard work — mixed with high wheelies for good measure — he’s sitting in fifth place in points in the class, and now he’s headed to the 20th Annual Nitto NMRA All-Ford World Finals presented by Holley EFI, this weekend, Sept. 27-30 at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky.
It’s the final race on this year’s NMRA tour, and Booze Jr. is committed to capping off his commendable year with a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle, and while he has some things up his sleeve to help him achieve that, he’s only sharing a few specifics.
“Let’s just say most of the tweaks we’re making before the race are undisclosed at this time,” said Booze Jr., with a somewhat sinister laugh. “I will hint that we recently freshened some things up and groomed the chassis a little.”
Booze Jr. was a bit more forthcoming about the fact that he recently purchased a RacePak datalogger, as well as a laptop from fellow racer Tim Matherly, which had RacePak software installed on it.
“Tim helped me work through a few bugs with the datalogger that I installed, and it really helped that he had the reconditioned laptop with him that he loaned me and then offered for sale,” said Booze Jr. “Now I can monitor shift points and when I’m actually changing gears, as well as clutch lock-up, g-forces and more. I’ll also be able to tell where things are breaking down.”
In addition to focusing on Fogelsonger’s Mustang for this final NMRA race of the year, Booze Jr., who recently announced his intentions to dive into the NMRA’s new Modified Street category, is preparing for the category the Fox body Mustang he ran to a remarkable five NMRA Hot Street championships.
Booze Jr. added that he would rely on the engine he has run for years, a small-block Ford with inline Edelbrock Victor heads. He would back it with a Turbo 400, Turbo 350, Torque Flite or a Powerglide.
“Kuntz and Company currently has that engine to freshen it, and I’ve been fooling with the car,” said Booze Jr. “Ideally, I’ll make a few test passes in the car before the end of the year, and be ready for next year.”