Event: NMRA EcoBoost Battle 2016, Round 2

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Battle Tested

Bill Putnam repeats as EcoBoost champion at the NMRA Super Nationals

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of the NMRA

The wait was finally over. There have been two events since the NMRA Ford Drag Racing season kicked off in Florida, so it’s been a minute since the The Livernois Motorsports EcoBoost Battle presented SVTPerformance raced. Over the weekend the second race of this mini series went down in Hebron, Ohio, at the NMRA Super Nationals.

Though he had to overcome some issues, Bill Putnam put his Triple Yellow machine in the second qualified spot in Ohio with an 11.11 at 121 mph pass. That matched him up with Nina Gusler in round one. Bill eased past her into a final round battle with her husband Brad. Bill got the jump and held the edge to the stripe (11.27 vs. 11.58) to take his third consecutive EcoBoost Battle win and remain undefeated in the class.
Though he had to overcome some issues, Bill Putnam put his Triple Yellow machine in the second qualified spot in Ohio with an 11.11 at 121 mph pass. That matched him up with Nina Gusler in round one. Bill eased past her into a final round battle with her husband Brad. Bill got the jump and held the edge to the stripe (11.27 vs. 11.58) to take his third consecutive EcoBoost Battle win and remain undefeated in the class.

Designed to encourage the development of the EcoBoost platform, this class began at the World Finals last season and expanded to a three-race class with NMRA in the 2016 season—including stops in Florida, Ohio and Kentucky. At the prior events there were a wide variety of EcoBoost machines, but at this season’s second stop at the Super Nationals the field narrowed its focus to some of the quickest EcoBoost Mustangs around.

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