Having the ability to be a dominate force in drag racing for an extended period of time is a massive undertaking, requiring a mixture of luck, skill, and a lot of dedication. A driver who knows all about how to rule over the competition is NMCA Nostalgia Muscle Car class star Andy Warren. Over the years, Warren has piled up enough wins in the NMCA to become the series’ most winning driver by a good margin. Accumulating all of these victories hasn’t been an easy task for Warren, but a solid engine program based around SCAT products has been a huge help in his quest for multiple titles.
Warren and his brother, John, began following the early days of heads-up door car racing as teenagers at Memphis International Raceway, watching from the stands and dreaming big. Eventually, Warren got his now infamous Caprice as his first car and began to put some laps on it at the track.
Warren found the PRO Edelbrock Series (now the NMCA) and campaigned his car in the Nostalgia Muscle Car class … and he hasn’t looked back. After a slight learning curve, Warren was able to win his first NMCA championship in 2009, then followed that up with series titles in 2010 and 2011. A few tough years followed for Warren, where he finished runner-up in the Nostalgia Muscle Car season points chase, but he found his championship form again, winning the title in 2015 and 2016.
“Winning this fifth title and becoming the winningest driver in NMCA history is an amazing feeling. I had tons of obstacles thrown at me this year, and I was able to overcome them all. None of the titles could have been possible without the support of my family, girlfriend Shelby, and close sponsors,” Warren says.
Turning on 173 win lights in the NMCA isn’t easy, and Warren has done it by having a reliable combination in his 1971 Caprice.
“The 434 cubic inch small-block in the car is a high-winder, upward of 7,500 rpm, plus the car is close to 3,800 pounds. You need a strong and reliable rotating assembly to safely make pass after pass. The SCAT products in the car have proven to be that, and have been there every step of the way to my five championships,” Warren explains.
“Having the title of the winningest driver in NMCA history blows me away — the series has been around for a long time. I was a 15 year old kid in the grandstands watching the NMCA wishing I was at that caliber, or could be one day. It just shows that even if you have a minimal budget, you put your heart and soul into something and you can make your dreams come true,” Warren says.
There’s no doubt that Warren is a great driver — his 24 event wins and five NMCA championship rings speak volumes about his skill and dedication. And now, he’s already making plans to continue his winning ways in 2017and adding to his collection of NMCA title rings that would make any royal family jealous.