Santa Ana CA – After a long off-season, racers headed south to burn rubber and take names at the 25th Annual Nitto Tire Spring Break Shootout held at the historic Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. Through four days of beautiful weather and tight competition, the racing came to a close on Sunday with the victors heading to celebrate in the exclusive Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.
Racing in VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw is no easy task, but Vince Palazzolo made it look like a breeze at the season opener. His boosted, 400-cube 2009 Mustang qualified in the top spot courtesy of a 4.47 at 160.62 pass. From there he went door to door, riding a bye round into the finals where he squared off against Dominic Didonato’s 2004 Mustang. Palazzolo got the jump and held the advantage to the stripe to haul in an Edelbrock Victor award on the merit of a 4.47 at 160.54 pass.
After converting her 1993 Mustang LX to run in the Edelbrock Renegade class, Haley James rode into Bradenton from Albuquerque, New Mexico, on a mission to win the race and set the bar for elapsed times in the class. She did both. Her Hellion B-Team machine topped the qualifying sheet with a 4.81 at 146 mph. She cruised through a bye run into the finals, where she squared off with Joe Guertin’s four-eyed Fox. James got the jump at the tree and never looked back as she cruised into the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle with a 4.82 at 146 mph rip.
Mickey Thompson sponsors the NMRA’s Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout class for 2019
STOW, OH – Knowing the thrill of a good rivalry, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has signed on as sponsor of an exclusive Mustang drag race showdown, in addition to its continued support of the National Mustang Racers Association.
The NMRA Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout class runs at two of the largest NMRA events on the schedule: the NMRA Spring Break Shootout season opener Feb. 28-March 3 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida; and the NMRA All-Ford World Finals Sept. 26-29 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
“The Mickey Thompson Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout features some of the baddest Ford factory-produced street cars on the planet battling heads-up for national bragging rights,” said Steve Wolcott, NMRA CEO and co-founder. “There has always been a rivalry between the supercharged Cobra segment and the GT500 community, and Mickey Thompson is helping to fan the flames with prize money and bonus tires up for grabs for the winner. Fans can witness this insane battle at the Spring Break Shootout and World Finals events courtesy of Mickey Thompson.
Mickey Thompson is posting valuable racer contingencies on Mickey Thompson tires (all four) in all NMRA championship classes and will also continue to offer onsite trackside support at most events, as well as contingency awards to drivers competing in Pro, Sportsman and various special event classes.
Santa Ana, CA – The NMRA Ford Nationals is proud to announce the 2019 national event schedule. Featuring an exciting line-up of all-Ford championship and shootout drag racing classes, Car Shows, and special events, the NMRA Ford Nationals Series looks to continue its growth and bring world-class, enthusiast-driven events to thousands of fans in 2019 at extraordinary facilities and markets across the Midwest and East Coast.
“We’re happy to kick-off our season with the Spring Break Shootout, a legacy event in Bradenton, Florida, that has captured the Mustang market since the mid-1990s. New for 2019 will be a stop at Gateway Motorsports Park for the NMRA Gateway Rumble and the Ford Motorsport Nationals in Pennsylvania moving to late-June,” said General Manager, Rollie Miller. He continued, “in addition to those stops on tour, we will be visiting the usual mainstays on our schedule with Atlanta Dragway, Route 66 Raceway, and then complete the season at Beech Bend Raceway.”
Santa Ana CA – The sun has set on the 2018 NMRA drag racing season and on twenty years of incredibly awesome NMRA All-Ford World Finals competition at Kentucky’s beautiful Beech Bend Raceway Park. Tons of sunshine and great racing allowed the year to wrap up with wins celebrated in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle, records, championships, and a whole lot more at the 20th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals Presented By Holley EFI. Congratulations to all the NMRA racers on another epic season, and to all the event winners and newly-minted season champions.
Andy Manson topped the qualifying order in VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw with his ’96 Mustang when the man from Manassas, Virginia, cruised the eighth-mile in 4.281 at 175.64 mph. Manson maintained his momentum through to the finals where he met with Alton Clements of Central, South Carolina. Both men left the line hard, but Clements in his newly-acquired ’92 Mustang got the hole shot win on a 4.342 at 167.28 mph blast over Manson’s 4.333 at 169.47 mph effort to capture the NMRA Victor trophy. It wasn’t moot for Manson, though, as he was crowned the champion for 2018.
2018 NMRA Champions Will Be Crowned!
The world’s largest all-Ford drag race is going to be even bigger and better this year! The 20th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals taking place September 28th-30th at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will be bursting at the seams as the nation’s best Ford-powered racers gather one final time in celebration of all things Ford.
This year’s final event of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals will blow the roof off the grandstands in Bowling Green with not only championships being settled, but also special events which will provide an exclamation point to the 2018 season of all-Ford drag racing when racers gather one final time in the Aerospace Components Winners’ Circle.
The excitement doesn’t stop there, as the weekend will also feature special races for a number of niches including the ever-growing Weld Wheels Terminator/GT500 Shootout as well as the Turbo Coyote Shootout presented by Hellion Turbo. Also on tap is ZP Performance Steering Outlaw True Street, featuring some of the nations baddest street cars! Also in the lineup is TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout, where racers of the True Street class see who is King of the Stick! Complimenting the on-track action will be the NMRA’s largest All-Ford car show of the year presented by UPR Products along with a huge all-Ford vendor midway.
Small-Tire Drag Racing, 2000HP Mustangs, Car Show, Manufacturer’s Midway, World Records, and Championships!
Santa Ana, CA – NMRA is celebrating two decades of Ford and Mustang performance at Beech Bend Raceway with the biggest Ford event of the year—the 20th annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals, September 27-30, 2018 and it is presented by Holley EFI.
The NMRA takes over Beech Bend Raceway with championship street-legal racing, featuring the World’s Quickest Fords. Bowling Green has a storied history in the Blue Oval drag racing world and the NMRA has made its mark with record-breaking, wheel-to-wheel action. With Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Championship rings on the line in an assortment of NMRA categories, the racers will be leave it all on the track in search of glory and a chance to celebrate in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle for one last time in 2018.
The biggest Ford drag race in the universe also features the hottest heads-up shootouts in the Mustang world as there is something for everyone who wants to get on track. Do you have a really fast street car? Prove it in ZP Performance Steering Outlaw True Street where the 1/8-mile competition requires a street drive before a No Time format is used to determine who has the baddest street car. If you have an SVT Cobra or Shelby GT500, NMRA has the famous Weld Wheels Terminator vs. GT500 Shootout to determine which specialty Mustang is the king of the hill.
Race Wrap: 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by Fuel Systems Technology
Santa Ana CA – The 13th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing was one for the record books, as favorable temperatures brought in around 600 race cars, over 250 show cars and upwards of 20,000 spectators to witness all the action at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. After two days of qualifying, Saturday afternoon signaled the start of eliminations that saw round one stretched into the late night hours to complete. Before the clock stuck nine on Sunday morning, eliminations were underway with round two action. By mid afternoon hours, eleven individual class champions were crowned. They would be joined by the True Street winner from Saturday’s action to comprise Team NMRA to battle sister series NMCA in the Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Runoffs to determine the best team and the lucky recipients of the Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring and huge celebration in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.
The VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw class gets a bump in participation at Route 66 Raceway, as the NMCA series joins NMRA to create a large field of Street Outlaw racers. Shawn Ayers qualified the Fletcher Cox-owned ’93 Mustang atop the sheets with a 4.29 at 167 mph, and he would advance to the final round to face Daniel Pharris. Pharris showed the driver mod was active, cutting a .006 reaction time, but the Procharger power pulled Ayers alongside, and at the stripe Ayers got the win by just one thousandth of-a-second with a 4.31 at 167 mph besting the holeshot-aided 4.34 at 172 mph lap of Pharris.