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.
The 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing has become a destination event for both racers and fans for more than a decade. Billed as the largest gathering of heads-up doorslamers in the nation, it’s no wonder.
With both the racers of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Series and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs racing together there will be 25 racing classes plus the always exciting True Street class highlighting the four-day event which gets rolling with a test session on Thursday July 26th.
The event concludes with the presentation of Nitto Tires Diamond Tree Champions Ring © to the winning team on Sunday evening. Last year it was the drivers of the NMRA who took the rings. Can the NMCA strike back this year?
Regardless of where your brand-loyalty is, the non-stop racing from early in the day until late in the evening serves as an adrenaline injection for any drag racing enthusiast. With record-setting car counts expected in many of the heads-up classes, plus the addition of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, this year’s race will likely be the largest race in the past 13 years.
NMRA and NMCA Battle It Out for Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Rings
The 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing is just around the corner. The largest race of its kind in the country showcases the world’s fastest street cars and the world’s fastest Fords racing together at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, July 26-29.
Twenty five touring points classes from the NMRA, NMCA and The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, will be featured during the event which begins with a test session on Thursday July 26th and concludes with the legendary “Super Bowl” portion of the event on Sunday afternoon when class winners from both organizations race against each other in hopes of winning a Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring©, awarded in the Aerospace Components Winners’ Circle.
After winning in 2016, the NMCA was looking to score their second consecutive Super Bowl portion of the event last year, but it was not to be as the NMRA once again took the class vs. class win earning them their eighth overall championship to the NMCA’s four.