In VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, where the quickest cars on the property pounded the pavement, Randy Adler ran a personal best of 3.70 in his Bel-Air on his way to the top in qualifying. While he was poised to make it past copious amounts of cutthroat competition, he was forced to lift in the first round of eliminations, and that opened the door for a final round featuring Don Walsh Jr. and Jason Hamstra. Both drivers were close on the tree, but Walsh Jr. wheeled to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle with an incredible 3.70 to Hamstra’s 3.74.
In Mickey Thompson Radial Wars, DeWayne Mills motored to a 3.88 in his Camaro to lead qualifying, but in the final, James Lawrence landed a 3.94 and the win in his new Corvette over Marty Stinnett, who turned on the red light with his Mustang before running it out to a 3.85.
Vortech Superchargers Street Outlaw saw Daniel Pharris post a 4.36 in his Mustang to set the pace in qualifying. The final round, however, saw Shawn Ayers advancing to the win with a 4.33 in Fletcher Cox’s Gold Dust Mustang over Pharris, who was also 4.33, but not quite as quick at the hit.
The 2018 NMRA Drag Racing season, presented by Keystone Automotive, debuted with beautiful weather, thousands of spectators, and all of the hot, record-breaking racing that one could want. QA1 True Street took center stage at Bradenton Motorsports Park this weekend, with a record 152 cars entering True Street. At the conclusion of the hotly contested, 16-car eliminator that is the JLT Performance Spring Break Shootout, True Street winner Randy Seward doubled up his wins by successfully defeating True Street runner up Jeff Bloem with an 8.80 to Bloem’s 9.48 elapsed time.
The quickest cars on the property belong to the VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw class, and we saw Andy Manson, Charlie Cooper, and 2017 class champion Manny Buginga all laying down staggeringly quick times. Manson took the pole and would charge into the final against Buginga, who gave it his best shot by leaving first, but was passed by Manson who took the win with a 4.31 to Buginga’s off-pace 4.78.
In Edelbrock Renegade competition, it was Bart Tobener who took the trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle after Frank Varela tripped his red light at the start of the final round. Tobener had qualified his Coyote-powered S550 Mustang at the top of the list with a 7.33 elapsed time.
With the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem only a few days away, racers and fans will soon be filling the pits and grandstands as the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs, begins it’s 31st season.
As in years past, this race sets the stage for a six-race season, which finishes at Lucas Oil Raceway late in September. But it is this race, at a track known for producing insane performances, where racers and teams set the tone for the rest of the year.
With one of the best racing surfaces in all of drag racing and arguably the best air of the season, this event usually sets performance benchmarks for the rest of the year – something the most competitive racers are well aware of. While record-setting numbers at one event may not win a season title, it does allow for early contenders to stand above the pack in terms of performance.
For fans, it gives them an opportunity to see some of the quickest and fastest passes of the season, across all classes.
NMCA Kicks Off 2018 in Bradenton Florida!
The NMCA begins its 31st season March 8-11 as racers across the country say goodbye to the winter blues, fill their tow vehicles with fuel, load the fridge, and head to Bradenton Motorsports Park for the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem.
This season-opening race for the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs never fails to raise the adrenaline of fans and racers alike as Bradenton’s excellent racing surface and engine-friendly air combine to give racers and fans one of the best venues to race on in the country.
From a packed field of VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mods to the outrageous rides in the Mickey Thompson Radial Wars class, to five other “small-tire” classes, spectators will surely get their fill of both eighth and quarter-mile action!
Kicking off the 20th Anniversary of the NMRA Ford Nationals presented by Keystone Automotive season is a race like no other as Bradenton Motorsports Park will once again be filled to capacity with the Blue Oval faithful March 1-4.
This is no ordinary drag race. In fact, the 24th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout presented by Steeda is the biggest all-Ford drag race in Florida, and this year promises to be the biggest yet – highlighted by an incredible lineup of specialty events ranging from the Watson Racing Cobra Jet Showdown, to the insane Outlaw True Street class sponsored by ididit.
The NMRA is kicking off the 2018 season at Bradenton Motorsports Park March 1-4. The 24th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout presented by Steeda Autosports will be jammed with wall-to-wall action as the World’s Fastest Fords descend upon the Gulf Coast of Florida.
From the ear-piercing revs of turbo, supercharged and nitrous-fed Street Outlaws to the high-winding RPM coming from Ford’s Coyote engine, this kicks off the 20th Anniversary of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals.
While the end of this season is still months away, it’s this race which sets the pace of the rest of the year, so while shaking off the winter doldrums may be on some racers minds, there are also championship runs to be considered. Whoever ends up in the Aerospace Components Winners’ Circle on Sunday, will get that out-of-the-gate boost needed to chase this year’s class title.
NMCA Kicks Off 2018 in Bradenton Florida! Wild Heads up Drag Racing, True Street, Car Show, Huge Vendor Midway & MORE!!
Santa Ana, CA – The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Series starts the 2018 season in style with a high octane, supercharged season opener at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, the weekend of March 8-11, 2018. Presented by E3 Spark Plugs, the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem event includes screaming fast 3,500+HP VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mods, Mickey Thompson Radial Wars, Vortech Superchargers Street Outlaw, Edelbrock Xtreme Street, ARP Nitrous Pro Street and more, all competing for the chance to visit the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle on Sunday.
One-day spectator tickets are just $25 with free parking and access to the action on the track, in the pits, at the car show and on the midway. Get your tickets at the gate on the date of the event. Kids 12 and under are always free!