Bradenton, FL – Kicking off the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals season in fine style, the 26th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout roared into Bradenton Motorsports Park, drawing a crowd of fans and a horde of racers. All in attendance enjoyed cool weather, fast race cars and everything an NMRA event has to offer, including a huge car show and a manufacturer’s midway brimming with performance parts. Racers established a foothold in the season’s championship points chase and an elite group headed for the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle to celebrate the spoils of victory.
Familiar foes paired up in the VP Racing Madditives Street Outlaw final as Dominic DiDonato squared off against reigning champion Vinny Palazzolo. After qualifying second, Palazollo cruised to the finals in his 2009 Mustang thanks to two broke-bye runs and another bye run. Meanwhile, DiDonato slugged his way through the rounds to reach the clash. When the tree came down, Palazzolo smoked the rear tires and DiDonato cruised to the crown with a 5.09 at 132 mph.
With the top 11 cars qualifying in the 4-second range, Edelbrock Renegade looked to be a tightly contested affair, and it was. However, when Jason Spina’s 1990 Mustang met up with Joel Greathouse’s 1993 Mustang in the final round, a 4-second pass would not take the win. Instead, both racers ran off-pace, but Spina did just enough in his 427ci Fox to win (5.76 vs. 5.97).
Santa Ana, CA – NMRA is proud to announce Holley Performance Products as the title sponsor of the world’s biggest all-Ford motorsport event series. The six-event series, which includes drag racing, car show, manufacturer’s midway, and other specialty elements will be known as the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals. It’s the second time in the sanctioning body’s 22-year history that Holley has staked a claim as the series title sponsor.
“The partnership between NMRA and Holley is amazing as we created an incredible synergy between us with the NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival in 2019,” said Steve Wolcott, founder and president of NMRA. “With Holley coming on as the title sponsor we can build momentum at each stop on the tour as all roads will lead to Bowling Green for the biggest and craziest Ford event ever created.”
Holley’s marketing director Bill Tichenor is the driving force behind the uniquely fun Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival and also for blending it with the NMRA World Finals. He said “The timing couldn’t be better for Holley to become the title sponsor of the NMRA as we continue to focus on making exiting new parts for Fords.” Tichenor also noted “The inaugural NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival couldn’t have went better, so to be the title sponsor all year with it culminating at one massive event at the end the year just makes total sense.”
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.
The Norwalk, Ohio track will come alive as the drivers of NMCA Street-Legal Drag Racing Series, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, and the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series join together for the next to the last race of the 2018 season.
What makes this event different than past events is a special celebration of the Ford Cobra Jet, highlighted by the exclusive Ford Performance 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion, presented by TascaParts.com. This gathering will be the biggest of its kind in the country as Classic and Modern Cobra Jets mix it up on the track and in a special car show area. For more information on the Ford Performance 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion, visit: www.CobraJetReunion.com.
If the “Bowtie” is more in line with your performance agenda, then the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series will certainly give your eyes and ears plenty to absorb. See some of the nations best racers descend upon Summit Motorsports Park, all powered by The General’s LS and modern LT platforms.
Santa Ana, CA – The NMCA stop at Summit Motorsports Park August 23-26, 2018 is the official host of the Ford Performance 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion, a celebration within the already action-packed Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals. The 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion, which is presented by TascaParts.com, and is packed with modern and nostalgia Cobra Jet drag racing categories, Cobra Jet car show, and other special events including guest speakers and the largest gathering of Cobra Jets in the world.
“We are thrilled and excited to add the 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion to our NMCA race at Summit Motorsports Park. Not only will fans get to see the usual exciting line-up of NMCA street and race categories, but they will get to enjoy a slice of Cobra Jet history that helped define the factory drag racing wars over the last half-a-century,” said NMCA’s President and CEO Steve Wolcott.
A portion of the left side of Summit Motorsports Park will be turned into a Cobra Jet village with massive tents housing some of the most storied vehicles in Ford’s history. NMCA and Ford Performance officials have already lined up Al Joniec’s Cobra Jet that won the 1968 NHRA Winternationals, ’68 Cobra Jet #1, a special 50th anniversary edition Cobra Jet, and many other significant and historical vehicles. Outside the tents will be the Cobra Jet car show and the pit area for vehicles that are in the drag racing competitions. There will also be autograph sessions and exclusive merchandise on sale.
Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series Drivers Mix It Up With NMRA/NMCA Nitto Tire Drivers at Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by Fuel Systems Technology
Santa Ana, CA – For the first time ever, Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series drivers joined hundreds of NMRA and NMCA drivers competing as part of the 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by Fuel Systems Technology. This year’s event on July 27-29 at Route 66 Raceway in Illinois welcomed beautiful weather and intense, quarter-mile drag racing from some of the finest LS- and LT-powered machines anywhere.
Reigning Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center champion Jesse Wilson wheeled to a 10.11 to lead qualifying in the captivating category, and he made it all the way to the final, where he slowed to a 10.21, but it was enough to take the win over Scott Brown, who turned in a 10.54 in his first final-round appearance.
Jenna Wilson wound up with a 9.75 on a 9.75 in her Camaro to lead LME Street King qualifying, but in the end, multi-time winner Al Corda collected the win with a 10.09 on a 10.00 index in his Camaro over Steve Griswold, who turned on the red in his Corvette.
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.