Now that the 2013 NMRA season has ended, here’s the solid schedule to get you amped up for this coming 2014 season!
As always, the season starts out in sunny Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida for the NMRA Spring Break Shootout on March 6-9. Kickoff begins Thursday, March 6th at the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Open House. This event is free and features a free parts raffle, a tour of the facility, free food, free drinks, music, and more. Check back on the MM&FF website as the event gets closer.
The NMRA season start off with a bang on Friday, March 7, and is followed by the kickoff at the Bradenton Hooters including a car show, burnouts, and of course, Hooters’ girls! The rest of the weekend’s agenda includes 100+ cars competing in the TREMEC True Street with a qualified field in the Muscle Mustangs Spring Break Shootout class on Sunday. The Cobra Jet Showdown will be presented by Ford Racing, and that will bring out the factory-built Cobra Jets dominating the quarter-mile with 8- and 9-second runs. The Spring Break Shootout is good for warm weather, parties, street-legal drag racing and car show!
Soon after, the second stop will be held at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia through the weekend of April 10-13 for the 6th-annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals where breaking records is the theme. This is one of the largest muscle car events of the year and 15,000 fans will fill up the spectator stands to take in the action below.
John Marquardt driving his 2002 SVT Ford Lightning
The third stop, May 2-4, will feature a special SVT Shootout and includes a tour of Ford’s factory hot rod shop at Special Vehicle Team (SVT). This will take place at the beautiful Maryland International Raceway (MIR) in Mechanicsville, MD. Fitting, right? This event will feature SVT racing and show categories. First up, the Terminator vs. Shelby GT500 Shootout will settle the bragging rights for the year. This is also the place to see the modified SVT Lightning trucks conquer the quarter-mile in the Truck & Lightning category. Drivers will compete alongside Johnny Lightning in his fast-as-lightning supercharged truck. TREMEC True Street will be presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, and is one of the largest classes to run on Saturday at each NMRA event. There will be a special SVT True Street Class (’93 to ’13 SVT cars & trucks only) with its own cash and prizes to for the SVT racers. The SVT racers will make three consecutive passes down the quarter-mile strip, and $250 plus a 6-foot trophy will be awarded to the overall fastest competitor. Also, $100 and a plaque will be awarded to each racer with the closest average to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 seconds!
Valerie Clements, female drag racer, drives the SCT Mustang
After that, it’s off to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio for a special event – the NMRA Ford Super Nationals. This will take place the weekend of June 12-15, and will host two exciting events! Again, the official 2nd-annual Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords All-Female Shootout will bring the fastest female racers together at one event where the ladies will race for cash and bragging rights. Also scheduled for this exciting weekend is the True Street Battle Royale presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and it is said to be the largest True Street event of the year.
The NMRA and NMCA will come together again for the second time for the 2014 season at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. This four-day event will take place from July 10-13. Unlike All-Star Nationals where breaking records is key, the Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing will go head-to-head where NMRA class winners compete against NMCA rivals for bonus cash and for a chance to win the Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Super Bowl Ring. This ring laden with diamonds was designed exclusively for this Super Bowl event.
Hundreds of racers lined up for Maryland International Speedway
The 16th-annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals will take on Beech Bend Raceway October 2-5 where Mustangs will invade the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky. This has been the place to go for major Ford events since the first World Ford Challenge back in 1998. The NMRA World Finals are a huge part of the NMRA World Finals where racers put everything on the line for a final chance to win the Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Championship Rings. This weekend will bring wheelie-performing Street Outlaws and Renegades as well as stock cars and everything in between. Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords will present the TREMEC True Street class, which has averaged 100+ competitors the past two years. The 2014 event will bring together ten of the most powerful, gorgeous and well-engineered Mustangs from across the nation to compete in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords’ King of the Street competition. Each competitor will be judged on performance on the quarter-mile, horsepower, and appearance with the overall winner taking home the title of King of the Street. The NMRA World Finals will also bring the Terminator/GT500 Shootout where the fastest ‘03/’04 Cobras and GT500s will compete against each other for bragging rights.
Each one of these NMRA events will feature a UPR Products All-Ford Car Show where hundreds of blue oval cars from old-school to modern, from stock to super modified, will welcome the hundreds of onlookers. Magazine editors will be walking the show looking for future features and cover cars. A huge all-Ford manufacturers’ midway and swap meet will grace each event. Be sure to hit up the ATM to grab cash for that part you’ve been meaning to find! Also, flame-throwing 300+ mph jet cars will make passes at select events, and the world famous NMRA burnout contest will take place where contestants are known for blowing tires and obliterating engines for the roar of the crowd!
For more information on the NMRA Ford Nationals, visit www.nmradigital.com or call 714/444-2426.