Season openers are glorious. Every racer starts out on equal ground, while racers and fans alike are geared up to have race cars finally going down the track again after enduring winter. As such, it was no surprise that spring fever was in full effect at the NMRA's 16th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout, held at Bradenton Motorsports Park just outside Bradenton, Florida.
Yet, there was something special in the air. Not only was the air cool and dry, with the highs in the mid-60s to low-70s, but there was something else in the air-a sense of hope. Yes, the economy is still wounded, but it seems the race fans and racers are ready to move onward and upward. NMRA officials report it was the largest event they have ever held at Bradenton Motorsports Park, so the allure of great weather and fast Mustangs is undeniable.
Also undeniable is the drive of the NMRA's contestants. We constantly marvel at their ability to work within the stingy NMRA rulebook and continually improve the performance of their race cars. Sure everyone enjoyed the same great air, but when six records from last season are eclipsed at one event, you know the racers are on their games from the get-go.