With Fun Ford Weekend's demise, several markets were left out in the cold. Since the NMRA and Fun Ford didn't share venues, traditional Fun Ford tracks suddenly found themselves without Ford races. UPR Products swooped in to save the Epping, New Hampshire, race with its own Ford Fest, and Atlanta Dragway also proved a viable location to help continue the Ford racing tradition. The NMRA believed that this track deserved an event, so the sanction played host to the Inaugural Nitto Tire Peach State Nationals in March 2010.
The Atlanta area has always been a hotbed for Mustang drag racing, and that was hard for the NMRA to ignore. Though the inaugural version was a non-points, get-our-feet-wet-type event, we hope for full events for 2011 and beyond. There are tons of Mustangs in the area. Plus, Atlanta's somewhat centralized location means the usual suspects would be happy to attend. The track is minutes from Interstate 85, and there are plenty of restaurants and hotels in the area, so it's a perfect fit for the NMRA.
Since the Inaugural Nitto Tire Peach State Nationals was a non-points event, it featured limited classes to show the NMRA's newest fans what it had to offer. The event featured an old-school match race between John Urist and Chris Tuten; combined classes for Hot Street and EFI Renegade, Real Street and Pure Street; a Factory Stock class, True Street, and a combined Modular Muscle/Open Comp class. Peep the captions for the results.