It's sort of funny how in the world of motorsports, certain races are considered bigger than others. It's also an interesting coincidence that a racing sanction's major events typically comprise a trifecta that is referred to as a "Triple Crown." The NHRA's Big Three consists of its Winternationals in Pomona, California; U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis; and the World Finals, also at the Pomona Fairplex. In NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway/Charlotte, and Brickyard 400 (at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway) are the trio of major races that every driver in the series wants to win at some point in their career.
For the last 11 years, the NMRA's season opener at Bradenton and World Finals in Bowling Green, Kentucky, have stood as the events to compete in and win at some point, as capturing glory at either race ranks high on a Ford drag racer's list of career accomplishments. In the last five years, ProMedia's Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing-an us-against-them meeting of the NMRA and the all-brands sanction known as NMCA-has emerged as the second jewel in the unofficial Triple Crown for Mustang and Ford racers.
Each year, the 'Bowl brings hard-core 'Stangbangers (including several NMRA veterans, some of them legends that have been away for a while) to the Windy City, for four days of off-the-meter competition within their own ranks (for plaques, purses, and points). They also square off against the NMCA's finest in a team-versus-team showdown for some classy rings that rival those of champions in other sports courtesy of Nitto Tire.
Enjoy the following photos and captions of the 5th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing; a race that definitely has earned its place as one of the premiere events for both ProMedia racing series.