The class is open to '54-or-newer Fords with stock suspensions. It allows no modifications to the engine and no fancy magical tuning—Ford Racing computers only. This will be a driver and chassis-tuner class!
• Joe Charles is planning a return to racing with a Coyote Stock entry running out of the MV Performance stable.
How many of you weekend bracketeers and test-'n'-tuners are tired of handicap racing? If your '79-and-newer Fox-chassis car still has the reactively stock powerplant, then you could get started here in heads-up racing.
They call this an entry-level class for beginners. It's a bolt-on-only class for fuel-injected cars, but beware—this is one of the most popular and contested classes in the NMRA. These boys know all the go-fast secrets. If you think these changes could put your steed in the 11-flat range on 275 BFG Comp TA, G-force TA, or Nitto NT555R D.O.T.s, then this class could be your calling.
2011 Class Record
ET: Louis Sylvester, 10.88 seconds
MPH: Louis Sylvester, 122.67 mph
• Bad-boy Carlos Sobrino surprised all, winning his first NMRA race in 2010 and then winning his first NMRA championship in 2011!
• Louis Sylvester's 309ci pony made a late-season charge last year, going to five finalés.
• John Leslie Jr. battled his dad, John Sr., in a friendly family feud for the fourth and fifth spots in the points respectively last season.
Bored of handicap starts? This class offers pro-Tree, handicap-style racing, which you must qualify for by your e.t. with a 0.10 breakout allowance on race day. It is center stage for showcasing the performance potential of the overhead-camshaft modular engines. Don't look for an easy go of it here—the fields are big and racing is intense.
The quickest qualifying e.t. permitted in this class is 8.60; the slowest is 15.70. No electronics allowed, all racing leaves on a handicap 0.500 pro Tree!
• Reggie Burnette Jr. is always a threat to win. He visited four final rounds in 2011 to win the class championship in his wild green-and-red, graphics-laden '00 Mustang, his second in the last three years.
• Meanwhile, Randy Mounce spent lots of time on the road commuting from Woodstock, Ontario, planning his next trip to the winners' circle, where he trailered Reggie on both occasions for runner-up in the chase.
Open Comp is for all those racers who want to compete in a big-time series for their own Nitto Diamond Tree ring. All Ford-bodied and -powered race or street cars can compete in this all-run, 0.500 pro-Tree, qualifying-style version of heads-up known as Open Comp.
All competitors will automatically be dialed one tenth quicker than their quickest qualifying time. Only e.t.'s between 8.60 and 15.70 will be allowed to compete. Most competitors will be bracket racers looking for something a bit different—the fields will be full and racing intense. No electronics are allowed!
• Drag racing has always been a family sport, and the Pickering family lives the dream. This year, their dream come true! Jon M. and his dad, Jon H., have been competing in the same class for several years, racers in the staging lanes and family to all in the pits. Jon M. Pickering's 557-cube '74 Mustang II visited a pair of finals to keep in the championship hunt, then nailed it down with a win at the season finale.
• Larry Geddes' Ford Racing crate-motor-powered, white hatch was close on Jon's tail for most of the season, earning three of three wins.
Truck & Lightning
The Truck and Lightning class is for all you truck racers looking to prove your truck is the toughest. You too could win your own Nitto Diamond Tree ring. Again, all Ford-bodied and powered trucks are allowed to compete in this all-run, 0.500 pro-Tree, qualifying-style version of heads-up known as an open-comp format. All competitors will automatically be dialed one tenth quicker than their quickest qualifying time. Only e.t.'s between 8.60 and 15.70 will be allowed to compete. No electronics allowed!