If we had to choose our favorite NMRA race of the year, it would either have to be the Bradenton opener or the World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Of course, at Bradenton, we've been itching for drag racing for months, but we like Bowling Green because it's a race where we know racers are going to be hanging it all out to dry. Nothing is left in the bag at Bowling Green. There's no need to save the parts when you have five months to rebuild your junk.
Plus, Bowling Green, Kentucky, and cool fall weather mean two things: Records are going to fall, and we're going to see some bumper-dragging, wheels-up launches. The only bad thing about the race is it means the season's over, and we're a year older.
Every year it seems the Bradenton opener was just a week earlier, but in fact it's been roughly 7 months since the start of the season. It just means time flies when you're having fun, and at Bowling Green, racers were flying as well. We recount it here for the history books to tide you over until racers light the fires and kick the tires at the '12 season opener.
Horse Sense: The NMRA's class line-up will look a little different for 2012. Several classes are going away, being folded into NMCA classes. The big news on the NMRA side is the addition of the Strange Engineering Coyote Stock class, presented by your favorite Mustang magazine…that would be the one you're holding in your hand.