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NMRA 2014 Season Preview - Sweet Sixteen
What to expect from the NMRA's cars and stars in the series' 16th season
Late in the '13 racing season, we've seen several Coyote-powered street 'Stangs break into the 7-second zone and most of them can fit into Coyote Modified pack with small tweaks to their combinations. Count on JPC Racing, Evolution Performance, and Team Beefcake Racing to be on the cutting edge in this class, along with several other notorious Mustang racers. Here is a sampling of what the rumor mill has provided thus far:
• Justin Burcham is an early favorite with his 7-second '11 Mustang GT. JPC Racing plans to swap its current 76mm turbocharger to the class-legal 68mm turbo, which should still run deep into the 8-second zone right out of the gate.
• Fred Cook at Evolution Performance is bringing two cars to the class. The infamous Green Goblin, Evolution's '13 Mustang GT, which has already made 7-second passes boosted by a 4.5- liter supercharger, will be converted to a turbocharged setup for Coyote Modified, while a second 5.0 Mustang with a ProCharger will be fielded by the team.
• Terry "Beefcake" Reeves is working with Vortech to develop a class-specific supercharger to replace the YSi which has delivered solid 8-second timeslips on his '11 Mustang GT.
• Richard Lelsz of Strictly Performance is bringing his ProCharged '11 Mustang GT.
• In a move which is sure to shake up the class, Chris Jones of Blow-By Racing is bringing a nitrous-assisted Fox Mustang to take advantage of the generous weight break.
• Sondra Leslie has recently begun collecting parts to prepare her S197 'Stang for battle with a nitrous combo, and we hope to see her competing this season.
Popular since the beginning of the series by staying true to its founding concept of showcasing typical street performance combinations—like conventional heads, small-displacement engines, and street-style power adders—Renegade has consistently drawn a robust field of competitors. As manufacturers have developed products for use within the Renegade ranks, the trickle-down effect on street performance is undeniable. Go to any town with fast street cars, and it's likely that those 'Stangs are packing some form of performance parts with a Renegade lineage.
Although the rules for Renegade remained consistent over the last 15 years, the NMRA has loosened them enough to permit a wider range of combos, like 275 Radial Pros, intercoolers, manual transmissions, and even Cobra Jet-based powerplants. This is sure to bolster the class' already solid car count for the 2014 season. This full field of 8-second cars leaves the line on a 0.400 Pro Tree, which keeps the competition on their game.
One factor which has not changed over the past decade or so is the dominance of Brian Mitchell. Brian just capped off his sixth championship season in 2013, and he's showing no signs of stopping! Another racer to look out for is 2012's Rookie of the Year, Valerie Clements. With her win in Georgia last season, she was the only racer other than Brian Mitchell to post a W in Renegade all year!
2013 Class Record
• ET: Brian Mitchell, 8.298 seconds
• MPH: Brian Mitchell, 169.94 mph
2013 Winner: Brian Mitchell
2013 R/U: Adam Arndt
Another blockbuster announcement from the NMRA is that Pure Street is back for the 2014 season! Always a crowd-pleaser with its high-winding, naturally aspirated small-blocks and bumper-dragging wheelies, Pure Street's return is welcome. After a brief hiatus which saw many Pure Street racers migrate to NMCA's Mean Street class, the NMRA tweaked Pure Street rules to accommodate better crossover between the two organizations.
Running conventional headed, small-displacement, naturally aspirated powerplants along with stock-style suspension on 26x10-inch slicks, racers should field a solid 9-second field, including superstars Teddy Weaver and Brandon Alsept. Racers will leave on a 0.400 Pro Tree.
Coyote Stock is known as the most affordable class in heads-up racing, and for good reason. It's centered around the required powerplant—a 5.0-liter Coyote crate engine from Ford Racing, which makes 420 horsepower and is sealed to prevent internal modifications. With an MSRP of $7,390, this is far less expensive than a custom-built racing engine, and it offers flawless OEM reliability. Drop your Coyote crate into any '54 or newer Ford, back it with an OEM-style manual transmission or a C4 automatic, then use stock-style suspension on 26x10-inch slicks and you've got yourself a budget brawler!
Competition is tight since everyone is making the same horsepower, so door-to-door passes all the way down the strip bring the crowd to its feet. Shane Stymiest is the reigning champion, but keep an eye on Jacob Lamb. He whittled down the e.t.'s of his show-quality '86 Mustang, and he finished the 2013 season with a big win in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Coyote Stock racers run in the 10-second zone and launch from a 0.400 Pro Tree.
2013 Class Record
• ET: Shame Stymiest, 10.393 seconds
• MPH: Joe Charles, 130.76 mph
2013 Winner: Shane Stymiest
2013 R/U: Jacob Lamb
Factory Stock is billed as the NMRA's entry-level class, but don't let the name fool you. You'll be hard pressed to find anything "factory stock" about these high-tech race cars. Racers have found a way to extract nearly 400 horsepower from their naturally aspirated, production-based powerplants. But power is only part of the equation, since the mandated BFG or Nitto NT555R drag radials are the most street-oriented tires in the racing series. Solid launches are critical and they are signaled by a 0.400 Pro Tree.
The Factory Stock field usually runs in the 11-second zone, though some racers have managed to dip into the 10s. Matt Amrine is the reigning champion, but John Leslie Jr. and Louis Sylvester are always capable of earning a spot in the Winner's Circle.
2013 Class Record
• ET: Louis Sylvester, 10.722 seconds
• MPH: Louis Sylvester, 124.22 mph
2013 Winner: Matt Amrine
2013 R/U: John Leslie Jr.