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2013 NMRA Season Preview - Race Ready
What to expect from the NMRA Ford drag racing’s cars and stars in 2013
Bracket racing and heads-up racing have been around for ages. Some have a passion to excel at what it takes to win in bracket racing, and most believe they can't afford heads-up racing. We were all in when rumblings started about creating a budget-minded heads-up class that could guarantee simple combos and even playing fields.
In the resulting class, Coyote Stock racers are required to utilize a factory-sealed Coyote crate engine and unmolested engine control module, which can be confiscated or swapped at anytime during competition to prove its as-delivered condition. Acceptable transmissions include several Tremec options or a C4 automatic. While major modifications aren't allowed, the typical bolt-ons, such as headers, K-members, control arms, and gears are permitted on any '54 and newer Ford.
Coyote Stock is the class for those with the passion for heads-up competition, but not for spending every last dime they have! As a result of the limited combos, racers will run neck and neck down the 1,320, which makes it exciting for the fans.
2012 Class Record
E.T.: Shame Stymiest, 10.55 seconds
MPH: Shane Stymiest, 124.66 mph
2012 Winner: Joe Charles
2012 R/U: Justin Burcham
This entry-level class started out as a venue for beginners' running bolt-on, fuel-injected cars. It has since evolved into one of the most contested classes in the NMRA. Competitors must study the rulebook well, as the class has matured to the point that go-fast secrets are closely guarded. Onlookers have a hard time understanding how such outrageous performance levels are extracted from these seemingly simple combos. To keep things even, competitors must run BFG Comp/G-force TA or Nitto NT555R street drag radials and launch on a 0.400 Pro Tree.
2012 Class Record
E.T.: Louis Sylvester, 10.73 seconds
MPH: Louis Sylvester, 125.33 mph
2012 Winner: Carlos Sobrino
2012 R/U: Louis Sylvester
Center-stage for showcasing the performance potential of the Ford overhead camshaft modular engines is Modular Muscle. Competitors in this class can transplant a modular engine in any Ford body with any transmission and race on a Pro Tree. This class offers handicap-style index-style racing, so racers must qualify in an e.t. index with a 0.10 breakout allowance on raceday. A combination of bracket and index racing means weather and track conditions can play havoc on competitors.
The quickest qualifying e.t. permitted in Modular Muscle is an 8.60, while the slowest is a 15.70. Keeping the competition among humans, no electronics are allowed, and all racing leaves on a 0.500 Pro Tree!
2012 Winner: Donnie Bowles
2012 R/U: Randy Mounce
All Ford-bodied and -powered cars can compete in this all-run, 0.500 Pro Tree qualifying racing known as an Open Comp format. It offers handicapped index-style racing, so racers must qualify on an e.t. index with a 0.10 breakout allowance on raceday. The quickest qualifying e.t. permitted in this class is 8.60, and the slowest qualifying e.t. permitted is a 15.70. Any pass quicker than 8.599 or slower than 15.701 will be disqualified, and no electronics are allowed.
2012 Winner: Rodney Ward
2012 R/U: Randy Conway
Truck & Lightning
Ford-bodied and -powered trucks and Lightnings battle for supremacy in this Pro-tree, handicap index-style class. Racers must qualify for your e.t. with a 0.10 breakout allowance on race day, making it a combination of bracket and index racing where weather and track conditions can play havoc on competitors. Any pass quicker than 8.599 or slower than 15.701 will be disqualified, and no electronics are allowed.
2012 Winner: Johnny Lightning
2012 R/U: Jim Roberts
The Super 'Stang class highlights the capabilities of all '05-and-newer Mustangs with 4.6, 5.0, or 5.4 and V-6 engines in 0.500 Pro Tree dial-in–style racing. Power-adder Steeds must weigh 3,400 pounds, while naturally aspirated cars have to clock in at 3,200 pounds. All participants must run quicker than 14.50s and launch on a foot brake only! Sit back and be amazed at the level of human and machine competition, as no transbrakes, two-steps, or electronics are allowed!
2012 Winner: Chad Wendel
2012 R/U: Allan Miller