Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
May 1, 2013

Every year, the NMRA and NMCA join forces to invade the Lone Star State in early November. Though a non-points race, this end-of-the-season showdown is the last chance for some racers to get on the track before winter. Held at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, the Lone Star Shootout is one you simply shouldn't miss. From bracket cars to 10.5 Outlaw cars and everything in between, there's always something for everyone.

Just like every other race on the NMRA circuit, there's more than just drag racing. The manufacturer's midway was packed with displays by Ford Racing, UPR Products, Blow-By Racing, Exedy Clutches, and Brenspeed, to name a few. The UPR Products car show on Saturday and Sunday drew a host of show cars ranging from classic muscle to late-model Stangs.

Since the event is shared with the NMCA, special classes were assembled to host similar racers from both series. In 10.5 Pro Stock, #1 qualifier Leonard Long of Annville, Pennsylvania, faced SAM founder Jud Massingill in the final. Long's '90 Mustang wasn't enough for Massengill's '99 Camaro, which went 8.13 to Long's 8.59, both at over 169 mph. In Mod Comp, Roush teammates Donnie Bowles and Susan Roush McClenaghan faced each other in the final. McClenaghan took the win with a 9.52 to Bowles' 9.87. In Index Rumble, Joe Cram earned his first-ever Wally, beating out Paul Gamino in the final with a 10.53 at 123 mph.

In our beloved True Street, 52 contestants made their way through tech and lined up for the 30-mile cruise on Saturday. Only 12 were non-Ford vehicles, so we were excited about another great event. Last year's winner, Tony Bourns, was back with yet another homebuilt, flamed Fox-body. This one, though, had 7-second capabilities.

After the 30-mile cruise, escorted by Texas' finest, the group assembled in the staging lanes for a short cool-down. All but two cars made the cruise without a hitch, and nine others didn't make all three back-to-back passes. In the end, Tony Bourns held the fastest average after the third run was made. But his 8.84 average would be erased, since he was disqualified for having non-DOT front tires. The crown and cape was passed on to Chuck Clague, who averaged 10.145 in his GMS S-15 Sonoma.

Runner-up was awarded to Greg Wilborn of Ennis, Texas. His black GT500 went as quick as 10.15 on its way to a 10.277 average. The 10-second winner was Jason Roberts with a 10.423 average, the 11- second winner was Charles Brown with an 11.109 average, and the 12-second plaque went to Eli Baes, who averaged 12.140.

Michael DeMayo of Butler, Pennsylvania, made it to the semi-finals of 10.5 Pro Stock but lost to Jud Masssingill with an 8.33 to Massingill's 8.18.

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We also found this former MM&FF feature car from ten years ago. Other than a few changes under the hood, the car is the same as it was back then.

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Mother and son Annette and Corey Waggoner both ran True Street. Annette averaged 13.062 in her Lightning, and Corey averaged 13.105 in his clean four-eyed GT.

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Dyno Joe Cram earned his first-ever Wally, beating out Paul Gamino in the finals of Index Rumble with a 10.53 at 123 mph.

True Street Top 25
Name Average Win Status
Chuck Clague 10.145 Winner
Greg Wilborn 10.277 Runner-Up
Jason Roberts 10.423 10-Second Winner
Jason Reavis 10.763
Tommy King 10.811
Ryan Gilmer 10.813
Billy Reicher 10.988
Charles Brown 11.109 11-Second Winner
Jim McDade 11.279
James Williams 11.312
Rob Turner 11.324
David Polverari 11.414
Don Carter 11.469
Chuck Gibson 11.871
Gary Powers 11.885
Eli Baes 12.140 12-Second Winner
Chad Rayon 12.158
Kenny Springs 12.171
Tim Grissom 12.287
Richie Reading 12.336
Jeff Hall 12.409
Birgilio Rodriguez 12.439
Greg Schick 12.642
Chris Daniel 12.813
Mike Levien 12.869
James Kay 13.005 13-Second Winner
Darrek Hitchcock 14.074 14-second Winner
Scot Bickham 15.071 15-Second Winner

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