MMFF Staff
March 13, 2014

Action. That's the theme for the NMRA Ford Nationals as special events continue to dominate the series' racing schedule and 16th Anniversary tour. The number one all-Ford motorsport show in the United States will feature a strong schedule, more heads-up racing, and exciting special events. Over five thousand racers and car show participants will be competing for fame and fortune as national bragging rights are on the line, as well as the richest purse and contingency program of any Ford-only series.

The NMRA season kicks off with the 20th Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout, held March 6-9 at Bradenton Motorsports Park (Bradenton, Florida). We encourage everyone to join us Thursday, March 6, at a special Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Open House. This event is open to the public and will feature a free parts raffle, facility tour, free food and drinks, music, and much more. For more information, visit us online at, and check the MM&FF Facebook page as we get closer to the event.

The NMRA season goes live Friday, March 7, and is followed by a traditional kick-off party at Hooters of Bradenton with a car show, burnouts, and the famous Hooters girls. The rest of the event will feature the best in NMRA Ford drag racing, including 100-plus cars in True Street, with a qualified field in the MM&FF Spring Break Shootout class, presented by Blow-By Racing on Sunday.

Adding a unique flare to this event is the Cobra Jet Showdown, presented by Ford Racing and Jacky Jones Ford, which will feature factory-built hot rods in an 8- and 9-second slugfest. We call it the Spring Break Shootout for a reason, so come down and enjoy the warm Florida weather, exciting parties, and door-to-door, street-legal drag racing and car show.

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The weekend of April 10-13, the NMRA series travels north to Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, for the 6th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. Both NMRA and NMCA racers converge on the facility to let loose a fury of horsepower in one of the largest musclecar events of the year. Be part of the 15,000 fans sitting in the Atlanta Dragway stands watching the explosive head-to-head action. The All-Star Nationals always brings record-breaking performances, and all the cars and all the stars of street-legal drag racing are at one exciting event.

The third stop on the tour is when the NMRA pays tribute to Ford's factory hot-rod shop, the Special Vehicle Team (SVT), with a special SVT Shootout. Hosting the SVT tribute is none other than the stunning mid-Atlantic Maryland International Raceway (MIR) in Budds Creek, Maryland. Keep the weekend of May 2-4 open, especially if you're an SVT fanatic.

This SVT specialty event-within-an-event features SVT racing and show categories. First on the list is the Terminator versus Shelby GT500 Shootout, where bragging rights will be settled.

The SVT Lightning truck community is one of the most exciting, as evidenced by the sheer number of trucks still being modified and turned into dragstrip haulers. Lightning racers are invited to join the popular Truck & Lightning category, where they can race alongside legends like Johnny Lightning in his supercharged truck.

True Street, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, is always one of the largest classes run on Saturday at each NMRA event. There will be a separate SVT-only True Street class ('93-'14 SVT cars and trucks only) with its own cash and prizes—exclusively for SVT racers! SVT True Street racers will make three consecutive passes down the quarter-mile and $250, plus a 6-foot trophy will be awarded to the overall fastest, and $100 and a plaque will be awarded to each racer with the closest average to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 seconds!

Next, NMRA and its racers head to one of the most popular racetracks in the country, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, for an extra special event—the NMRA Ford Super Nationals. The weekend of June 12-15 has been reserved for this all-Ford extravaganza and this Norwalk event will play host to two additional exciting affairs.

First off is the official Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords All-Female Shootout, presented by Royal Purple, where the fastest lady drag racers in the U.S. will compete for cash and bragging rights. Also scheduled for the Norwalk blowout is the True Street Battle Royale, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords. This is certain to be the largest True Street event of the year with a special participant party and major class coverage. Join the fun and find out.

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The NMRA and NMCA series are brought together a second time in 2014 at Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, Illinois) in a four-day bash July 10-13. Unlike the All-Star Nationals, where breaking records is the theme, the Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing puts both series head-to-head in a special Shootout, where the NMRA class winners compete against their NMCA rivals for bonus cash and a chance to take home a world-famous Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Super Bowl Ring. The diamond-laden ring is a special design made exclusively for the Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing shootout.

Team NMRA has been dominating this event with six team wins in the first eight NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl events. Will the NMRA dominance continue on street-legal drag racing's biggest stage?

The 16th Annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals will invade Beech Bend Raceway October 2-5, and Mustangs will take over the city of Bowling Green, which has played host to major Ford events since the first World Ford Challenge back in 1998.

The NMRA World Finals is special—not just because it's the largest all-Ford event of the year, but also because championships are on the line and racers leave nothing to chance. World championships and world records are a big part of the NMRA World Finals as racers put in their final effort to win the exclusive Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Championship Rings.

This extra special event will showcase everything from wheel-standing Outlaws and Renegades to stock cars and everything in between.The True Street class, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, has averaged well over 100 competitors the past two years and is a testimonial to the crazy street-legal performance.

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The 2014 event will also bring together gorgeous Mustangs from around the U.S. to participate in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords' King of the Street competition. The NMRA World Finals will also showcase a Terminator/GT500 Shootout, where the fastest '03-'04 Cobras and GT500s will race against each other for year-long bragging rights.

Each NMRA national event also features a huge UPR Products All-Ford Car Show, where you will see a sea of color as hundreds of Blue Oval car show participants shine and show their awesome late-model and early Mustangs and Fords. The UPR car show is a hot spot for our staff to find the best feature cars as well.

All NMRA events also feature the largest all-Ford manufacturers midways and swap meets. Be sure to hit the ATM on the way to any NMRA event so you can bring home great deals on the parts you need. Finally, hang on to your seats for flame-throwing, 300-plus-mph jet car exhibitions (at select events) and the world famous NMRA burnout contest, where past participants have gone as far as blowing tires and destroying engines for the roar of NMRA's crowd!

For more information on the NMRA Ford Nationals, visit online at or call 714/ 444-2426.

Street-friendly, Track-ready

MM&FF Presents True Street

True Street was created by the MM&FF staff to represent true street/strip Ford vehicles, and the NMRA has worked diligently to ensure this. Though not a points-based or championship-eligible class, it has been gaining popularity in recent years. Also, though tech has become increasingly demanding and stringent, True Street cars just seem to get faster every race. In fact, lately it is common to see some competitors in the 8s.

True Street is geared toward attracting local drivers and is open to non-members of NMRA. The class is open to '64-to-present Ford vehicles powered by Ford-based engines, and each vehicle must be street-certified and able to drive over 30 miles on the street. All vehicles must me registered, licensed, and insured, any number or type of power adders are permitted. Tires must be DOT-approved and windows must be functional.

After all the cars are checked for eligibility and pass tech inspection, the class gathers for a brief meeting to discuss rules. Once all the cars are lined up and the hoods are closed, they are led on a 30-mile cruise on highway and city streets. After the cruise begins, competitors are prohibited from opening their hoods until after the competition is complete. The cruise ends back at the track, where the cars are lined up in the staging lanes for a cool-down period. No refueling or tire changing is allowed, but competitors may replenish ice or water for intercoolers, install nitrous bottles, or adjust tire pressures after the cruise during cool-down.

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Once racing begins, each competitor makes three back-to-back timed runs. Tire pressure may be lowered, but drivers cannot add air once they have made their first pass. Though both lanes are usually used, drivers are only scored based on the average of the three runs. The fastest average is the winner, second fastest is the runner-up. There are also awards presented to the fastest 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-, 13-, 14-, and 15-second averages.

As racers approach a first-ever 7-second average, online smack-talk and banter between the racers continues. There have been a few 7-second-capable Stangs over the past few years, but none have crossed the threshold. Will it happen this year in Bradenton? Or maybe in Bowling Green? Or not at all? Only time will tell.

Either way, as the quicker cars continue to get quicker, more room is made for new racers to slide in and take home a plaque or trophy. And whether you're vying for an award or not, just coming out and competing with your street car is what True Street is all about anyway.

2014 NMRA Race Classes

Street Outlaw

Street Outlaw brings the best of Super Street Outlaw and Drag Radial to one small-tire spectacle. Rules allow for small-blocks and big-blocks, naturally aspirated or single-power-adder configurations using DOT 275/60-15 radial or true 28x10.5 slicks. A maximum of 588 ci is allowed, and power-adder options range from a single 94mm turbo, supercharged options, and multiple options for nitrous. As the NMRA's premier class, low-7-second e.t.'s at almost 200 mph are not uncommon.

Edelbrock Renegade

Small-block Ford engines combined with nitrous oxide injection or a supercharger and a small tire is a recipe for great racing. These mid-8-second Mustangs make up Renegade. With a max cubic inch limit of 410 and a single power adder, racers are given weight breaks based on their combination to keep the playing field even.

DiabloSport Coyote Modified

One of the new classes for 2014, Coyote Modified is a power-adder class for Coyote engines only, few restrictions, and a 305ci max displacement. It also requires stock suspension and the use of no larger than a 28-inch slick. With the success of Coyote Stock, the development of this class was the next logical step. Since built engines and boost are allowed, this should be a fun class to watch in 2014.

Strange Engineering Coyote Stock

When the Coyote crate engine became available through Ford Racing Performance Parts for under $10k, it was only natural for the NMRA to create a class to encourage the use of this budget-friendly engine. And to make the rules easy, FRPP offers a sealed engine to level the playing field. This heads-up NA class has grown over the past two seasons, and the competition is getting stiffer.

Nitto Tire Factory Stock

Nitto Tire Factory Stock is an affordable way to race for an NMRA championship. Drivers can run '79-newer Mustangs and Fords with a 5.0L-, 4.6L-, and Coyote-based bullet no larger than 313ci. With high 10-second performance at an affordable cost, Factory Stock is a great way to get into heads-up racing.

ACT Pure Street

The naturally aspirated Pure Street class is back! This small-displacement, small-cam NA class was canned at the end of the 2011 season, but is back and better than ever. This entry-level heads-up class brings spectators big wheelies and low-10-second quarter-mile e.t.'s. Displacement is limited to 313 ci for 5.0L engines and 291 ci for Modulars.

Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle

Modular Muscle is a bracket-style class for Ford vehicle running a 4.6L, 5.0L, 5.4L, or V-10 modular engine. Qualifying is based on reaction time and the field is based on an NHRA Sportsman ladder. This all-run field is automatically dialed in 0.1 quicker than their fastest qualifying run and only e.t.'s between 8.80 and 15.70 are allowed to compete.

Roush Performance Super Stang

If you have an '05-present Mustang, Roush Performance Super Stang is for you. This bracket-style class is only for S197 Mustangs powered by 4.6L, 5.0L, 5.4L, and V-6 engines. Qualifying is based on reaction time and dial-ins are set 0.1 quicker than each racer's best qualifying run. With a variety of combinations and modifications allowed, Super Stang offers a wide range of performance levels and close racing.

Detroit Locker Truck & Lightning

Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning class is one of the NMRA's most popular categories. It's open to any Ford truck or SUV running a Ford powerplant. Qualifying is based on reaction time and dial-ins are set 0.1 quicker than your best qualifying run.

Flex-A-Lite Open Comp

Open Comp is open to any year, make, or model Ford-powered vehicle. Qualifying is based on reaction time, and dial-ins are set 0.1 quicker than your best qualifying time. If you've bracket raced and are looking to compete at an NMRA event, Open Comp may be the perfect fit.

2014 NMRA Ford Nationals Schedule

The NMRA Ford Nationals Series is pleased to announce its 2014 event schedule. This year will feature the NMRA's 16th Anniversary tour with special events planned at each and every race. A more detailed event schedule press release will follow soon.
March 6-9, 2014
20th Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout
Presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and featuring the MM&FF Spring Break Shootout
Bradenton Motorsports Park
Bradenton, Florida
April 10-13, 2014
6th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals
See NMRA and NMCA stars racing the same weekend at the same event!
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Georgia
May 2-4, 2014
13th Annual NMRA Ford Nationals
Featuring the Second Annual SVT Shootout
Maryland International Raceway
Budds Creek, Maryland
June 12-15, 2014
11th Annual NMRA Ford Super Nationals
Featuring the MM&FF All-Female Shootout & True Street Battle Royale
Summit Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
July 10-13, 2014
8th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
Watch as Team NMRA takes on Team NMCA for Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Super Bowl Rings!
Route 66 Raceway
Joliet, Illinois
October 2-5, 2014
16th Annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals
Featuring 5.0 Mustang's King of the Street and the 4th Annual Terminator/GT500 Shootout
Beech Bend Raceway
Bowling Green, Kentucky