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 www.musclemustangfastfords.com, 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.