Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
June 24, 2015

Most Fordnatics are aware of the endless list of coolness the NMRA event series has to offer. Hot paint jobs, cool Mustangs, loads of new and used parts, smoky burnouts and of course fast Fords launching off the line are a few of the highlights. Launching is the theme of this story, and there was an endless list of Fords and Mercs powering off the Summit Motorsports Park starting line at the recently contested NMRA Super Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

NMRA events attract the quickest and fastest late-model Mustangs, and you’ll find them running the variety of bracket, index and heads-up categories. But in Norwalk, we spotted a variety of older Fords and a massive mix of machinery in the True Street ranks. Ohio is also the home of the gear-jammin’ Y-Block shootout, so fans got to check out many classic hot rod Fords from the 1950s and 1960s

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Getting off the line is always the most challenging part of a drag race and NMRA racers spend countless hours working their magic. Mustang owners never seem to have a problem finding horsepower, thankfully the aftermarket offers a variety of amazing suspension components to enhance traction, and today’s drag radials and slicks can harness the power.

Many Mustang owners like to bang gears, and getting a stick shift Mustang to hook hard and run down the track is a touch more challenging than with an automatic transmission. We saw an abundance of quick sticks in Norwalk, and the fastest racers were rewarded in the McLeod Stick Shift Shootout.

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We also saw gear-banging action in all types of wild rides. The staging lanes were filled with classics including Fairlanes, Galaxies, T-Birds, Torinos, Fox-body Mustangs and we found every type of S197 from Three-Valve GTs, to Shelby GT500s, to all-motor, turbo, and supercharged 5.0 Coyote Mustangs. The True Street line up was a sight to behold, as the line of 120-plus Fords stretched seemingly for miles.

But what every racer had in common is that they all had to launch, and many did with gusto. We figured you’d want to see for yourself, so check out the huge gallery and comment on your favorites.

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