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NMRA racers attacked Atlanta Dragway in record-setting fashion
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It was stop two for the NMRA-Keystone Drag Racing Series as racers and fans moved north from the Florida-based season opener. The tour settled into Atlanta Dragway, roughly 100 miles north of Atlanta, as unseasonably cool weather conditions allowed for record performances in almost every eliminator. When the rubber stopped flying and the horsepower giants went to sleep, NMRA crowned 12 event champions and a host of True Street special awards for another successful drag strip adventure.
One unique feature of the Georgia event is it is combined with NMRA’s sister series, the NMCA E3 Spark Plug Drag Racing Series. The combo race has been nicknamed the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals that is sponsored by Borla Exhaust. In addition to the normal wheels-up fun of Mustangs and Fords there were 200-plus mph Pro Modifieds, Radial cars running 3.90s in the eighth-mile, and some of the best 275 radial action with blowers and turbos making plenty of noise.
Like the championship racing, NMRA and NMCA cars mix it up in the street division as well in the QA1 True Street challenge but race officials keep the results separate and award a winner and runner-up in both True Street classes. The show grounds were overrun with Mustangs and vintage Fords as there was a very small Brand X presence.
With Atlanta Dragway being the second stop in a six-race series it is an important one for racers chasing a championship. Aaron Bates proved to be the front-runner in Edelbrock Renegade when he destroyed the class record with a jaw-dropping 7.40 at 187 mph performance from his Dez Racing built machine. Joel Greathouse drove the Johnston family race car to a record run in VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw with a 4.39 at 167 mph performance. One of the most impressive runs was in Coyote Stock as Carlos Sobrino knocked down a 10.223 using a stock Coyote engine in his Fox-body! Also locking up record runs were Teddy Weaver in G-Force Racing Transmissions Pure Street (9.553) and Johnny “Lightning” Wiker in ProCharger Coyote with a 7.918.
Enjoy the highlights from the high-speed action as race and street Mustangs and Fords clashed for the glory and cash prizes.