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The 23rd Annual Nitto NMRA Spring Break Shootout was met with sunny skies, and fast times!
Shootout in the Sun
Every March we look forward to the Nitto NMRA Spring Break Shootout. After SEMA and PRI, the off-season leaves us in a doldrums only this race can put to rest. The cold weather is gone (for the most part), the days start to get longer and as January turns to February, and February turns to March, our sights are set on the NMRA race season. Of course, as mentioned, the Spring Break Shootout is the first race of the year, so we get warm, sunny temps; and drag racing all in one weekend. What else could be better?!
Held at Bradenton Motorsports Park (BMP) in sunny Florida, the race is aptly named since it provides a spring break for those that suffer through cold winters each year. It also gives all of us a chance to catch up with our NMRA drag racing family and get burnt together. However, if temps up north are south of freezing, that means no testing before the trip to Bradenton. That lack of testing sometimes means one’s skin is not the only thing getting burnt.
The Spring Break Shootout features all of the usual NMRA classes, but with several other small shootout classes thrown into the mix. To go along with heads-up classes VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw, Edelbrock Renegade, ProCharger Coyote Modified, and G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock, and Richmond Gear Factory Stock, the Spring Break Shootout features the Tremec Stick Shift Shootout, the JLT/Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords Spring Break Shootout class, the VMP Performance Cobra vs. GT500 Shootout, the Livernois Motorsports EcoBoost Shootout, and the Hellion Turbo Coyote Shootout. Say all those three times fast, and your head will start spinning.
To go along with those heads-up classes, you have Aerospace Components Open Comp, Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning, Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle, Roush Performance Super Stang, and the QA1 True Street class. With all these classes, and beautiful Florida weather, there was a ton of people in attendance at the event. So much so that Saturday set an attendance record for the event. Check out the captions for a full rundown.