Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
August 1, 2002
Contributers: Michael Johnson Photos By: Michael Johnson

After the roaring launch at the Bradenton, Florida, NMRA race, the Ford drag racing season was primed to continue the rapid pace of the past two. It just might be this racing season is off to an even faster start than prior years, however. Case in point-the 2nd Annual NMRA Ford Nationals held at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, Georgia. Amidst the peach and pecan trees in sunny southern Georgia, the stage was set for great racing. The weather was fabulous with temps in the 70s and low humidity-in other words, great racing weather.

And the times reflected it. The qualifying sheets showed this season would be special. Jim Blair ripped off a 7.80 in Outlaw, Gabe Large tore off a 10.36 in Real Street, and Justin Burcham blew the doors off the 11-second barrier with an 11.80 in Factory Stock. If racers are running this well at only the second race of the season, just imagine the times they'll lay down at Bowling Green in September. Let's not jump ahead, though. There's a lot of racing yet to come, so check the captions for the details on Reynolds, and get ready for a whirlwind stretch run of the '02 season.

Real StreetWow! We're glad we just have to worry about besting the NMRA's Rob Kinnan with our Real Street project, 'cause these guys are flyin'! The top seven cars qualified in the 10s with top speeds in the 126-130-mph range. These guys are all making good power, but those with a handle on the chassis are making the most of it. We had 15 cars at Reynolds (16 if Mike Wesley wasn't DQ'd), so it looks as if Real Street is definitely picking up steam. With just a basic combination of bolt-on parts (and a few tuning tricks), these guys are achieving unbelievable performances. But don't worry--eventually the tricks will get out, and we'll all benefit on track or on the street.