Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
May 1, 2010
Contributers: Michael Johnson Photos By: Paul Rosner, Michael Johnson

Horse Sense:
Get your calendars set-the 2010 NMRA World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is set to take place September 30 to October 3, 2010. As such, our annual King of the Street competition will most likely take place September 30 and October 1. Get your Mustangs ready! See More At 50mustangandsuperfords.Com

Bowling Green, KY With most sports, you go through a full season before reaching a playoff; then a final game to decide a winner. There is the NFL's Super Bowl, the NHL's Stanley Cup, Major League Baseball's World Series, the NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament, and soccer's World Cup, just to name a few. Even NASCAR has a "playoff" system to garner more excitement for that sport. (It's too bad we can't talk about college football's playoffs, but that's a debate for another magazine.)

The NMRA doesn't really have a playoff system like these sports-its season is similar to stick-and-ball sports. Racers go through a season trying to pile up points by getting tech'd in, qualifying number 1, setting records, and winning events. But similar to all the mentioned sports, the NMRA season comes down to its World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Though some racers pile up enough points to clinch a championship prior to the World Finals, that's usually a pretty rare occurrence, and happens in maybe 1 or 2 classes out of the NMRA's 12 points-based classes.

As is also the case in many sports, there are those that are always at or toward the top of their respective games. That is also the case with the NMRA. Racers like Dan Millen, John Urist, Don Burton, Conrad Scarry, Don Bowles, Robbie Blankenship, Chris Tuten, Tim Matherly, Bruce Hemminger, Ryan Hecox, Tommy Godfrey, and any of the Motycka boys are always there fighting for a championship at the end of the season. The same was true of the 2009 season, and we were there to document it for the history books.

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