Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
June 29, 2011

After lower car counts last season, the NMRA knew it had to make adjustments to bring more racers into the fold yet still keep its existing racers in attendance. At many events, there were only three to four cars competing in several of its top classes. So for the '11 campaign, the sanction revamped its class list to get more racers and fans through the gates.

Answering the sudden popularity of 275 drag radial racing, the NMRA made changes to its existing Drag Radial class to open it up to different drag radial brands. With nine Afco Xtreme Drag Radial competitors at the first race, we'd say it was a step in the right direction for the class. Jason Lee was able to get the win with his ProCharger-equipped machine. However, judging by the initial times and mph, it appears the turbo combo may have a slight edge under the current rules, which may necessitate a revision. Either way, we're sure Xtreme Drag Radial will be a hugely popular class in 2011.

Another class to get a shot in the arm was Factory Stock. With the popularity of the '11 Mustang GT, the NMRA legalized use of the Coyote 5.0-powered 'Stang in the class. Several '11 GTs across the country have broken into the 11.0 range, but those numbers have been on slicks. Since Factory Stock is run on drag radials, it's going to take a few races--maybe all year--to see a competitive '11. With Carlos Sobrino crackin' the 10-second zone with his pushrod-powered coupe, and the '11s in the mid-11s at Bradenton, the Coyote crowd has an uphill battle ahead.

Most of the other heads-up classes had the usual suspects, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. As the season heads north, we hope Real Street and Pure Street pick up some steam. Those two classes started off with modest car counts, so hopefully as we go through the season, more racers will show up to do battle.

Until then, check out the captions for the details for the 2011 NMRA season opener.

Horse Sense: NMRA racer Jimmy Wilson got his Pure Street Fox Mustang running the Saturday of the event and thanks Trick Flow for keeping him in the game. Jimmy runs a Trick Flow Box-R intake with Brodix heads atop his 311ci combination. He ran 10.20s each pass except in the Pure Street final, where he slowed to a 10.40.

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