Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
July 19, 2012

The Atlanta area is ideal for a drag race. In a world all about location, location, location, Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, might as well be in the middle of it all. It makes sense for the NMRA and the NMCA to come together for one big race in this Mustang hot bed.

The 4th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals was the place to be as the biggest names from each sanctioning body battled it out for drag racing supremacy. For NMRA racers, it presents an opportunity to beat up on the bad guys from the NMCA and run cars other than Mustangs.

The All-Star race also presents racers a chance to get their year started if they were unable to make the Bradenton race. Some guys aren't able to make the Bradenton opener because of cars not being ready. Many use Bradenton as their throwaway race, and start their year in Georgia, which is more centrally located.

And, what a race to start the season with. From a fan's perspective, if you like drag racing, this race is a must-see. You get to see quality cars from both the NMRA and NMCA side of the fence. Best of all, we get to see Mustangs beating up on Brand X cars. That's worth the price of admission.

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Horse Sense: We ran into a couple familiar faces at Atlanta--Vic and Jimmy Keen, who run in the NMCA's Pro Street class. Another familiar face, Jay Scranton was chipping in to help get the car dialed in. The Keen brothers, Jay, and his brother Matt were all pioneers in the Pro 5.0 scene back in the day. It's good to see they're still in the game, but it would be nicer to see them at the wheel of a Mustang.

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