KJ Jones
August 22, 2012
Contributers: Paul Rosner, KJ Jones Photos By: Paul Rosner

The sight and sound of a pair of Mustangs blasting down the quarter-mile in the heat of NMRA competition is a spectacle that every hard-core enthusiast needs to experience in their lifetime. When said Ponies are the wild, crazy and wickedly fast rides that star in the sanction's premier heads-up classes, you really don't want to miss it.

Each year, Ford racers, fans, media, and supporters are on the road between March and November, headed to some of the nation's premier dragstrips to compete in or witness the unique brand of grassroots drag racing. While all of the stops on the tour are important, the season's third event has always been somewhat special. This particular race is a sentimental fave because it traditionally was held at Atco, New Jersey's, Atco Raceway until recently. Atco is one of two East Coast dragstrips that contributed to the start of organized Mustang racing.

In 2012, race three relocated to another fine Eastern facility, this one located just a few hundred miles south of Atco, in the appropriately named (for car guys and a race track) town of Mechanicsville, Maryland. Yes, Maryland International Raceway, referred to by locals as Budds Creek, is the newest venue for NMRA racing. Based on the record-breaking performances that went down at MIR, it appears change is good.

The following photos and captions offer highlights from NMRA's inaugural brawl at MIR. Although competitor and spectator numbers were somewhat low at this first venture, we think the future looks good for the all-Ford series to have a long run at the Southern Maryland facility, which is without question one of the finest tracks we've visited for NMRA action.

Horse Sense: We're going racin'! Actually, tech editor KJ Jones' commitment to racing in ProMedia's entire 2012 NMCA West series isn't the first time 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords is competing in ProMedia-sanctioned race events. However, 2012 does mark the first time we've earnestly pursued winning a championship in any of the sanctioning groups' events. Those of you in the West, keep an eye out for KJ's T-top coupe (running in the Mustang Madness class) and signature 5.0 bucket hat at the tracks NMCA West visits in 2012, and stay abreast of results through all of our online outlets.

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