Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
NMRA Nitto Tire Loan Star Shootout
The NMRA Brings Hot Racing Action To Houston, Texas.
The voices spoke. The minds went to work. And a fervent need for Ford competition in the South turned into the inaugural Nitto Tire Lone Star Shootout, presented by Quantum Performance at Houston Raceway Park.
For three days in November 2009, the NMRA took over the HRP facilities to offer Ford and Mustang enthusiasts a place to burn some rubber, compete against the locals and those from out of town, and to just plain have fun with their modified Fords.
As the NMRA and Promedia staff scrambled to assemble a race in Texas after it had already begun it's 2009 season, the event came to life with Pro Outlaw and Super Street Outlaw match races, the heads-up Harland Sharp Street Bandit class, which utilized the rules from the NMRA Edelbrock Hot Street for naturally aspirated cars and NMRA Diablo Sport EFI Renegade for the power-adder cars, as well as JDM Engineering Super Stang, Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning, Roush/Steeda Mod Comp, and of course, the crowd favorite, Tremec True Street presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine.
In addition to the standard True Street class, the NMRA also offered a Lone Star True Street Shootout, which featured the quickest 16 cars from the field on Saturday in a heads-up eliminator. Let us tell you, there were a lot of cars in the field with parachutes, and that always makes for an exciting showdown. Some 69 were entered, but there was a high attrition rate, as only 53 made it through the cruise (which turned out to be 44 miles instead of the normal 30) and three rounds of back-to-back passes.
Though there was great racing action, a sizable car show, and manufacturer's midway and swap meet to enjoy, we thought the best thing about the event was how appreciative and supportive the attendees all were with regard to the event coming to town. Whether it was the NMRA staff or your MM&FF crew, we were all thanked on numerous occasions for coming to Texas and putting on a show. It was something we really hadn't seen before and it showed just how much people enjoyed the competition and Mustang atmosphere.
Having received such a warm welcome from the Lone Star state, the NMRA made plans to return to Houston Raceway Park this November 12-14, 2010. Once again, it will be a non-points and limited-class event, but the NMRA will join forces with the NMCA to open the event to all makes and models. With the rampant success of the Superbowl in Joliet, Illinois, and the Zmax event in North Carolina, this Houston, Texas event should be even better than this year. See you then.