Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
May 1, 2010

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.

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CarDriverHometownModelRD 1RD 2RD 3Average
3Chris EscobarPensacola, FL1986 SVO8.9498.9738.9648.962Winner
10Brian Bromley Gretna, LA1991 Mustang9.5968.8998.8159.103Runner-Up
50Nathan CooperLaPorte, TX1997 Mustang10.18010.30010.30010.26010-Second Winner
47Joseph BoehmSpring, TX1988 Mustang10.35010.34010.32010.340
19Joel Cura Mission, TX 1993 Mustang10.16010.66010.62010.480
6Jason RobertsBeaumont, TX1991 Mustang10.43010.55010.65010.540
18 Angel Padilla San Antonio, TX1993 Mustang9.63010.21012.55010.800
4James RoseFriendswood, TX2003 Cobra12.06010.61010.60011.09011-Second Winner
23Michael Boehm Spring, TX1991 Mustang11.12011.04011.22011.130
25Joshua SaveringMansfield, TX1993 Mustang11.08011.49011.31011.290
20Darius McLaughlinBoerne, TX2005 Mustang 11.50011.29011.32011.370
2David PolverariBeaumont, TX1992 Mustang 11.28011.38011.46011.370
7David PenaHouston, TX2001 Mustang12.16011.56011.22011.650
66James WristonNederland, TX2004 Mustang11.91011.81011.65011.790
12Michael Fisher Slidell, LA1990 Mustang11.86011.48012.38011.910
63Joshua Sanchez Houston, TX1989 Mustang11.83011.95011.96011.910
8James MannPortland, TX 2006 Mustang11.58012.18012.07011.950
49Landon WinburSanta Fe, TX1993 Mustang11.75012.39011.94012.03012-Second Winner
48Larry FulkersonSweeny, TX 2000 Mustang11.69011.75012.68012.040
40Stephen Rebecek Corpus Christi, TX1988 Mustang11.80011.93012.43012.054
59Sandoval RolandoBaytown, TX 1986 Mustang13.12013.01012.96013.03013-Second Winner
62Jason McDanielPlanterville, TX2008 Mustang14.40013.77013.84014.00014-Second Winner
35Mick DiangeloKaty, TX 2001 Mustang15.01015.14015.27015.14015 Second Winner

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