Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
2011 NMRA Event Season Preview
It's that time of year to break out the car polish, air up the slicks, and dial in your horsepower.
Pro Outlaw 10.5
Turbosmart Pro Outlaw 10.5 is the NMRA's all-out 6-second, 200-mph class, that showcases the ultimate level of Ford speed and power. With 2,500-plus horsepower from a combination of available power adders and run on a 10.5W tire, these land rockets always put on an exciting show.
Super Street Outlaw
The 10.5-inch tire "freak show" that is ProCharger Super Street Outlaw is one of the most popular classes in the NMRA. Teams use '64-newer Mustang or Fox chassis-based vehicles with the most technologically advanced power adders available to make upwards of 2,000 hp. Forced induction and nitrous cars go head to head on true 10.5-inch slicks with quarter-mile times in the mid-7-second zone and with speeds over 190 mph. These production-based Fords make big horsepower and on small tires, they always make for an exciting show.
Electronic fuel injection combined with either nitrous oxide injection or a supercharger and 28.6x10.75 tires is a recipe for great racing. These mid-8-second Mustangs make up Blow-By Racing EFI Renegade. With a cubic inch limit of 410ci, mandatory automatic transmission, and a single power adder, racers are given weight breaks based on their combination to keep the playing field even. Renegade has proven to be the every-man power adder class that never dissapoints. Mustangs run hard and are often on the bumper, making for great photo ops!
The sound of naturally aspirated small-block Ford engines spinning to over 10,000 rpm will certainly grab your attention-and that is the norm in Edelbrock Hot Street. Restricted to 302-, 351-, and 4.6/5.4L-based engines limited to 480ci, in '55-newer Ford vehicles, Edelbrock Hot Street showcases the talent of some of the best engine builders and drivers in the country. These Fords run deep into the 8s at close to 160 mph, and the action is oh-so close week in and week out.
Xtreme Drag Radial
Huge power, DOT-legal radials, and no wheelie bars make for exciting, unpredictable racing no matter where you go, but nowhere is it as wild as in Afco Xtreme Drag Radial. For 2011, the rules have changed, and drivers will lay it down on hardcore race-designed 275 drag radials! These '79-newer Mustang and Fox-chassis Fords can now run DOT-legal radial tires from Mickey Thompson, Hoosier, and Goodyear, as well as other previously legal brands (Nitto and BFGoodrich), with a wide selection of power adders to choose from in the name of big power. If you're looking for wheels-up, 7-second street-tire action, Xtreme Drag Radial is for you.
Few classes under any sanctioning body match the high-flying, gear jamming action of Steeda Real Street. Competitors rely on Ford-powered '79-newer Mustang and Ford-powered cars limited to 302-based, or Two- or Three-Valve 4.6L modular engines with a single power adder and a stick-shift transmission. Strict engine rules make this class ultra competitive and exciting to watch.
Heads-up action isn't limited to the heavy hitters. Eibach Springs Pure Street combines low-10-second quarter-mile times with all of the heads-up excitement of the rest of the NMRA lineup. Naturally aspirated 302- and 4.6L-based powerplants with a max cubic-inch limit of 313ci propel these dragstrip brawlers, and skilled driving gives fans an action-packed show.
Designed as an entry-level class for heads-up racers, BFGoodrich Tires Factory Stock is an affordable way to be part of the action. Drivers can run '79-newer Mustangs and Fords with a 302- and 4.6L based bullet no larger than 313ci. The naturally aspirated class runs heads-up with a 0.400 Pro Tree on an NHRA Sportsman ladder. With some of the strictest rules and the most limitations on performance, this is a thinking-racers class. Cars turn low 11-second performances and that makes Factory Stock a great way to get into heads-up racing.
Tremec True Street
Tremec True Street is the ultimate street-car class-it is steeped in tradition and a sure way to get our attention. Any '64-newer Ford vehicle in full street trim with any Ford engine and any combination of power adders is eligible for competition. Vehicles must be registered, licensed, and insured, and capable of completing a 30-mile cruise before running three back-to-back passes. Final positions are determined based on a three-run average and winners are named in each bracket-overall, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-, 13-, 14-, and 15-second groups.
Exedy Racing Clutch
Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle is a bracket-style class for Ford racers running a 4.6/5.4L or V-10 modular engine. Qualifying is based on reaction time and the field is run on an NHRA Sportsman ladder. This all-run field is automatically dialed in 0.1 quicker than the competitor's fastest qualifying run and races must dial between 8.80 and 15.70.
Trick Flow Specialties
Trick Flow Specialties Open Comp is open to any year make or model Ford-powered vehicle. Qualifying is based on reaction time and dial-ins are set 0.1 quicker than your best qualifying time. If you've bracket raced in the past and are looking to compete at an NMRA event, Open Comp may be the perfect fit.
Truck and Lightning
Because not everyone races a car, Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning is a class quickly growing in popularity. The class is open to any Ford truck or SUV running a Ford powerplant. Qualifying is based on reaction time and dial-ins are set 0.1 quicker than your best qualifying run.
If you have an '05-newer Mustang, JDM Engineering Super Stang is for you. This entry-level bracket-style eliminator is only for S197 Mustangs powered by 4.6/5.4L and V-6 engines. JDM maintains a light atmosphere among the competitors and the class sponsor is at every race to lend driving and performance tips and tricks. If you have street Stang and want to get involved, this is a great class to jump into. Qualifying is based on reaction time and dial-ins are set 0.1 quicker than your best qualifying run. With a variety of combination and modifications allowed, Super Stang offers a wide range of performance levels.
Bracket Showdown Race Pages Bracket Showdown is open to all Ford-powered or Ford-bodied vehicles. Bracket Showdown is broken up into BI, BII, and BIII, which give racers three levels of competition ranging for all-out racecars to streetcars, and compete Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at all NMRA events.