Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
October 29, 2012

Us against them--it's a simple notion exemplified by the racing management at ProMedia, promoters of both the NMRA-Keystone Ford Drag Racing Series and NMCA-Flowmaster Street Legal Drag Racing Series. Once a year the ProMedia group, led by Charlie Harmon, brings both racing leagues together to battle it out on the 1,320 with Team NMRA facing Team NMCA for bragging rights and the stunning Nitto Tire diamond Tree championship ring.

It's the same concept as many professional sports--the league winners square off for bragging rights and cash bonuses. For the Nitto Tire Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, it goes down every summer at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The '12 racing season marks the seventh running Super Bowl, and Team NMRA held an overall record of four wins and two losses heading into the showdown. The past several years have been dramatic, with the big dogs (NMRA's Pro Outlaw 10.5 and NMCA's Pro Street) as the deciding factor for the team win. To get to the finals, which decides the Super Bowl players, you must first win your respective class in the Open Comp/Index and heads-up classes. Essentially, each organization runs independently through qualifying and class eliminations, then teams are formed once winners are decided in all of the classes. The NMRA winners make up Team NMRA; the same for Team NMCA.

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For the Super Bowl, ProMedia racing officials pair off each category with a comparable one on the other side--ultimately, the two quickest and fastest classes close out the competition. Furthermore, any racer who wins his or her pairing is rewarded with a cash bonus! The team that collects the most wins is declared the Super Bowl champion, and each team member gets a Nitto Tire ring, regardless if they won or lost their pairing. To keep the playing field fair, pairings are run using an index format that is determined by the racer's quickest pass of the weekend. Heads-up racers can break out without the risk of losing, unlike traditional index racing. ProMedia tries to find comparable pairings, but the disparity between the two organizations doesn't always allow that to happen.

Case in point, take a Renegade car that runs on stock suspension and goes low 8s. That entry is matched against the mid-7-second fat-tire–equipped winner of Nostalgia Pro Street. There are times, however, when the competition is a perfect match. For example, the two naturally aspirated eliminators of NMRA Hot Street and NMCA Pro Stock ran near identical 8.51s. Charlie Booze Jr. got the win for NMRA over Andy Schmidt based on reaction time and the index difference of 0.002 seconds, but the cars were very evenly matched. Following 11 class runoffs, 4 Index/Open Comp, and 7 heads-up, the results were 6 shootout wins for Team NMRA and 5 for Team NMCA. Chalk up another team win for the Ford boys and girls. Team NMRA walked away with most of the cash rewards, the Nitto rings, and the bragging rights--that is, until next year's event when this madness starts all over again.

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NMRA-Keystone Ford Drag Racing Class Winners


ProCharger Super Street OutlawPhil Hines
AFCO 275 Drag RadialJason Lee
Blow-By Racing RenegadeBrian Mitchell
Edelbrock Hot StreetCharlie Booze Jr.
Strange Engineering Coyote StockHiPo Joe Charles
Nitto Tire Factory StockMatt Amrine
Exedy Modular MuscleDonnie Bowles Jr.
Detroit Locker Truck & LightningJohnny "Lightning" Wiker
Roush Super StangTerry "Beefcake" Reeves
Trick Flow Open CompRodney Ward

**Mike Murillo represented Team NMRA in the Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing because he was the last man standing for NMRA in the NMCA Super Street 10.5 class. Both NMRA and NMCA categories are combined for this event.

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