MMFF Staff
April 14, 2013

Focus… that is the theme for the NMRA Ford Nationals 15th Anniversary Tour as special events dominate the 2013 racing schedule. The #1 all-Ford show in the U.S. features a tighter schedule, more heads-up racing, and exciting special events. Over 4,000 racers and car show participants will compete for national bragging rights and the richest purse and contingency program of any Ford-only series.

Just weeks away is the NMRA season opener, the 19th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout held March 7-10 at Bradenton Motorsports Park (Bradenton, Florida). The SBS kicks off on Thursday, March 7, at a special Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Open House, held at the magazine headquarters in Tampa. This free event will feature free a parts raffle, facility tour, food and drinks, music, hot MM&FF girls, and much more. For more information, log on to www.musclemustangfastfords.com or follow MM&FF on Facebook.

The NMRA season goes live on Friday, March 8, followed by a traditional kick-off party at Hooters of Bradenton with wild antics and famous Hooters girls. Highlights of the NMRA event include amazing heads-up action and 100-plus cars in TREMEC True Street, with a qualified field in the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Spring Break Shootout class on Sunday. Adding a unique flare is a special Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Ford Racing, featuring factory-built hot rods in an 8- and 9-second slugfest.

A little over a month later the NMRA series hits the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, on April 11-14 for the 5th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. NMRA and NMCA racers let loose in one of the largest musclecar events of the year. Be part of the 15,000 fans sitting in the Atlanta Dragway stands watching the explosive head-to-head action. We call it the All-Star Nationals because of the record-breaking performances, and it attracts all the cars and stars of street-legal drag racing are at one exciting event.

Next the NMRA pays tribute to Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT), which is celebrating it 20th anniversary, and hosting the NMRA event and SVT tribute is none other than the stunning Maryland International Raceway (MIR) in Mechanicsville. Keep the weekend of May 3-5 open, especially if you are an SVT fanatic. This SVT specialty-event-within-an-event features several SVT racing and show categories. As a bonus, most SVT racers will receive a free secondary race entry (True Street or NMRA Brackets).

First on the SVT list is the VMP Tuning Terminator versus Shelby GT500 Shootout, where bragging rights will be settled. The SVT Lightning truck community is one of the most exciting SVT brands, as evidenced by the sheer number of trucks still being modified and turned into dragstrip haulers. Lightning racers are invited to join the popular Truck & Lightning category where they can race alongside legends like Johnny Lightning in his supercharged truck.

Tremec True Street, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, is always one of the largest classes run on Saturday at each NMRA event. There will be a separate SVT-only True Street class (’93-to-present SVT cars and trucks only) with its own cash and prizes. SVT True Street racers will make three consecutive passes down the quarter-mile—$250 plus a 6-foot trophy will be awarded to the overall fastest, and $100 and a plaque will be awarded to each racer with the closest average to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 seconds!

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