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NMRA - Lights Out In Maryland
Racers battled at Maryland International Raceway during the 13th annual NMRA Ford Nationals.
The The 13th Annual SCT NMRA Ford Nationals, presented by Downs Ford Performance, was a huge hit in Brunswick, Maryland. Racers lined up on May 3-5 at Maryland International Raceway (MIR) to put it all on the line, and fans flooded the stands to witness some of the most exciting racing yet this season.
This year marks SVT's 20th anniversary, signifying a huge milestone for Ford and its followers—and what better way to celebrate than with a ton of SVT-inspired racing action? Between the regular NMRA racing, VMP-sponsored GT500/Terminator shootout, and True Street classes, there were plenty headstrong Snakes, trucks, and Mustangs making their way down the track, not to mention in the show area and manufacturer's midway.
In True Street fashion, 67 racers made the 30-mile cruise across Brunswick. No casualties came from the cruise, but several competitors were sidelined due to mechanical issues once it came time to race. In addition to the normal True Street class, two other SVT True Street classes were added for this NMRA special event, including SVT Muscle and SVT Truck & Lightning.
Dennis Moore drove his '88 Stang and averaged a 10.402 to take home a top True Street prize. In the SVT Muscle division, Ben Moses won with a 10.659 in his '07 GT500, and Matias Perez of Miami, Florida, took the Truck & Lightning crown in his '03 Lightning, averaging 9.998.
For the SVT Shootout, 15 racers qualified Friday and Saturday to line up on Sunday for a heads-up elimination to show who was SVT king. Harold Horton wasn't playing around in his 4.0L Whipple-powered '03 Cobra. Horton's Cobra still sports the stock long-block, but hauls the mail. He faced off against long-time friend Jacob Conant in the final round. Conant left the starting line hard, dragging the rear bumper on the ground, while Horton stayed straight and strong, finishing with an 8.71 at 159 mph.
AFCO Street Outlaw was booming as John Urist finished the final round with a 7.154 at 200.98 mph in his Nitto-sponsored '93 Mustang, earning him the win. Door to door with Urist was Phil Hines, who clocked a run only 0.015 slower than Urist. Jason Lee and Sean Ashe were both dipping into the 7-teens this weekend.
Edelbrock Renegade was fired up with 11 racers competing. Brian Mitchell of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, took an incredible win with an 8.352 at 168.62 mph in his '04 Cobra. Final-round competitor Adam Arndt left the starting line with almost an identical reaction time to Mitchell's (0.043), but his 8.627 finish wasn't enough to defeat Mitchell.
In Strange Engineering Coyote Stock almost every racer was centered around the 10.50 mark. In the semifinals, Shane Stymiest and his '90 Mustang took on Hi-Po Joe Charles in his '01 GT. Charles fouled out, giving Stymiest an easy win. Jacob Lamb and his '86 four-eyed Stang were given a bye, leaving Stymiest and him to face off in the finals. Lamb killed it out of the hole and hurled across the finish line with a 10.696 at 123 mph. Stymiest wasn't going without a fight and finished with a 10.500 at 123.70 mph, enough for the win.
Matt Amrine of Batavia, Ohio, led his way to the top in his 289ci '98 Mustang in Nitto Tire Factory Stock. Amrine faced off against Carlos Sabrino and his '88 Stang in the semifinals, and came out on top with a 10.793. Shifting his way to the finals, he went head-to-head with John Leslie Jr., who kicked off an impressive 11.662 at 117 mph, but he couldn't come close to Amrine's 10.937.
In Exedy Modular Muscle, Roush teammates Susan Roush McClenaghan and Donnie Bowles faced off in the final round. Bowles cut a 0.005 reaction time, flying across the finish line with a 9.768, while McClenaghan broke out with a 9.161, giving Bowles the win.
The Detroit Truck & Lightning class proved to be explosive with a high count of Lightnings, Powerstrokes, and Raptors battling it out. Johnny Lightning put on quite a show all the way to the final round, where he faced off with Jimmy Cantrell and his '94 377ci Ranger. Cantrell took the win, crossing the line with a 9.428 at 141 mph.