Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
January 30, 2017

The Tremec Stick Shift Shootout has become a tradition of sorts at the Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park (BMP). There are several stick racers in the central Florida area, and they’re also a regular in the Stick Shift Shootout. Jeff Smith, Rick Kaknes, and a new build by perennial shootout winner Anthony Heard are just three off the top of our heads that will most likely be locked and loaded the weekend of March 2-5, 2017.

The now 5th Annual Tremec Stick Shift Shootout pits the four quickest QA1 True Street cars against each other in a heads-up battle for stick supremacy. The transmission must be of the street variety, but ‘face-plated’ or ‘pro-shifted’ gears are allowed. Transmissions with multiple lever or assisted manual transmissions are prohibited, however.

So who will take home a brand new Tremec transmission for winning the Stick Shift Shootout? Will Jeff Smith or Anthony Heard repeat, or will Rick Kaknes be the man for 2017? Jeff Smith won it in 2016, and he has steadily improved his 2004 Cobra, so he’ll be looking for a repeat.

The Stick Shift Shootout takes place Saturday March 4th, and that night Tremec also hosts a Racer Appreciation Party for all True Street racers, and their families and crew. Oh yeah, the Stick Shift Shootout winner receives the Tremec transmission of their choice. Get your testing out of the way, and make sure your clutch and transmission are ready for battle come the NMRA Spring Break Shootout.

We’ll also be there to make sure the winner also gets some free press time.