Bowling Green, Kentucky – Event Preview

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As the final stanza to the 2012 NMRA points-earning race season, the 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals commence in Bowling Green, Kentucky, over the weekend of October 4-7 2012. This event wraps up the points battles in all of the NMRA's racing classes, and brings the most awesome All-Ford and Mustang action to the quarter-mile dragstrip at Beech Bend Park - the site of many incredible feats in the Mustang world. The first World Ford Challenge was held here in Bowling Green. John Urist has wrapped up seven ProCharger Super Street Outlaw championships here. 5.0 Mustang Magazine hosts their King of the Street competition here each year. Many other class records have been set, re-set, eclipsed and demolished in an effort to win an NMRA championship and all of the glory and accolades that come with it. So when we say you should mark these dates on your calendar and plan your vacation time now, there's a reason for it!

Last year at this event, seven of the eight heads-up class elapsed time records were set during Sunday's elimination rounds. The weather was outstanding, and as this event carries double-points status, each racer on the property with a chance to win a championship had to lay everything on the line in order to do so. Mike Murillo, John Urist, Brian Mitchell, Robbie Blankenship, Sean Lyon, Bruce Hemminger, and Louis Sylvester, Jr. all clicked off the quickest passes of the year in their respective fields. Five of those seven took home an NMRA championship at the end of the weekend. Coincidence? We think not. Make your plans now as the hotels fill up quickly for this awesome event - a great way to wrap up the end of the 2012 NMRA championship season!

Want to race?
Beech Bend Raceway Park has an excellent racing surface that's always prepped to within an inch of its life - it's a great place to find out whether you've got the power you think you do. You can have the opportunity to show off your skills in the driver's seat on the track in one of the NMRA's various classes designed to satisfy the entry-level racer. The TREMEC True Street class has always been a racer favorite, with awards given out to the racers closest to each second increment, along with the overall quickest car and the runner-up, after their 30-mile cruise and three dragstrip passes are complete. Last year at this event, 99 cars showed up to take their shot at the True Street 6-foot tall trophy, won by Kentucky's Chris Gish and his awesome '91 convertible Mustang. After the 30-mile tour, Chris was able to put together a stout 8.548 average over his three dragstrip passes to take home the event win over Pistol Pete Ricart and his '81 Mustang.

In addition, entry-level racers fit into the Open Comp, Modular Muscle, and Super Stang classes, so take a look at the class rules and make your plans to come out and race with the best Ford racers in the country. For rules information visit:, pick a class, make sure your car fits the rules and you have the proper safety gear, and come race with the NMRA!

Shelbys and Terminators on the same track?
That's right! The NMRA World Finals also features a shootout between the baddest Shelby GT500's and '03 Cobras on the same track, on the same day, with the same conditions. In 2011 there were a total of 23 cars from all over the country looking to be crowned as "The Man" driving one of these factory-boosted machines. Joe Logan's low-8-second '04 Cobra took home the cheese in 2011 over Tim Oswalt and his '03 Cobra in a battle of supercharged beasts.

King Of The Street
The 5.0 Mustang Magazine King of the Street shootout happens every year in Kentucky. Does your Mustang put down over 800 hp to the wheels? Does it idle like a hybrid? Can it run 9s on radials and make a lunch run in air-conditioned comfort? Is your Mustang equally at home in the car show area as it is spinning the rollers? Is it ready to compete in 5.0 Mustang and Super Ford magazine's King of the Street competition? If your answer to every one of these questions is a resounding "yes," now's your chance to prove it!

The King of the Street is a spirited, fun competition that crowns the most streetably powerful 'Stang in the land. That means you get positive grades for an instant cold start, a stable idle, working A/C, a stylish interior, and a booming stereo. Meanwhile, they deduct grades for manual steering, non-overdrive trannies, spools, faded paint, sloppy wiring, and even too many stock parts. As always, 5.0 Mustang Magazine and its editors are looking for the most beautiful, streetable, and driveable Mustang in the country, so check out their website for details on how to submit your car for acceptance into this awesome event -

There's more than just racing action!
Have a '64 1/2 100-point classic Mustang convertible? How about an under-construction '32 Ford that's only half-complete? Regardless of what type of machine you own, there's a place for you in the car show and a shot at the UPR Products Car Show's grand prize. In addition to all of the action that will take place on the quarter-mile, the NMRA's car show features over fifty different awards that are presented each day of the show. This stop on the NMRA tour also brings in a huge Manufacturer's Midway, where you can see and purchase parts from the hottest aftermarket manufacturers and experts from all of the major manufacturers on hand to answer your questions about how to make your Ford car or truck perform to your expectations. In 2011 this event was the largest one on the tour by far - if you're a Mustang fanatic, you should make your plans to attend today!

Huge Manufacturers' Midway & Swap Meet
Looking to buy parts for your Ford? Want a chance to meet face-to-face with experts from your favorite performance companies? This event will feature an awesome manufacturers' midway where you can find great deals on the performance parts you need for your muscle car or hot rod.

If you're looking for that hard to find part or a great bargain, be sure to check out the swap meet.

Jet Car Shooting for 300+ mph!
Get ready to be blown away by the Jet Car ripping down the 1320! Be one of the first to witness the Jet Car make a blazing 300+mph pass.

World Famous Burnout Contest!
The World Famous Burnout Contest is always the crowd favorite! Sign up to participate for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights, or sit back and cheer as contestants smoke their tires.