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For the first time, after much anticipation, the NMRA will be rolling into Maryland International Raceway for its third points event over the weekend of May 4-6, 2012. Royce and Jason Miller, owners of MIR, have been looking to include the NMRA in their awesome racing program for years, and a deal was finally struck to bring the NMRA to the Ford-crazed fans of southern Maryland. As this event replaces the New Jersey stop on the tour with a facility that is large enough to handle the masses of NMRA racers and fans, the expectation is that it will only grow larger in the years to come. MIR's regular program has garnered attention throughout the country as they have been promoting Ford races for years, but the addition of the NMRA to their schedule only enhances the Ford brand for all willing participants. With legendary track preparation on tap every time MIR opens the doors, the expectation is that many NMRA records could fall at this event - so you want to make sure you clear space for it on your calendar!

This event will also bring out each of the NMRA's premier heads-up classes - the epitome of Ford drag racing. Many of the NMRA's regulars live within close proximity to Maryland International Raceway and use it for testing, so they may have a leg up on the competition due to their familiarity with the facility - but don't let that fool you! Each racer coming from afar will be looking to take their shot for all the glory on the MIR 1320 in their respective classes and take down those local stars, so get your tickets early for this one - it's sure to be a classic.

How do I get involved?
With eleven classes of competition, the NMRA offers an option for anyone who wants to take a shot in their Ford-bodied, Ford-powered car - it doesn't have to be a real "race car". The entry-level TREMEC True Street class is the perfect spot for you if you've never been down the dragstrip before - it's designed for real, street-driven vehicles that are required to make a 30-mile cruise before making a set of back-to-back-to-back passes in order to determine the three-run average. The class competes on a real .400 Pro Tree just like the one that the NMRA's heads-up competitors see, giving everyone in the class a true feel for what it's like to be one of the NMRA's superstars! Bring your street car, your mom's SUV - whatever you'd like to race, it all fits into this class.

In addition, entry-level racers fit into the NMRA's 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: www.nmradigital.com/rules, pick a class, make sure your car fits the rules and you have the proper safety gear, and come race with the NMRA!

There's more than just racing action!
In addition to all of the action that will take place on the quarter-mile, the NMRA also has the awesome UPR Products All-Ford Car Show, which features over fifty different awards that are presented each day of the show. With the number of Ford fans and car enthusiasts in the Maryland area, we're expecting to see a huge turnout for the car show. What's your flavor? Is it a '66 Fairlane 500 hardtop? Or maybe a '79 Pace Car Mustang? No matter what type of Ford you own, there's a place for it in the All-Ford Car show. The Maryland International Raceway stop on the NMRA tour will also have plenty of space allocated for the traditional NMRA Manufacturer's Midway, which brings in a huge group of vendors and their wares. You'll have the opportunity to rub elbows with representatives from many of the major manufacturers to learn about their products - a chance you may not get for the rest of the season! This NMRA event will have a little bit of everything, from the intense racing action to the car show and even a jet car shooting for 300+ mph on the MIR 1320 - get your tickets now!

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.