Bradenton, Florida – Event Preview

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The NMRA blasts into the 2013 season with guns blazing, starting the year off right at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend of March 7-10, 2013. As the traditional jumping-off point for the NMRA season, Bradenton always brings record-setting weather and a great racing surface to the NMRA competitors.

The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals Series has a little bit of everything for the racing fan – from the hardcore AFCO Street Outlaw class that features turbo- and supercharged door-slammers that are capable of burning up the quarter-mile, to the heavy hitters of the Edelbrock Renegade class shooting for glory with their state-of-the-art small-block Ford engines. Fans and racers alike wait all winter for this event to take place, so make sure you’ve got your seat in the stands to be a witness to it all!

Want to race?
Bradenton Motorsports Park has one of the best racing surfaces in the country – there’s a reason that many of the NHRA’s heavy hitters test here each spring. 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. 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: 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!

Have a quick street Mustang? Want to prove it on the track?
Then you definitely want to enter TREMEC True Street, which is presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine! True Street is the perfect class for any beginner because reaction time doesn't matter. Join other True Street racers, with passengers, and the crew from Muscle Mustangs on a 30-mile NMRA-escorted cruise to prove the street worthiness of all cars in competition. Next hit the track for 3 back-to-back passes and then watch as NMRA presents cash and awards to the overall fastest, runner-up and to each racer with the closest average to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 seconds!

Muscle Mustangs Spring Break Shootout action will get Sunday cranking as the fastest 16 racers from Saturday's True Street competition compete heads-up for even more cash, prizes…and magazine coverage! The fastest True Street cars in the U.S. will all be assembled in one place and setting their combinations "on kill" for Spring Break glory. 2013 will also feature a special TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout for manual transmission racers where the 8 fastest stick cars will each get a custom plaque and the 2 fastest racers will compete heads-up, best 2 out of 3, winner takes all for a TREMEC Magnum XL 6-speed transmission system valued over $3,500!

How to race True Street Click Here!

True Street Class Purses & Rules Click Here!

2013 Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown Presented by Jacky Jones Ford

Spring Break Shootout fans are in for an extra special treat at this year's event as Ford factory racecars compete in the Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown! Witness one of the largest gatherings of Cobra Jets parked together in what NMRA calls the "snake pit." Several times each day the snakes will hit the track for the ultimate Blue Oval slugfest of power and performance. These Ford-built racecars will put on a high speed show all weekend long in search of glory and bragging rights for winning the Cobra Jet Showdown!

2013 Cobra Jet Showdown Rules & Purses Click Here!

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. ’32 Ford with a late-model 5.0? Or a 2003 Cobra stuffed full of aftermarket goodies? No matter what your Ford flavor, there’s a place for you in the car show and a shot at the grand prize. Each event also features a large 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. There’s something for everyone at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout – make your plans to attend 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 NMRA 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.