Joliet, Illinois – Event Preview

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One month after the swing event on the points tour, the NMRA rolls into Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, over the weekend of July 10-13, 2014. The 9th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street legal Drag Racing Presented by Strange Engineering is one of the crown jewels in ProMedia organization's family of events. By combining all of the classes across both racing sanctions, selecting an outstanding venue like Route 66 Raceway that is centrally located to much of the country, and bringing the baddest street-legal style cars in the country together in one place, the stage is set for ground-breaking, record-setting events to take place.

Over the last several years, the Route 66 surface has been home to many record-setting passes - from John Kolivas' 7.321 in SSO a few years ago while running on a tiny 275/60/15 drag radial tire to last year's efforts from Lyon, Leslie, Jr. and more. It's called the Super Bowl of Street legal Drag Racing for a reason, and the racing action reflects that title. Over 30 race classes filled with all kinds of awesome Detroit iron, walkin' and talkin' down the track - this event is an absolute must! Last year, in the Super Bowl portion of the event, the NMRA came out on top over the NMCA for the fifth time in seven years - will the NMCA's class winners be able to take the title this year? You'll only know if you show up, so make your plans now!

How do I get to race in this awesome event?
You have a variety of options if you'd like to race with the NMRA. First and foremost, you could build a car for one of the heads-up classes, if that's your flavor. The NMRA also has a multitude of entry-level-style classes like Flex-a-Lite Open Comp or Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle - if you've got a Ford-powered, Ford-bodied vehicle, we've got a place for you. For class 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 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!

How to race True Street Click Here!

True Street Class Purses & Rules Click Here!

Love Bracket Racing? NMRA Has A Class For You!

Bracket Race NO NMRA MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED!

  • FRIDAY: 2 Time Trails and Gamblers Race
  • SATURDAY: 2 Time Trials and Bracket Race
  • SUNDAY: 1 Time Trials and Bracket Race

  • Make your plans to come out and race for huge cash prizes. Click the links below for more info!

    Bracket Racing Rules & Payouts Click Here!

    Bracket Flyer Click Here!

    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. The Show and Shine in Illinois is populated with all sorts of awesome machines since it's combined with the efforts of the NMCA series, making it one of the largest shows of the year. This stop on the NMRA tour also brings in one of the largest Manufacturer's Midways of the year, 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. Last year this was the largest Street-Legal-style event in the country - don't you think you should be here in 2014?

    ​Car Show Classes & Awards ​Click Here!

    Car Show Flyer Click Here!

    Massive Manufacturers' Midway & Swap Meet & World Famous Burnout Contest

    Midway & Swap Meet - Looking to buy parts for your car or truck? Want a chance to meet face-to-face with experts from your favorite performance companies? This NMCA 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.

    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.