Bradenton, Florida

Directions: 21000 E. SR 64, Bradenton, FL 34212


The NMRA blasts into the 2018 season with guns blazing, starting the year off right at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend of March 1-4, 2018. 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 all weekend long – from the hardcore VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw class that features insane turbo and supercharged door-slammers 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 witness it all!

For NMRA Class Descriptions CLICK HERE!

Watch Street Outlaws on the Ragged Edge

If you’re a fan of the Street Outlaws TV show then you won’t want to miss the insane, horsepower-infused Street Outlaws of NMRA Ford drag racing! Watch as these incredible turbocharged, supercharged, and nitrous packed Mustangs go wheels-up and heads-up for big money and national bragging rights. Every NMRA events feature the wild Street Outlaws, Renegades, Coyote Modifieds, and special insane race classes.

Have a Quick Street Mustang?…Cruise it! Then Prove it on the Track!

QA1 True Street has been one of the most popular drag racing classes in the United States. With easy-to-follow rules, True Street has everything from mild to wild, and beginner to seasoned racer. The event begins Saturday with a 30-mile escorted cruise with other True Street racers to prove the street worthiness of all cars entered in the competition. Next, everyone hits the track for three back-to-back passes, with cash and awards presented immediately following the event.

TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout – Long-time NMRA True Street supporter, TREMEC has announced that they will once again hold the Stick Shift Shootout at the Spring Break Shootout to determine who has the fasted manually-shifted street Mustang in the U.S! Watch as over 120 entrants battle for top True Street honors, with the fastest 8 stick cars receiving a special shootout plaque to recognize their prowess. From there things will heat up as the quickest eight manual-equipped vehicles will have an all-out slugfest with a ‘winner takes all’ heads-up finale for the chance to take home a brand new TREMEC transmission of choice!

On Sunday, the JLT Performance Spring Break Shootout class gets cranking as the fastest 16 cars from Saturday’s True Street competition compete heads-up for even more cash, prizes and magazine coverage. To be eligible for the Spring Break shootout, competitors must meet True Street rules and make all three passes on Saturday. The top 16 cars will be placed on a Sportsman ladder and will race with a 4/10 pro tree.


How to Race True Street True Street Rules
Spring Break Shootout Stick Shift Shootout
Click To See How To True Street Video

Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown Presented by Watson Racing

Spring Break Shootout fans are in for an extra special treat at this year’s event as Ford factory race cars compete in the Ford Performance 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 race cars will put on a high-speed show all weekend long in search of glory and bragging rights for winning the Cobra Jet Showdown!

Cobra Jet Showdown Flyer CLICK HERE!

Shelbys and Terminators on the same track?

That’s right! The NMRA Season Opener 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. Watch as some of the coolest Ford Factory Street cars go wheels-up and wild!

Terminator/GT500 Shootout Rules CLICK HERE!

It’s Back…Outlaw True Street!

Watch as the baddest and most recognized Mustang street racers converge on Bradenton Motorsports Park to compete in ididit Outlaw True Street, a special race category that will run late Saturday. It’s a special 275/28×10.5 inch tire shootout in “no time” format to keep with the class’ theme. Big money and bragging rights are up for grab as Spring Break Shootout gets insane!

For Outlaw True Street Rules CLICK HERE

Turbo Coyote Shootout

Turbo Coyote Shootout, presented by Hellion Power Systems, calls out the red-hot turbocharged Coyote 5.0 market. The heads-up competition is contested on the quarter-mile as the wildest streetcars hit the track in search of glory. The category showcases how far enthusiasts and specialty shops are pushing the latest engine platform from Ford. There are many specific records up for grabs in niche segments of the late-model Mustang market.

Turbo Coyote Shootout Rules CLICK HERE

Winning any NMRA class isn’t easy and when a racer is fortunate enough to do so, it needs to be celebrated in style. The NMRA has partnered with Aerospace Components to present the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle – making the accomplishment of winning even more of a celebration. The Aerospace Components Winners Circle experience is second to none in the drag racing world, where every winner actually owns the winners’ circle for a period of time.

Love Bracket Racing? NMRA Has A Class For You!

NO NMRA MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED! Bracket Race Both Saturday & Sunday! Make your plans to come out and race for huge cash prizes. Click the links below for more info!

Bracket Flyer 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 parts? No matter what your Ford flavor, there’s a place for you in the car show and a shot at the grand prize. There’s something for everyone at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout – make your plans to attend now!

Car Show Info CLICK HERE!

Car Show Classes & Awards CLICK HERE!

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.

Massive Manufacturers’ Midway

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 Mustang or Ford.

Swap Meet

Looking to buy parts for your car or truck? If you’re looking for that hard to find part or a great bargain, be sure to check out the swap meet.

Swap Meet Flyer CLICK HERE!

Bradenton Area Sports Commission

When you come out to the NMRA Spring Break Shootout be sure to book your stay for some extra days as you soak up the fun and sun in the Bradenton area. Alongside the baddest all-Ford motorsport event of the year there are extracurricular activities in the area that include the best in food, music, arts, sporting events and more. Every year the Bradenton Area plays host to a wide variety of festivals, community celebrations, and events. So whether it’s the live music of the famous Bradenton Blues Festival or the adrenaline-filled Riverwalk Regatta, your invitation to get out and join the fun has arrived.

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