Bradenton, Florida

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The NMRA blasts into the 2016 season with guns blazing, starting the year off right at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend of March 3-6, 2016. 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 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!

Meet Street Outlaws? BoostedGT

Love Street Outlaws? So do we and you can meet Chris ?BoostedGT? Hamilton of the hit TV show Street Outlaws as he signs autographs and poses for pictures all day Saturday. Things heat up on the track as NMRA?s Street Outlaw class features 2,000+ hp Mustang monsters set on kill for your enjoyment. Plan to stay late as BoostedGT participates with other street racers in the first NMRA Grudge Night of the year!

Appearance schedule subject to change CLICK HERE for updates

NMRA Grudge Night!

Things get crazy after hours as Saturday evening descends on Bradenton?s 1/4 mile with the first NMRA Grudge Night of the year! Watch as the fastest Ford powered street racers in the U.S. take on each other and Street Outlaws? BoostedGT for big money and serious bragging rights. Grudge Night takes place following NMRA?s Saturday class action.

Meet House of Grudge's Mike Murillo!

Only the NMRA Spring Break Shootout can attract TV celebrities like House of Grudge?s Mike Murillo. Murillo, a former NMRA & NMCA world champion, is no stranger to Ford Nationals action and always looks forward to seeing his fans. Come out and get a picture and autograph from Murillo and then witness the spectacle called NMRA Grudge Night as big money changes hands between some of the fastest street cars on the planet.

Appearance schedule subject to change CLICK HERE for updates

Have a quick street Mustang?...Cruise it! Then prove it on the track!

QA1 True Street Presented by Muscle Mustangs 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 with Saturday 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 100 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 two 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 Muscle Mustangs 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 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!

ROUSH Road Crew at NMRA Florida!

ROUSH Road Crew has made this year's NMRA Spring Break Shootout their first event of the year! This event is a first for ROUSH Road Crew that allows them to start off the season with a bang by enjoying some time on the old 1320, in the car show field, or both. Nobody knows Ford performance better than Jack Roush, and the Spring Break Shootout will grow even bigger as ROUSH Road Crew participants help fill up the pits and show car area.

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!

The Quickest eight racers in this class will be peeled off to compete in the UPR Products Quick 8, while the others will continue to compete in their own category.

Terminator/GT500 Shootout Rules CLICK HERE!

Turbo Coyote Shootout

Turbo Coyote Shootout is designed for the some of the fastest late-model Fords on the planet! Turbocharged coyote-powered Mustangs are matched in a heads-up competition showcasing the incredible power of Ford's flagship platform.

Open to all single- and twin-turbocharged Coyote 5.0L-powered 2005-16 Mustangs, complete rules and payouts for the Turbo Coyote Shootout are available: Click Here!

Turbo Coyote Shootout Class Payouts:

  • Winner: $500 + Contingency + Custom Award
  • Runner-Up: $200 + Contingency + Plaque
  • Semis: $100
  • Quarters: $50

Want to know who has the baddest EcoBoost Mustang or Ford on the planet?

So do NMRA and Keystone Automotive and that?s why they?ve teamed up with Livernois Motorsports to bring you the EcoBoost Battle in Bradenton, a class exclusively designed for Ford?s EcoBoost-powered vehicles! With Ford EcoBoost engines showing their prowess in professional endurance racing, and the performance aftermarket expanding their product offerings, it?s time for Ford's most popular engine platform to make its mark in grassroots drag racing.

EcoBoost Battle is open to all EcoBoost powered vehicles including Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Taurus, Explorer, F-150, Mustang, and all other EcoBoost powered Ford vehicles. Many aftermarket modifications are permitted and vehicles must meet all NHRA safety regulations. The class will race heads-up on a .400 tree (sportsman ladder).

Eco Boost Battle Class Rules Click Here!

No Membership Required to Participate!

Livernois Motorsports EcoBoost Battle in Bradenton class purse:

  • $500 Win + Custom Trophy + Race Pages Magazine Coverage
  • $200 R/U + Plaque + Race Pages Magazine Coverage
  • $100 Semis
  • $50 Quarters

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 grassroots 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.

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