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Fast Fords At The NHRA US Nationals

Fast Fords At The NHRA US Nationals
With an off weekend, NMRA fans were rooting for the Ford drivers competing at the 68th Annual NHRA US Nationals. With over 940 race cars entered, the Nats is easily the largest drag race on planet earth. It’s contested every Labor Day weekend and absorbs 6 full days, classically starting Wednesday at 8 am and ending Monday afternoon.

This year saw a barrage of fantastic Fords in competition, from Stock Eliminator to Pro Modified and Pro Stock, with a wide range of powerplants and personalities. Dubbed “The Big Go,” Indy provides endless action and a variety of heads-up, Index and bracket racing.
As you’d imagine, Lucas Oil Raceway Park, which is also home to the Red Line Oil NMCA World Finals, was packed with rigs, race cars and race teams, fans, media and officials. Trophies and prizes are awarded as early as Thursday, as Stock and Super Stock drivers battle it out for Class Eliminations. This is where competitors run heads-up within their own categories before the main 128-car eliminator kicks off.
Ford drivers did very well overall, scoring many high qualifying spots and Class wins. After a long week, it was Brett Candies of the famous Candies and Hughes fame, who hoisted a Wally after beating the Chevy Camaro of Jim Marshall in the Stock Eliminator final. Candies drives a beautiful 2010 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet and he claimed victory when Marshall went red. Other notables were regular NMCA competitor Bill Skillman, who set the Factory Showdown national mph record at 183.54 mph, and Ford Class winners, Kelly Pott Hall (K/S); Marty Buth (O/SA); Ellis Buth (W/SA); Ken Miele (FS/AA); Joey Shipp (FS/A); Mike Fuller (FS/E); Rusty Hall (Stick Combo); Kurt Neighbor (SS/B); David Barton (FSS/D); Brandon Daugherty (FGT/C); Bob Morris (FGT/J) and P.B. Candies (Factory Stock Combo).

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