Misener Hopes to Cross the U.S./Canada Border Soon for More JDM Engineering Limited Street Competition

By Mary Lendzion
Photos courtesy of Jay Misener

When Jay Misener began competing in JDM Engineering Limited Street back in 2018, he had a naturally aspirated Coyote engine under the hood of his Mustang.

He had chosen to get his feet wet in the category without a power-adder, and he achieved a 9.39 with that engine wearing factory heads and a Cobra Jet intake, and backed by a G-Force Racing Transmissions’ G101A four-speed transmission. Then in the middle of 2019, he decided that he wanted to turn things up a notch, and added a direct-port Nitrous Express kit to his combination.

“We got faster with the nitrous, but we had some growing pains with it, and we didn’t quite get to where we needed to be before the pandemic hit and the U.S./Canada border closed,” said Misener, who lives in Brantford, Ontario and owns Misener Motorsports, a full-service performance shop. “Over the winter of 2019-2020, I had my chassis updated from an 8.50 cert to a 7.50 cert by Hugo and Tyler Kranendonk, and I had my car painted by CT Auto Collision. It’s still copper-colored but it has more flames on it, and my painter did some extra work to it so that it really glows.”

A little later in 2020, Misener worked with New Generation Engines on his bullet.

“We kept the same stock Coyote block, but we went with a forged bottom end with new Manley rods and pistons, and a little more compression,” said Misener. “We kept the same factory heads and Cobra Jet intake.”

He shook down that engine, while rolling on Mickey Thompson slicks, during test passes and in the heads-up Street 275 category, mostly at St. Thomas Dragway in Ontario, and he trapped 5.70s in the eighth-mile and 8.80s in the quarter-mile.

Misener, who hasn’t been able to race yet this year, inspected that engine last week, and it’s race-ready. If the McLeod Soft Lok clutch that he sent out to be freshened is done in time, and if he can cross the U.S./Canada border, he hopes to take part in the Inaugural Arrington Performance NMRA/NMCA Power Festival presented by Force Engineering, July 22-25 at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan, or the Whipple Superchargers NMRA All-Ford World Finals presented by Competition Clutch and Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Kentucky.

Meanwhile, he’s also waiting on new parts to arrive for a new Coyote engine.

“The new engine will have a little more compression, and will be more purpose-built for Limited Street,” said Misener, who has help at the races from his son, Brenden Misener, as well as Jim McIntyre. “It will have custom ground nitrous cams by Comp Cams, and we will reuse the Cobra Jet intake with CNC-ported heads.”

Misener hopes to pick up some more power with the new engine.

“I’m not exactly sure what elapsed-times my car will run with the new engine, but we do hope to be a little more competitive in Limited Street within the next few years,” said Misener, who will continue to row gears with his G-Force Racing Transmissions’ G101A four-speed transmission. “We know we didn’t choose the easiest route with nitrous and a manual transmission, but we’re known for that combination, and we’re working toward winning.”