Valerie Clements Making Modifications for Even More Muscle in 2020
By Mary Lendzion While Valerie Clements has been competing in NMRA Edelbrock Renegade, alongside her brother, Alton Clements, for many years, she didn't hit it quite as hard as she usually does this year. That's because she was focused on buying and moving into a home in Hazlet, New Jersey with her fianc and fellow racer George Farkouh, and is planning their wedding for next spring. But ...
NMRA Tech Committee Statement On Updates To 2020 Factory Stock Preliminary Rules
The NMRA Tech Department has updated the 2020 Richmond Gear Factory Stock preliminary rules to better define the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Coyote combinations using specifications instead of Ford issued part numbers. A few years ago, Ford stopped production of Gen 1 engine parts'such as cylinder heads when it switched over to the Gen 2 platform. The official part numbers for Gen 1 cylinder heads remains ...
NMRA Tech Committee Updates 2020 Preliminary Rules
The NMRA Technical Committee has reviewed all rule requests to date and have updated the preliminary rules in the following classes: Renegade Limited Street Super Stang Updated 2020 Preliminary Rules can be found here: https://www.nmradigital.com/2020-event-info/class-rules-payouts/ There are several pending adjustments being considered by the Tech Committee in multiple classes...
Becki Cram moves to the NMRA's Advanced Fuel Dynamics Limited Street class in 2020
When Becki Cram first started racing in 2014 her 08 Saleen was entered in QA1 True Street then over to NMRA Roush Performance Super Stang and on to the Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle class, she was hooked, but soon knew she wanted to go faster. Now, after cutting her teeth in the categories for three years, Becki is ready to make the move up to NMRA Advanced Fuel Dynamics Limited Street for ...
Party Time Keystone Automotive Continues Complimentary NMRA Happy Hour
Longtime NMRA supporter Keystone Automotive is proud to announce their complimentary Happy Hour prior to the NMRA Awards Ceremony, held Friday December 13th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Indiana Convention Center. The NMRA Awards Ceremony celebrates the Champions and Top Ten finishers from the 2019 season. It features a special Aerospace Components Winner's Circle and champion-sized Victor tro...
Palazzolo Takes Center Stage as VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw Champion
By Mary Lendzion While Vinny Palazzolo was already a hot shot in X275, he came to NMRA VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw a few years ago, and has been hauling ever since. With a plan to put power down at all six events on the NMRA schedule in 2019, he readied for racing his Gary Naughton Race Cars-built Mustang packing a 400 cubic-inch small-block Ford, billet Losito heads, 88mm Precision turbo,...
Brad Schehr Powers to ProCharger Modified Street Championship
By Mary Lendzion It was clear from the moment Brad Schehr rolled his beautiful blue Mustang out of the trailer at the first race of the season that he was going to be captivating in competition. In the car flying J. Crompton Electric banners and packing a small-block Ford fronted by a ProCharger D-1X, Schehr signed up for NMRA ProCharger Modified Street, qualified in the second spot with an ...
Firestone Earns His First ROUSH Performance Super Stang Championship
By Mary Lendzion There are a number of things that draw Larry Firestone to NMRA ROUSH Performance Super Stang, and among them are the competition and the camaraderie. He has been a part of the category for more than ten years, and while he earned an admirable fifth place finish in points last year, he wanted to achieve more than ever this year in his Mustang GT boasting a 4.6 Valve engine by...
TURBOSMART RELEASES AWARD-WINNING ELECTRONIC EXTERNAL WASTEGATE!
Turbosmart, Australian Manufacturer of Boost Control & Performance Products and 2018 SEMA: Best Performance-Street New Product Award Winner released its much anticipated eWG Electronic Wastegate A fully electronic actuatable external wastegate in 45mm & 60mm options. "I'm just so excited for my team. This has been a project or pure passion for the guys & it's been a long time in the...
Corn Captures His Third ARP Open Comp Championship
By Mary Lendzion With a competitive car and combination, Dennis Corn has caught win after win in NMRA ARP Open Comp. He was the class champion in 2016 and 2017, and he earned a third place finish in points in 2018 in his Thunderbird boasting a 7 liter small-block Ford built at Roush Engines North Shop in Michigan, which he happens to manage as a profession, and a G-Force five-speed transmis...
SHELBY AMERICAN UNVEILS 2020 SHELBY GT500 DRAGON SNAKE CONCEPT AT 2019 SEMA SHOW
Unveiled in the Ford Motor Company's display at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake is a modern take on a proven Shelby philosophy. During the 1960s, Shelby American offered a drag racing version of the Shelby Cobra called the Dragonsnake. Given the new Ford Shelby GT500's dual-clutch transmission and stout 5.2L engine, Shelby American reimagined Ford's new Mustang sup...
Butsko Locks Up Race Star Wheels Ford Muscle Championship
By Mary Lendzion For the past few years, John Butsko has set his sights on moving up a notch, or two, in NMRA Race Star Wheels Ford Muscle points, and for the past few years, he has done just that. He finished in eighth place in 2016, sixth place in 2017 and fourth place in 2018 before belting into his very cool and classic Falcon for 2019. In the car powered by a 302 cubic-inch engine and topp...
McCulloch Marches Off With 2019 Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle Championship
By Mary Lendzion After taking some time off to focus on his business, Charlie McCulloch returned to NMRA Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle in 2016. He was on a mission, as he motored to a second place finish in points in 2016, a third place finish in points in 2017 and a second place finish in points in 2018. Just as motivated heading into the 2019 race season, he qualified in the fourth spot ...
Conway Drives to Fourth Consecutive Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning Championship
By Mary Lendzion Through the years, Randy Conway has been purposeful and persistent in his pursuit of wins. His approach has served him well, as he motored to three NMRA ARP Open Comp championships in his Mustang before trucking to three NMRA Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning championships in Bruce Lampton's Ranger in 2016 through 2018, and he was determined to back those up in 2019. Wit...
Ryntz Rolls to His Second Richmond Gear Factory Stock Championship
By Mary Lendzion Soon after securing the NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock championship in 2018, Dan Ryntz circled all six NMRA events on his calendar for 2019 and charted his course. Then, he climbed into the cockpit of Bart Welte's Mustang powered by a Coyote engine and C4 transmission, and proceeded to set the pace in qualifying with a 10.35 and later landed in the Aerospace Components Winner'...
2020 NMRA Ford Nationals Championship Class Lineup
As the 2020 drag racing season is rapidly approaching, the NMRA is proud to announce its official 2020 NMRA class line-up. The NMRA is excited to kick off its championship season Feb. 28 - March 1, 2020 at Bradenton Motorsports Park with the Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout. Always looking to improve the events for both racers and fans, the NMRA made a few changes to the lineup. There will be...
Breaking News 2020 NMRA Preliminary Rules Posted
The 2020 NMRA Preliminary Rules are posted here: https://www.nmradigital.com/2020-event-info/class-rules-payouts/ The NMRA would like to thank its racers and sponsors who have submitted rule requests for the 2020 season. The NMRA Tech committee has reviewed over 140 requests and addressed many concerns coming out of the 2019 racing season. As one can imagine, it is a daunting task to balance...
Haley James Earns Edelbrock Renegade Championship
By Mary Lendzion As a two-time champion in NMRA ProCharger Coyote Modified, Haley James has proven time after time that she's a powerhouse. She's also adept and adaptable, as she cruised right into a new-to-her category, NMRA Edelbrock Renegade, at the beginning of this year, and was immediately competitive. The Albuquerque, New Mexico-based fan-favorite, whose father is legendary NMRA racer Dw...
Ciborowski Secures His Second NMRA Advanced Fuel Dynamics Limited Street Championship
By Mary Lendzion Mike Ciborowski was forceful and fast as he flew to the NMRA Advanced Fuel Dynamics Limited Street championship in 2018, and he was focused on backing it up in 2019. He proved that by leading qualifying with an 8.88 and landing in the Aerospace Components Winner's Circle with an 8.841 against Sondra Leslie, who was right there with an 8.844, at the 25th Annual Nitto NMRA Spring ...
Stewart Wheelies His Way to G-Force Racing Coyote Stock Championship
By Mary Lendzion Clair Stewart has commanded a lot of attention since settling into NMRA G-Force Racing Coyote Stock a few years ago. He flew to a ninth place and third place finish in points in the category in 2017 and 2018, and then, he was more determined than ever going into 2019. In his Mustang packing a Gen 2 Coyote engine and G-Force G101-A four-speed transmission and flying Watson Racin...
Preliminary Rules Requests Due Today
A reminder that Preliminary Rules requests must be submitted no later than 5PM (Pacific Time) today, Oct 18. We value all of your input and while not all requests are granted, each one is studied and determined if it is in the best interest of the category. Please submit your 2020 Preliminary Rule requests to: [email protected], be sure to include your name, NMRA car number, and support...
Talking Vortech Superchargers with Terry Reeves of Team Beefcake Racing
From the time when the Fox-body 5.0-liter Mustang phenomenon took off in the late 80s until today, Vortech Superchargers have been one of the most sought after bolt-ons for Mustang enthusiasts. Being able to bolt on 50-100 percent more horsepower propelled Mustangs into performance realms unknown, and the whirring noise from under the hood was a badge of honor for owners and a warning to all other...
Terry Beefcake Reeves Wins McLeod by Raybestos 10R80 Shootout
The 2019 Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals + Holley Ford Fest featured a new shootout and it was geared towards Ford's latest transmission, the 10R80. With backing from McLeod by Raybestos, the NMRA sanctioning body went looking for the quickest 10R80 competitors. Answering the call was Team Beefcake Racing's Terry Reeves with his Vortech-powered Mustang as he ran in the 8s and took home the big check ...
Spotlight on Charlie Booze Jr. Hot Street Hotshot Who Moved to ProCharger Modified Street
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by the Fastest Street Car Staff Charlie Booze Jr. has spent more than half of his life climbing into the cockpit of a race car. He's well-versed on everything from wheelies to high-winding, and wins to wrapping up season championships, and proof of that is in his five NMRA Hot Street championships and two NMCA Pro Stock championships. The Pennsylvania powerhou...
Race Wrap: 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals & Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival
Wrapping up another incredible season of NMRA Keystone Automotive Drag Racing Series, the 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was made even more epic as it was run in conjunction with the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival. The weather was hot and so was the competition as the NMRA racers battled it out for crucial last-minute po...
2019 NMRA Drag Racing Series Points Announcement
Final 2019 NMRA Drag Racing Series presented by Keystone Automotive points are now published >>HERE<<, and class records are located >>HERE<<. Please take a moment to look them over. If you see a discrepancy, please send an email to [email protected] As per our rules, there is a five-day review window for them. Unless otherwise contacted before 5PM (Pacific Time) o...
Sunday Coverage 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival Presented By Edelbrock
It has all come down to one more day. After a full season of competition, racers are headed into eliminations at the 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival. Not only are racers vying for a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner's Circle today at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but they are jockeying for position in the sea...
Road Construction Update NMRA All-Ford World Finals
The 21st Annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals and Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival is set to be the biggest Ford event of all time. Holley Performance Products and the NMRA are working hand-in-hand with state, county, and city officials to make ingress into the facility as smooth as possible. There are some construction challenges that attendees need to be aware of, particularly on Saturday morning...
Saturday Coverage 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival Presented By Edelbrock
The 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival action is revving up today at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The NMRA Ford Drag Racing machines will have two more rounds of qualifying, while the QA1 True Street contenders will head out on a cruise followed by three grueling, back-to-back passes to determine the quickest Ford st...
Friday Coverage 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival Presented By Edelbrock
Friday is always a reason to celebrate, but for those attending the 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival, the start of the weekend will bring a host of exciting action to Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. If you are a fan of Ford performance, this is the place to be. Yesterday saw the track fill with participants and the d...
Thursday Coverage 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival Presented By Edelbrock
Today the day is the day the Ford universe has been longing for as the gates opened for the 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals Featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival. For the first time in the storied history of the NMRA's season finale, the event's traditional drag racing, manufacturer's midway, car show, and swap meet aren't the only draws. Joining those features are Aut...
Nitto Tire Pizza & Beer Racer Appreciation Party for the NMRA World Finals
NMRA Ford Nationals is pleased to announce the Nitto Tire Pizza & Beer Racer Appreciation Party on Thursday September 27, 2018 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at Beech Bend Raceway. All racers, families, crew, and sponsors are invited to help celebrate the NMRA All-Ford World Finals with FREE pizza, beer, and other beverages. Brought to you by Keystone Automotive, NMRA is the biggest and longest runn...
Wonder-ful Keith Rhea's Mod-powered Terminator Runs 4.30s on 275 Radials, Gunning for 6s at NMRA World Finals!
The Modular engine platform is nearly a quarter-of-a-century old and it continues to impress the street and strip market with its versatility. From 5-second Pro Modifieds to class racing and street cars, the durability and performance of the stock engine block and cylinder heads are impressive. Keith Rhea of Wonder Racing has been on the forefront of the small-tire wars with his 2004 SVT Cobra and...
Multi-Time Champion Frank Varela is Stepping Up to Street Outlaw
Written By Ainsley Jacobs The closer you get to the finish line, the more exciting things get and such is the case for multi-time NMRA champion Frank Varela of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as he draws closer to completion on his new NMRA/NMCA VP Racing Fuels/Mickey Thompson Street Outlaw entry. Varela, who has been a staple in the NMRA and NMCA world pretty much since the beginning of time, has ...
It's the Same, But Different Michael Ciborowski's Move to NMRA ProCharger Modified Street for 2020
Tank racing is only cool if you're racing actual tanks. For 2018 NMRA Steeda Limited Street champion Michael Ciborowski, he knew he needed something lighter if he wanted to go faster'so he made it happen and commissioned a near-clone of his current car. Running and winning in the inaugural NMRA Limited Street season with his red 14 Mustang GT, the Team Kubota captain quickly proved he was th...
Fathouse Fabrications' Jam Maker Mustang Set To Debut At NMRA World Finals
Photography Courtesy of Trevor Flora at Fathouse Fabrications There's no denying that the photos just released of Fathouse Fabrications Jam Maker Mustang will get some attention. The turbo placement on this 2011 Mustang GT isn't something normally seen in the domestic market. It came from Jeremy's head, said Fathouse Fabrications Ben Stoner. Jeremy is Jeremy Howell and Stoner's business ...
NMRA Technical Department Makes Rule Clarification To NMRA Advanced Fuel Dynamics Limited Street Class Rules
The NMRA Technical Department has made the following rule clarification in the Limited Street Class: All TVS 2300 (2.3L) and TVS 2650 (2.65L) superchargers must have factory location mounted throttle body. Rear-mounted throttle bodies are prohibited. All other permitted combinations in the NMRA Advanced Fuel Dynamics Limited Street class will remain unchanged. This rule clarification will g...
JUSTIN JORDAN IS AN NMRA HELLION TURBO BATTLE HOTSHOT
Interview by Mary Lendzion Photos by FSC Staff When he was about ten years old, Justin Jordan began spending hour upon hour taking things apart and putting them back together at his family's home in Florida. He didn't care whether they were remote controls, drills, clocks or other items, but he did care about making them stronger, stouter and sturdier. As he approached 14, he became interested...
McLeod Racing Backs 10R80 Shootout at NMRA World Finals
The Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Fest, taking place September 27-29 at Beech Bend Raceway, is going to be the biggest Ford motorsport event of the year, bringing all generations of Ford enthusiasts together in one location. McLeod by Raybestos is proud to introduce the 10R80 Throwdown, open to Mustangs, F-150s, and anything else with Ford's latest Overdrive transmission...
Louis Sylvester to Campaign Two-Car Factory Stock Team at NMRA Finals
By Ainsley Jacobs Photos Courtesy of Louis Sylvester Sometimes a deal is too good to pass up, so when Louis Sylvester Sr. had the chance to purchase a complete racing outfit, he went for it. Now, Sylvester plans to debut a two-car team in NMRA Richmond Gear Factory Stock at the 21st Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals at Kentucky's Beech Bend Raceway Park in late September. Sylve...
Boss Lady Kristen Li's Boss 302 is a 1,400hp Test Bed for BL Fabrications
By Steve Turner Photography by Steve Turner and courtesy of BL Fabrication Whoosh. A red Mustang streaks by. The unmistakable sound of a blow-off valve exhales as the throttle lifts. Upon closer inspection, this is no ordinary pony car, it is a 2013 Boss 302. A special stallion engineered by Ford to carve up road courses across the then nation, the Boss is bred for speed, but this one's DNA ...
Belinda Moore To Try for Twentieth Win in QA1 True Street at Nitto NMRA All-Ford World Finals
By Mary Lendzion After watching several NMRA races, Belinda Moore decided that she, too, wanted to climb into a car and compete. So, with her husband Cliff Moore's help, she readied herself and the family's 1995 Mustang for her first NMRA QA1 True Street race back in 2005, and she has been super-successful ever since. In the car that she refers to as mostly stock with a 5.0L engine, cold-air ...
2019 UPR Products Car Show, NMRA/NMCA Joliet, Illinois
Best of Show Winner: Mark and Sandy Heckman, 1966 Nova  Ford Muscle Winner: Jim Scott, 1969 Mustang Mach 1 Directors Choice Conservative and Best GM Winner: Gary Goodin, 1969 Camaro Best Late Model: Justin Dumke, 2014 Mustang Chrysler Muscle Winner: Ken Mushen, 1965 Dodge Coronet Directors Choice Modified: Bob Cook, 1966 Chevelle 2019 NMCA Joliet NMCA Host Club Midwest Thunder Best ...
Gallery INSIDE NMRA/NMCA True Street Goes NASCAR Cruising!
NMRA/NMCA race officials provided a unique experience for the NMRA/NMCA QA1/Gear Vendors True Street field during the 14th annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, held at the famous Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, IL). For the second year in a row they collaborated with Route 66 Raceway's Scott Paddock and Terry Greetham to open the NASCAR oval across the street at Chicagolan...
Blast from the Past Billy Glidden's Fox Body Back in Action and for Sale
Written by Ainsley Jacobs Photography by Steve Baur Although he's hesitant to commit to a definitive plan or course of action, legendary drag racer Billy Glidden confirmed that he is working on reviving his historic black Fox body Mustang and the car has already been fired up. Revered as the most successful Mustang in heads-up drag racing, the 90 model Ford's historical significance is u...
Sunday Coverage 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, Coverage Presented By Edelbrock
With one round of eliminations completed the 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by FST Carburetors hits the home stretch as racers battle it out for a shot at a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner's Circle. Once the two series complete their programs the fastest racers from each series will clash in the Bob Curran Memorial Super Bowl Shootouts. ...
NMRA Race Wrap: 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street legal Drag Racing presented by FST Carburetors
Arguably the most exciting event of the year, the NMRA vs NMCA race held at historic Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, always adds an extra element of excitement as the two series battle head-to-head to capture coveted, exclusive Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Rings. The 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street legal Drag Racing presented by FST Carburetors kicked off with a perfect fore...
Saturday Coverage 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, Coverage Presented By Edelbrock
Excitement builds today at Route 66 Raceway as the 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by FST Carburetors gets into the thick of the action. With a round of qualifying on the slate, racers will have their last crack at jockeying for position on the ladders in the morning before round one of competition kicks into gear as racers strive toward a trip to ...
Friday Coverage 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, Coverage Presented By Edelbrock
Today the 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing Presented by FST Carburetors kicks it up a notch as racers lock and load for the first round of qualifying. Competitors will begin to see just how their cars stack up against the competition as they jockey for position on the ladder. With the eventual goal of heading to the Aerospace Components Winner's Circle, racer...
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