The Smoke Show Returns!—Vaughn Gittin Jr. to return to the Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals and Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival at Beech Bend Raceway

Last year, Holley NMRA Ford Nationals fans were treated to an awesome experience during the wildest Ford motorsport event of the year, the Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Fest with a drifting exhibition from Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. Just five months later, Vaughn and his popular RTR Vehicles brand took an even larger role in the world’s biggest Ford event series with the Mustang RTR being named the Official Vehicle of the NMRA Ford Nationals.

Vaughn and his teammate Chelsea DeNofa put on a great show during the 2019 NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green and a special treat for spectators was Vaughn drifting his car around the legendary Bigfoot monster truck. For 2020, the drift master will return to Beech Bend Raceway to put on another smoke show, and this time, the NMRA is bringing in Bigfoot 5, the largest monster truck on earth, so the stakes might have just reached a new level.


Vaughn’s 2018 Mustang is powered by a 1,000+ horsepower Ford Performance / Roush Yates RY45 V-8 that revs to over 9,000 rpm, good enough for 9.7s at 149 mph in the quarter-mile!

Kicking off the 2020 Holley NMRA Ford Nationals Drag Racing Series at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, Vaughn and teammate Chelsea DeNofa made a special appearance during the weekend and put their Formula Drift Mustangs on the drag strip for some passes—now that’s something you don’t see every day! Vaughn was also on hand in the its to talk with spectators about his day job in the Formula Drift series, as well as his RTR line of vehicles.

“We engineer all of our vehicles to offer an epic owner experience and part of that experience is making many forms of fun behind the wheel accessible to everyone,” Vaughn said of his company’s street-going machines. “The NMRA knows how to have fun while making drag racing accessible to fellow Mustang enthusiasts, and drag racing is one of the many disciplines RTR owners can easily enjoy.”

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