Thursday Coverage—19th annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals

The gates have been cracked open for the 19th annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals and it is sure to be a big one. The weather forecast is amazing, especially considering the troubles the past few years. Championships are being chased, multiple records are expected to be crushed, and a fun time is to be had by all as a record number of cars are filing in through the gates. Check out RacePagesDigital.com and NMRAdigital.com for daily news, galleries, and official qualifying and eliminations results.

Steeda Autosports is officially the sponsor of Limited Street for the 2018 NMRA drag racing season, which kicks the first weekend of March at Bradenton Motorsports Park. The class became official with its first two entries—Matt Williams converted his G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock racecar to Limited Street specs and his first run resulted in a 9.94 at 134 mph. The world’s quickest Limited Street pass didn’t last long, roughly just one hour, when Shawn Johnson (shown above) bettered that hit with a 9.63 at 138 mph performance.

There are the obvious championship aspirations going into the NMRA World Finals as it is the last stop on the six race tour. But this race is more than just the regular line-up of categories. Woven into the fabric of the NMRA World Finals are an assortment of specialty shootout eliminators. Each one touches on a niche market within the Mustang community. Shown is Keith Rhea who made a big statement on a test hit when he ran 7.50 at 187 mph. He is entered in the VMP Performance Terminator vs. GT500 Shootout, however his performance qualifies him for a special King of the Hill showdown that pits the 7-second cars of that class with the Turbo Coyote Shootout players.

The Tremec Stick Shift Shootout is back and it is an 8-car field, which is qualified through the QA1 True Street program. Shown is Anthony Heard, the winner of the Tremec Stick Shootout earlier this year during the Spring Break Shootout. His Terminator-clone is powered by a turbocharged 331ci, which is an 8.2-deck engine rather than a Modular powerplant. Heard uses a Haltech Elite 2500 engine management system to keep the car running in the 8-second zone. He wields a short-throw shifter in his right that is connected to a Tremec Magnum six-speed.

Justin Jordan backed out his demented 2011 Mustang GT and is entered in Hellion Turbo Coyote Shootout as well as the ididit Outlaw True Street class. The twin turbocharged Coyote 5.0 has helped propel the street car to a best of 7.34 at 190 mph! He hasn’t made a test run, yet, but he said he expects it will take everything he has to keep ahead of what looks to be the quickest field of turbocharged Coyote-powered cars in the history of NMRA.

 

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