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NMRA Releases Ford Nationals 2014 Schedule
November 13, 2013
As usual, the NMRA season opener is the 20th Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout held March 6-9 at Bradenton Motorsports Park (Bradenton, Florida). It kicks off at a special Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Open House.
NMRA Releases Ford Nationals 2014 Schedule

The NMRA Ford Nationals Series is pleased to announce its 2014 event schedule.  Next year will feature the NMRA’s 16th anniversary tour with special events planned at each and every race.  

The #1 all-Ford Motorsport show in the United States will feature a strong schedule, more heads-up racing, and exciting special events. Over five thousand racers and car show participants will be competing for fame and fortune as national bragging rights are on the line as well as the richest purse and contingency program of any Ford-only series.

As usual, the NMRA season opener is the 20th Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout held March 6-9 at Bradenton Motorsports Park (Bradenton, FL). The Spring Break Shootout kicks off on Thursday, March 6th at a special Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Open House. This free event is open to anyone and will feature free parts raffle, tour facility, free food and drinks, music, and much more. For more information log-on to Muscle Mustang’s website as we get closer to the event. The NMRA season goes live on Friday, March 7th and is followed by a traditional kick-off party at Hooters of Bradenton with a car show, burnouts, and famous Hooters’ girls. The rest of the event will feature the best in NMRA Ford drag racing including 100+ cars in TREMEC True Street with a qualified field in the Muscle Mustangs Spring Break Shootout class on Sunday. Adding a unique flare to this event is a special Cobra Jet Showdown, presented by Ford Racing, that will feature factory-built hot rods in an 8 and 9 second slugfest.

A little over a month later the NMRA series travels up the road to Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, the weekend of April 10-13 for the 6th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. Both NMRA and NMCA racers converge on one facility to let loose a fury of horsepower in one of the largest muscle car events of the year. Be part of the 15,000 fans sitting in the Atlanta Dragway stands watching the explosive head-to-head action on track.

The third stop on tour is where we pay tribute to Ford’s factory hot rod shop, the Special Vehicle Team (SVT), with a special SVT Shootout. The facility hosting the NMRA event and SVT tribute is none other than the stunning mid-Atlantic facility, Maryland International Raceway (MIR) in Mechanicsville, MD. Keep the weekend of May 2-4 open, especially if you are an SVT fanatic. This SVT specialty event-within-an-event features special SVT racing and show categories. First on the SVT list is the Terminator vs. Shelby GT500 Shootout where bragging rights will be settled. The SVT Lightning truck community is one of the most exciting SVT brands as evident by the sheer number of trucks still being modified and turned into drag strip haulers.  Lightning racers are invited to join the popular Truck & Lightning category where they can race alongside legends like Johnny Lightning in his supercharged truck. TREMEC True Street, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, is always one of the largest classes run on Saturday at each NMRA event. There will be a separate SVT-only True Street class (’93 to ’13 SVT cars & trucks only) with its own cash and prizes—exclusively for SVT racers! SVT True Street racers will make 3 consecutive passes down the ¼ mile and $250 + 6’ trophy will be awarded to the overall fastest, and $100 + plaque will be awarded to each racer with the closest average to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 seconds!  

Next, NMRA and its racers head to one of the most popular racetracks in the country, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, for an extra special event…the NMRA Ford Super Nationals. The weekend of June 12-15 has been reserved for this all-Ford extravaganza and this Norwalk event will play host to two exciting affairs. First off is the official Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords All-Female Shootout, where the fastest lady drag racers in the U.S. will compete for cash and bragging rights.  Also scheduled for the Norwalk blowout is the True Street Battle Royale, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords. This is certain to be the largest True Street event of the year with a special participant party and major class coverage.  

The NMRA and NMCA series are brought together a second time in 2014 at Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, IL) in a four-day bash July 10-13. Unlike the All-Star Nationals where breaking records is the theme, the Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing puts both series head-to-head in a special Shootout where the NMRA class winners compete against their NMCA rivals for bonus cash and a chance to take home a world famous Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Super Bowl Ring.  The diamond-laden ring is a special design exclusively for the Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing shootout. Team NMRA has been dominating this event with 6 team wins in the first 8 NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl events.

The 16th Annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals will invade Beech Bend Raceway October 2-5, and Mustangs will take over the city of Bowling Green, which has played host to major Ford events since the first World Ford Challenge back in 1998.  The NMRA World Finals is special—not just because it’s the largest all-Ford event of the year—but also because championships are on the line and racers leave nothing to chance. World championships and world records are a big part of the NMRA World Finals as racers put in their final effort to win the exclusive Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Championship Rings. This extra special event will showcase everything from wheel-standing Outlaws and Renegades to stock cars and everything in between.  The TREMEC True Street class, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, has averaged well over 100 competitors the past 2 years and is a testimonial to the crazy street-legal performance that’s possible with Mustangs and Fords. This 2014 event will also bring together ten of the most powerful, well-engineered, and gorgeous Mustangs from around the U.S. participating in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords’ King of the Street competition.  Each competitor will be judged on ¼ mile performance, horsepower, and appearance with the overall champ taking home the King of the Street title. The NMRA World Finals will also showcase a Terminator/GT500 Shootout, where the fastest ’03/’04 Cobras and GT500’s will race against each other for yearlong bragging rights.

Each NMRA national event also feature a huge UPR Products All-Ford Car Show, where you will see a sea of color as hundreds of blue oval car show participants shine up and show off their awesome late-model and early Mustangs and Fords.  Magazine editors will be drooling as they search for cover cars & features amongst rows of stock and modified show cars. All NMRA events also feature the largest all-Ford manufacturers midways and swap meets of the year.  Be sure to hit the ATM on the way to any NMRA event so you can bring home great deals on the parts you need.  Finally, hang on to your seats for flame-throwing 300+ mph jet car exhibitions (at select events) and the world famous NMRA burnout contest where past participants have gone as far as blowing tires and destroying engines for the roar of NMRA’s crowd!

March 6-9, 2014        
20th Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout Presented by Muscle Mustangs
Featuring the Muscle Mustangs Spring Break Shootout
Bradenton Motorsports Park – Bradenton, Florida

April 10-13, 2014    
6th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals
See NMRA & NMCA Stars Racing the Same Weekend at the Same Event!
Atlanta Dragway – Commerce, Georgia
    
May 2-4, 2014        
13th Annual NMRA Ford Nationals
Featuring 2nd Annual SVT 20 Shootout
Maryland Int’l Raceway – Budds Creek, Maryland

June 12-15, 2014        
11th Annual NMRA Ford Super Nationals
Featuring the Muscle Mustangs All-Female Shootout & True Street Battle Royale
Summit Motorsports Park – Norwalk, OH

July 10-13, 2014        
8th Annual NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
Watch as Team NMRA Takes on Team NMCA for Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Super Bowl Rings!
Route 66 Raceway - Joliet, Illinois

October 2-5, 2014        
16th Annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals
Featuring 5.0 Mustang’s King of the Street and the 4th Annual Terminator / GT500 Shootout
Beech Bend Raceway – Bowling Green, Kentucky