- Published on Sunday, 08 June 2014 15:13
By Mary Lendzion
When the 11th Annual McLeod Racing NMRA Ford Super Nationals rolls into Summit Motorsports Park June 12-15, 2014, race fans will see drivers climb behind the wheels of Ford-bodied and Ford-powered cars and trucks that are known throughout the country and pack naturally-aspirated, turbo, blower and nitrous combinations.
Whether they leave the line straight as an arrow with their front tires firmly on the ground or go into wheelstands that last well beyond the 60-foot mark, they are capable of going through the traps at six-second through ten-second elapsed-times in the carefully and cleverly designed heads-up classes.
Current record-holders are Dwayne Barbaree, who blasted to a 6.976 and 199.82 mph in ATF Street Outlaw; Bart Tobener who posted a 7.943 and 173.47 to shatter previous elapsed-time and top-speed records in Edelbrock Renegade and become the first driver in the class in the sevens; Frank Valera, who put up an 8.439 and 163.14 in DiabloSport Coyote Modified; Teddy Weaver, who stick-shifted his way to a 9.67 and 134.84 mph in ACT Pure Street; Shane Stymiest, who catapulted to a 10.438 in Strange Engineering Coyote Stock and his classmate, Joe Charles, who trapped a 127.49 mph and Matt Amrine, who took Nitto Tire Factory Stock deeper into the tens with a 10.717 and his classmate Matt Williams, who posted a naturally-aspirated and stock-suspension 124.25 mph.
Adding to the action are the popular Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle, Roush Performance Super Stang, Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning, Flex-A-Lite Open Comp and Tremec Transmissions True Street classes, and this event will boast the Tremec Transmissions True Street Battle Royale Drive to 200 presented by Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords magazine, the Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords magazine All-Female Shootout presented by Royal Purple, True Street Racer Appreciation Party, the return of King Ford presented by ACCEL Performance, the McLeod Racing Killer Clutch Shootout and four Race Pages magazine bracket classes.
There also will be an all-Ford Car Show presented by UPR Products and a manufacturers midway.
This marks the fourth stop on this season’s NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals series tour, and organizers have their sights set on making it one of the biggest Ford events of the year. Complete information, including class rules, times, cost and more, as well as same-day race coverage, can be found at www.nmradigital.com.
The NMRA and its sister series, the NMCA, are presented by California-based ProMedia, which also publishes the monthly Race Pages and Fastest Street Car magazines filled with race coverage, car and driver features, interviews, tech stories, columns and more. Its president and CEO is Steve Wolcott, who talked with us recently about the NMRA and this event.
The NMRA is known to attract talented and top-notch drivers with finely-tuned cars and trucks, and many of them have remained committed to the series through the years. What keeps them returning?
I think first and foremost, the NMRA and Ford drag-racing in general is a community of people who love Ford performance, Mustangs, drag-racing and our series. I think they appreciate the staff and the Pro Pledge customer service commitment, and when you combine that with the fifty-year-old Mustang and a solid set of rules and competition, you get a very unique phenomenon.
The drivers are very accessible and approachable in the pit area and have fans who follow them from race to race.
Our drivers are indeed very approachable real-world guys and gals who own businesses, have jobs and other responsibilities, and they don’t do this to make a living, but rather because they’re competitive people who enjoy competition and speed. They’re at the track with their families and friends, and they love talking to fans and to people who are interested in becoming a racer some day, whether they choose to run in brackets, Open Comp, True Street or heads-up. They also help spread the message that we are a big family
The excitement around the McLeod Racing NMRA Ford Super Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park has been building for months.
Bill Bader, Jr. said he won’t be happy until this is the biggest event on the NMRA schedule, and that’s why we have points of differentiation to take it above and beyond, like the True Street Battle Royale Drive to 200, the All-Female Shootout, King Ford, a Killer Clutch Shootout and more. There’s so much going on for competitors and fans, and it’s a must-attend event for Ford enthusiasts. On top of that, Summit Motorsports Park is like the Disneyland of facilities, with the ice cream and the staff who welcomes you and smiles and thanks you for being there. It’s an incredible experience.
What would draw people who are not familiar with the NMRA to this event?
There is something for everyone. Who doesn’t like seeing an Outlaw Mustang going six seconds and 200 miles per hour and who doesn’t like heads-up, wheels-up drag-racing? In addition to that, our car show with early-model and late-model Mustangs and Fords is world-class and our manufacturers midway is giant.
What can be said to drivers who want to take part, but aren’t sure whether there’s a class for them?
If you have a race car, it’s surely going to fit into one of the bracket classes. If you have a modified street car that’s licensed and insured, True Street is the ultimate beginner’s class. It’s about your three elapsed-times and there are winners in nine- through fifteen-second average categories. If you have a Ford-powered, Ford-bodied car, bring it out and our staff will help you find the right class in which to run. We’re a national event that rolls out the red carpet to everyone.
Steve Wolcott, ProMedia president and CEO