The 12th Annual NMRA Ford Natonals presented by Downs Ford Motorsport marked the NMRA’s first trip to Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland. MIR lived up to its reputation as having one of the best racing surfaces in the country. We saw class records shattered, bumpers dragged down the track, and a few amazing upsets come elimination day. Between the awesome racing and the killer facility, the Maryland race was one for the record books.
In SCT Pro Outlaw 10.5 action, Mike Murillo worked through parts breakage early in the event to take the number one spot on the ladder with a 6.57 at 215 mph over Tim Essick’s 6.77-second number-two effort. In the final, it was again Essick and Murillo facing off, and in an exciting race, Murillo lifted past the eighth-mile mark, while Essick streaked to a 6.65 at 215 for the Pro Outlaw 10.5 win.
Procharger Super Street Outlaw saw an amazing side-by-side qualifying effort between Kenjo Kelley and John Urist. Urist was .006-second quicker to the stripe for the number one spot at 7.083 seconds. When it came down to the final round, It was another Andrew DeMarco-John Urist showdown. As the pair staged, DeMarco jumped in deep, and unfortunately when the tree dropped DeMarco turned on the red bulb by .008, while Urist streaked to a 7.02-second victory, backing up the 7.015 he ran in the first round of eliminations.
The Blow-By Racing Renegade field was lead by four-time class-champion Brian Mitchell. Mitchell’s early 8.43 at over 156 mph held as the top qualifying pass throughout Saturday. Sunday was a day attrition for the entire class, as a number cars broke in the first round, leading to a final round that contained Alton Clements and a broken Tim Matherly. Matherly was unable to make the lane call and Clements cruised to the victory.
Edelbrock Hot Street qualifying was dominated by Charlie Booze, Jr. After not making the first two races, Booze laid down an 8.39 at 160 miles per hour which stood as the high-water mark. In the final, where Booze faced “Mad Max” Gross, Booze went even quicker, turning in an 8.38 to Gross’ 8.77 effort for the win at his first race of the season.
AFCO Drag Radial saw the class record eclipsed in qualifying by Jason Lee, whose 7.37 at 190 mph was the classes quickest pass to date and was two-tenths ahead of the number-two qualifier. That made Lee the top dog in eliminations, where he bettered his qualifying effort en route to the final round. There, he met Brian Tuten in a blower-turbo showdown. In what might have been the largest upset of the weekend, Tuten defeated Lee as Lee hit the rev-limiter and lifted and Tuten was able to sneak around, 7.65 to 7.66.
Strange Engineering Coyote Stock presented by 5.0 Mustang Magazine saw two new cars enter the class. However, it was class record-holder “HiPo Joe” Charles who took the top spot in qualifying with a 10.93 at 122 mph. That earned him a bye into the final, while Justin Burcham defeated Shane Stymiest to meet Charles in the final. There, Charles unleashed the quickest run the class has seen – 10.82 – to defeat Burcham and take his third straight win.
In Nitto Tire Factory Stock action, Louis Sylvester, Jr. was the man to beat during qualifying, posting a 10.84-second elapsed time in the cool air of Friday night’s first round qualifying. With Sylvester out in the semis, the final round came down to Carlos Sobrino and Matt Amrine. Amrine got the starting line advantage, but Sobrino powered around him for the win, 10.90 to 11.10.
Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle saw Gary “Hollywood” Parker take the top spot with a perfect reaction time in the first round of qualifying. In the final, however, it was Susan McClenaghan prevailing over teammate Donnie Bowles .024 redlight in the NMRA’s first all-propane final round.
In Trick Flow Open Comp, Brad Satow took the pole with a .002-second reaction time. In the final round, Mike Buczynski defeated former-champion Randy Conway as Conway redlit the final round away.
Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning racer Joseph Matthews took the number-one spot in qualifying with a .010 light. It came down to Fred Wade and Gerry Van Veen in Sunday’s final, where Wade’s stellar .020 total package turned on his win light over Van Veen.
Miles Wagoner took the top spot in Roush Performance Super Stang qualifying, with a .024 light. He then made it to the final round where he faced Pete Espeut. Wagoner led at the tree and crossed the strip first to take the win.
In the VMP Tuning Terminator/GT500 Shootout, Joe Logan was the man of the hour, as he qualifed number one with an 8.64 at over 164 mph. Logan made it to the final round of eliminations where he faced Harold Horton. Horton got a large holeshot, but Logan was able to drive around Horton for the win, 8.68 to 9.46.
TREMEC True Street saw an impressively consistent trio of nine-flat runs by Mike Jovanis, resulting in a class-winnin 9.010-second three-pass average.
In the Aeromotive Bracket showdown, Dawn Purdue defeated Jon M. Pickering in Saturday’s Bracket 1, and Darryl Applekamp defeated Ronnie Proctor, Jr in Saturday’s combined Bracket 2/3. On Sunday, Randy Perdue defeated Darryl Applekamp in the combined Bracket 1/2 class, while Tom Conrad, Jr. defeated Matthew Regalia in Bracket 3.
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