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The NMRA blasts into the 2012 season with guns blazing, starting the year off right at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend of March 1-4, 2012. As the traditional jumping-off point for the NMRA season, Bradenton always brings record-setting weather and a great racing surface to the NMRA competitors. Last season’s event was punctuated by the race to 200 mph in the ProCharger Super Street Outlaw class, with perennial competitor Chris Tuten becoming the first racer to get down the 1320’ and light the board with an awesome 7.20 at over 201 mph during Friday’s qualifying sessions. With the release for 2012 of the NMRA’s newest heads-up class, the sealed-engine Coyote Stock class, the action is sure to be hot and heavy right from the hit in every class at the NMRA’s season opener.

The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals Series has a little bit of everything for the racing fan – from the hardcore Turbosmart Pro Outlaw 10.5 class that features turbo- and supercharged doorslammers that are capable of burning up the quarter-mile with mid-6-second passes, to the heavy hitters of the all-motor Edelbrock Hot Street class shooting for glory with their state-of-the-art small-block Ford engines. Fans and racers alike wait all winter for this event to take place, so make sure you’ve got your seat in the stands to be a witness to it all!

Want to race?
Bradenton Motorsports Park has one of the best racing surfaces in the country – there’s a reason that many of the NHRA’s heavy hitters test here each spring. You can have the opportunity to show off your skills in the driver’s seat on the track in one of the NMRA’s various classes designed to satisfy the entry-level racer. The TREMEC True Street class has always been a racer favorite, with awards given out to the racers closest to each second increment, along with the overall quickest car and the runner-up, after their 30-mile cruise and three dragstrip passes are complete. In addition, entry-level racers fit into the Open Comp, Modular Muscle, and Super Stang classes, so take a look at the class rules and make your plans to come out and race with the best Ford racers in the country. For rules information visit:, pick a class, make sure your car fits the rules and you have the proper safety gear, and come race with the NMRA!

Have a quick street Mustang? Want to prove it on the track?
Then check out the rules for the Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords Magazine Spring Break Shootout class, one of the coolest classes in the country for true street-legal Mustangs and Fords. This class piggybacks on top of the NMRA’s True Street class, where each competitor will make a 30-mile cruise on Saturday morning, before hitting the track for three back-to-back-to-back passes to determine the quickest sixteen competitors. Those sixteen racers become part of the MM&FF Shootout, and will be given the opportunity to hit the track in a run-what-you-brung format on Sunday along with the rest of the NMRA’s classes. Last year’s quickest Shootout racer, Angel Padilla, carried his performance straight through to the final round of competition to defeat Mike Jovanis with an awesome 7.98! Think you can dethrone him? Come on down to Bradenton and take a chance!

There’s more than just racing action!
In addition to all of the action that will take place on the quarter-mile, the NMRA also has the awesome UPR Products All-Ford Car Show, which features over fifty different awards that are presented each day of the show. ’32 Ford with a late-model 5.0? Or a 2003 Cobra stuffed full of aftermarket goodies? No matter what your Ford flavor, there’s a place for you in the car show and a shot at the grand prize. Each event also features a large Manufacturer’s Midway where you can see and purchase parts from the hottest aftermarket manufacturers and experts from all of the major manufacturers on hand to answer your questions about how to make your Ford car or truck perform to your expectations. There’s something for everyone at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout – make your plans to attend now!

Huge Manufacturers' Midway & Swap Meet
Looking to buy parts for your Ford? Want a chance to meet face-to-face with experts from your favorite performance companies? This NMRA event will feature an awesome manufacturers' midway where you can find great deals on the performance parts you need for your muscle car or hot rod.

If you're looking for that hard to find part or a great bargain, be sure to check out the swap meet.

Jet Car Shooting for 300+ mph!
Get ready to be blown away by the Jet Car ripping down the 1320! Be one of the first to witness the Jet Car make a blazing 300+mph pass.

World Famous Burnout Contest!
The World Famous Burnout Contest is always the crowd favorite! Sign up to participate for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights, or sit back and cheer as contestants smoke their tires.

2012 Cobra Jet Showdown

The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals is proud to announce that Jacky Jones Ford & Ford Racing will sponsor a special Cobra Jet Showdown that will run at the Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout event at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, FL, the weekend of March 1-4, 2012. Watch as Cobra Jets from all around the U.S. converge on Bradenton Motorsports Park and set their combinations on kill for the prestigious title of Cobra Jet Showdown Champion! Jacky Jones Ford, the leading Cobra Jet dealer in the southeast and presenting sponsor of the Showdown, will be at the event with customer cars and a great display on NMRA's huge manufacturers midway.

"Cobra Jets have had amazing success on the track and truly showcase Blue Oval power. The Cobra Jet Showdown gives CJ owners another great opportunity to experience what their Cobra Jets can do," said Steve Wolcott, NMRA's CEO. "The NMRA Spring Break Shootout is the place to be for Ford racing fans…and the addition of the Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown further ads to an already incredible event. A big thank you to Jacky Jones Ford for sponsoring this class and supporting Cobra Jet owners around the U.S."

The class will qualify on Friday, and run on a Sportsman ladder with a .500 full tree for Saturday eliminations. The class will feature a $2,500 purse and the overall winner of the Showdown will receive $1,000, a custom jacket & award, and great exposure in national magazines like 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, and NMRA's own Race Pages.

2012 Cobra Jet Showdown Rules & Purses - NMRA Florida Event

Cobra Jet Showdown Purse:

  • Winner: $1,000 + Award + Custom Jacket
  • Runner-Up: $500 + Plaque
  • Semis: $200
  • Quarters: $100

    Entry Fees:

  • Fri - Sun: $105
  • Sat - Sun: $85

    Competition Format: The class will be heads up with a staggered start based on the vehicle's NHRA natural class index. This is commonly referred to as a (CIC) Competition Index Class. Vehicles CIC Index will carry through all rounds of competition. Adjusting index is prohibited during eliminations. Qualifying will be determined by ET under index and will be run on a NHRA sportsman ladder.

    Class Rules:

    Class is designed for all Cobra Jet's to compete. Where applicable comparably equipped Cobra Jet's will be heads up runs. -For all 5.4L engines with the 2.3L supercharger minimum weight is 3250 lbs. WITH driver. In Stock trim they will run on a 10.30et index . In Super Stock trim natural class will be determined by NHRA horsepower factor at the time of the event and 3250lbs minimum weight. -For all 5.4L engines with the 4.0L supercharger minimum weight is 3250 lbs. WITH driver. This combination is only legal in Super Stock trim and will run on a 9.40et index. -All other Cobra Jet engine combinations must run in their current natural class and that class index as determined by their NHRA horsepower factor at the time of the event and the minimum weights as outlined below. There is no added weight for driver, total vehicle weight minimum WITH driver is the curb weight in listed in the NHRA Stock Car Classification:

    4.6L 3V 352CID 428CID 5.0L 4V
    Coupe 2980 3130 3305 3220
    Convertible 3105 3255 3430 3395

    Stock Car Classification can be found on under Tech. See "Example of vehicle weights and elimination run" below.

    Tech: All combinations must pass Super Stock and Stock NHRA tech with the following exceptions - any tire allowed, passenger and rear seat removal allowed. Participants are subject to tech inspection in accordance with NMRA rules. Do not enter your Cobra Jet for competition if you are not prepared to prove the legality and compliance of your vehicle. See NMRA General Regulations and NHRA rulebook for full details.

    Class Safety Requirements: It is the participant's responsibility to familiarize oneself with the requirements as found in the 2012 NMRA and 2012 NHRA rulebook. The participant agrees that the participant bears the ultimate responsibility at all times to ensure the safety of the participant's vehicle and to ensure that participant complies with all applicable NHRA and NMRA rules. The participant agrees that participant is in the best position to know about the construction and operation of the participant's vehicle, equipment, and clothing, and whether there has been compliance with all applicable NHRA and NMRA rules.

    NHRA Rules: For full Stock Eliminator and Super Stock rules consult the 2012 NHRA Rule Book.

    Example of vehicle weights and elimination run Vehicle 1:2010 4.6L 3v Cobra Jet Stocker coupe automatic This is a natural J Stock Automatic with an index of 12.45et Vehicle 2:2008 5.4L Cobra Jet Super Stocker coupe automatic This is a natural Super Stock D Automatic with an index of 10.20et In eliminations: The difference in index for these two vehicles is 2.25 seconds (12.45 - 10.20 = 2.25) Vehicle 2 will leave first Vehicle 1 will leave 2.25 seconds laterThe first vehicle to cross the finish line wins!