The smell of spring is in the air and, in Florida, that smell is tire smoke as the fastest Fords in the country are blasting down the 1,320 at Bradenton Motorsports Park. One of the most storied venues in Ford drag racing history, BMS is playing host to the 23rd Annual NMRA Nitto Tire Spring Break Shootout, which really gets into the powerband today with the first round of qualifying.
If you can’t be here this weekend, our friends at SpeedVideo are on the property broadcasting every last moment of the racing action right to your screen. There will be plenty of action, as the full repertoire of NMRA classes are accented by a number of special events. From a Saturday night showdown between Street Outlaws TV racers, Bobby Ducote and BoostedGT, to a host of specialty classes, including Outlaw True Street, Modular Xtreme, EcoBoost Battle, and the Spring Break, Terminator/GT500, Turbo Coyote, and Stick Shift Shootouts.
If that weren’t enough there’s huge midway and a substantial car show to check out and we’ll be on the property bringing you the hottest stories and coolest cars, so be sure to check back here for periodic highlights from the weekend and stay tuned to the SpeedVideo stream for all the Ford drag racing action as it happens.
2017 SBSO Top Qualifiers
Coyote Modified: John Kauderer, 7.74 at 174.96 mph
Coyote Stock: Darin Hendricks, 10.07 at 134.34 mph
EcoBoost Battle: Bill Putnam, 9.46 at 144.46 mph
Renegade: Frank Varella, 7.41 at 183.03 mph
Factory Stock: John Leslie Jr., 10.51 at 125.97
Ford Muscle: Stephanie Davies, 10.51 on a 10.50 dial-in
Modular Muscle: Susan McClegahan, .003 reaction time
Open Comp: Mel White, .000 reaction time
Outlaw: Manny Buginga, 4.33 at 177.47 mph
Super Stang: Marvin Knack, .002 reaction time
Terminator vs. GT500: Brian Devilbiss, 7.49 at 186.06
Truck & Lightning: Bob Dill, .002 reaction time
Turbo Coyote Shootout: Justin Jordan, 7.89 at 181.48 mph
In Coyote Stock, Darin Hendricks ripped of the quickest pass yet in the sealed-motor class. His bolt-on Coyote knocked on the door of a single digit pass in the cool evening air as he ran a 10.07 a 134 mph. Meanwhile, Bill Putnam blasted off a 9.44 at 144 mph in his UPR-backed EcoBoost Mustang.
That was just in the first day of qualifying, so thing should get serious today as the second and final qualifying runs take place, while some of the specialty classes, like the Cobra Jet Showdown have their eliminations. As the air cools this evening, the cars should be flying today.
As is the case for the entire weekend, our friends at SpeedVideo are streaming the full race live, so be sure to click over and check that feed out here. For more photos (see the gallery below) and highlights, you can keep checking back here.
2017 SBSO Winners
Cobra Jet Showdown: Michelle Bongiovanni, 2008 Mustang, 8.67 at 147.68 mph
Coyote Modified: John Kauderer, 2014 Cobra Jet, 7.82 at 172.91 mph
Coyote Stock: Drew Lyons, 1988 Mustang, 10.11 at 130.98 mph
EcoBoost Battle: Bill Putnam, 2015 Mustang, 9.51 at 142.56 mph
Factory Stock: Dan Ryntz, 1989 Mustang, 10.70 at 123.30 mph
Ford Muscle: Danny Towe, 1970 Mustang, 11.92 at 110.05 mph
Modular Muscle: Susan McClemnaghan, 2010 Mustang, 9.34 at 146.69 mph
Modular Xtreme: Brian Devilbiss, 2013 Shelby GT500, 4.84 at 152.15 mph
Open Comp: Mel White, 1966 Mustang, 10.39 at 125.06 mph
Renegade: Dom Didonato, 2008 Mustang, 7.63 at 178.18 mph
Spring Break Shootout: Cal Hayward, 1991 Mustang, 7.23 at 191.20 mph
Stick Shift Shootout: Anthony Heard, 1999 Mustang, 9.19 at 149.15 mph
Street Outlaw: Manny Bugina, 1991 Mustang, 4.36 at 169.68 mph
Super Stang: Kent Nine, 2016 Mustang, 10.40 at 117.15 mph
Terminator vs. GT500: Brian Devilbiss, 2013 Shelby GT500, 7.38 at 188.99 mph
Truck & Lightning: Randy Conway, 1984 Ranger, 10.58 at 105.06 mph
Turbo Coyote Shootout: Sai Li, 2012 Mustang, 8.35 at 179.24 mph
While some of the specialty classes, like the Cobra Jet showdown, wrapped up their eliminations on Saturday, most of the classes just finalized their qualifying runs in the two rounds run. That allowed the NMRA to set up the ladders for today’s elimination rounds. From the heads-up points classes to the semi-regular specialty classes, it’s all on the line today.
If you can’t make it out to Bradenton Motorsports Park, you are still in luck. The crew at SpeedVideo is streaming the race live today as they have been all weekend, so you won’t have to miss a moment of the action. And, if you weren’t able to watch the whole race live, they will archive the race over on SpeedVideo.com so you can re-live all the exciting action from the first NMRA race of the season.
Likewise, you can scroll down and see more photo highlights from our gallery at the bottom of the page.