We had an awesome time at the NMRA All-Ford World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this year. The event brought out some extremely fast cars in all of the classes; and the competition was at an all-time high for the 2016 season finale.
To commemorate the event, we’ve decided to separate from our same day coverage and share ten of our most memorable moments from this year’s World Finals. It’s important to note that these snippets are not in any particular order, and they are only a few of our most favorite moments from. So sit back, grab a cold beverage of your choice, and checkout the highlights below.
1. Hellion Turbo’s John Urist Debuts New Street Outlaw 2016 Mustang
Although Urist debuted his Turn 14 sponsored Outlaw ’16 Mustang back in July of this year, this weekend at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was the official shakedown testing for the new car. The car isn’t rocking the MMR billet Coyote block yet, but it’s definitely Coyote-powered under the hood (along with a custom Hellion Power Systems single turbocharger kit). This was enough to rocket Urist to a 4.952 at 141.82 MPH pass.
2. Joel Greathouse Resets Street Outlaw Record
Driving Charles Hull’s car, Joel Greathouse reset the Street Outlaws record this weekend with a blazingly-fast 4.349 at 170.92 MPH pass, boasting suspension components from UPR Products. Incredibly, he was able to back-it-up with another pass, laying down a 4.370 at 171.16 MPH.
3. Justin Burcham’s Street Outlaw Coyote-Powered 2011 Mustang
Justin Burcham of JPC Racing started off the weekend in his turbocharged Coyote-powered 2011 Mustang strong. His first pass out garnished a respectable 5.296 at 138.73 MPH. On Saturday, Burcham laid down an incredible pass for Coyote powered cars – 4.510 at 163.10 MPH, also making this run his personal best.
4. Ronnie Diaz “The Mod Father” Makes One Fast Pass In His 5.8-Liter Mustang
If you know Ronnie “The Mod Father” Diaz, then you’ll know he’s got one fast Street Outlaw ’99 Mustang. Diaz ran a 4.555 at 162.86 MPH in his 5.8-liter powered Mustang.
5. John Kauderer Dips Into The 7s In A Coyote-Powered ’14 Cobra Jet
An awesome day for Coyote fans indeed, as John Kauderer qualified with a 7.812 at 170.06 MPH pass – holding the number one position at the time in the ProCharger Coyote Modified class, and breaking the Coyote Modified record.
6. Nathan Stymiest Saves His Weekend After A Bearing Issue
On our first day covering the event, we spotted Nate Stymiest pulling the Coyote Stock engine out of his Fox body coupe. If you’re wondering why, Stymiest said that they had unfortunately spun a bearing. Working diligently, and with the help of some fellow NMRA racers, they were able to get the issue resolved, and get the car back on the strip to qualify in the class with a respectable pass of 10.371 at 127.90 MPH. Stymiest also won the championship with a 10.236 at 128.63 MPH pass.
7. Brandon Aslept’s Insane Wheel Stand
You probably didn’t notice Aslept is rocking a Mod Motor Mustangs banner on the front of his ’98 Mustang. That’s because this Coyote Stock class contender pulled an incredible wheel stand just past the 60′ mark, yet still managing a qualifying pass of 10.534 at 127.35 MPH.
8. Two For Two: Almost Identical E.T.’s For Dwayne Barbaree And Vince Palazzolo, Twice
Two friends gave it their all this weekend in the qualifying and eliminations of the Street Outlaw classes. Both Vince Palazzolo and Dwayne Barbaree crossed the quarter-mile mark with extremely similar E.T.s not once, but twice. Barbaree with a 4.441, and Palazzolo with a 4.440. How crazy is that?
9. Outlaw True Street Results – Raul Torres “China WhiTTe” Vs Tim Oswald
It you followed the debut of the Outlaw True Street class presented by Ididit during this year’s NMRA World Finals event, the final round came down to Raul Torres vs Tim Oswald. Torres drives China WhiTTe – a very well-known Grudge Car in the drag racing and Mustang community. Oswald took the win during Saturday night’s Grudge Race/Outlaw True Street final round, after runner-up Torres was fighting for traction just past the 60 foot mark.
10. Troy Messamore Dominates QA1 True Street Class
Competing in both the Outlaw True Street and the QA1 True Street classes, Troy Messamore brought home the win in the latter class, with more than 135 competitors this year. Messamore was able to accomplish a 8.210, and a 7.900 pass – scoring an 8.055 average overall for the event.