This coming weekend (5/14 – 5/16), the NMRA Keystone Ford National Series brings their third event of the season to the Atco Raceway in New Jersey. AmericanMuscle will be there!
Our two sponsored NMRA drivers, Tim Matherly and Bart Tobener, will both be on hand for the competition, and AM will be videoing their qualifying runs. We’ll be hanging out during the day on Saturday, walking the vendor midway, and cheering on our own Karen Baum and Brick Spurio as they compete in the local true street classes.
“Bad Bart” Tobener has been drag racing since 1998, and is competing this season in the EFI Renegade class. The competition is incredibly tough, but after his amazing qualifying run earlier this year at Bradenton, Bart is confident that he’s going to be a points front-runner in his class all through the season.
Tim Matherly is the reigning 2009 NMRA Real Street Champion, having won the NMRA Real Street class at four different events in 2009. In June of ‘09, he set the then-top speed Real Street record of 146.050 at Atco in his MVPerformance Mustang. This year, Tim returns with a 2010 Mustang that is really race-styled and ready to challenge his prior record.
Here’s the schedule for Atco (courtesy of NMRA):
What gets the Mustang enthusiast’s blood pumping faster than watching Tim Matherly’s modular 4.6L 3V 2010 Mustang in an NMRA qualifying run? How about the opportunity to cut loose on your own – and show the world the track power and street sweetness of your own stallion!
AmericanMuscle is pleased to announce its partnership with 5.0 Mustang and Super Fords magazine in sponsoring the 2010 King of the Street Competition this coming fall in Bowling Green, KY.
“Everyone at AmericanMuscle is thrilled by the opportunity to be sponsoring the top Mustang street competition of the year,” said Andrew Voudouris, VP of AmericanMuscle. “It’s a natural fit for us as a company, and a great opportunity to reach out to our loyal customer base in a fun, ‘bragging rights’ style of competition.”
The attributes that are necessary to be KOTS champion embodies everything that AmericanMuscle strives to bring to our customers as well as the Mustang world in general. Judging is based on the following criteria:
This past weekend, rookie driver Eric Swarr ventured onto a mile long WWII-vintage Army airbase strip in Maxton, NC with one goal in mind: set an East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) Blown Fuel Super Street land speed record. His ammunition? A 2006 Ford GT Supercar, owned by Bob Self and sponsored by AmericanMuscle and Swarr Automotive.
Nearly everyone is familiar with the concept of land speed records, and for the most part, when you hear about a really eye popping speed run, it’s coming from Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Here’s a little trivia factoid. The quest for land speed records actually started on the East Coast in the 1920′s and 30′s on the hard sands of Daytona Beach, Fl. When most speed trials started moving out West, a void was left on the East Coast. ECTA was formed to fill that void, and they selected an abandoned runway in Maxton, NC as the staging ground for speed record runs.
Saturday and early Sunday runs by Swarr were part of the ECTA rookie development program. He first had to make 125 MPH and 150 MPH runs on Saturday, to satisfy ECTA that he could safely pilot the vehicle. On Sunday, he made one last development run of 175 MPH, and then was given a single opportunity to open it up, and break 200 MPH. And open it up he did…
The voicemail on my office phone was time stamped at 3:17AM, and the frantic message that followed was left in an almost unintelligible whimper:
“Dude. You are so not gonna to believe this. Check your email first thing in the morning.”
In an encore performance, a Mustang is once again pacing a major NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The recently unveiled 2011 Mustang V6 has been selected as the pace car for the the Food City 500, coming up this Sunday at Bristol International Speedway.
This is the second time in the current NASCAR Sprint Cup season that a Mustang has paced the field. In February, the 2011 5.0 GT was piloted by NASCAR legend Richard Petty during the pace lap of the Daytona 500.
So what makes the second time so special? No one can remember when two Fords (much less two Mustangs) were selected for pace car duties in a NASCAR single season. What we’re witnessing is recognition of Ford’s commitment to the Mustang, and to continue offering a thrilling ride to the every day performance car enthusiast.