What Is NMRA?

What Is NMRA?

Last Updated August 5, 2022 | Bill Tumas

NMRA stands for National Mustang Racers Association. The NMRA Nationals Series is the #1 all-Ford motorsport show in the US. This is thanks to some of the most action-packed Mustang heads-up drag racing out there along with an all-Ford car show hosted at every event, manufacturers midway, burnout contest and more. Much like the NHRA, there are specific classes in NMRA Drag Racing where your vehicle would fall into. This goes for everything from a lightly modified bolt-on 2015 Mustang GT running mid 12s to a gutted-out single turbo Fox Body on 10.5” slicks running 8s.

NMRA Staging Lanes

The best part is, no matter what kind of enthusiast you are, there is a home for you at an NMRA Drag Event. If your Mustang is a show car and will never see the strip, you can enter the car in the car show. Looking to see what your weekend driver pony car can do down the quarter mile? Enter True Street and join in on the fun with a 30-mile cruise and 3 passes down the 1320! Just want to check out the vendors? Ford Performance and many other vendors are lined up on the Midway showing off the latest and greatest when it comes to vehicles, parts and more.

NMRA 2018

Every year that goes by, it seems the NMRA events get bigger and bigger. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the NMRA Series. Drag Racing is alive and well in the Mustang culture and rightfully so, some of these cars are insanely fast. Breaking 8 seconds in the quarter mile and crossing the traps at nearly 200 MPH! Yes, there are Mustangs attending these events that can pull these kinds of times off!

Our very own video host, Bill Tumas, is running Project Krimpstang in a couple of the NMRA events this year to really put that Coyote-swapped ‘96 Cobra to the test! Did we mention it’s got three pedals too? Needless to say, we’re proud of what Bill has accomplished with this car and can’t wait to see what it can do down the road.

This year, the NMRA Nationals Series starts out in Bradenton, FL in March and travels across the country for the next six months. Ultimately ending in Bowling Green, KY for the World Finals at the end of September!

If this series falls within a couple hours of your home, then be sure to make the drive and check out this awesome event. From drag racing to car shows, manufacturers midway, burnout contests and more - NMRA events have something for everyone!

NMRA 2018 Schedule
Title Date Location
24th Annual Nitto NMRA Spring Break Shootout March 1-4, 2018 Bradenton, FL
10th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals April 5-8, 2018 Commerce, GA
18th Annual CJ Pony Parts NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals May 3-6, 2018 Reading, PA
15th Annual NMRA Ford Super Nationals June 7-10, 2018 Hebron, OH
13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing July 26-29, 2018 Joliet, IL
20th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals September 27-30, 2018 Bowling Green, KY

NMRA Drag Racing

White Mustang Drag Racing

Did we mention that if you like drag racing, there is a home for everyone at an NMRA event. There are a plethora of different classes that your Mustang would fall under. Or, at the very least, would be a blast to watch. In most cases, the average Mustang will likely fall into True Street. This is a catch-all class that was created for mildly modified to heavily modified Ford-based street vehicles. The idea behind True Street is that racers need to drive their car on a 30-mile cruise around the dragstrip then make three back-to-back passes down the strip. The closest average elapsed time (ET) of those three runs that is not quicker than 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, etc. all the way up to 15.00 will win.

If you’re unsure about drag racing and want to learn how, be sure to check out our article on how to drag race!

2018 NMRA Classes


NMRA Car Show

If you’re going to host a drag racing event revolving around Mustangs and other Fords, then it only makes sense that spectators will likely bring out their Mustang to come see the action as well. NMRA offers special car show parking for those who would like to bring their pony car out to join in on the fun. So, if you’re not up for drag racing your own vehicle, then feel free to show it off right outside the pits in the car show area!

NMRA Car Show

NMRA Manufacturers Midway & Swap Meet

One of the best parts about NMRA events is the opportunity to check out some of the latest parts and vehicles on display right at the event. Ford Performance typically has their latest vehicles out on display for drag racing fans to come check out along with many other vendors showcasing their latest parts to give your Mustang the edge over the guy down the street. After all, we all like to have the fastest car in town, right?

Additionally, there is also a Swap Meet at each event where locals in the area can buy or sell used Mustang parts to patrons of the show!

NMRA Drag Race Midway

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What Is NMRA?

If you’re a Mustang enthusiast, odds have it that you’ve heard of the National Mustang Racers Association or “NMRA” for short. This association hosts a tour of drag race events all across the country every year. Starting in Bredenton, Florida in March and ending in Bowling Green, Kentucky in September. Hundreds of racers travel this tour across the country in order to compete in specific classes all circled around the quarter-mile dragstrip.