Authors: Evan Smith, Mark Gearhart | 10/02/2020 < Back to Motor Life Home

Austin Shipp put the power to the Beech Bend starting line and things got crazy when his 1986 Mustang rode the bumper and then came down to scrape the wall.

The drag race portion of Holley Ford Fest is handled by the National Mustang Racers Association, which offers classes for every level, from novice to traveling pro. True Street is another favorite, because anyone with a street-legal Ford can jump in on the fun. True Street racers get a bunch of time trials on Friday, and on Saturday they do a 30-mile cruise and make a trio of runs to determine the winners. Family and friends can ride along during the cruise, which is always a big hit. Awards are handed out in variety of performance levels, so you don’t need the fastest car to be a winner.

The main attraction of the NMRA series is the wild Outlaw, Renegade and other heads-up racing like Factory Stock and Coyote Stock. These guys push Ford power to the max, and thrill fans with wild wheelies and door-to-door racing. For those who place a premium on consistency, NMRA also has a variety of Index and bracket classes.

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