Sunday morning in Bowling Green is for Ford racers to chase their dreams of winning a race–and potentially a class title–at one of the most revered dragstrips in the country. The index classes are out on the track now for their first round of eliminations, and the heads-up classes are scheduled to go hot around 11:00AM Central.
Race fuel will be put to the test, parts will be broken, and championships will be decided. This is Ford racing at its finest!
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Street Outlaw: Rich Bruder, 4.38/167.28 mph
Renegade: Bart Tobener, 7.40/182.43 mph
Coyote Modified: Tom Annunziata, 7.73, 177.67 mph
Limited Street: Kelly Shotwell, 8.99/153.79 mph
Coyote Stock: Charlie Booze, Jr. 10.20/129.72 mph
Factory Stock: Matt Amrine, 10.62/126.12 mph
Open Comp: Jon Pickering, 9.43 ET/9.39 Dial
Truck & Lightning: Randy Conway, 10.39 ET/10.30 Dial
Mod Muscle: Charlie McCulloch, 10.814 ET/10.84 Dial
Super Stang: Levi Wendel, 12.86 ET/12.74 Dial
Ford Muscle: David Mormann, 13.211/11.50 Dial
EcoBoost Shootout: Alexis Fruggiero, 10.74/123.20 mph
GT500/Terminator Shootout: Ryan Aycock, 8.31/168.77 mph
Turbo Coyote Shootout: Quintin Martin, 8.27/149.48 mph
Stick Shift Shootout: Anthony Heard, 8.81/158.28 mph
TCS Vs. Terminator/GT500: Keith Rhea, 7.52/192.22 mph
Modular Xtreme: Clint Bates, 5.11/141.61 mph
Wow, what a day! If you’ve never been to Championship Day at the NMRA’s World Finals, you should put this on your bucket list of things to do. All day long, the track was packed with action. We were lucky that there were no major mishaps on the track this weekend, and the event winners are truly the best of the best in Ford-land when it comes to heads-up and bracket racing.
If you missed the event, you can head over to SpeedVideo and watch all of today’s action, as they’ve archived it for all of you Ford junkies sitting at home who couldn’t make it out to the event.
There was lots of drama during the elimination rounds, as several classes came down to the wire when it came down to crowning champions, like Truck and Lightning, where Randy Conway wrapped up his second title in a row. In Street Outlaw, Manny Buginga–who came back to NMRA action just last year after a long layoff–became the Champion again after eliminating Charlie Cooper in the semifinal round. Had Cooper won out, he’d have been the class champ.
Lots going on today. There was a huge line of spectators and racers waiting to get into the track when I arrived at 7:15 this morning, and they’ve been piling in all day. One thing you can count on regarding the crowd here at Beech Bend Raceway Park–they always show up to pack the stands during the NMRA’s World Finals.