Every year, the NMRA and NMCA join forces to invade the Lone Star State in early November. Though a non-points race, this end-of-the-season showdown is the last chance for some racers to get on the track before winter. Held at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, the Lone Star Shootout is one you simply shouldn't miss. From bracket cars to 10.5 Outlaw cars and everything in between, there's always something for everyone.
Just like every other race on the NMRA circuit, there's more than just drag racing. The manufacturer's midway was packed with displays by Ford Racing, UPR Products, Blow-By Racing, Exedy Clutches, and Brenspeed, to name a few. The UPR Products car show on Saturday and Sunday drew a host of show cars ranging from classic muscle to late-model Stangs.
Since the event is shared with the NMCA, special classes were assembled to host similar racers from both series. In 10.5 Pro Stock, #1 qualifier Leonard Long of Annville, Pennsylvania, faced SAM founder Jud Massingill in the final. Long's '90 Mustang wasn't enough for Massengill's '99 Camaro, which went 8.13 to Long's 8.59, both at over 169 mph. In Mod Comp, Roush teammates Donnie Bowles and Susan Roush McClenaghan faced each other in the final. McClenaghan took the win with a 9.52 to Bowles' 9.87. In Index Rumble, Joe Cram earned his first-ever Wally, beating out Paul Gamino in the final with a 10.53 at 123 mph.
In our beloved True Street, 52 contestants made their way through tech and lined up for the 30-mile cruise on Saturday. Only 12 were non-Ford vehicles, so we were excited about another great event. Last year's winner, Tony Bourns, was back with yet another homebuilt, flamed Fox-body. This one, though, had 7-second capabilities.
After the 30-mile cruise, escorted by Texas' finest, the group assembled in the staging lanes for a short cool-down. All but two cars made the cruise without a hitch, and nine others didn't make all three back-to-back passes. In the end, Tony Bourns held the fastest average after the third run was made. But his 8.84 average would be erased, since he was disqualified for having non-DOT front tires. The crown and cape was passed on to Chuck Clague, who averaged 10.145 in his GMS S-15 Sonoma.
Runner-up was awarded to Greg Wilborn of Ennis, Texas. His black GT500 went as quick as 10.15 on its way to a 10.277 average. The 10-second winner was Jason Roberts with a 10.423 average, the 11- second winner was Charles Brown with an 11.109 average, and the 12-second plaque went to Eli Baes, who averaged 12.140.
NMRA and NMCA champion Mike Murillo made a few exhibition runs throughout the weekend. His
Leonard Long of Long Shifters qualified first and made it all the way to the final against
This SVO, owned by Andy Warwas of Houston, Texas, was one of the finest examples we've see