2009 Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals - Quarter-Milan!
We Head To Michigan For The 2009 Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals At Milan Dragway.
From the October, 2009 issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
By Pete Epple
The auto industry in this country and abroad faces serious financial hardship-that is no secret-but thankfully Mustang and Ford events are as popular as ever. To gather an in-depth look at the situation, MM&FF went to the heart of the matter, Detroit, Michigan (well, actually Milan, Michigan), for the sixth annual Aeromotive NMRA Ford Nationals, which includes the popular Tremec/MM&FF True Street challenge.
Anyone who has ever attended an NMRA race can attest to the massive amount of excitement surrounding each event, whether it's on the racetrack, in the show area, or on the manufacturers midway, and the 2009 Milan race was no exception. This, the third stop on the NMRA tour, brought out all of the usual suspects in the heads-up race classes, and the festivities started Friday with time shots for racers to get a handle on the strip.
Serving as the "home race" for the fine folks at Ford Racing Performance Parts, the FRPP crew rolled into Milan with a slew of new Mustangs for the fans to check out and for the third annual Editor's Invitational Challenge. Over the course of the two-day event, staff members from major automotive publications squared off in the Ford Racing Invitational. Car assignments were chosen at random, and once the drivers became familiar with their rides, it was time to hit the track.
When the event came to a close, MM&FF's own Senior Tech Editor, Steve Baur, piloted a modded 2010 Mustang GT, to the Top Eliminator spot, defeating Doug Glad from Car Craft in the finals.
MM&FF's own Steve Baur took...
MM&FF's own Steve Baur took home the gold, winning the Ford Racing Invitational. Great job, Steve!
Ford racing rolled in a slew...
Ford racing rolled in a slew of Mustangs for the Ford Racing Invitational. Editors from many of the most popular automotive publications went head to head in a bracket race for bragging rights.
After a scary crash at Bradenton,...
After a scary crash at Bradenton, Conrad Scarry was still sorting out his new chassis, and made several hits down the strip at Milan.
Not only was Jack Roush in...
Not only was Jack Roush in attendance, we saw him turning wrenches on Don Bowles' Hot Street Maverick!
Ford Racing Performance Parts...
Ford Racing Performance Parts will soon be offering a body-in-white program for the 2010 Mustangs. FRPP brought out a sample to show everyone just what you get with a body-in-white.
The Tremec True Street class...
The Tremec True Street class is always good for a few unconventional rides. Brian Lichlyter brought out his slick '08 Mercury Mountaineer. This supercharged SUV blasted down the quarter well into the 13-second zone.
Aaron Yates of Warren, Michigan,...
Aaron Yates of Warren, Michigan, entered his slick Sonic Blue and silver '85 GT in the car show. We love the great color combo.
As the weather heated up on Saturday, so did the excitement on the racetrack. The always-popular Tremec True Street class took to the open road on the customary 30-mile cruise through the Michigan back roads before making the back-to-back-to-back passes that would decide the winners. After some cool-down time, and with the passes complete, the times were averaged and the winners were decided. Tim Casto of Mason, West Virginia, left hard with the wheels in the air as his nitrous-fed '95 GT rocketed down the strip, winning the class with a 9.15-second average.
The Turbonetics Pro Outlaw 10.5 win was captured by San Antonio, Texas' Mike Murillo, who tore up the track with a 6.80-second pass at over 220 mph to take out Jim Monson of Brighton, Michigan, in the final. The ProCharger Super Street Outlaw final was a repeat of the finals at Bradenton as Don Burton pulled up to the line against defending SSO champion John Urist. This time Urist proved victorious as tire spin would end Burton's day. Urist drove past him to take the win with a 7.48 at 194 mph
Off the track, the car-show area gave fans a look at some of the most impressive muscle Mustangs and fast Fords the Detroit area had to offer. Custom paint, big power, and gorgeous classics were all there offering a taste of everything to whoever was lucky enough to walk the show field.
The great Michigan weather, incredible side-by-side racing, and a fantastic car show is a great way to spend a weekend. The NMRA staff does a phenomenal job, and if you haven't been to a an NMRA race, it's time to find out what you've been missing.
As an added bonus, the racers...
As an added bonus, the racers in the Ford Racing Invitational all got a chance to take a 1,320-foot trip in the FR500CJ.
Defending Super Street Outlaw...
Defending Super Street Outlaw champion John Urist took the win in a repeat of the final from Bradenton. Don Burton experienced massive wheel spin at the hit of the throttle, handing the win to Urist.
Tim Casto took the True Street...
Tim Casto took the True Street win, accepting his trophy and crown from MM&FF Tech Editor Steve Baur and the NMRA's Steve Wolcott.
|True Street Results|
|No.||Name||Home Town||Model||Pass 1||Pass 2||Pass 3||Average||Win Status|
|507||Tim Casto||Mason, WV||'95 Mustang||9.101||9.165||9.192||9.153||Winner|
|1||Steve Posenau||Amelia, VA||'02 Mustang||9.892||10.031||9.818||9.914||Runner-Up|
|34||Paul Moody||Syerling Hts, MI||'92 Mustang||9.989||9.993||10.121||10.034||10-Second Winner|
|24||Justin Burcham||Glen Bernie, MD||'05 Mustang||9.167||9.434||11.664||10.088|
|8||Tim Flanders||Battle Creek, MI||'86 Mustang||10.241||10.223||10.220||10.228|
|30||Tom Gillikin||Grasslik, MI||'89 Mustang||10.241||10.313||10.303||10.286|
|19||Josh Otting||Erie, MI||'86 Mustang||10.687||10.617||10.691||10.665|
|35||Lance Pacana||Stockbridge, MI||'06 Mustang||10.791||10.789||10.719||10.766|
|22||Mike Sears||Jackson, MI||'07 Mustang||10.792||10.999||11.262||11.018||11-Second Winner|
|39||Jason Furqueron||Concord, MI||'93 Mustang||11.564||12.008||12.227||11.933|
|18||Keith Kalrtenbach||Toledo, OH||'03 Mustang||11.738||11.612||12.546||11.965|
|36||Steve Cuatt Jr||Hudson, IN||'86 Mustang||11.965||12.090||12.165||12.073||12-Second Winner|
|17||Scott Dronkers||Middleville, MI||'93 Mustang||12.479||12.409||12.452||12.447|
|32||David Gabet||Cromwell, IN||'07 Mustang||12.960||13.204||12.613||12.926|
|3||John Allen||Butler, PA||'05 Mustang||12.842||12.987||13.047||12.959|
|6||Andrea Woolard||Parkersburg, WV||'91 Mustang||12.975||13.072||13.093||13.047||13-Second Winner|
|42||Bob Kalterball||Toledo, OH||'04 Cobra||12.883||12.709||13.782||13.125|
|20||Alex Shull||Greenville, MI||'00 Mustang||13.012||13.529||12.981||13.174|
|12||Mark Meredith||Painsville, OH||'03 Mustang||13.277||13.182||13.132||13.197|
|9||George Dockery||Warsaw, IN||'04 Mustang||13.533||12.923||13.242||13.233|
|40||Brett Aerson||Newport, MI||'89 Mustang||13.192||13.494||13.464||13.383|
|26||Matt Belt||Palos Hills, IL||'98 Mustang||13.805||13.664||12.909||13.459|
|38||Brian Lichlyter||North Webster, IN||'08 Mountaineer||13.324||13.944||13.625||13.631|
|25||Bryce Paule||Elmore, OH||'03 Cobra||12.453||12.541||16.079||13.691|
|31||Joseph Nowakowski||Auburn Hills, MI||'08 Mustang||13.525||13.636||14.433||13.865|
|33||Nathan Shewman||Akron, IN||'91 Mustang||13.199||14.114||14.484||13.932|
|29||Kevin McCotter||Clio, MI||'90 Mustang||16.565||13.584||12.488||14.212||14-Second Winner|
|10||Joe Geghard||Livonia, MI||'06 Mustang||13.663||13.575||15.840||14.359|
|14||Aaron Siek||Sylvania, OH||'87 Mustang||14.736||14.490||14.459||14.562|
|4||George Keller||New Carlisle, IN||'08 Mustang||DNF|
|5||Kurt Robinson||Lynchburg, OH||'93 Mustang||11.476||11.799||DNF|
|7||Jim Harty||Bay Village, OH||'03 Cobra||13.405||DNF|
|13||Alex Hays||Canton, MI||'92 Mustang||DNF|
|16||Bobbie Harget||Rockwood, MI||'90 Mustang||15.077||14.980||DNF|
|21||Ryan Sochocki||Canton, MI||'89 Mustang||DNF|
|23||David Pennell||Grand Ledge, MI||'04 Mustang||DNF|
|28||Brick Spurjo||Ambler, PA||'94 Mustang||16.625||DNF|
|37||Wendy Schultz||Commerce, MI||'06 Mustang||12.826||12.614||DNF|
|41||Andy Boguszewski||Berkley, MI||'86 Mustang||10.192||10.956||DNF|