Michigan, New Jersey, and Florida are known hot spots for muscle Mustangs, and for years, we've brought you race coverage from these Mustang honey holes. What you may not know, though, is that the great state of Texas is littered with Mustangs, performance shops, and local dragstrips. And it wasn't until recently that Texans had a place to call their own on the NMRA circuit.
In 2009, the NMRA and NMCA staff, along with the help of Houston Raceway Park, pulled together the first-ever Lone Star Shootout after the season was already underway. It was a great success, and plans were made to continue the non-points season closer. Like the Super Bowl in Joliet, Illinois, the Lone Star Shootout is a double event, bringing the best of NMRA and NMCA together for one big bash.
Saturday's car show brought out some of the best iron Detroit has produced, dominated by Mustangs and other fast Fords alike. The manufacturer's midway was packed with vendors providing a sneak peak at new products for 2011. There was also the usual swap meet, where one man's junk ... well, you know.
Special classes were formed to pit the best of NMCA and NMRA together in competition. Super Trucks & SUV was open to all years and makes of trucks and SUVs, and Late-Model EFI hosted all domestic late-model hot rods; NMRA Modular Muscle and Open Comp were combined to form Triangle Speed Shop Mod-Comp; and NMRA Hot Street joined NMCA Pro Stock to form Harland Sharp All Motor. Some familiar classes like Tremec True Street and JDM Engineering Super Stang were contested, adding to the fun.
The School of Automotive Machinists SN-95 wheeled by Merv Davis goes head-to-head with Rob
True Street turnout was great, as always. Forty-two vehicles entered the competition, of which only four lacked a Blue Oval. Twenty-eight finished the 30-mile cruise and three back-to-back quarter-mile passes, led by winner Angel Padilla in Joel Cura's twin-turbo-powered '93 LX coupe. The 8.050-second average was impressive but just shy of the elusive 7-second barrier.
As its title suggests, though, the focus of the event was on the Lone Star Shootout. Like the Spring Break Shootout, the top 16 in Saturday's True Street competition were invited back to compete in a heads-up eliminator. Round by round, cars were eliminated until only one was left standing to be awarded with a 6-foot trophy, a $500 prize, and bragging rights as the ultimate street/strip car in the great state of Texas.
With the success of the Lone Star Shootout over the last two years, the NMRA and NMCA have reserved HMP this November to do it all over again. So if you live in the Houston area or want to take a road trip, meet us in Houston for the Lone Star Shootout November 11-13, 2011.
The car show was a great place to find some of the most beautiful Fords in competition wit
Houston's own Richard Lelsz and his Strictly Performance crew adjust the fuel pressure on
Chris James of Houston brought out his '89 hatch to compete in Mod Comp. Chuck Hoekstra el
If you're into the classics, then the Nostalgia Super Stock class is for you. It's always
Fox restoration is definitely a growing craze. Jorge Martinez brought out this excellent e
The Hellion Power Systems and Strictly Performance teams thrash in the pits.
Randy Seward takes some pointers from fellow True Streeter Chris Escobar during the Lone S
Crowd-favorite and fellow-Texan Mike Murillo made the short trip from San Antonio to parta
Randy Seward gets out of the gate quicker but is later passed by Angel Padilla (near lane)
Mike Roark (near lane) wheeled his Kenne Bell-blown, Three-Valve-converted '00 GT to a 10.
Joe Cram and teammate Lloyd Mikeska stand proud in victory lane. It was the first win for
Joel Cura's pristinely polished '93 coupe sits unsuspecting in victory lane. Wheeled by An
|MM&FF True Street Top 25 and Winners|
|3||Robert Mancha||9.400||9-Second Winner|
|5||Darin Watkins||10.013||10-Second Winner|
|12||David Polverari||11.307||11-Second Winner|
|16||Jesus Flores||12.053||12-Second Winner|
|22||Chris Watts||13.103||13-Second Winner|
|28||Drew Lopez||14.757||14-Second Winner|
Robert Mancha (near lane), the 9-second True Street winner, launches during Tremec True St
Alvin Stock is rockin' some sweet matte-black CCW wheels on his '03 Cobra during the True
Jesus Flores cruises his '96 GT during the True Street cruise. Flores averaged 12.053 in t
True Street competitors cool down in the staging lanes before beginning their three back-t
Chris Watts of Richmond, Texas, averaged 13.103 to win the 13-second plaque.
Fourteen-second winner Drew Lopez launches his '92 GT during Saturday's True Street compet