Bradenton, Florida – Event Preview

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The NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals Series starts its season over the weekend of March 15-18, 2012, with the 10th Annual Ross Racing Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Featuring the Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge, scheduled to take place at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. As this is the first race of the season, the Northern-based competitors are chomping at the bit to feel some warm weather and get the racing season started. As usual, the NMCA will start off the weekend with a pre-race Hooters party at the Hooters of Bradenton, which is always a fun time - after all, who can pass up, beer, wings, and girls in skimpy socks?This event will feature one of the season's largest turnouts, with racers showing up to compete in each of the NMCA's eleven classes, plus a large contingent of True Street racers and the five classes full of LSX racers taking part in the Chevrolet Performance Parts LSX Challenge. In 2011 at this event, ARP Nostalgia Pro Street racer Jeff Colletta debuted an all-new car, Bob Kurgan ran the quickest pass in CFE Xtreme Street history with an awesome 7.85, and Kooks Pro Street maniac Chris Rini was able to card an unreal 6.03 blast at over 234 mph! If you want to see domestic drag racing at its finest, you need to make the trip to Bradenton Motorsports Park for the NMCA season opener!

Want to race?
Bradenton Motorsports Park has one of the best racing surfaces in the country - there's a reason that many of the NHRA's heavy hitters test here each spring. You can have the opportunity to show off your skills in the driver's seat on the track in one of the NMCA's various classes designed to satisfy the entry-level racer. The TREMEC True Street class has always been a racer favorite, with awards given out to the racers closest to each second increment, along with the overall quickest car and the runner-up, after their 30-mile cruise and three dragstrip passes are complete. In addition, entry-level racers fit into the Open Comp, Nostalgia Muscle Car, and Late Model EFI classes, so take a look at the class rules and make your plans to come out and race with the best Muscle Car racers in the country. For rules information visit:, pick a class, make sure your car fits the rules and you have the proper safety gear, and come race with the NMCA!

The Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series is on the property!
The LSX Challenge Series is back for 2012 to be contested at four events this season, starting off right here in Florida with five awesome racing classes. The LSX Challenge Series is the premier racing series for street-based vehicles powered by Chevrolet's LS and LSX engine family. Two of the classes to be contested in Florida include the LSX Drag Radial class, won last season by Mike Meeks and his awesome seven-second Trans Am, and the LSX All Motor Class, where Jud Massingill took his all-motor Camaro to low-eight-second performances all last year in pursuit of the class championship. The LSX Real Street class, LSX Rumble class, and 5th Gen Camaro Challenge class also all return to action for the 2012 season. If LSX fare whets your appetite you need to be in Florida for the season opener!

There's more than just racing action!
In addition to all of the action that will take place on the quarter-mile, the NMCA also has the awesome DuPont Custom Finishes Car Show, which features over fifty different awards that are presented each day of the show. '32 Ford with a late-model 5.0? Or a '69 Camaro powered by an LS1? No matter what your flavor, there's a place for you in the car show and a shot at the grand prize. Each event also features a large Manufacturer's Midway where you can see and purchase parts from the hottest aftermarket manufacturers and experts from all of the major manufacturers on hand to answer your questions about how to make your Ford car or truck perform to your expectations. There's something for everyone at the 10th Annual Ross Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals - make your plans to attend now!

Huge Manufacturers' Midway & Swap Meet
Looking to buy parts for your car or truck? Want a chance to meet face-to-face with experts from your favorite performance companies? This NMCA event will feature an awesome manufacturers' midway where you can find great deals on the performance parts you need for your muscle car or hot rod.

If you're looking for that hard to find part or a great bargain, be sure to check out the swap meet.

Jet Car Shooting for 300+ mph!
Get ready to be blown away by the Jet Car ripping down the 1320! Be one of the first to witness the Jet Car make a blazing 300+mph pass.

World Famous Burnout Contest!
The World Famous Burnout Contest is always the crowd favorite! Sign up to participate for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights, or sit back and cheer as contestants smoke their tires.