Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fastest gear-jammer of them all? Come the weekend of September 27th, 2019, the answer will be known, and it could be you!
The eight quickest manual-transmission cars in the National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA) True Street class will face off in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at the 2019 NMRA World Finals. It is fitting that the NMRA season starts and ends with the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout.
“NMRA is excited to partner with TREMEC once again to bring the Stick Shift Shootout to the NMRA World Finals,” said NMRA co-founder, President and CEO, Steve Wolcott. “TREMEC has been a longtime supporter of the NMRA and its racers. After the success of this year’s Bradenton event, we expect the Bowling Green shootout to be even more exciting and action packed. With the addition of the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival to this year’s NMRA World Finals, we’ve implemented a 200-car limit on True Street entries, so be sure to secure your spot today.”
NMRA True Street is one of the most exciting and popular classes, not just in the NMRA but at any drag racing event. True Street is composed entirely of real-world street cars. No Pro Stock or Pro Mod cars with turn signals zip-tied need enter. All True Street cars must pass a safety inspection and verify that they are street legal. All entries have to participate in a long-distance cruise that involves leaving the track and driving a multi-mile route on local roads that ends back at the track. After the cruise, all cars that completed the cruise are lined up in the staging lanes before making their three dragstrip passes. Hoods must be kept closed before their first run down the dragstrip.
The first 25 manual-transmission–equipped cars in line for tech inspection to compete in the NMRA True Street class will receive $100 from TREMEC to cover their entry fee for the race. We do this to encourage enthusiasts to come to the dragstrip instead of street racing.
The rules for the Bowling Green Stick Shift Shootout are the same as the Bradenton event.
Any True Street competitor using a street-type manual transmission is eligible to compete in the 2019 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. Race-oriented modifications, such as face-plating are allowed, but the transmission must be shifted by a single, hand-operated shift handle. No multiple-lever, Lenco-style transmissions are allowed, nor any transmissions shifted by air, electronic or hydraulic actuation.
The Stick Shift Shootout is conducted as follows:
- True Street averages from Saturday True Street eliminations become the competitor’s dial-in to establish handicapped start in the Stick Shift Shootout
- The Stick Shift Shootout will be run the next day (Sunday)
- Handicapped start based on established dial-in, no breakout, first-to-finish wins
- All applicable True Street and safety rules and regulations apply
A match-race–style ladder will be used once the eight competitors have been determined.
The winner will go home with a McLeod Racing RXT Twin Disc Clutch and Flywheel (valued at approximately $1,300) and custom acrylic award presented in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle. The runner-up will receive a $500 McLeod Racing product certificate and custom plaque.
After True Street competition has been completed and while all the results are being compiled and eight competitors determined, TREMEC will be hosting a True Street Racer Appreciation Party at the TREMEC trailer. The party is open to all True Street racers along with their families and crew. There will be food, drinks and fun for everyone who attends.