Photos by NMRA/Fastest Street Car
Move over, there’s a hot new heads-up class that is sweeping into the NMRA for the upcoming 2018 race season. Plenty of drivers are making the switch from other respective classes to try their hand in Steeda Limited Street, a class that was showcased during the final race in 2017 and has now been added across the board for all six races in the 2018 season.
Sondra Leslie, who has made quite the name for herself in Richmond Gear Factory Stock over the past several years (and before that in Roush Performance Super Stang), is making the switch over to the growing competitive field in Limited Street, with her familiar 1985 four-eyed Fox-body that’s powered by a MPR Racing Engines-built Coyote engine.
Previously eyeing ProCharger Coyote Modified, the class seemed a bit too far out of reach, so when Limited Street came along, it seemed like the perfect fit for the ever-competitive Leslie. “I’m extremely excited for this, I’ve been wanting to move up in the NMRA for years now,” Leslie explained about her move over to Limited Street. “I read the rules and ran some numbers, and it was a class I could run and transition to faster from FS.”
Leslie’s four-eyed Fox-body, also known as a sky-high wheelie-pullin’ crowd pleaser, was purchased from her crew chief Derek Craft as a rolling chassis. That solid and proven Mustang is ready to move up to Limited Street, but it won’t look the same after the winter upgrades.
“This is a completely new ballgame to go from running naturally aspirated for years to a boosted application and is going to be a major change and learning curve for me. I just want to make it from Point A to Point B smoothly,” she shared.
The season opener kicks off March 1-4th for the 24th-annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout, presented by Steeda Autosports, in Bradenton, Florida as the team is thrashing on the new combination. The days are counting down and Leslie is almost ready to take on the boys in Limited Street.