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2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout—Sunday Coverage


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The final day of the 2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout unfolds like this.

Multi-time NMRA champion Mike Ciborowski and his son, Keith, are fighting the new car blues with their red ’14 Mustang. Blower belt issues have plagued the engine while the rear suspension has also been causing trouble for the men, specifically in the rear suspension, although they have narrowed the issue to the anti-roll bar simply not being as beefy as they need. Ciborowski was sitting in ninth on a 4.949 at 142.24 mph best effort after the NMRA Edelbrock Renegade qualifying order had been finalized, but with so much success in their camp, which is part of team JPC Racing, he’s hoping to improve in today’s eliminations when it matters most.

Holding the top qualifying spot in JDM Engineering Limited Street after round two of qualifying, Samantha Moore solidified her performance by taking the top spot once again in round three with an 8.31 effort. Moore made a number of changes to her California Special Mustang in the off season and they seem to have paid off. Now, the VMP Performance-supercharged, Vector Motorsports machine heads to eliminations looking like a strong contender for the 2021 championship.

Mechanical engineer Jonathan Whitaker of Orlando, Florida, picked up this 14,000-mile 1993 Cobra just a month ago from a friend, and thrashed to put it together and get it ready for the Spring Break Shootout. Competing in QA1 True Street, Whitaker dropped in the Gen II Coyote 5.0 powerplant, which is backed—for the time being—with a T45 transmission. In his first three on-track runs in the car, Whitaker averaged 11.79, which qualified him for today’s TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. You can follow Whitaker on his YouTube channel, J Whit, for more updates on his Cobra.

Edelbrock Renegade racer Chuck Bartholme has owned his Mustang for 20 years and the Ocean City, Maryland, resident has steadily been racing all winter long, chipping away at the car’s performance. He clicked off a 4.55 in testing and posted a 4.57 to take the second spot in qualifying with his V-30 Vortech supercharged, 430ci and Dez Racing-tuned engine combination.

Peter Del Pino and his DPM Racing crew brought a slew of E85-slurping, 1,000rwhp supercharged machines to the Spring Break Shootout and gave the parachutes a workout in QA1 True Street competition. The Miami Lakes, Florida, resident averaged 9.81 to finish 6th quickest, and heads into today’s Ace Racing Spring Break Shootout today.

Alex Corella was poised to clock the quickest time on Nitto Tire’s new NT555RII, but his ProEFI system told him to shut the car down before starting his first run in QA1 True Street. He’s been as quick as 8.84 and hoped to collect the Nitto cash prize for winning one of the True Street classes, but a low-oil warning told him to shut it down during Saturday’s event. For Sunday, Nitto had him park the turbocharged, small-block Ford-powered machine in their midway booth for the day. Sadly, no other competitors were able to collect the prize either, but the Nitto prize will be available at all NMRA events in 2021, including the next race in Commerce, Georgia, just a few weeks away.

Enthusiasts turned out in droves for the UPR Products car show today at Bradenton Motorsports Park. This 1985 Mustang SVO belonging to Josh Sashko of Tampa, Florida, caught our eye and might just be the nicest one we’ve ever seen.

Making the drive down from the Villages with the goal of competing in the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout, David Leshay shifted his way into the eight spot in his 1963 Ford Galaxie 500. Packing a 427 fed by dual-quad carbs and backed by a four-speed manual and a nodular 9-inch rear, it is the first full-bodied machine to ever make the cut in this category. Leshay purchased the car to fulfill a childhood dream of owning one, and his dream weekend wrapped up with a win in the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout.

It’s pretty rare to see a ’79 Mustang Cobra, but rarer still to see one racing at a national event like the 2021 BMR Suspension NMRA Spring Break Shootout. John Maguire did just that with the car he has owned since he was 16 years old, competing in QA1 True Street yesterday and the Brackets today. This car benefits from a number of upgrades including a Ford Performance 347ci crate engine, a ProCharger, a TREMEC Magnum six-speed, and FiTech fuel injection. It ran a best of 11.6 in the quarter mile this weekend and looked great doing it.