2018 marked the debut of the NMRA’s newest heads-up, championship category, Limited Street, and the class was a hit with racers and fans alike. While the contingent was mostly dominated by power-adder combinations, there are a number of naturally aspirated combinations in the rule book, and Mike Washington took his power-adder-less NA Voodoo-powered, #PureEvil Mustang to the finals in Atlanta. At the 2019 season opener, the 25th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout, former NMRA Pure Street champion Jimmy Wilson plans to take the NA route, and hopefully take a trip to the Aerospace Components winner’s circle.
Wilson’s 1988 Mustang was the first Pure Street car to run in the 9.50s and the first to run over 140 mph. Wilson has been making some changes to his same Pure Street 311ci small-block Ford-powered Mustang to make some more power while taking advantage of the more liberal ruleset in Limited Street.
“I pulled weight out of it and went to a different carb, intake manifold, and headers,” explained Wilson. “I also switched to solid roller lifters, which is something we couldn’t run in Pure Street.”
Wilson will continue to row the gears in his G101A four-speed transmission and shift his screaming small-block at around 9,000 rpm while hoping to clock some elapsed times in the 8.80 range. After Bradenton, the Gainesville, Florida, resident is looking to compete at the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by MAHLE Motorsport in Commerce, Georgia, as well.
Wilson told us he does have a power-adder combination in the works for another class, so maybe we will see him in the NMRA’s new class for 2019, ProCharger Modified Street, which is the next step up from Limited Street.