Photos by Race Pages
Photos by Race Pages
“I have a feeling Limited Street is going to be the next big thing for street legal drag racing.”
2016 NMRA Crew Chief of the Year
Earlier this year NMRA racing officials announced a new category, dubbed Limited Street, and it was aimed at street performance market with reasonably sized power adders and conventional style engine combinations. Also adding to the realness was the fact all the cars must run on true stock suspension—not a triangulated four-link with high dollar coil-over rear shocks and slammed-to-the-ground racecars. As more details emerged during the first half of 2017, momentum and interest picked up considerably. With Nitto Tire NMRA World Ford Finals just weeks away (September 28-October 1, 2017), 24 racers have requested an invitation to participate at biggest and baddest Mustang race of the year.
By the summer the rules were released and tweaked in one of the most comprehensive heads-up rule packages the nearly 20-year-old sanctioning body has ever produced. “Our tech staff was challenged with building a class that was realistic to the street performance market, not make the rules overly complicated, but also be inclusive to all the modern Ford engine families and popular power adders,” explained Rollie Miller, NMRA General Manager. He went on to inform us that it was tiresome task that began over a year ago with general ideas and concepts before the team settled in an exciting mix of nitrous, naturally aspirated, turbocharged, and supercharged combinations that includes 302/351, 4.6 and 5.4/5.8, and Coyote engine platforms.
It is no secret that former Real Street racer Jason Hoots is building a 347ci with a Vortech Ti-trim for a customer, one that he thinks will crack into 8s based on preliminary testing. Former Pure Street champion and record holder Jimmy Wilson ditched the .500-inch camshaft, the stock stroke crankshaft, and flat-top pistons in favor of a gnarly solid roller stick, 3.400-inch crank, and domed pistons to bring engine rpm over 9,000 rpm and the displacement out to 363ci. He will represent the naturally aspirated contingent in Limited Street.
The VMP Performance Terminator vs. GT500 Shootout is run twice a year and for competitors looking to race more and chase a championship, the Limited Street category could be home for so many of those combinations. Take Rick Kaknes and his badass 2003 SVT Cobra convertible, with the VMP Performance 2.3L supercharger on board it has already gone 9.30s at 150 mph in legal class trim. His unofficial teammate, Rebecca Starkey, has already thrown her hat into the ring and announced she is bringing her 2011 Mustang GT to the party in Kentucky. Some racers might remember she has run 8.50s, however to be Limited Street legal the Queen of VMP Performance has to stack in a considerable amount of weight into her S197 and ditch the special blend of fuel for a legal mix of E85 or VP Racing Fuels racing gasoline.
Mike Washington is currently thrashing on a Race Pages project car to bring to the Limited Street debut. Project Pure Evil will be chasing after the Naturally Aspirated Coyote record, which currently stands, officially, at 9.36. To do so, Washington and Race Pages teamed up with Rich Groh Racing to build a Shelby GT350 engine for big power, thanks in large part to JE Pistons, K1 connecting rods, Total Seal rings, Comp Cams sticks, and many other trick engine parts. Eric Holliday of JPC Racing has been working with a few customer cars to convert their turbocharged setups to Limited Street specs, which includes a specially sized 76mm turbocharger that is choked down on the exhaust side.
Are there more racers looking to mix it up in Limited Street? With a list of 24 competitors for NMRA World Finals, this will be history in the making as street cars takeover the heads-up ranks in NMRA competition.