I have a feeling Limited Street is going to be the next big thing for street legal drag racing. – Eric Holliday – 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 the street performance market with reasonably sized power adders and conventional style engine combinations. Adding to the realness was the fact all the cars must run on true stock suspension; not a triangulated four-link with high dollar coilover rear shocks and slammed-to-the-ground race cars.
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 a 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, which 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 the 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 monster 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 many of those combinations. Take Rick Kaknes and his 2003 SVT Cobra convertible, with the VMP Performance 2.3L supercharger on board it has already gone check it out…
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