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Racing News: NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals Kicks Off 2015 Season

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In the Edelbrock Renegade class, Frank Varela and the Hellion Racing B-Team finished with a 7.78 at 178 mph to Brian Devilbiss' 7.99 at 173 mph performance.
  

NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals Kicks Off the 2015 Season at Bradenton Motorsports Park

The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals kicked off its annual tour at Bradenton Motorsports Park for the Nitto Tire Spring Break Shootout presented by Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords. The event mixed streetcars and NMRA racecars.

VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw, John Urist took the win over former champion Phil Hinessaw with a 6.90 at 204 mph. In the Edelbrock Renegade class, Frank Varela and the Hellion Racing B-Team finished with a 7.78 at 178 mph to Brian Devilbiss' 7.99 at 173 mph performance. And in the index classes, Louis Fernandez took the win over Wesley Dalrymple. Johnny Lightning took the win over Greg Bagnell in the Detroit Locker Truck & Lightning class. It is the first time in NMRA history that a competitor has won both an index and heads-up class during the same event. In the Roush Performance Super Stang class, John Mummery raced his way to victory over Marvin Knack in his supercharged ’07 Mustang GT with an 11.01 on an 11.00 dial-in. Florida's Jason Henson sailed to victory over Susan McClenaghan in the Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle class. The Bracket classes were won by a couple of local Florida racers. In Bracket 2 it was Bob Walsh over Dana Keyes and Manny Sousa over Charles Johnson in Bracket 1.

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The Pirelli World Challenge saw its biggest field yet with more than 115 cars taking the track
  

Pirelli Kicks Off 2015 World Challenge Championship at Circuit of the Americas

Pirelli kicked off the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Championship at Circuit of the Americas last weekend with a full weekend of racing. The Pirelli World Challenge saw its biggest field yet with more than 115 cars taking the track in the series' seven classes—GT, GT-A, GTS, TC, TCA and TCB. In 2015, the Italian firm will be represented in more than 250 championships around the world in both two and four wheels, which cover a range from grassroots to Formula 1.

VP Racing Fuels Partners With Sebring International Raceway

Sebring International Raceway has announced a multi-year partnership with VP Racing Fuels Inc. as the Official Fuel of America’s oldest sports-car racing facility. Activation of VP’s sponsorship will begin when Sebring International Raceway hosts the 63rd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, Saturday, March 21—the second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. With the agreement, Sebring joins Lime Rock Park, Watkins Glen International and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca that have switched to VP Racing Fuels.

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The 2015 NMCA WEST VP Racing Fuels season opener comes to Fontana, March 27–29.
  

Fourth-Annual Nitto Tire NMCA WEST Spring Nationals Coming to Auto Club Dragway

The 2015 NMCA WEST VP Racing Fuels season opener comes to Fontana, March 27–29, with a drag-racing and autocross lineup. On the dragstrip, there's side-by-side competition between American musclecars, and next door, Hotchkis Sport Suspension Autocross, presented by Nitto Tire, entertains road-racing fans all weekend long. Visit the NMCA West website for a complete schedule, directions to the track and more information about the 4th Annual Nitto Tire NMCA WEST Spring Nationals.

Speedway Motors Sponsors New Racing Adventure With Team Speedway

Team Speedway hits the road this weekend, with drivers Robby and Al Unser Jr. competing at the Goodguys Spring Nationals, March 13–15, in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s the first of many Goodguys AutoCross events the Unsers will compete in this race season. They’ll be driving Team Speedway’s G-Comp ’65 Nova—a former economy car that has been transformed into a first-rate handling machine thanks to the new bolt-in G-Comp Chevy II front suspension from Speedway Motors. Though it just hit the autocross track late in the 2014 season, the Nova is already running neck-and-neck with the top cars in the country.