The 2014 racing season has been an insanely-competitive one, making the weeks leading up to the 16th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals filled with anticipation. This was the closing event of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals series. As the weekend progressed, so did the excitement as championship battles came closer to a head. By the end of Sunday's activities the NMRA had crowned 10 new World Champions and 12 class winners.
In ATF Speed Street Outlaw, reigning champion Phil Hines led the qualifying with a record-shattering 6.87 at 202. That pass put him at the top of the field, but also lifted a cylinder head, putting his championship bid in peril. The championship came down to the semis, where Hines met John Urist, and the repaired cylinder head didn't hold, causing Hines to skim the wall and allowing Urist to advance into the final and take the championship. Urist capped off his ninth championship with an anti-climactic final round single as Andy Manson was unable to make the final round call.