Kevin McKenna’s VMP-Supercharged Mustang GT Wins Ford Muscle Class
Kevin McKenna, NMRA Ford Muscle competitor, drove his VMP-supercharged 2014 Ford Mustang GT to victory this past weekend at Bradenton Motorsports Park during the 24th-annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout.
While competing in the event, McKenna nabbed himself a personal best of 10.97 at 127.50 mph ultimately winning the Ford Muscle class with consistent passes in the 10-second range.
One of the highly anticipated NMRA classes is the Ford Muscle class, a foot brake only class available to all 1940-newer Fords running a 9.50-16.00 index on a .500 full tree.
“We knew the car would be fast, but I didn’t count on how consistent it was. I made 12 runs and it never spun the tires and never did anything crazy, “Kevin explains. “If you look at the time slips, they’re all real close.”
During the off-season, McKenna drove his car from Indianapolis to the VMP Performance shop in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Starting with a stock Mustang GT, the car made a baseline pull of 349-rwhp. Once the baseline was established, VMP Installer Donny Duffey then installed a VMP GEN2R supercharger kit, and Justin Starkey added a VMP tune. Also added was a heat exchanger, JLT cold air intake, and a Ford Performance throttle body. Kevin’s Mustang GT almost doubled its horsepower with a final reading of 605-rwhp. Other modifications on the car included JMS Avenger Series wheels wrapped with Mickey Thompson rubber.
Kevin worked his way up the Ford Muscle ladder, competing against 1992 Foxbody Mustang “ROUSHFox” Mustang driven by Stephanie Davies’ and Krystie Wagoner’s 2013 Mustang GT in the semi-finals. During the finals, Kevin narrowly defeated Krystie ending his weekend at the Aerospace Components winner’s circle.