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The Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Watson Racing is run in conjunction with the NMCA All-American Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park.

Event Details

NMCA is pleased to host the 9th Annual Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Watson Racing at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, the weekend of August 27-30, 2020. This year's Cobra Jet Showdown includes a special drag race class, luncheons, happy hours...and much more! This special event takes place as part of the NMRA/NMCA All-American Nationals and is the weekend after the Woodward Dream Cruise and the weekend before the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Cobra Jets of all years (tributes and clones welcome) will compete on the 1320 for big money and national exposure. Major bragging rights are up for grabs as well for the racer who wins the Cobra Jet Showdown, with a special trip into the Aerospace Components Winners Circle and post-event coverage in Fastest Street Car magazine.

This event's loaded with special activities and it all starts on Thursday with a free Racer Happy Hour where Cobra Jet Showdown teams can enjoy cold beer. Friday and Saturday feature Cobra Jet Showdown luncheons in the pits in the 60' X 30' Snake Pit hospitality tent. The Cobra Jet Showdown champion will celebrate at the end of the day with cold beer, music, and awards in the Aerospace Components Winners Circle.

Originally added for the 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Showdown held in 2018, vintage Cobra Jet cars are now a part of every Showdown. Whether you're racing or watching Cobra Jet-powered Ford and Mercury vehicles, there is a place for these special machines at the Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown.

The Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown, presented by Watson Racing, offers racers the chance for big money, a custom NMCA Victor award, major media exposure, and the chance to get into the exclusive Aerospace Components Winners Circle:

Winner: $1,000 from NMCA
NMCA Victor + Winners Circle Experience
Runner-Up: $500 from NMCA
Semis: $200
Quarters: $100

The Cobra Jet Showdown class is open to any modern or vintage Cobra Jet (tributes & clones welcome) and it runs on an Open Comp Format:

• .500 full (Sportsman) tree
• 3 qualifying passes on Friday—Eliminations on Saturday
• Fastest qualifying run will be bumped -.10 & become a permanent index for eliminations
• Handicapped start based on index / breakout eliminations
• NHRA Stock / Super Stock rules on suspension, tires, engine, modifications, etc., apply
• Cobra Jet tributes & clones permitted
• No NMCA membership required

Schedule of Events

The Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown in Martin, Michigan, is designed to be a "must attend” event for all Cobra Jet racers and this special event's schedule is designed to provide maximum enjoyment:


• Parking / Registration / Tech (9 am - 1 pm)
• Free Test & Tune for Cobra Jet Showdown Participants (1 pm - 6 pm)
• Racer Happy Hour (5 pm to 7 pm)


• Parking / Registration / Tech (from 8 am to 10 am)
• Qualifying Throughout the Day
• Cobra Jet Showdown Luncheon (12 pm to 1 pm)
• Cobra Jet Showdown Happy Hour & Free Parts Raffle (6 pm to 7pm)


• Eliminations Throughout the Day
• Cobra Jet Showdown Luncheon (12 pm to 1 pm)
• Aerospace Components Winners Circle Experience (6 pm)

Sunday: Free Entry into Sunday's Bracket Race

For rules questions please contact Gene Bergstrom with NMCA at (714) 460-3813 or e-mail him at

Racers & Crew/Guests Must Pre-Register for Reserved Parking & Special Events