Race Results

Team UPR Victorious at NMRA/NMCA Atlanta!

Earlier this month, the NMRA and NMCA worlds collided at Atlanta Dragway for the Third Annual NMRA/NMCA All Star Nationals. We’re proud to announce that Team UPR Racers scored SIX Big Wins at this event!

Tony Alm won Street Outlaw in his fully UPR-equipped coupe. That makes two wins in a row for Tony!

Scott Grove won Renegade in his UPR-equipped hatchback

Frank Varela won Coyote Modified in his UPR-equipped Coupe

Teddy Weaver won Pure Street in his fully UPR-equipped New Edge Stang. That’s two in a row in 2014 for Teddy as well!

Shane Stymiest won Coyote Stock in his fully UPR-equipped Coupe. This was also win number two for Shane.

Chris Escobar picked up his 13th win in True Street, further solidifying his status as the undisputed King of True Street!

So that’s six wins in hotly contested classes, all won by Mustangs equipped with the same UPR Products suspension which you can buy for your street or strip Stang. Way to go Team UPR!! This is why UPR Products are known as the Choice of Champions! We can’t wait to see everyone again for NMRA MIR this weekend, and of course, we’ll post a Team UPR update once the dust settles.

*photo courtesy of the NMRA. Please swing by NMRAdigital.com for more from this great racing organization!

 

UPR Sales Trailer 2014 Season Opener

On February 19 the UPR Sales Trailer rolled into South Georgia Motorsports Park for our first race of the year. Lights Out V hosted by “the Duck” (Donald Long) has become a major event in the Outlaw, X275, and Ultra Street world. Upon arriving, I was really happy to see the track was crowded with racers on Wednesday! The UPR Products sales trailer was set up by noon and sales began almost immediately. We had several new products on display including our travel limiter kit, 4 position AN Billet wrench, tubular oil pan savers, and GM G-body Pro Series rear suspension.

South Georgia is a hotbed of racing activity and we got to say hi to many of our UPR racers as well as our friend and Team UPR racer Jose Rivera (Freakin Rican from Street Outlaws on Discovery Channel). Great weather contributed to record breaking performances, foremost of which was the fastest-in-history 275 drag radial run by Team UPR racer David Pearson in his ProCharger-equipped Mustang coupe. His 4.24 second at 171 mph run was highlighted by a 1.10 60 foot time utilizing a 6 year old UPR Pro Series Rear Suspension!!

Although rain on Sunday curtailed racing, Saturday’s perfect weather generated a record spectator turnout. Outlaw and 275X racing has a tremendous following and Team UPR will be attending most major events including the Yellow Bullet Nationals and the Duck’s fall event.

Next up – NMRA Bradenton

-Mark

Carlisle Ford Nationals & After Hours Order Line

I’ve just finished a 4-weekend-in-a-row sales trip that included shows in Houston, Atlanta, Rockingham, and Maryland. The UPR sales trailer staff made lots of new friends and customers. We at UPR appreciated very much the opportunity to greet and service our highly valued existing customers as well. Next stop will be the Carlisle Ford Nationals on June 7 through the 9th, the Grandaddy of all Ford swap meets. Please consider making the trip as it is an awesome event featuring Ford products and parts from all years, with the Mustang at the front of the pack.

On another note I am very pleased to announce that our Internet Specialist, Sharad Raldiris, will now be taking over sole responsibility for the UPR Products “After Hours” Order Line. I must apologize to any customers that were previously not able to get through during the advertised hours. I take personal responsibility for the mistake of assuming those responsible were doing a good job. I am confident that Sharad will either answer immediately or call back within minutes. If you’ve had a problem reaching us in the past, please give us another chance to prove that we at UPR feel customer service is the utmost priority. And, as always, thank you from all of us at UPR for your patronage.

-Mark

Winning Races on UPR Suspension!

Team UPR Racers have already had an incredible 2013 Racing Season!

-We kicked things off with Tony Whetstone’s win at Steeda’s Pony Wars in February, and we haven’t stopped winning since!

-At NMRA BMP Brian Mitchell won Renegade and Mike Jovanis ran runner-up in True Street & SBS.

-For NMRA GA, Shane Stymiest won Coyote Stock.

-Also during that time, Chris Little and Dennis Lugo picked up wins in the super competitive X275 class.

-Two weeks ago, Greg Holland broke the 3.7L N/A record in his S197 Mustang.

-This past weekend at NMRA MIR, Team UPR Racers were on FIRE! Both Shane Stymiest and Brian Mitchell Qualified #1, Set ET records, and Won their classes! That is UPR DOMINATION. Additionally, HiPo Joe Charles set the MPH record in C/S and Jacob Conant ran runner-up in the GT500/Terminator Shootout.

-Also this past weekend, Walter Drakeford won Ultra Street at BMP.

We are SO PROUD of our Racers! They just keep winning and winning. This is why UPR Products suspension is known as The Choice of Champions. These guys are running the same suspension you can buy at www.uprproducts.com. If you’re not running UPR Products suspension, we’d like to invite you to check it out. All UPR Products are Made in America, they carry a Lifetime Guarantee, and they are winning races every weekend!

UPR at the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals in Bradenton

The UPR sales trailer & staff attended the NMCA Bradenton opening meet and had a great time. Saturday morning, long time UPR racer and friend Tony Whetstone, who was running in True Street, came up and asked me how he can get rid of tire shake that was keeping him from making a clean pass. A quick call to UPR Superstar Chris Little provided Tony with the settings he needed. Not only was tire shake cured but he went on to record a 3-run average ET of 9.25 and WIN the event! Congratulations Tony! Another long time UPR racer Teddy Weaver won NMCA Mean Street with a come from behind 10.05 to 10.09 victory. Way to go Teddy! Thank you both for putting UPR Products in the Winners’ Circle this weekend!

Long time UPR racers and friends Billy & Shannon Glidden were there with his freshly wrapped M/T sponsored Mustang Pro Street entry. Their crew consisted of none other than PGA legend Kenny Perry, who is one of the most down to earth and pleasant celebrities you could ever meet. Even though he was underpowered compared to the Twin turbo and Pro Mod entries, he used his incredible tuning and driving skills to make it to the finals against another UPR good friend David Hance. David Hance showed what a great sportsman and competitor he was when he gave Billy time to try to make engine repairs from damage suffered in Billy’s great holeshot semifinal win over #1 qualifier Jeff Lutz in his gorgeous twin turbo Camaro. Unfortunately, the rains came around 4pm so the final will be held in Atlanta at the combined NMRA/NMCA race April 11-14.

It was great seeing so many legends and pioneers of Ford and Pro Street racing there. Jimmy and Vic Keene had their Pro Mod Vette there with Tony Christian along. I saw Pat “Popeye” Musi with some customer cars. I got a chance to talk to Ford engine builder and pioneer Ronnie Crawford. Sean Ashe and the ATF crew got it together with a 7.2 at 195 pass in their charcoal coupe, and David DeMarco’s Grand National continued to lay down great numbers in Super Street.

I met Richard Wood, longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker and team captain, who has a fox body he’s building up. He was one of the nicest, happiest people I ever met and it was great talking to him. Lastly I got to spend some time reminiscing with Dr. Jamie Meyer who has been a dear friend since we first met at Bradenton 16 years ago. He is now the man that took the bean counting out of the Chevrolet performance aftermarket division and I feel has bridged the gap between all us enthusiasts and the factory performance engineers and marketing staffs. I’ve watched him progress from cub reporter at Mustang events to the voice of Mustang racing as World Ford Challenge announcer, then on to grad student and ultimately a doctorate in microbiology. But most importantly I watched him make a switch which blended his automotive enthusiasm with a great employment opportunity at GM Performance.

I think the UPR sales trailer has the best assortment of parts it has ever had and I’m looking forward to a continued great season. Looking forward to seeing all our great past, present, and future customers and being able to say thank you personally to them.

A great time at NMRA Bradenton with UPR Products!

The NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton was blessed with four days of perfect weather and the largest UPR Products sponsored car show in their history. The UPR sales trailer was in attendance and we got to meet a lot of new and old customers and, of course, all the great UPR Racers.

We spent a lot of time separating the display tables for 2005-10 and 2011-13 Mustang billet trim pieces in order to make it easy for customers to pick the latest new pieces for their car! We also separated our UPR suspension tables by model year and that worked out great also.

John Urist unveiled his new single turbo setup in Super Street Outlaw and went on to a runner up finish to fellow UPR racer Phil Hines who won with a 7.30 et to John’s 7.42 et. Bart Tobener, an integral part of the original UPR race team, also competed with his new modular/turbo Fox body. Old friend and UPR racer Conrad Scarry was there making test hits in a 2002 Mustang 275 drag radial car equipped with a full UPR rear suspension and had 60-foot times in the 1.teens first time behind the wheel! UPR multi-time Renegade champion Brian Mitchell grabbed a set of M/T 275X radials from our sales trailer before eliminations and won the class as fellow UPR racer A.J Wyce came up just short. It also became obvious to the Renegade racers that the factory Cobra Jets are coming! There were 110 entries in True Street and Mike Jovanis placed 2nd in his UPR-equipped ride.

Speaking of True Street, our own omnipresent internet ambassador Sharad Raldiris had his first opportunity to try out his gorgeous project True Street Fox and blasted out a 154 mph run straight down Broadway. I was very impressed with Sharad as I have been a student/participant in True Street movement since the early 70′s. He put together a strong running, exceptionally clean car and proved he is not just another keyboard jockey.

I feel really great about the future of Mustang racing and Car Shows. I will do my best to make sure that a fully-stocked and manned UPR Products sales trailer will be at all the top races and shows this year. The UPR trailer sales staff is the first in the gate at every event and the last out. Our sole purpose is to display and sell our parts while providing the best customer service we possibly can. I truly love what I do and I truly appreciate the opportunity to meet new customers and show them our great parts first hand.

Thanks to everyone for their support.

-Mark

UPR at the races, incl NMRA Bradenton

Racing season started off with a great meet at South Georgia Motorsports Park. Lights Out IV put on by Duck X Promotions was slowed by rain Friday and Saturday but came roaring back with nonstop racing action on Sunday. It also had the distinction of what has to be the most incredible wheelie-actually manned flight-ever:

Insane Wheelie at SGMP

UPR was there with our sales trailer and met many friends and racers and had an overall great time.

Mustang racing kicks off this upcoming weekend at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton Florida. UPR will be there from Wednesday afternoon til Sunday night. UPR also sponsors the car show and looks forward to having a raffle for all car show entrants as well as discount coupons in their goodie bags. Bradenton is also the main outlet for the UPR odds and end sale as we bring all our 100% guaranteed but slightly blemished parts to sell at great discounts. UPR has been a major supporter of the NMRA racing series since their very first race and we firmly believe that this effort is important to the growth and survival of the mustang racing movement.

It’s hard to believe that it has been 19 years since my son Joe set the Street Outlaw record there at 10.08 and that it is currently 3 seconds quicker! The Spring Break Shootout is also special because it is the origin of UPR Products sales trailer as it was the first race UPR Products displayed its affordable chrome-moly K-member and rear suspension for sale in 1996. So please try and attend this great season opener to see great Mustang racing action and pick up all the parts you need to get your own season started. See you there!

-Mark