For all its nail-biting race action, the NMCA offers the fan and racer plenty of non-race activity to fill out the Bowling Green experience. We always enjoy cruising through the manufacturer's midway, which is chock-a-block full of speed wares, apparel, savvy tech advice, tools, and good eats. Another destination the young and old will appreciate is the wide variety of cars in the NMCA Car Show field. It's not uncommon for fans to enter the car show, watch the race in covered comfort, and return to their ride to find a shiny plaque awaiting them on their way out.

For 2008, the NMCA turns 20 years old, and the Seventh Annual NOS Hot Rod and Muscle Car Nationals (held at Bowling Green May 2-4) was the second stop on the 20th Anniversary Tour. (The first event was the 6th Annual Ross Pistons Muscle Car Nationals in Bradenton, Florida, on March 28-30.) From there, the NMCA makes stops at Atco, New Jersey (1st Annual Kooks Custom Headers Muscle Car Nationals, June 6-8); Joliet, Illinois (the Motive Gear Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, July 17-20); Milan, Michigan (2nd Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, August 22-24); Commerce, Georgia (7th Annual Nitto Tire Muscle Car Nationals, September 19-21); and Memphis, Tennessee (7th Annual Nitto World Finals, October 9-12). Look for the PHR staff to cover the events in Atco, New Jersey; Joliet, Illinois; and Memphis, Tennessee! See you at the races.