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March 17, 2021

At the 19th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem, Coast Packing’s ProCharger Pro Mod Camaro Seeks (Another) Trifecta

At the 19th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem, Coast Packing’s ProCharger Pro Mod Camaro Seeks (Another) Trifecta

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Kicking off the drag racing season at the 19th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem, Coast Packing Company’s R&E Racing will take its multi-award winning ’69 ProCharger Pro Mod Camaro to the Florida Gulf Coast — and give roaring shout-outs to newly re-opened dine-in restaurants on an updated #FatMap941.

The National Muscle Car Association returns to the Bradenton Motorsports Park on March 18, with the 19th Annual Whipple Superchargers NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem Presented by Holbrook Racing Engines.

At last year’s NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem – the last event before the pandemic – Coast CEO Eric R. “Goose” Gustafson powered his ’69 Noonan Hemi ProCharger Pro Mod Camaro to an unprecedented trifecta — qualifying #1, setting the NMCA Xtreme Pro Mod record, and wrapping up the weekend in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.  Sustaining its winner’s circle momentum at Duck X Productions’ Lights Out12 earlier this month, R&E Racing, under veteran driver Jason Lee, qualified #1, set a world record at 3.502 in Radial vs the World — and won.

Coast, the leading supplier of animal fat shortenings in the Western U.S and the second largest in the nation, brings to Bradenton its latest online gastronomic #FatMap941, trumpeting 25 stellar spots in the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota area.

In Sarasota, check out Boca’s fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese and bacon jam.  Ophelia’s on the Bay, also in Sarasota, pairs various seafood dishes with bacon jam, while The Fountain Kitchen & Wine Bar serves up brunch potatoes made with bacon fat.  When in Sarasota, don’t miss The Overton’s thin cut, beef tallow fries.

Over in St. Petersburg, Burger Monger’s beef tallow fries and onion rings are a Tampa Bay staple.  In that same vein (or vat), The Frog Pond in St. Pete serves up home fries cooked in bacon fat. Tampa’s Datz offers bacon-infused breakfast potatoes and bacon-infused brussel sprouts. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café in Tampa plates its wino burger with bacon jam, and pork chops with apple bacon jam.  Also in town, check out, Goody Goody Burgers, where the fries are made with lard.  La La’s Sangria Bar features a “Pup-Menu” where your four-legged friend can enjoy Bronx Peanut Butter Flatbread topped with bacon fat and a special bacon ice cream for canines.

Tampa’s Portillo’s Hot Dogs sells fries made with beef tallow and vegetable oil, while The Boozy Pig opts for beef tallow fries.  In Siesta Key, Summer House Steak & Seafood is the place to go for beef fat fries.  In Ybor City, La Segunda Bakery is known as “the Home of Cuban Bread,” made, of course, with lard.  On the #FatMap, just La Segunda and Golden Chick are offering only take-out and delivery.

“What a difference a year makes,” said Gustafson, who will again yield the wheel to Lee.  “Florida’s Hillsborough County is home to some of the Gulf Coast’s most memorable cooking, and we’re delighted that the majority of the establishments on #FatMap941 are now offering dine-in service.  In terms of freshness, flavor and texture, foods prepared with the farm fats lard and beef tallow are natural standouts, which is why we’re so delighted when consumers can taste for themselves, as they can in and around Tampa-St. Pete.”