Hey everyone, sorry it’s been so long since I’ve last updated. It’s been a busy couple of weeks! Our last race of the year was the Street Car Super Nationals race The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and it was a semi-successful race. Although we lost in the second round of eliminations on Sunday, we did finally get the car into the high 11s in Vegas! The car ran three 11.8 second passes during the weekend, the lowest being 11.810 on Saturday. We were very happy with the low ET slips because we’ve been trying to get the car into that high 11 second range in Vegas for a few months now. For a streetcar that tows its own pit to the races, that’s a pretty respectable time!
When it came time for eliminations, in the second round I gave up too much stripe at the top end, and lost by only a few thousandths. It was a close race, and it would have been nice to advance in the competition, but I learned a lot about racing from that round, and I plan to use that information in the 2013 season.
At the NHRA Auto Club Finals at Pomona I got to interview Pro Stock World Champion, Allen Johnson. He is a very genuine person and a very nice guy. Congratulations to him, his father and the whole team for such a tremendous accomplishment. Look for the interview in MoparMax magazine next month. Also got to see our friend Jack Beckman win the Funny Car World Championship. Jack is a great racer and great guy, Richard and I really respect all that he has accomplished both on and off the track. Congratulations to him and his team.
We’ll be starting our new engine build project very shortly, so we’ll be posting updates on that throughout the winter. We’re working with no one less then legendary Pro Stock engine builder Bob Lambeck, who is not only a great racer and engine builder, but a very nice guy who tells some of the best and funniest drag racing stories you’ll ever hear. We’ll also be planning a few Irwindale trips over the off-season, so we’ll keep you posted on those too!