In the "Car Show" drag racing classes of NHRA Stock & Super Stock, every car and every driver has a story. Bobby Fazio, who competes in both categories, gets up close and personal with the drivers who tell us about their beautiful rides.
It's PRI 2023 week so I'm heading to Indy Thursday morning to further spread the gospel of Stock and Super Stock #dragracing. Who is going? Say hello if you are there. I also booked my $48 flight to the Bradenton, Florida PRO Shootout Feb 8-10 which now includes the $30K Stock and Super Stock race. Spectator tickets are $130 for the weekend or $40 for Thursday and $50 for Friday and Saturday.
There's a reason this car won Best Appearing earlier this year in Las Vegas. Here in Pomona we got a chance to get up close and see the craftsmanship as well as an opportunity to learn some of Jim Grossi's techniques for building a driver-friendly race car. The '69 Corvette changed hands a few times but I doubt any of the previous owners ever knew the full car show and drag race potential that this car had in store.
It's the final countdown. The much anticipated 2023 NHRA In-n-Out Burger Finals in Pomona, CA would be the deciding race for the Super Stock championship and it was still a tossup between Brad Burton, Wyatt Wagner, and Kyle Rizzoli. Enjoy this 40 minute video that covers both lanes walks, starting line action, and midtrack action from days 1 and 2.
Dirk Olson's 1999 paintjob sure is holding up just fine as this beautiful Chevy Nova caught the eye of many a passer by at the 2023 US Nationals. Racers travel far and wide to come to Indy and show their stuff. It just so happens that after traveling hundreds of miles, Dirk was paired up against his next door neighbor. Let's see how it went down.
It's Day 1 and Stock & Super Stock are in the lanes at the cloudy Texas Fall Nationals! It’s my first time at the Motorplex and although the dust is flying like they promised, I’m enjoying my time here with DragInsights.com.
How about a 427ci Ford Thunderbolt winding up to 9,000 RPM? While covering Stock & Super Stock action from the 2023 US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, this classic Ford caught my eye. I had seen it before and even raced against it in the past so I always liked the car and figured it was time to do an up close interview.
Mike and Paula Cotten rolled into Lucas Oil Raceway with their newest addition to the fleet, and turned some heads in the process. After purchasing the car from a friend and having it redone, they were able to pick up the Best Appearing Car award at the 2023 NHRA US Nationals in Indianapolis.
If this car doesn't win a Best Appearing award this year something just may be wrong! Now shame on me for snagging this interview at the most inopportune time. 440ci with a G-force 4-speed only further increases its coolness factor and we can't wait to see how it progresses throughout the year.
Check out this awesome '69 Camaro tribute car driven by Brad Smith and dedicated to and formerly owned by one of his best friends and mentors, Mike Heintz. When Mike passed away, his family decided there was no better candidate to take ownership of their car and were happy to have Brad race it in his memory. While there are still some bugs to be sorted out, Brad has no intention of giving up and will pull out all the stops to get this car down the drag strip.
Car show today, drag strip tomorrow. Casey Miles competes in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series with his original Baldwin Chevrolet that he purchased off a buddy back in 1971! If you miss him running down the quarter mile you can still catch him at the local cruise nights with working mufflers, windshield wipers, and radio!
If you want to see what I mean by #thecarshow look no further! NHRA Stock & Super Stock is the greatest car show on Earth. Take a look at Angelo DiCarlo's 1966 327 powered Candy Apple red Corvette. It is fast, it is gorgeous, and it pulls nice wheelies.
This is the first of the 50 produced lightweight 1964 Plymouth Savoys that was available to the public and it is competing in NHRA Super Stock! Where else would you find a classic gem such as this still doing what it was originally intended to do? Darcy Clarke, who hails from Alberta, Canada, shows off his ingenuity, engine and fabrication skills with this 9 second masterpiece.
Full-time correctional educator and part time painter, Paul Sutherland has turned his Super Stock wheel standing '66 Chevy II wagon into arguably the most eye-catching hot rod in all of drag racing. Wait until you see the paintjob up close! Powered with a legal 327ci/275hp motor that NHRA rates at 307hp, the 3200+lb wagon turns out low 10 second times.
In late 1966, Chevrolet released the muscle car that would change the world and set the standard for years to come. A young 25 year-old racer looking for a competitive edge in the NHRA class racing world was about to purchase a big block Chevelle before spotting the new race-ready 302 cubic inch four-speed machine. The gamble paid off resulting in the car and team going down in history.
How about a numbers matching 1967 Z/28 Camaro Rally Sport that isn't being stored in a climate controlled building, but rather, being blasted down the quarter mile in record times? The Maryland native knows his classic Chevy and can spot a phony from a mile away, just ask Barrett-Jackson. Despite appreciating the car's history and value, he still wants to have fun, setting records while jamming those gears in the mandatory 4-speed combination that the Z/28 Camaro package was produced.
Holy moly, a Ford lover's dream! This gorgeous Thunderbolt is driven by one of the pioneers of the big block FE motor who himself has designed some of the integral parts allowed on the car.