To celebrate the return of the 2010 Camaro and explore the potential of the new platform in drag racing applications, Hendrick commissioned B&B Race Cars to build the ultimate drag Camaro, serialized by B&B as #0001, based on GM Performance Parts body-in-white.
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For a family that’s only been drag racing for four years, the Bongiovanni’s from New Jersey has assembled a fleet of fast Ford Cobra Jets. Father Anthony has two 2008 Cobra Jets that he raced last year in NHRA Stock and Super Stock and in 2009 he commissioned B&B Race Cars to build a new Cobra Jet starting from a 2010 Mustang body-in-white.
Carl Tasca Sr is keeping the family Cobra Jet tradition alive with two Tasca Ford Cobra Jets. With the late Bob Tasca Sr. being credited as the father of the original 1968 Cobra Jet, its great to see the family carry on the tradition of the cars at the drag strip.
At 66 years of age, Bob Glidden will be back at Indianapolis Raceway Park this Friday competing in the class he made so popular. To the delight of drag racing fans everywhere, Glidden will be piloting Jim Cunningham’s Pro Stock Mustang at the 56th running of the US Nationals. Over his racing career, the Whiteland, Indiana native won Pro Stock at the US Nationals nine times. After retiring from driving in 1997, he returned to the “Big Go” driving for Steve Schmidt’s team in 1998, but he failed to qualify for the event.
Top Sportsman racers Chuck and Andy Horne commissioned Advanced Chassis from Antwerp Ohio to build one of the first NHRA Sportsman class cars with the new 2010 Mustang body. After eight short months, the ultimate fast bracket Mustang hit Norwalk Raceway for some shakedown runs on a detuned motor from BES.
One car builder’s sticker we continue to see on many of the record breaking Comp and Super Stock cars is B&B Race Cars. A few months ago, we started to do some research on the company and to our surprise we found out that they were located in our old stomping grounds of Middle Tennessee. Over the Christmas holiday we made the short trip west on Highway 412 to visit their shop in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Darren and Anne Breaud own B&B and is located southwest of Nashville in a 15,000 square foot building complete with an in-house paint shop.
Since the beginning of his racing career, Charlie Booze, Jr. has taken a methodical approach to drag racing and is known for making oddball combinations go fast, winning races, and ultimately earning multiple championships. “Familiarity and knowledge of the car has paid huge dividends for us,” said Booze. “These cars have gotten progressively faster and faster since the first time we raced in NMRA Hot Street in 2003. We started out running 9.20 ET’s and now we are almost running 8.20’s. So it’s really the same car, and a second faster.”
With all the corporate feel now in NHRA nitro funny car its good to see Army Armstrong and the Texas Jungle Racing Team campaigning the Jungle Jim Liberman “tribute” car in IHRA’s Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car class. Power comes from a 500 cubic inch Keith Black Hemi with a Mooneyham 8-71 blower, Enderle injection, single fuel pump, single mag, Lenco 2-speed planetary transmission, Crower clutch, Dana rear end and Strange Engineering axles. On nitro, the combo can produce around 4000hp.
Drag Racing legend Roy Hill was at the wheel of a 2010 Cobra Jet this past weekend at the IHRA Spring Nitro Jam at Rockingham Dragway. During the first round of qualifying he laid down an impressive run of 8.839 et at over 150 mph. The run was 1.361 seconds under the IHRA SS/BA index of 10.20 seconds and the pass was good enough to put Hill at the top of the 47 car Super Stock field. Due to the odd amount of cars in the class, the #1 qualifying spot gave him a bye run in the first round. A Sportsman racing fan happened to catch the run on video and posted it on You Tube.
Roush-Yates Performance Engines recently announced heads-up racer and engine builder Sandy Wilkins will head up their drag racing engine program. Wilkins, a longtime drag racer, started his racing engine business in 2006 and recently expanded into lightweight wheelie bar wheels and other racing parts. While known for his expertise in small block Chevrolet engines, Wilkins will soon be working his magic on small block Ford powerplants and heading-up Justin Humphrey’s NHRA Pro Stock engine program. The addition of Wilkins to the Roush-Yates team shows that Doug Yates is serious about expanding the NASCAR engine building powerhouse into new markets.
Back in 1992, Detroit native Mike Moran made the tow down to Memphis Motorsports Park, the site of HOT ROD Magazine’s inaugural Fastest Street Car Shootout. There, he impressed the Chevy “heavy” field with several 8-second passes in a Ford pinto station wagon. Fast forward 18 years and Mike Moran has come a long way from his original one-car dirt floor garage. Today, he builds some of the most exotic turbocharged race engines in the world and is known as a top EFI and turbo tuning expert. Dragzine.com recently paid a visit to Moran’s Taylor, Michigan shop to see what he was up to.
Yellowbullet is about more than just tech, news, and bench racing – everyone’s free to have their own opinion, as long as they’re ready to be told exactly how wrong they are. We check in with the man of the hour – Monty Mikho – to see what’s up.
With the new year rolling in, it brings the new Pro Stock Cars with it. With the new 2010 Drag Pak Challenger and Cobra Jet Mustang being available to more and more racers, they are putting in more hours to get them just perfect for the season. Jeg Coughlin JR is racing the new Drag Pak Challenger and it will feature the standard JEGS yellow with bold letters. Read more to see the photos of his new car.
What’s the best present christmas present you have gotten your dad? Was it a 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak? Allen Johnson surprised his dad on Christmas by getting him a 2010 Challenger Drag Pak that featured the same paint scheme that was on Roy’s Super Stock Mopar he raced back in the ’70s. You can see the paint scheme and the different features of the car inside this post. The plans for this car are unknown, but we bet Bristol, Denver and Indy are on the list.
When drag racing enthusiasts hear the name Don Prudhomme, thoughts like greatest of all time and the guy that made the sport what it is today, will run through their heads. Don’s name is on many “first to awards” like first Funny Car driver to break 250mph, first to post a Funny Car run of less than 5.20 seconds, and the first to win four consecutive NHRA Winston Series titles. Inside is the sad story of his announcement to full retire from the sport.
The engine building team of Roush-Yates is well known in the NASCAR scene, but now they find themselves in the drag racing scene as well. They are currently building a 500 c.i Pro Stock engine for driver Justin Humphrey. He will race in the Full Throttle series with his current Pontiac GXP, but is planning on debuting his new Ford Mustang and brand new engine program- we have all of the details inside.