Outlaw 8.5 is an exciting growing class of the 1/8th mile small tires wars, predicted to be the next hottest thing in America’s insatiable craze for heads up drag racing. Inside we talk about some of the tracks that race it, the people that race it, and where it came from.
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NHRA’s Top Fuel and Funny Car classes are on fire as two veteran drivers seem to be running away from the pack in an unprecedented streak of wins and with points lead strangle-holds as teams prepare for the western swing.
Watson’s 1973 Nova appears at first look to be an average street driven car sporting a valid license plate. It has a stock front suspension, Caltracs, factory 10 bolt rear, and 90% of its original street equipment. This car however is tells quite another story on the race track.
Some people are just born to race. It’s in their blood and in their heritage. In Drag Racing, a largely male dominated sport, it’s unusual though to find a woman who could be on the next cover of a fashion magazine and is also a professional car builder and race car driver.
Mike Maggio’s brand new 70 ½ Camaro ran an outrageous 6.095 @ 238.72 mph off the trailer and he has yet to really get started. News of the Chris Duncan built Pro Street entry first hit the press in March of this year still in conceptual form. Maggio made his opening debut at the Pacific Street Car Associations Racin’ 4 Jason Nationals in early May where he stunned the crowd and PSCA officials with the exceptional run. It was the first time any PSCA racer had broken the 6.0 range.
Scott Oksas made his first ever final in Pro Street Competition with his new “Dark Horse” Turbo Mustang this past weekend at the Pacific Street Car Association’s California Nationals May 21- 23, 2010.
Clint “The Milkman” Hairston and team drove home a hard hitting win with a 6.084@ 240.85 mph this past weekend at the Pacific Street Car Associations California Nationals May 21st-23rd 2010.
Pro Street Champion Randy Walker stepped up big time with a new 826 cubic inch 5.200 bore space engine. As any racer knows a change in the power plant mid-season is a leap of faith and test of ability. Walker said “We know the changes will present a challenge and it’s a risk. We are confident though that we can get it figured out.”
After 25 years of a seven day work week, entrepreneur Mike Maggio has traded his desk in for an Extreme Pro Mod. He’s not messing around either. Maggio, a newcomer to the sport, is running for the top right out of the gate .It’s a case of Top Alcohol meets Door Slammer and a lover of extreme sports at heart.
West Coast Outlaw racer Doug Sikora will race the 2010 racing season as a four time Outlaw Champion and record holder with excellent prospects for success. This past November, he victoriously reclaimed his Outlaw Champion status in his 2003 Mustang at the PSCA’s Edelbrock World Finals at the Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. It’s been a long five years since Sikora led the Outlaw class running back to back Championships for three years straight with the Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) from 2001- 2003. As if to say “I’m Back”, Sikora and Crew Chief Jason Pettis also set a new ET record of 6.715 at the event sending a serious competition message to the class for the 2010 season.
In late April of 2007, the old Utley/Grebeck Firebird quietly showed up on the West Coast unannounced. The car was delivered to its new owner Tim Henry at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a man no one knew or had ever heard of on the Pro Street racing scene. Henry and the car seemed to disappear for a short time after, as the West Coast Pro Street class went on with the usual familiar players. Henry was busy though paying dues by learning to drive his new toy. Check out the story behind the brand new driver behind this race car.
The infamous Garrett Turbo Mustang is back in action with a new driver. Veteran racer and former Champion Rick Snavely has teamed up with the car’s owner, Bothwell Motor Sports, to get this turbo terror back to the track. Snavely hopes to get the Mustang into the 6.60 range and surpass the current team record. Check out the full story on this Mustang and it’s new driver.