We’re always being asked for more Mopar stuff, and today, and we’ve got a little Mopar material.
Arkansas native Doc Baker, a veteran driver, tuner, and fabricator, has quite the resume in the heads-up doorslammer racing world, and today, he’s hard at work on a new (to him) project that involves a car he once competed against in the bustling Outlaw 10.5 ranks down in the dirty South.
Already with a ’71 Dodge Dart Outlaw 10.5 machine in his arsenal, Baker acquired this Dodge Demon — also a ’71 model — in order to campaign a car that’s closer to the minimum allowed for the category.
“As we all know the, 10.5 class was built around a 3,000-pound minimum, and my cars were heavy, as they were more to the true 10.5 rules of the past,” explains Baker. “The Demon was built the same way originally, but after several years, the previous owner went the extra mile to cut the Demon apart and put it on a diet, removing all the old body interior panels, the inner structure and the carbon fiber. That’s what made me want the car — I knew it would be able to run at class weight, and I’d also be able to drop ballast to do some local extreme outlaw racing where there is no minimum weight.”
Baker has traditionally run Hemi engines, and this one will be no different. Previously outfitted with a big block Chevrolet with a pair of turbochargers, Baker is hard at work preparing the front clip for the new roots-supercharged Hemi powerplant, along with the addition of new lexan, a new rear wing, and a host of other upgrades and modifications. The new mill will be backed by a Bruno and Lenco CS1 transmission.
“My goal in the beginning was to run 20′s on the “W” tire and some 50′s on the radials, but with [Kenny] Hubbard running 20′s on 315 radials at Holly Springs with a 481x and roots blower combo earlier this year, I had to adjust my goals just a little bit,” he says with a laugh.
Baker is a tool and die maker by trade and performs all of his own fabrication, engine assembly, and tuning work., along with machining of his own billet aluminum parts. His talents have captured the attention of area racers, who have hired him to both drive and tune their Pro Modified machines. Baker also currently calls the tuning shots for at least one Outlaw Drag Radial team.
Hailing from the town of Judsonia, Baker first campaigned a ’64 Studebaker pickup truck before moving on the Dart that he refers to as “the pink car” in Outlaw 10.5. “Like I’ve always said, “If you’re going to go pink, you got to be tough, so let the jokes fly on my choice of pink on the Dart,” he says.
Baker continued, “I got trounced by Randy Adler in the NMCA and got handled by Joey Martin over in ORSCA. I’ve been wore out by some of the great outlaw racers in the past, so I’m ready to give it another go and see if I can turn the tables and run up front.”