No racer wants to suffer through the new car blues when they finish a project, but when you’re a hardcore competitor like No Prep star Brent Self, the sacrifice is worth it. The 2002 Camaro Self has run in previous seasons was using a big-block nitrous combination, but for 2017 he made the switch to a ProCharger setup and is ready to take advantage of the power. Currently, Self is trying to win the Small Tire crown in the Redemption No Prep series and is ready to bring his newly dialed-in Camaro to Redemption 9.0 and score his first victory of the year.
The 2017 season started with Self running in a borrowed car at Redemption 7.0 since his Camaro was still a bare frame as his team worked on finishing the ProCharger conversion. Even with the borrowed car, he was able to go a few rounds and pick up some vital points in the series. That same weekend Self had a big grudge race with fellow Small Tire racer Pedro Garza, and that has bloomed into a full-blown rivalry after Self beat Garza at the event.
The KNB Racecars-built Camaro Self races is outfitted with an all-aluminum 500 cubic-inch motor with Brodix heads built by Jody Hadley. Providing the boost is an F3-136 ProCharger that had all the piping fabricated by Jared Bay and Laverne Ferrouillat. Behind the motor is a STA Transmission TH400 and billet Neal Chance Racing Converters torque converter.
“Jared and Laverne pretty much changed everything on the car to make it a blower car. Jody is the main guy with the car when it comes to what direction we decided to go and he is a huge help. He put everything together for me and does all the tuning when it comes to the engine,” Self says.
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Self explains that to get the car ready for rain-delayed Redemption 9.0 an epic thrash had to occur before the Camaro could be in the lanes. “Fourteen days before Redemption 8.0 the Camaro was a bare frame and we worked around the clock to get the car ready. We finished it at 9 p.m. on Thursday and loaded up on Friday so we could head to Baton Rouge for the Redemption race. We got a Run-What-You-Brung tech card to see what the car would do and get more hits on Friday, but had some issues. We raced Pedro in another grudge race Saturday for $7,500 and lost when the car spun due to converter problems, so it was a rough weekend.”
Even with the issues at the Louisiana event, the Redemption series has gone well for Self overall and he’s ready to make his move towards the Small Tire title. “We will continue to run all the races in the Redemption series to try and score more points. We’ve got two races left in the series and the way the points look, we’re right in the hunt for the championship, for sure. Over the next two races we can go to the top as long as we don’t have mechanical issues,” Self explains.