The PDRA’s Pro Outlaw 632 class features some unique vehicles, so if you want to stand out you’ll need something extra special. Brian Clauss pilots a slick 1967 Chevy II Nova owned by Mead Baldwin that certainly breaks the mold for Pro Outlaw 632 cars. This classic Nova is a fan favorite that gets plenty of attention in the staging lanes and on the track.
Clauss has been racing anything and everything with four wheels since he was just 15 years old. Racing is more than just a hobby for Clauss, as he makes a living building racecars and fabricating parts at his own shop. Clauss got the opportunity to race at the national level thanks to his partnership with Baldwin, a Maryland farm owner who happens to love drag racing.
“I’ve never had the funding to race at this level, but thanks to Mead it’s possible for me to run with the PDRA in Outlaw 632. This Nova is just one of several cars that I’ve raced for Mead, and this partnership has worked out great for both of us. We have a radial-tire car that will debut later this year that I’ll be racing along with the Nova. I’m very grateful for the opportunity that Mead has given me,” Clauss says.
The Nova that Clauss drives was built by Tommy Mauney and has a 109-inch wheelbase. A Chris Nelson-built 632 cubic-inch engine with Oldsmobile-style heads and a single kit of nitrous from Speedtech motivate the car. A Mark Williams Enterprises rearend puts the power down after it flows through a Neal Chance Racing Converters torque converter and a TH400 from M&M Transmission.
“This car was originally built for David Lambert to race in Top Sportsman. He wanted to run the Elite Top Sportsman class, so he had Mauney build him a longer, true double-framerail car for the class. Jeremy Ray actually purchased this car and never raced it, so it only had like 40 runs on it when we got it. The car was debuted at the World Doorslammer Nationals this year and went a 4.36 off the trailer. We’ve been plugging away at the car trying to go faster, but it’s not easy in this class,” Clauss explains.
Brian Clauss and Mead Baldwin’s partnership highlights what happens when two people who love racing team up to create a program, and the Nova is a perfect representation of what fast doorslammer racing is all about: good-looking cars that put up impressive numbers.