NRC Motorsports is located in Aiken, South Carolina, and is just steps away from Carolina Dragway, the House of Hook. With such a great location, it’s obvious that proprietors Bob and Jay Giannelli had something in mind when they constructed their shop a few years ago after moving south from Long Island. Last season they campaigned their wicked nitrous-injected Ford Fairmont wagon in the x275 class, but this year they’ve got different plans.
This beautiful chassis has been constructed over the last few months, and the team has plans on running it in the new Outlaw 275 class and at many other events where it will fit. Some of the classes down there in the Carolinas don’t have many rules at all – small blocks with nitrous are about the only constraints. Jay told us, “The car is built to pass certification for a 25.1E (2800 pound max) or a 25.5 (3600 pound max). We could have just made it a 25.3, but we did different things in certain areas to keep the car lighter overall. So with what is planned for the car, the 25.3 would have been over kill and unneeded weight in the form of heavier bars in those areas.”
Although final decisions on the powerplant have not been made yet, the team did tell us that it would be some sort of small-block Chevrolet nitrous combination built by Robert at Abby’s Performance Engines in Beach Island, South Carolina – the same dude who does the machine work on Stevie Fast’s record-setting Outlaw Drag Radial bullet and for a number of other well-known grudge racers in the area. They are working on finalizing engine plans over the next couple of weeks so that Robert can get to work. In the meantime, the chassis has just returned from 2 Keys Customs in Augusta, Ga., where the body was smoothed out and a sweet layer (or ten) of “Jay And Bob’s Blend” custom paint was laid upon the flanks of the trick machine. We can also tell you that the car sports one of NRC’s trick 8.8 Ford rearend housings and will use a 2-speed Turbo 400 transmission. Other than that, details are secret at this point. You can be sure we’ll bring them to you as soon as they are available!