Have you ever wondered what kind of racecar the crew member of a Top Fuel dragster would build? Jamond Haug has turned plenty of wrenches on different nitro-burning machines, so when he decided to build his own car, he went big. Haug’s 1969 Camaro is beastly, with a blown Hemi that will see an ample amount of street miles along with plenty of racing at the track.
People don’t just wander in off the street and work on a Top Fuel dragster — you’ve got to have some experience before they toss you a crew shirt and send you out on the road. For Haug, that experience came from working on Alan Hartley’s twin-engine Top Alcohol Dragster. Haug scored that gig at the age of 14 after going to a race when a friend of the family introduced him to Hartley’s team.
“Al, Mike, and Louie Cavalieri saw that I had an interest in racing and brought me with them for the rest of the summer to every national and divisional event. Mike and Louie took me under their wing and put me through the Big Louie’s Institute of Technology (BLIT). It started out as a joke, but kind of became real with everything they were teaching me. Eventually, I was hired and worked for them on the twin car full-time,” Haug explains.
Eventually, Hartley purchased an A/Fuel combo from Tom Conway and that led to Haug getting experience with nitromethane. Clay Millican hired Haug to work for him during his string of IHRA championships while he still worked part-time for Hartley. Haug also worked with Scott Palmer, Alan Johnson, and a few other nitro teams over the years, adding to his level of experience.
Street cars and street racing have always captivated Haug, thanks in part to his brother. In 2000, the brothers formed Homewrecker Motorsports and traveled all over the country racing together with a stable of 10 big-tire cars. The brothers also maintain Marty Chance’s Pro Mod car that’s powered by a Top Fuel-style engine.
Haug originally purchased his Camaro back in 1994 and campaigned it with a nitrous-huffing big-block Chevy under the hood. Eventually, Haug put a 4-link under the car, added a roll cage, and upgraded to a 632 cubic-inch engine with three kits of nitrous. Scott Palmer talked Haug into putting a blower on the car in 2001 and Haug raced it with the supercharger for several years at different events. The Camaro ran a best of 8.01 at 182 mph, weighing in at 3,650 pounds with the stock front end and factory stamped-steel A-arms.
In 2008, Haug sold the car so he could go Pro Mod racing, but he bought it back in 2017. The Camaro needed some updates to fit him better, and the mild-steel chassis wasn’t going to be enough for what Haug had planned. He contacted Billy Johnston at Tim McAmis Performance Parts to design a new double framerail chassis. Johnson used parts from Strange Engineering, Kinetic Engineering, Quick Performance, and Weld Wheels to go with all of the McAmis parts on the car. After the rolling chassis was complete, Jason Lansdown Racecars mounted the body and did all of the carbon-fiber work.
The Camaro is powered by a 521 cubic-inch Hemi that’s based on an Indy Maxx block. Inside the block is a Bryant crankshaft, MGP connecting rods, and Diamond pistons. A set of stock casting Chrysler heads with water jackets that are outfitted with a valvetrain from Ray Barton Racing Engines sit atop the cylinders. The supercharger of choice for Haug is a 14-71 unit from Littlefield and fueling is handled by a Waterman fuel pump. To keep the car cool while driving on the streets, Haug added a pair of radiators from a 1992 Honda Civic.
Behind the HEMI is a two-speed Proformance transmission with a Browell bellhousing that’s shifted by an M&M Transmission shifter along with a Neal Chance billet torque converter. The engine is controlled by an MSD Grid and ARC module, while a Pro600 coil pack supplies the spark. Haug monitors the engine’s vitals from the driver’s seat thanks to a Holley dash.
Haug’s Camaro might look like a straight-up racecar, but that’s not the case at all — the car has a working horn, power windows, and every factory light functions on the car just like it did the day it rolled off the assembly line. Haug added an electric primer to make it easier for the car to start, along with a 200-amp alternator to keep the batteries charged while driving to get ice cream. The Camaro will see plenty of no-time and no-prep racing action, but Haug wants a 6-second time slip too.
“I’m so happy with how this car turned out. McAmis did a great job with the chassis, the bar placement was perfect, and the body fit without any issues at all. I wanted the car to look as clean as possible, so most of the wires are run inside the chassis tubes and are hidden. This car will hopefully run over 200 mph, and I’ll be able to drive it to the track and to Sonic for lunch. Sure, I could have done that with a turbo car, but that’s just too easy,” Haug explains.
Jamond Haug’s 1969 Camaro is the kind of street car that a racer would build after spending years around nitro cars. The car is loud, it’s fast, and it doesn’t hide what it is at all, and that’s what makes it cooler than any high-end supercar. We’re sure it will be hard to remove the smile from Haug’s face as his rowdy Camaro fills the air with delicious supercharger groans while he drives down the street.
Photos courtesy of Steven Wilson and Cheryl Garrison from Wilson Motorsports Photography