With such a hectic schedule and so many cars competing at Drag Week — many of them stealing the headlines with ming-bogglingly quick numbers — it’s easy for cars that are plenty impressive in their own right to simply get lost in the shuffle, not getting the credit they deserve for their performance at drag racing’s most grueling event.
One such racer, who put down some stellar numbers and finished the five-day adventure with flying colors was Mark Sussino and his very sharp 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix. Sussino finished 11th in the rather large Street Race Small-Block Power Adder category, which featured 28 cars to begin the week. Sussino finished with a 9.779-second average at 136.97 mph over the five days of racing, with runs of 9.681, 9.735, 9.777, 9.809, and 9.896.
Sussino relies on Steve Johnson and his Induction Solutions nitrous oxide systems to help power his badass street car, which is powered by a 421 cubic inch, small-block Chevrolet mill from Pro-Motion. Susino backs it up with a Hughes Performance TH-350 transmission to propel the 3,900-pound Poncho to high-nine second passes.
When he wasn’t on the track, Sussino was having a ball out on the road with his Pontiac, doing a tire-roasting burnout out of the hotel parking lot in St. Louis and laying into the small-block out on the highway, just because. Afterall, having fun is what Drag Week is all about. As Johnson shared, “I thought he was going to jerk the hitch off that trailer a couple of times!”