Neal Chance Racing Converters has gotten off to a fast start, literally, to the 2015 racing season at venues all across the country, with record-setting passes and some high-profile victories by customers running their state-of-the-art torque converters. The list of accolades was added to most recently at the Texas Radial Round Up in Denton, Texas, where Pro Drag Radial competitor Jason Michalak powered his supercharged Bad9er Corvette, tuned by Billy Stocklin and Frankie Taylor, to victory with a string of impressive 4.0-second passes at the NorthStar Dragway.
Michalak posted a killer, career-best 4.002 at 191.65 mph in the third round of eliminations, and then rolled back around and solidified his performance with a 4.011 at 191.25 to down teammate Kyle Huettel in the final.
Another Neal Chance customer, Travis Thomason, also visited victory lane in Denton, as he took Limited 275 honors in his Fox body Mustang. Thomason ran the table in the class, qualifying No. 1 with a 4.87 and backing it up with another 4.87 in the first round of eliminations. He later used a 4.92 to defeat Bill Gibbs.
Also over the most recent weekend, Outlaw 275 competitor David Pearson rolled to the quickest pass ever on the small radial tire, going 4.11-seconds with a stout 1.01 sixty-foot in testing at the Mooresville Dragway. Albeit unofficial, the run shows just what kind of numbers are to be expected this season.
The biggest win thus far, of course, came at the hands of “Stevie Fast” Jackson who, like Michalak, debuted a new supercharged engine combination this season. Jackson, driving “The Shadow” owned by NHRA Top Fuel tuner Phil Shuler, marched through eliminations at Donald Long’s Lights Out 6 at the South Georgia Motorsports Park, laying down low elapsed time of the weekend with a 4.02 in the final round of Radial versus The World to collect the $20,000 winners payout. Interestingly, it was Michalak who was the No. 1 qualifier, delivering a run of the tables for Neal Chance.
Down in Florida, Doug Horween collected his first win of the season at the SHRA Southern Thunder Nationals in Orlando in February, after defeating Kevin Fiscus in the final. That, after Galot Motorsports and their Neal Chance-equipped machines dominated the U.S. Street Nationals in Bradenton, with Todd Tutterow taking Xtreme Pro Mod honors in an all-Neal Chance final with Adam Flamholc, while team driver Kevin Rivenbark took down Jimmy Keen in the Outlaw Pro Mod finale with a string of 3.80s.
At that same event, David DeMarco also debuted his new blower combo in Pro Drag Radial, making a personal bet run of 4.10 on his way to a runner-up finish to Keith Berry.