Street Outlaws has staked a claim to a good chunk of the national television ratings on Monday nights, even when head-to-head with Monday Night Football and other prime time shows. The show has also taken our sport of drag racing and put it on the forefront of a national audience, some of whom have never been interested in motorsports before. Love it or hate it, the show is promoting drag racing, and facilities across the country are seeing an increase in spectator and racer attendance since the show’s inception.
In this week’s season finale episode, the best street and no prep racers from some of the largest cities in America gather in the ‘405’ for the first-of-it’s-kind team race-off. One of those seen in the preview for Monday night’s premiere is none other than New Yorker Petey ‘SmallBlock’ Avram and the .Net Boyz. Some of you may remember Petey from an old episode of Pinks back in 2006, which was one of the most entertaining episodes of the famed show during it’s time on Speed Channel.
Three weeks before the date of filming, Avram received the call to be on the show and to round up a team to come along. Knowing that Oklahoma City’s list is now filled with big tire cars, the .Net Boyz decided to purchase a big tire roller to be more competitive. After purchasing an RJ Race Cars-built Chevrolet Camaro, Petey and Kevin Scheiman spent the next two weeks getting the powerplant from his well-known small-tire Ford Mustang installed in the new Camaro.
Thriftway Chassis put in long hours to reset the chassis setup for the Extreme Racing Engine 440-inch small-block, SB2 mill with a cast intake and a single carburetor between the framerails. Induction Solutions, Ultimate Converter Concepts, Team Z Motorsports, Diamond Pistons, SK Speed, and SpeedWorld all helped with overnight shipment of numerous parts to meet the time crunch. Longtime racer and friend Andy Harris bailed the boys out with a set of headers when they ran into some issues, and Anthony Lupi of LRT built and overnighted a lexan scoop in one night for Petey. The car awoke with oil pressure only three nights before its planned departure to Oklahoma.
All County Autobody made a quick overnight scuff and shoot with a fresh coat of white paint and the trademark .Net Boyz stickers. They loaded the car in the trailer – untested, and hit the road to OKC. After meeting up with their good friends from the Detroit area, they found an undisclosed street in Oklahoma to test on, which was pitch black with no lighting. The car went straight down broadway, but Avram chose to lift before the gear change because of the poor visibility. The very first full pass was during the actual filming of the ever-important episode for Team New York and the Street Outlaws saga. How did everything play out you ask? Tune in to Discovery Channel on Monday night to find out!