In 2019 the Outlaw 10.5 class record has been thrown around like a rag-doll, as racers have stepped up to the plate and smacked it out of the park any chance they got. Outlaw 10.5 veteran Mo Hall took his shot at the record during the World Street Nationals and connected when he laid down a 3.771-second pass.
Retaking the Outlaw 10.5 record has been a season-long journey for Hall that actually began last year at the World Street Nationals. Going into the event in 2018, Hall switched from a 912 cubic-inch Fulton Racing powerplant to a 959 cubic-inch mill to match the package Jim Halsey uses in his PDRA Pro Nitrous Camaro.
After the season was complete, Hall’s Corvette went to HFR Fabrication to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time to get ready for 2019.
“This year we had Henry front-half the car, because when the new Outlaw 10.5 rules came out it allowed us to do some things to make the car much lighter. He redid the car in just 29 days, from totally gutted to fully assembled and ready to finish. April 1 we showed up at Brandon Switzer’s shop to wire and finish the car to get ready for our first race. We started it Thursday morning and drove to GALOT Motorsports Park, where we ended up qualifying number one and won the race,” Hall says.
The initial success for Hall was nice, however, the decision was made to keep pushing the performance envelope even further and that led to more changes to the Corvette. One of Hall’s main sponsors, Switzer Dynamics, stepped in with some new technology that required adjustments for the rest of the season.
“Brandon came out with this brand new and revamped MoTec M150 this year that we put in the car. Going in we knew we were going to deal with a learning curve, because nobody had used it before in the way we were. We literally have spent the season just trying to learn how the M150 works, what it needs, what it wants, and fixing problems we had. There weren’t any critical issues, we just wanted to learn how to make everything with the M150 work well,” Hall explains.
The payoff for making the change to the new M150 really came at the Shakedown when Hall ran a 3.78. After making some additional changes to the M150, it became apparent to Hall and Switzer there was even more left on the table and the Corvette could be pushed even faster.
“We guessed we could run a 3.76, so we decided to start swinging for the fences on every single run because we knew we would be in the field no matter what at the World Street Nationals. During qualifying, we never really made it down the track clean because we knew Wade had good track prep, so we just started swinging the bat. In the third round of eliminations, we finally put everything together that was needed to run the number. The car ran a 3.771, and that was better than Carinci with his 3.779 that was the record from earlier in the race,” Hall says.
Hall is understandably happy with the car’s performance and record, but he will be the first to tell you that one man is responsible for making everything come together.
“I can talk about this car all day long but if it wasn’t for Brandon Switzer I wouldn’t be as fast as I am. The guy has made our program faster, more consistent, and he’s given us the ability to compete at the highest level each time we come out to race.”
Now that Hall has the Outlaw 10.5 record again, the question becomes: does he have any more left in the tank to push the car faster?
“We thought there were three numbers left, and we wanted to get them in the final. Brandon thought we could slow the car down to win the race, or try something different and smash the record. I wanted to go for it and set the record to the point where nobody would touch it for at least a few months. The car ended up spinning the tire but we think it can run at least a 3.75,” Hall says.
With the Outlaw 10.5 record falling multiple times this year, it sets the stage for a very interesting 2020 racing season. Will we see Mo Hall drop the hammer yet again challenge every other racer in the class to go faster, or will there be a surprise entry into the Outlaw 10.5 home-run derby that takes the record? Only time will tell, and it will make for some great racing in the coming year.