Proving yourself and your machine is what attracts people like Rob Goss to the sport of drag racing. Since making his appearance in the small-tire racing world Goss has made it a point tackle the biggest events and try to knock out the best no matter the odds. That need to compete is what brings Goss back to the Haltech World Cup Finals- Import vs Domestic (WCF) every year for some quarter-mile racing action against the best in the world.
Goss and his ProCharger-equipped 2009 Dodge Challenger have made their mark in the lore of this event while racing in the X275 versus Hot Rod class. In past appearances at the WCF Goss has set records for the new generation Hemi platform, become the quickest car to run the quarter-mile in X275 trim, and win the event, as well. Goss has accomplished all of this at the WCF while running against top-tier teams from both the import and domestic side of 275 radial racing, which makes the accolades even more impressive.
“What makes this event so special is there are a lot of cars running different combinations and you get to run in front of huge crowds. Jason and Chris put on a great event and its quarter-mile racing, so it’s the one time a year we get to run quarter-mile and I like that. The casual fan can relate to the quarter-mile racing times a little more than what we do in the eighth-mile. It’s a great race, it’s fun, I enjoy it, and we try to put it on our calendar each year,” Goss says.
Getting ready for this event really doesn’t change things much for Goss as the only thing the team needs to do is swap the rearend gear in the Challenger. “We have to make the gear change so the car can run the entire quarter-mile while not turning too much rpm. There’s nothing I do different as a driver other than keep my hand on the parachute release the last eighth-mile,” Goss explains.
Goss enjoys running the full length of the track and it’s a nice change of pace for him. Making the switch over mentally, however, always takes a little getting used to.
“After not racing quarter-mile, I got to the eighth and said ‘crap, that’s a long way to go still.’ It’s a lot different, there’s no doubt about it, when you go from one to the other. To run the full quarter-mile is something you think about before you get in the car, but when you strap in that all gets put aside as you focus,” Goss explains.
Coming into the 2018 WCF event Goss is riding a solid streak of victories after winning the NMCA World Street Finals in Street Outlaw and then going to No Mercy 9 where he won the X275 class.
“The recent success we’ve experienced is giving us a lot of confidence coming into the WCF this year. We’re coming into this race knowing that our setup is good and we just need some luck, as always, to keep the streak going. Our goals are to be the number one qualifier and win the race. We really don’t have any goals for our ET or speed since we’re not there to set records,” Goss explains.
Rob Goss is locked and loaded for the 23rd Annual Haltech World Cup Finals – Import vs Domestic at Maryland International Raceway October 30-November 4. You can see him take on the best in the world LIVE on SpeedVideo.com right here. This broadcast is brought to you by presenting sponsor ProCharger, along with Strange Engineering, Driven Racing Oil, Ferrea Racing Components, Race Star Industries, Miller Electric, OSTAR Motorsports, GFORCE 1320, McLeod Racing, ATI Performance, Blow-By-Racing, Hot Shot’s Secret, and Firestone.