Go­ing Green!

Chevy High Performance - - Straight Line -

ÈDrag rac­ing fans at­tend­ing Midwestern NMCA events can not help but be im­pressed by a cou­ple of at­ten­tion-grab­bing and very fast Chevy S-10 trucks—both from the Chicagoland area.

Wadsworth, Illi­nois, is home base for a su­per im­pres­sive 1994 model that is ap­pro­pri­ately and af­fec­tion­ately dubbed the Flyin’ Pickle. Owned and driven by Michael Roe­mer, this was orig­i­nally a street truck driven by Michael’s fa­ther,

Phil, who did all of the race truck’s chas­sis, fab­ri­ca­tion, and wiring. Us­ing a 25.5 chrome-moly ’cage and 275/60R15 drag ra­dial tires, Roe­mer runs his ma­chine pri­mar­ily within the NMCA’s eighth-mile Xtreme Street class. Well known for its rather “mongo” burnouts, the

S-10 fea­tures a Tony Bischoff-built 440ci, 23-de­gree-head Chevy en­gine with nitrous in­jec­tion (us­ing a Steve John­son-sourced NLR AMS-2000 con­troller). The truck fea­tures a Pow­er­glide by Pro-For­mance Trans­mis­sions and a ProTorque torque con­verter.

Roe­mer has run a best time of 4.72 at al­most 150 mph in le­gal class trim. His team’s great pre­sen­ta­tion is topped off with stun­ning green paint by Jim Plimp­ton (Authen­tic Auto Body, Cu­dahy, Wis­con­sin) and his list of spon­sors in­clude Chicagoland Equip­ment Ser­vice, Holeshot Parts and Per­for­mance, BES Rac­ing En­gines, Pro-For­mance Trans­mis­sion, Men­scer Mo­tor­sports, ProTorque Con­vert­ers, In­duc­tion So­lu­tions, TRZ Mo­tor­sports, NLR Elec­tron­ics, and RC Com­po­nents.

Joe Malfeo (Fort Worth, Illi­nois) races his 2000 S-10 pri­mar­ily within the NMCA Open Comp class, but in ET brack­ets as well. Joe’s truck, which he per­son­ally built (from frame to paint), fea­tures an al­co­hol-burn­ing 427ci en­gine (Mid­west En­gine Tech, Mo­kena, Illi­nois) and was new to the area’s drag rac­ing cir­cuit in 2018 after he be­gan con­struc­tion in Oc­to­ber 2017.

Joe is a reg­u­lar racer at both Route 66 Race­way (Joliet, Illi­nois) and US 41 Mo­tor­plex (Mo­rocco, In­di­ana), and this truck has run a best time of 10.38 at just shy of 130 mph.

Malfeo’s race team is spon­sored by El­e­vated Con­struc­tion Com­pany, where he is se­nior pro­ject man­ager, and his crew con­sists of his wife, Pam, and crew chief and brother Gino Malfeo. Joe ded­i­cates his rac­ing ven­tures to the mem­ory of his fa­ther, Joseph, who passed away in 2017.

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