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.