THE STREET CLASSES
Let’s face it, the cars in our top two classes are race cars that can run on the street, but the rest of our field is rounded out with really fast street cars, and those classes, especially the Small-Block and Street Race classes, always see the closest racing. The tightest field was Street Race Small-Block Power-Adder, which boasted the largest car count at 47, and the top-six cars were all in the 8.50s. Class winner Randall Reed squeaked out the victory by a scant 0.004 second over Second Place Tom Franks, driving the Grabber Blue Ford Futura. Cars in this class were limited to 8.50s or slower, mainly to keep the build costs down. We let these guys run uncorked on the last day in a Crazy 8s race and saw a few of them post times in the very low 8s!
Pro Street Power-Adder Les Smith’s orange 1967 Chevy II knocked down 7.40-second passes most of the week, then cruised to the next track. Others, like Troy LaCrone’s wheelstanding 1968 Camaro, had it rough. LaCrone’s carburetor caught on fire during one of the drives. He put the fire out before any real damage was done, then made his quickest pass on the last day, knocking down a 7.708 at 176 mph.
In Modified Power-Adder, we all loved Michael Boggren’s 1987 Volvo 240 wagon. Looking bone-stock beige and boring, this turbocharged, LS-powered Swede blew us away with a day 5 best run on of 8.959 at 150 mph, nearly a second quicker than his first-day timeslip. His overall average was 9.519 seconds and 147.13 mph, earning a Fifth Place finish in his class. We suspect there’s more in it, and once fully dialed in, this could be a top-three contender, though it would be tough to beat class winner Dan Saitz, whose Fox-body Mustang averaged 7.712 and 187 mph.