Hot Rod - - Drag Week 2018 -

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.

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