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The other new ride belong to Chad Opaleski. We actually previewed some changes coming for the Opaleski team earlier this year with a piece on his switch to recharged power from nitrous. The 706 was destroked to a 665 BBC and fitted with a Procharger purchased from Will Stevenson, Nelson Competition took care of the engine and it was just fired up on Monday. The fabrication for the swap was done by Dan Neumann.
First up is the new cars on the lot so far. Amanda Long has gone and switched combos again making the move to twin Precision turbos from a Procharger. This was one of the best kept secrets over the summer as they just announced the swap recently via Puddinracin.com.
Steven Biggs had a mishap this after noon with the turbocharged mod motor powered stang, loosing traction and running head on into the wall. He is ok and the car is worse for wear, looking like it needs a front clip and extensive fabrication of the turbo piping system.
We got started right around 10 AM with 6.50 and the other index classes then Outlaw 10.5 kicks off the heads up classes. Pritchett Brothers, Torqued Tools, Baskin Trucking are backing 10.5 this year. Rob Wells took the top spot so far this morning in OL 10.5 with a 4.25 @ 184. Dave Demarco ran a 4.42 @ 174.
Eric Dillard was another car making runs early, he got some air under the front early and did a great job saving the run and bring the car down easy for a 4.51 @ 177.
A quick trip through part of the pits this morning found Scotty G. swapping out the “W”s for a pair of the tried and true TT5 x 29’s that he is used to running.
Mel Nelson torched the head last night and are tearing it down this morning to run to a local shop for surfacing after welding it overnight. They hope to make a run in the final session this evening.
Team Shocker Racing from left to right Chad, Josh, Shane, crew chief Tom Sanders and Car owner Jason Borum. He runs a small block Ford by Allan Moody with a 118 mm turbo in ODR. Sheppard Race Cars did a stock suspension conversion and this is the first event with the new combo.
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Steven Staff and his brother Craig have run this truck for about 20 years with naturally aspirated and nitrous combos, swapping to a turbo about two years ago. Steven ran a 5.53 here yesterday. Oh did I mention their parents dated in this truck in the early 60’s ? Gotta love it.
This 65 fastback Mustang runs a 320 ci SBF on nitrous with a GF5R G-Force clutchless 5-speed transmission. Forty five year old Don Bryant has owned the car since he was seventeen and hails from Knoxville, Tennessee and run locally and with the King of the Streets series in North Carolina and Virginia, seen here pictured with Don Duchae.
Rolling through the pits after lunch had me in Willard Kinzer’s pits speaking with Jeff Lutz and Billy Midnight dropped by with a cylinder heard to see if Jeff could weld it up. He went right to work on the RHS casting that was on Corndog’s Trans AM, here this weekend in X275. Corndog throttled it last night and burned the chamber out, after Jeff gets it welded up they will take it back and get the car back together and hope it holds for a couple of rounds, he was qualified . Jimmy Geldon from GE Enterprises is behind the custom ports in an ongoing R&D basis.