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The trip to Englishtown has been a rather tumultuous one for Steve Petty, Eric Dillard, and the rest of the Proline team this week. While testing with a handful of other teams at Maryland International Raceway mid-week, Dillard suffered a driveline failure on his first crack at the racetrack, while Tim Lynch fared much worse, experiencing a turbocharger explosion that cause extensive fire damage to his beautiful Outlaw 10.5 Corvette. Dillard and company, who are competing in Outlaw Drag Radial this weekend, were busy this afternoon buttoning their twin-turbocharged Mustang back up for tomorrow's first round of qualifying.
Last summer, Super Street and Outlaw 10.5 racer Mike Yedgarian experience a devastating transmission explosion in his trick WS6 Trans Am machine, and after making the necessary repairs, placed the car for sale. It was then that Canadian John Carinci jumped at the opportunity to purchase the car, and the result has been nothing but positive. The Trans Am still features the NMCA-legal 550-inch Proline powerplant with twin 88mm turbos, with tuning assistance from Yedgarian and Steve Petty. Carinci won the OSCA Super Street title this season and set the class record at 4.31 seconds over the eighth-mile and has been 6.59 in the quarter. According to Carinci, he and his team are still sneaking up on the combination, and while down some cubic inches on the competition, believe they have the potential to compete with the field on the shorter distance.
Jason Enos is plenty confident coming into the Shakedown this weekend in what is traditionally a stacked field of Outlaw 10.5 competitors. Enos and company made six runs in testing on Wednesday and Thursday at MIR, where the stunning Shelby Mustang recorded an unofficial worls record pass of 4.11 seconds at 191 MPH. Conditions this weekend aren't expected to be as favorable as they were in Maryland, but it should be fast nonetheless.
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