Sets new track record for a great start in 2013!!!
Justin Swanstrom driving Skywalker took home the win in X275 for the Fat Boy’s Racing Team at last weekends Tomato Nationals at Immokalee. The Father & Son Team from Zephyrhills, Florida struggled some finding the right setup, but they got it figured out and laid down a new track record of 4.86 in the process!
In the final round Justin ran a 4.91 to overtake Eric Leepers in his Turbo Lightning Pickup who ran a 4.98, a real close race. This was Justin’s 1st win in the class, so we’re sure he’s really proud and itching to get back out in a couple weeks at Bradenton.
Check out the Final Round Video!
Congratulations to Justin (Lil’ Country) and Corey (Big Country) on the 1st Win of the Season and the new track record !!!
armed with the Fastest N2O Small Block on 275’s!!
Justin Swanstrom aka “Lil Country” and his Dad Corey “Big Country” Swanstrom from Zephyrhills, Florida own the two fastest Small Block Nitrous Cars competing in the X275 class. Justin, who is 16 years old just started driving this year and had proven to be a quite a competitor, and he’s armed with Skywalker, the fastest Small Block Nitrous X275 car in the Country.
Corey started Justin out earlier this year in a detuned N/A 5.20 capable car and within a handful of passes he was in the 5.20’s looking like a seasoned veteran. Anyone that’s driven a car that quick knows how much of an adjustment that is starting from scratch, and yeah, we’re certainly impressed! Not only is Justin a quick learner, he’s also deadly on the tree cutting lights in the .007 to .011 range! Corey attributes Justin’s quick reflexes to his experience on the Football field where he plays Quarterback and those quick reflexes have been painful lessons to his competition. Corey said a number of the older guys ask him to “Go easy on me…” before suiting up as they know they had better be on their toes or Justin will tree them bad. And so far Justin has never been treed in competition…
Justin has already been taught a tough lesson with a wild ride ending up with the tail of the car hitting the wall at the top end of the track which definitely got his attention. Afterwards he took a few months off before he decided he was ready to drive again. His Dad insisted he go right back to the same track where he had wrecked at if he was going to do it, and that’s what they did. They went right back to the slick track that he had wrecked at, and once again it was a challenge to get down but Justin did it. If you’ve ever kissed the wall in a car, you know it’ll teach you a newfound respect for these wicked beasts, and it appears Justin’s learned his lesson well his Dad says.
He’s now behind the wheel of Skywalker, the evil silver Mustang that Corey bought from Eric McMillon (Speed-365.com) earlier this year. The car is powered by a SC1 Headed Small Block Ford built by Seidle Racing Engines and is equipped with a Neal Chance bolt together converter, in fact Corey runs NCRC in both of his Mustangs. Skywalker has been 4.71 at Holly Springs, and just recently went 4.729 in testing in Georgia making it the fastest Small Block X275 car in the country. Their orange car has been a 4.83 recently, making it the second fastest Nitrous Small Block X275 car – and yes, they both were in 2013 rules trim. Their team, Fat Boy’s Racing, are going to be tough to beat this upcoming season!
Good luck next year Justin, Corey and the Fat Boy’s Racing Team!
4.22@189 with only a 540!!!
Photo Courtesy RPM Magazine
Brad Harris ran some real impressive numbers at the Shakedown at E-Town this year during qualifying in Outlaw 10.5. He ran a 4.22@189, and later a 4.26@188 which are certainly in the hunt, but what most don’t realize is he did it with a smallish 540 ci powerplant boosted by twin 90mm Turbos!
Brad faced fellow NCRC customer Mo Hall in the 1st round, but didn’t get a chance to repeat his quicker passes and fell off the mark a bit sending Mo on to the next round. Hey you can’t win em’ all and the team certainly had some Et’s to be proud of after this race.
Typically many of the Outlaw 10.5 cars that are running a number that quick are powered with a 632, or bigger engine, which makes Brad’s very quick ET’s even more special. We know Brad’s got a few more things to try when the weather warms up again, so look for some even quicker ET’s from this team in 2013.
Congratulations Brad on the new PB!
Street Car Supernationals #8 in Vegas
Photo Courtesy DragZine.com
NMCA & NMRA Racer Mike DeMayo made the long pull West once again for the 8th Annual Street Car Super Nationals in Vegas to compete in the N/A Hot Street Class. Mike qualified #2 with a 8.212 and laid down the fastest pass in qualifying with a blistering 169.13 (39 mph backhalf) during one pass which dropped a few jaws!
Despite a lot of work to eek out a few more hundredths, DeMayo’s colorful Mustang decided it wanted to be a bracket car laying down passes in the 8.20’s repeatedly. That was plenty quick enough, combined with some good lights make his way through the ladder although he did ran a best of firstname.lastname@example.org during the second round win over Alguireto. In the final Mike defeated Victor Brum with a email@example.com to Victor’s firstname.lastname@example.org allowing him to take home his 4th SCSN Hot Street Championship. That’s a nice way to cap off a darn good season where he had also won 2 out of 3 N/A races.
Congratulations to Mike & Team Powerhead!
Final Race Points Championship at Baytown
Photo Courtesy Clark Brothers Racing
Eric Clark drove his way to the Texas Automatic Outlaw’s points championshop November 11th at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.
Eric, driver of the Clark Brothers Racing Team, qualified #1 with a 3.99, went a 3.98 in the first round and runnered up in the final which put him solidly in the points lead by two points to win the 2012 Championship! During that process they also broke the record twice at only 17% over and above min weight too boot!
Congratulations to Eric, Scott and Team on the new Record and TAO Championship!