Jul 21, 2014

When the Canadians showed up at Pacific Raceways for our best two of three showdown, they had "11.15" on their window. We had "11.14". We thought the racing would be close but we were wrong. In the first race I left first, .020 to .077 and never saw El Chupacabra II again as I rolled to an 11.02 @ 120 to their 11.17. The second round I went .004 red on the starting line but took the stripe on general principles. All tied up, I played it safe on the tree and finished it off. The Savoy was the faster car on that weekend by just under two tenths. We figured it was because we had taken 100 pounds of ballast out for the race so we put it back in and still beat them like a drum. We even scored a 10.98 second pass, our first ten second run of the year.

The Pacific Raceway folks let us run against each other over and over again because we looked so good. El Chupacabra II and the Savoy are a study in contrasts. El Chupababra sits nose high and proud and the Savoy is low and mean. El Chupababra carries the front wheels for forty feet, the Savoy shoots out of the hole like a low flying missile. In all fairness, the Savoy is a scienced out machine that will make the most of any power put to it whereas El Chupababra is still very much a work in progress. We'll have to do it again soon!

This Friday we'll be heading back to Pacific Raceways for the Goodguys drags then Saturday we'll be running the Stock/Super Stock combo as our final tune up for the Northwest Nationals on the first weekend of August. We hope to see you there!

Jun 18, 2014

Wagons of Steel North is coming back for another showdown. This time they will bring El Chupacabra II for a match race against our beloved Savoy at Pacific Raceway on July 12-13. El Chupacabra translates roughly to "Goat Sucking Hairless Dog Creature" to the mescaline eating Shamans who coined the term. Said hairless creature is cute like a cuddly burrito eating Chihuahua compared to the wagon version, which is an homage to virtually every weird and obsolete drag car trick from the fifties and sixties. Altered wheelbase? Check! Straight axle? Check! Bizarre nose up stance? Check! Besides the awesome "Color Me Gone" inspired paint job, what makes this car match race worthy against our flagship is what's under the hood--a 426 cubic inch plant based on a lot of our old crap resurrected by the legendary Dan Dvorak. Unlike our bullet, which is constrained by the super strict NHRA Stock Eliminator rule book, El Chupacabra's power plant has no limits. Lucky for us, it's under the hood of a car designed by drunk Canadians!