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SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown

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August 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Factory Stock Showdown


SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown: This a series sanctioned by NHRA. It has five races per year and most importantly you have to buy the race car from:

Chevrolet, COPO Camaro;19120367_1205931256183834_1088821385456779264_n


Ford, Mustang Cobra Jet;18527984_1039075499556428_3459409663206450711_n


or Chrysler, MOPAR Scat

The most important factor that makes the category exciting is that the cars are Stock Eliminator legal. This is a combination of advanced factory development, individual engine building and blueprinting of that equipment, and a nine-inch-wide tire that makes this as much of a driver’s race as a horsepower race. No matter how good the combination is, everyone is on a fine line between smoking the tires (too much power) or wheelstanding (too much launch). Therefore, the driver needs to carefully consider their style and conditions on each pass, which are run off using a .5 pro yellow/green tree. For the fans, it is the idea seeing all the brands are involved and ‘runnin’ all you brung’ wheels-up action that differentiates this from Pro Stock.

Most importantly to me is that these cars look very similar to what you see on the street

 According to the rules for the blower cars, Chevrolet’s COPO Camaro is limited to the 350 ci engine, the Drag Pak Challenger is allowed 354-inches, and The Cobra Jet Mustangs can run the Coyote 5.0L with either a 2.3L Eaton supercharger, or a 2.9L supercharger, with differing weight breaks for each.

Race ready from the factory approx

Factory Stock Showdown

The wildly popular School of Automotive Machinists & Technology NHRA Factory Stock Showdown returns for the 2017 season with an additional event added to the schedule. These series of events have seen increased car counts at races across the country and rabid interest from fans of the series.

The first three races 0f School of Automotive Machinists & Technology NHRA Factory Stock Showdown took place at:  Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Florida’s Gainesville Raceway, NHRA Four-Wide National at zMAX Dragway,  the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and in Norwalk, Ohio.

The competitors of the School of Automotive Machinists & Technology NHRA Factory Stock Showdown will take center stage during their fourth race of the year at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Aug. 30-Sept. 4. The fifth event will take place at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

“We have seen the unprecedented growth of the School of Automotive Machinists & Technology NHRA Factory Showdown since its inception six years ago,” said Josh Peterson,  NHRA vice president, racing administration. “We are pleased to add another event to their calendar to let the racers battle on the track and the fans of the competing car manufacturers cheer on their favorite brand.”

“School of Automotive Machinists & Technology is excited to be the title sponsor of the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown,” said Brian Massingill, director of student motorsports for the School of Automotive Machinists & Technology. “The fans, racers, and manufacturers have been so supportive of the class and we’re thrilled to expand to a fifth race and that we will be heading to a couple of new venues in 2017.”

1 David Barton Chevy 85 64 43 192
1 Chuck Watson Ford 64 43 85 192
3 Pete Gasko Chevy 32 85 32 149 43
4 Stephen Bell Chevy 43 10 32 85 107
5 Erica Enders Chevy 32 43 75 117
6 Geoff Turk Dodge 32 32 10 74 118

For further points standing:

 David Barton’s COPO Camaro18402841_1396539453718500_763029268931905694_n
Chuck Watson’s Mustang Cobra Jet
Geoff Turk’s MOPAR Scat Packcar-craft-2017-nhra-factory-stock-gatornationals-geoff-turk-challenger-drag-pak
Erica Enders, champion Pro Stock driver, is also driving a COPO Camaro for the 2017 season.0023f9a160174e1e13ffa9a5c072ce6e-600x425car-craft-2017-nhra-factory-stock-gatornationals-erica-enders-stevens-camaro
About the Cars
 Camaro Co-PO

You’re serious about drag racing. The COPO is just as serious as you are. The COPO was never for everyday road, so there’s little sound deadening, no underbody sealant, and no back seat. Because in a sport where shaving time is everything, there’s nothing better than a head start.

COPO is a true racing machine, specifically offered for competitive NHRA use only. It cannot be registered, titled, licensed, or driven on public roads. The COPO Camaro is designed to NHRA racing specifications, including a solid axle and a full chrome-moly roll cage. Inside, most of the standard sound-deadening and power accessories have been deleted in order to optimize weight for racing. Also included: a pair of racing bucket seats, a safety harness for the driver, a competition floor shifter, and Chevrolet Performance gauges.

In 1969, Chevrolet’s Central Office Performance Order program became the source of dealer-ordered, factory drag cars that would go on to post many victories at the dragstrip.

On Monday, Chevrolet introduced the 2017 COPO Camaro show car in Nevada. The show car, which is chassis number 01, will be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, this coming January to benefit the United Way. It features a unique Hyper Blue Metallic paint scheme, a supercharged 5.7-liter (350 cubic-inch) V-8, and Weld racing wheels.

Once again, a total of 69 COPO Camaros will be sold. Built to compete in the NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes, each COPO Camaro will feature a racing chassis and a sturdy sold rear axle in place of the stock car’s independent rear axle.

Additional details will include:

  • lightweight, adjustable coil-over strut front suspension
  • four-link rear suspension with double-adjustable coil-over shocks, Panhard bar, and stabilizer bar
  • rear axle with an aluminum center section featuring a lightweight steel spool and 40-spline gun-drilled axle shafts
  • lightweight, drag-race manual four-wheel disc brakes (unassisted)
  • custom manual steering rack
  • fuel cell with built-in high-pressure fuel pump
  • unique racing wire harness.

Buyers will be able to choose from three engines, two from the older LS lineup and one from the new LT range. The LS engines consist of the supercharged 350-cubic-inch V-8 and the naturally aspirated 427-cubic inch (7.0-liter) V-8,. The LT-based engine is a direct-injected 376-cubic inch (6.2-liter) V-8. All three engines will come mated to a drag-ready TH400 3-speed automatic transmission.

Chevrolet says the supercharged 5.7 has an NHRA rating of 580 horsepower. It is capable of quarter-mile times in the 8.5-second range at a speed of 162 mph. It runs in the Factory Stock Showdown class at 3,550 pounds. The 7.0-liter has an NHRA horsepower rating of 470 and it can put up 9.2-second quarter-mile times at 150 mph. The 6.2’s NHRA rating is 410 horsepower and it hits a 9.7-second quarter-mile time at 145 mph.

Pricing should range from the low $90,000s to about $110,000.

Chevrolet says it has more than 5,000 interested parties in its 69 cars, and it will hire an outside firm to determine which customers will be able to purchase this race-ready drag machine.




In 2008 Ford celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the 1968 CJ with the introduction of the new Cobra Jet. It’s the ultimate “Parts Car” – Ford Performance Parts, that is. It is literally a production Mustang body, engineered with a carefully chosen set of Ford Performance high performance parts and other components to do one thing: win drag races.

One of the 2008 CJs, owned by Hajek Motorsports, won the 2009 NHRA Winternationals in the hands of John Calvert. Calvert’s car sported vintage Rice Holman graphics in honor of Al Joniec’s historic ’68 Winternationals win. In fact, most of the 2008 Mustang Cobra Jets competed with nostalgia graphic packages mirroring those on famous Mustang CJ drag cars.

So popular is the modern Mustang Cobra Jet, that Ford Performance built 50-car batches in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and is doing so again for the 2016 season.

2014 Cobra Jet Specs
The 2016 Mustang Cobra Jet
  • Ford V8, 5.0-liter (302 cubic inches) displacement
  • 92.2mm bore x 92.7mm stroke
  • 9.5:1 compression ratio
  • 2.9L Whipple supercharger – front entry
  • Forged steel crankshaft
  • Billet steel gerotor oil pump
  • Mahle forged and anodized pistons with Grafal® coated skirts
  • Manley H-beam connecting rods with ARP 2000 bolts
  • American Racing Headers 304 stainless-steel headers
  • Aeromotive fuel rails
  • ATI SFI-approved crank damper
  • Proprietary engine control software and calibration
  • New electric water pump
  • Aeromotive fuel system
  • 3-speed automatic racing transmission with SFI safety housing
  • 8.50ET-certified roll cage
  • Strange Engineering racing brake system
  • Strange Engineering 9” rear axle with 3.89:1 gear
  • All-new 4-link rear suspension
  • Adjustable Ford Performance front struts
  • Anti-roll bar removed
  • Sparco quick-release steering wheel
  • Corbeau 1-piece FIA-certified racing seats
  • RJS 5-point racing harness
  • Weld wheels 15×10” rear, 15×3.5” front
  • Hoosier Tires, 30×9-15 rear,26×4.5-15 front

The car uses a “spec” 354 Drag Pak engine that has been approved for the class and blueprinted by BES Racing. Keeping the “stock” in Factory Stock is a big part of NHRA’s challenge for 2017. The Chrysler engineers are already working on the next generation of the engine.


Erica Enders


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November 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Erica Enders is one of the best drag car drivers in the world today, man or woman and she is the next inductee into the:’s 2012 Baddest and Hottest Female Drivers in America.

In 2012 she drove the Cagnazzi Racing Cobalt in the the NHRA Pro Stock division.

She has been racing in the NHRA for several years and holds several records in the sport. But no record is more important than becoming the first woman to win in NHRA Pro Stock. The win came July 7th, 2012 at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA National.

 She followed that up with three more victories and was 4th in the Pro Stock 2012 points . Erica was in the championship contention going into the final race.

Erica is engaged to marry Richie Stevens. A December, 2012 wedding is planned. Tough decisions ahead for a 30 year old women in the height of a big time career and the fertility clock ticking. I guess now days you can gather some eggs and sperm and put them in the deep freeze. I’M NOT SURE THIS IS RICHIE WITH ERICA IN THIS PICTURE OR NOT but it is a glamours picture of Erica. I’d say the Cobalt is out and we’ll see Erica in a Camaro for the 2013 season.






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January 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The O’Reilly’s Winter Nationals at Panoma Ca. kicks off the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Series this weekend,Feb.9-12. Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions dominate the series. For the 2012 season the Funny Cars could prove to be the most intersting division. More on that later.


Top FuelAmong the fastest-accelerating machines in the world, 7,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters are often referred to as the “kings of the sport,” and with good reason. They are capable of covering a quarter-mile in 4.4 seconds at more than 330 mph. Powered by a supercharged and fuel-injected 500-cubic-inch adaptation of the famed Chrysler Hemi engine, Top Fuel dragsters can burn up to 15 gallons of nitromethane fuel during a single quarter-mile run. Constructed of chromoly steel tubing and carbon-fiber composite, Top Fuel cars are 25 feet long and weigh 2,250 pounds in race-ready trim.

Del Worsham driving the Al-Anabi Top Fuel Dragster was the 2011 Champion. Del has since retired and will be the crew chief for the Al-Anabi Funny Car that will be driven by Alexis DeJoria. The plot thickens in the Funny Car section.


Funny Car — Similar to their Top Fuel counterparts but with a shorter wheelbase and a carbon-fiber body that loosely resembles a production-based automobile, Funny Cars routinely run in the 4.7-second range and are capable of speeds in excess of 330 mph. Funny Cars are powered by the same supercharged and fuel-injected 500-inch engines as Top Fuel dragsters. Funny Cars are also similar to Top Fuel dragsters in that they do not use a transmission but rather transmit power to the huge Goodyear rear slicks through a multistage clutch assembly that is activated by timers.

Matt Hagan driving the DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing was the 2011 Funny Car Champion.

Here’s where things get really fun. For the 2012 season we have Alexis DeJoria, a good driver and daughter of billionaire Paul Michell Hair Co. CEO Paul Dejoria, going againist Courtney Force, daughter of legendary Funny Car driver John Force and sister of former driver Ashley Force, for Rookie of the year award in The Funny Car series. John Force is still an active driver while Ashley has started a family and has retired from driving. Ashley was a very good driver.



I regret to say that R2B2 Racing has cancelled it’s Funny Car teams so as of the writing of this article Melanie Troxel and Leah Pruett do not have rides.


Pro StockOften called “factory hot rods” because of their resemblance to production-based automobiles, Pro Stock cars are some of the most technologically advanced machines in drag racing. Built around a sophisticated tube chassis and four-link rear suspension, Pro Stock cars must conform to precise measurements and weigh no less than 2,350 pounds. Pro Stock engines use two carburetors and spec gasoline and are restricted to a maximum of 500 cubic inches. They can rev to more than 10,500 rpm and make in excess of 1,300 horsepower. A competitive Pro Stock car can run in the 6.6s at more

Jason Line driving the Ken Black Summit Racing Pontiac GXP was the 2011 Pro Stock champion.

Erica Enders is one of the most capable female drivers in any racing venue, drives in the Pro Stock Division. Watch for Erica to be one of the top conteners for the 2012 Pro Stock championship.



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