NHRA Chevy Performance US Nationals - "The Big Go"

Invaders Of The Lost Art

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With the recent debut of GM's most celebrated hot rod: the COPO Camaro, it was only a matter of time before the factory-built drag car would become a star within the Stock Eliminator ranks on drag racing's biggest stage: NHRA's Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. And with the 2012- 13 COPOs becoming a dominant straight-line player, Camaro enthusiasts once again have something to cheer about, especially in the new, highly competitive Factory Stock Showdown class.

The late-model muscle cars put on an amazing wheels-up show reminiscent of the Pro Stockers' heyday in the 1970s when the class' 8-second runs were decidedly more entertaining than today's 6.5 seconds of "boring glory."

The latest production marvels of the Factory Stock class (Mustangs and Challengers, too) took on the famed Indy quarter-mile early on in the "The Big Go's" four-day event for their chance to go rounds during the NHRA's biggest race of the year.

Copo Camaro Gm Parts 2/10

With the late-model drag wars between Chevy, Mopar, and Ford heating up once more, getting to the drags early and catching the excitement of the "undercard" racers is more exciting than ever for fans and racers, alike.

Could the modern muscle car era bring back the old adage of "win on Sunday, sell on Monday?" One can only hope. There's a good chance three highly invested companies are betting on it as well.

427 Copo Camaro Jim 3/10

This beautiful red 427 COPO belongs to Jim Boburka out of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Jim took care of Brian Massingill in Round One, but was handed a Round Two loss against Jim Harrison.

2012 Copo Camaro Jimmy Vasser 10/10

Petaluma, California's Eric Reyes cut an amazing 0.001 light in the first round of Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of the Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet-sponsored 2012 COPO but was a First Round casualty in the F/S class as his 9.257 e.t. wasn't enough for Jonathan Allegrucci's 9.017 e.t.

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