Florida's Scot LaMar races a truly eye-catching Chevy Camaro within NHRA's Stock Eliminator ranks. LaMar's day job is the VP of Fabco-Air, which manufactures pneumatic components for many industries (including drag racing). He has been driving the '95 model, which was built by Randy "Mr. Big Stuff" Payne, for three seasons. The car is powered by an NHRA-rated 346hp, 350ci LT1 engine, originally assembled by the legendary Woodrow Josey himself, which is now overseen by David Hartman of Hart Beat Racing & Competition Engines (Orlando). LaMar races this low 10.4-second capable car in B/SA trim as part of his highly impressive four-car Sportsman racing team that includes another Camaro (a '69 SS/EM driven by Kevin Cradduck) along with two Chevy-powered dragsters.
Super Gas Survivor
Admiring fans of Gregory Bonds' spectacularly prepped '69 Chevy Camaro would probably never suspect its tragic past. Bonds' machine, which has gathered in both Best Engineered and Best Appearing awards within NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, in fact rose from the ashes so to speak after enduring a major top-end crash during its early history. Now completely rebuilt, this modern-day version of the Jerry Bickel kit car was assembled by Dave Bickley Race Cars and features a 750hp, 406ci small-block and Powerglide transmission built by Mark Millhollin (Hot Rod Performance, Torrance, California). Gregory and his wife, Joyce, race their stunningly painted car (by Kelly & Son) from their home base in Compton, California, almost exclusively within NHRA's ferocious 9.90 indexed Division Seven war zone.
"Iron Mike" Rolls On
One of drag racing's most prolific Pro Mod drivers, Mike Castellana collected yet another major Championship title at the end of the 2012 racing season. Driving his Al-Anabi-sponsored '12 Camaro, which features an ultra high-tech, nitrous-injected Reher-Morrison engine program, with tuning by Shannon Jenkins, Castellana prevailed to win the ADRL's inaugural Aeromotive-sponsored Pro Modified championship. That category was introduced new into the eighth-mile ADRL circuit last year. Castellana, who is from New York and has won World Pro Mod titles in both the NHRA and IHRA, won five races in his RJ Race Cars-built Camaro on the way to the championship this season. It was his second ADRL World title. The year before Mike won ADRL's Pro Nitrous class Championship-also while driving a Camaro.
A rather legendary Super Stock Camaro, which was formally raced very successfully by Monty Bogan, Jr. is receiving a new lease on life. Now owned by Dave Heuwetter and raced in conjunction with John DiBartolomeo (DRC Race Products), who are both from Pennsylvania, the '85 model, which was formally a Chevrolet factory sponsored car with Bogan, did have a series of other owners before Heuwetter's acquisition. Dave and John have since modified the car for the SS/BS class and are using a 358ci engine, which they purchased from Dan Fletcher early in 2012.
The potent car, which was originally built by East Texas Race Cars, is already a very hard runner and it helps to promote and showcase DRC's highly reputed engine cradle and valvespring tool products in the field.