Kayla Taking Stock
Despite being a very young 21 years old, lady racer Kayla Mozeris from Phoenix, Arizona, is already very well accomplished within NHRA's Stock Eliminator category. Since 2008, she has been the driver of one of the Hughes Performance fleet of drag cars: Jim Hughes' J/SA '88 Camaro. In that car, Kayla has racked up a pretty impressive driving record that includes numerous Stock Class Eliminator wins. Her first event win came during NHRA's Division Finals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2012, but for sure her biggest win came just last April when she won her first national event—scored at the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals also at The Strip. Kayla's Camaro features a 350ci engine by RWR Engines and tips the scales at 3,470 pounds, including driver. Her budding and very promising career receives terrific support from a number of people, including her father, Joe Mozeris; Seth Palvdore; and her two uncles, Dave and Fuji.
Canadian Capital Camaro
Sean and Kevin Gaffney, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, are carrying on a long family tradition by racing a meticulous 1967 Camaro. The brothers are following in the footsteps of their father, Ken Gaffney, who passed away in 2009. Ken was a very active Sportsman drag racer whose career dates back to 1960. Sean and Kevin acquired their SS/GA classed car, which was formally raced by Andy Fogle in 2011 and continue to race as a tribute to their father. The Camaro features 350ci engine program by John Gulius and has runs of 9.48 seconds at over 138 mph to its credit. Both Sean and Kevin have taken turns at the wheel to date, but it will be fellow Canadian driver Rob Carpenter (from St. Catherines, Ontario) who will be tasked as the primary driver for 2013.
Super Street Stunner
Buddy Wood's Super Street/Hot Rod 1967 Camaro is truly one of the nicest machines to be seen anywhere in that category. Wood, who is from Oklahoma, races in close conjunction and as a teammate with highly involved Sportsman driver Jimmy Lewis. Buddy's Camaro, new for him in 2013, has a rather unique history, as it was formally owned by retired NBA star Larry Nance, who used to race it within Street Legal events using a 600+ci Pro Stock motor. Wood and Lewis, however, in conjunction with Tracy Dennis and Terry Sullivan, converted the car for legal 10.90-sec. class competition. The Camaro is now motivated by a 582ci (1,100 hp) engine and a Powerglide from Sunset Race Craft in Texas. Buddy's wife, Karen, and Jimmy's wife, Phylis, round out the NHRA Division Four-focused race team.
California's David Coapstick does double duty at dragstrips. In addition to being the crew chief for one of NHRA Division Seven's best Top Sportsman cars (Joe Roubicek's 1968 Camaro), David also finds the time to race his own Camaro, a uniquely bodied 1967 model in Super Gas. Originally a 1963 Corvette and campaigned with former partner Jim Sowards, Coapstick updated his race car to a topless Camaro version following a crash in 2008. His biggest win thus far in his career came later that same year during the NHRA World Finals at Pomona. Today, the slick machine, which was built by Tom Yancer, features a 950hp, 598ci Chevrolet motor by Bob Tietz. Coapstick is a private trucking contractor by profession, and when he goes drag racing his wife, Sharon, is his accomplice.