S/G Success Story
Brad Pierce’s 1958 Corvette Super Gasser is a seriously steady-running car. Based out of Riverside, California, this machine is rather unique within the 9.90-indexed class as it actually employs some original Corvette parts. Pierce acquired it back in 1998 as just an Alston chassis with a semi-mounted body—both the doors and quarter-panels are original to the Corvette. Brad completed the construction of his car and began racing it in 2001. His first major win came in 2003 at the fabled NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, and has since been in eight national event final rounds, winning six times (most recently at the 2016 Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Phoenix). Brad and his wife, Debbie, do all their racing together—sharing the engine building/maintenance and computer work, respectively. Power comes from a 565ci Chevy big-block and important components include Brodix heads and manifold, Holley carburetor, Comp cam, Howards rods, Jesel rocker arms and beltdrive, JE pistons, Mike’s Powerglide transmission, Hughes converter, Mickey Thompson tires, Weld wheels, and Dana 60 rearend assembly with Richmond gears. Associate sponsorship comes from Mickey Thompson Tires and Lucas Oil Products.
Needless to say, when longtime “alternate brand” racer David Barton showed up at the 2016 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in a brand-spanking-new Chevy Camaro, that got noticed. David, who is the son of legendary race car engine builder Ray Barton, entered the Gainesville event driving a 2015 COPO Camaro FS/XX owned by Gary Wolkwitz. Despite being acquired by Wolkwitz only a few months before, and run only once in testing prior to the event, Barton’s team came away the winner in the first Factory Stock Showdown race of the season! After qualifying for that eight-car program No. 4, Barton topped the elite field by running both low elapsed time and top speed (8.390 at 162.78 mph) during a final-round win over Kevin Skinner. This car is No. 69—the last one built by GM for 2015. It features a 350ci supercharged engine with a 2.9L Whipple that produces 1,145 hp. In addition to Gary; his dad, Ray; and wife, Samantha; David cites highly valued support from his crew members Todd Hoven and Karl Kelber, and also everyone involved in this build: Mike Roth chassis, Bob Hochrun, Jerry Noonan, Roger Allen, Robin Wright, Mike Pustelny, Mickey Thompson Tires, Holley EFI, Bullet Cams, Joel’s On Joy Transmissions, ATI Converters, Bob Fox, Diamond Pistons, Moroso, Phil and Randy Painter, Mark Williams, and VP Racing Fuels.
Based out of Puyallup, Washington, Jody Lang is a longtime Chevrolet Stock and Super Stock Eliminator expert with racing credentials that simply speak for themselves. Currently and uniquely, Lang races a pair of 1981 Chevy Malibus. “I can’t think of anyone else in the nation doing double duty with Malibus,” he stated. “I’ve always loved that style of cars.” Both G-bodies tip the scale right round 3,200 pounds. His Stock Eliminator wagon is an M/SA car with a 305ci engine that runs in the low 12-second zone. His Super Stock Malibu two-door is powered by a 327ci mill (with a motor program by Gregg Luneak) that is usually run in GT/JA trim, and is capable of hitting high 10-second e.t.’s. Lang has raced the Malibu Wagon effectively since 1992 and began racing his Super Stocker in 2005. He earned his first NHRA Divisional level win in 1993 and scored his first national event victory in 1996. Since then he has amassed some 26 NHRA national event wins and scored multiple championships within the NHRA Pacific Northwest’s Lucas Oil Division to go with multiple Top 10 finishes in final NHRA World Championship points. When not at the dragstrip, Jody is a door mechanic for Boeing specializing in 737s. His gets valued motivation from his girlfriend, Martha, as well as behind-the-scenes machine work from DG Machine. Lang’s primary backing comes from Howard Espring and Dave Barcelon’s “Truck Town.”