Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
Subscribe to the Free

Check Out the Coolest Drag Racing Pickups in the Country

Straight Line Spotlight: Truck tactics edition!

Bruce Biegler Sep 8, 2016
View Full Gallery

Transitional Truck

Fred Allen Auto Center, which is located in Winamac, Indiana, is home base to one of the most impressive Super Stock Chevy trucks anywhere in competition. Driven by Fred Allen and crewed by Larry Allen, this SS/TB Chevy S-10 first hit the dragstrip right off the showroom floor when it was built brand new back in 2000. Now updated to 2010 Chevrolet S-10 Xtreme model trim, this hard-leaving machine is an NHRA national record holder at 8.91 at 150.40 mph! It features a 331ci SB2 Chevy assembled by Larry Allen that produces 900 hp. The truck sits on a chassis built by Michigan-based race car experts MPR Racing. Deservingly so, the S-10 won overall Best Engineering at the NHRA U.S. Nationals right after its debut.

1996 Chevrolet S 10 2/4

Pam’s Passion

Lady driver Pam Kuehner and her husband, Dave, who are from Greenwood, Indiana, are Midwest regulars within NHRA’s Sportsman level index classes. They race a nicely prepared 1996 Chevy S-10 in either Super Street (10.90) or Super Gas (9.90) competition. After first debuting the truck back in 2008, the team undertook a major overhaul for it at the end of the 2014 season when they tasked McIlvain Race Cars (New Carlisle, Ohio) to do a new back half and add a four-link suspension system. At the same time, Gary Zimmerman (Zimmerman Brothers Motorsports) in Greensburg, Indiana, assembled a new 421ci small-block engine program. To finish the project off perfectly, Andy Camp (Andy’s Collision Repair) in Terre Haute, Indiana, gave it a stunning new Candy Apple Red paint scheme.

1996 Chevrolet S 10 3/4

Tennessee Street Shooters!

Both Blake Richardson and Chris Runnels are young up-and-coming racers that campaign expertly prepped Chevy S-10s.

Blake Richardson (right) is a member of the very formidable Edmond Richardson Motorsports team. Based out of Greenbrier, Tennessee, he drives a terrific-looking 1996 S-10 that was built by Matt Tinnin. The truck features a 421ci aluminum Chevy engine that was built by Advance Product Design. Blake, who is now 20, has been involved with his race project as early as age 15. In fact, he made his first-ever run down the dragstrip in it the weekend of his 16th birthday! Blake and his older brother Ryan are now deep into developing their own racing fabrication company, too. Using a CNC machine, they manufacture their own custom parts, including dial-in boards, water necks, carb spacers, and most recently, a line of very cool billet steering wheels. (You can check out those online at RichardsonBoyz.com).

2000 Chevrolet S 10 4/4

Chris Runnels’ S-10 is a 2000 model also built by Matt Tinnin and Ronnie Smith. Chris, who is from Joelton, Tennessee, races his with an all-aluminum 18-degree 434ci small-block engine that features all parts from Edmond Richardson Motorsports. Chris’ great looking Pearl White truck has garnered a Best Engineering Award (at Beech Bend Raceway) and has won big at a NHRA Divisional Race in Atlanta. Chris’ family owned business, Runnels Truck Co., funds this super consistent S-10, which is also frequently bracket raced.



Connect With Us

Get Latest News and Articles. Newsletter Sign Up

sponsored links

subscribe to the magazine

get digital get print