North American drag racing’s thriving 9.90-indexed Super Gas class is a magnet for cool vehicles of many shapes and sizes. And because of the category’s popularity, attracting entries that stand out from the pack is quite an accomplishment. But in that department, it’s “mission accomplished” for Indiana’s Scott Deffenbaugh.
During 2016, Deffenbaugh certainly turned heads when he debuted a truly impressive new look for his self-prepped 1966 Chevy II Super Gasser.
Deffenbaugh, who has owned and raced this particular machine for about a decade, decided to give his car an amazing do-over prior to this season. That included an immaculate paint scheme, complete stock chrome installation, and a totally unique-to-the-class vinyl roof!
“Since I’ve had the car I’ve raced it with three to four different schemes,” Scott revealed. “But at the end of 2015 we really went after it—stripping it all down, painting it (NASCAR red), and we found every piece of chrome that came with an original car. I wanted to get away from it being just something typical in the class. I wanted to give it a very clean look and we went with a vinyl top just to be even more different.”
Scott employs a 555ci big-block Chevrolet engine program, which he self-built and features some machining expertise from Woody’s Machine Shop (Thorntown, Indiana). The race car’s all-tube chassis was built by Bill Carter (Automotion Race Cars). Scott employs both a ladder bar suspension setup and a 9-inch rearend assembly.
For Super Gas competition, Deffenbaugh’s performance target for his little red beauty is, of course, 9.90. “On the stop, it will run right on 9.90 at about 150 mph,” he affirmed. “From time to time when we unleash it, it is capable of 8.5-second e.t.’s.”
Deffenbaugh, who is a sales manager for a Caterpillar-brand forklift business (homed in Lebanon), has been drag racing since he was 16. He is part of a very involved and dedicated family team that also includes his wife (Kim) and sons Zack and Dalton, who both drag race extensively locally in Indiana. Zack campaigns with a Chevy-powered Super Comp dragster and Dalton a 1967 Chevelle, with which he claimed the 2016 overall track championship in Sportsman ET at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.