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Straight Line Spotlight

Bruce Biegler Jun 26, 2017
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Gotts The Right Stuff

We like both the good looks and the versatility of David Gotts’ Chevy Camaro, based out of Fontana, California. Gotts, who is the store manager for the Fontana branch of Parkhouse Tire, has been running his proven machine faithfully since 2006 after rescuing the once-rusty Camaro for only $500 back in 2000. The race car has evolved into a very significant runner with a lot of help from engine builder “Performance by Paul,” Ryan Mangus, Derek Lamb, and also Phil Mandella at PMR Race Cars. Powered by a 582ci big-block, Gotts’ Camaro is not only a regular player within NHRA Division 7 Super Gas index racing, he also runs his Camaro in NMCA West (where he was recently voted Sportsman Racer of the Year) as well as within SoCal Pro Gas and Super Street circuits. His crew includes his dad, Harry, and crew chief Kenny Camden. Gotts is particularly proud of the sponsors that support him, including K&N Filters, Lucas Oil, Mav TV, Protect the Harvest, Hoosier Tire West, Lamb Components, Champion Cooling systems, Performance by Paul Race Engines, XS Power Batteries, PMR Race Cars, Race Trans, and DhGWraps.

1963 Nova Launch 2/4

Nice Northeastern Nova

New England is home base to an impressive 1963 Nova Super Gasser driven by Justin Lopes. Built by John’s Racecraft (Brockton, Massachusetts), powered by a 605ci big-block Chevy (by Malden Machine), and using a transmission and converter by industry experts Select Transmission (West Babylon, New York), Justin has been campaigning his car since its debut back in 2014 at his home track: New England Dragway. While this car is built for 9.90 Super Gas target racing, Justin reports that it can run in the mid 7.50s when unchained. Justin has enjoyed some great success with it, too, racking up wins in NHRA’s Division 1 circuit where he had strong Top 10 finishes in final points both in 2015 and 2016. The expertly built and maintained car has also earned the recognition of NHRA’s tech people with Best Engineered awards at Epping, New Hampshire, and Concord, North Carolina. Justin receives valued support from Joe Hessling, Steve Cutlera, Clonex Racing HDI, Select Transmission, John’s Racecraft, Malden Machine, M/T, Advanced Product Design, Eastern VP Sales, The Design Joint, 508 Customs, and G.S. Redlon & Sons.

1969 Camaro 3/4

Go on Green!

Mick Alley, who is the husband of 2011 NHRA Super Stock World Champion Jackie Alley may not necessarily be quite as famous as his wife just yet, but he keeps working on that! Based out of Idaho, this popular husband and wife team continue to run two 1969 Chevy Camaros with Mick’s focus being on the team’s A/SA Camaro. His car was acquired from Northwestern racing legend Cal Method 20 years ago, after which Jackie campaigned the car in Stock for eight seasons before moving into Super Stock. Mike then acquired the “hand-me-down” and competes with that. For good luck this season the Camaro received a new rally green paint scheme (applied by Chris Jaggers), and Mick reports also that H&S Consulting freshened up the original Valley Crankshaft iron head 425hp/427ci engine program. Mick’s best runs in A/SA have been right at 10 seconds flat and just over 134 mph. Arguably, the car’s biggest win to date came last season when Mick won Stock Eliminator at the 2016 Jegs All Star race in Chicago. Mick and Jackie thank backers Big O Tires, Dennis Blackstone Racecars, John Mclain (Final Round Transmission), and Vlad at H&S Consulting for their continued support.

1990 Camaro Launch 4/4

Silver Streak Super Stock

Zavala & Sons Racing is an aspiring Super Stock race team based out of San Gabriel, California. In April 2016 they debuted their clean-looking 1990 Camaro, which was built by Phil Mandella of famed PMR Race Cars. The engine, which is an L98 350 factory rated at 245 hp (NHRA rated at 275 hp) was built by Erik Jones at Jones Engine Development. During their first year campaigning the car the team had a very nice outing during the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indy where they ran a booming 1.21 seconds under their GT/FA class index and also won their class. As of press time the car has run a best of 9.54 at 139.45 mph. Driven by Larry Zavala, the Zavala & Sons Racing team, which is also comprised of Larry’s brother Brian and parents, Larry and Connie, direct most of their racing schedule focus on NHRA’s Pacific Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. The team is thankful for the valued support they receive from associate sponsors and friends, Mickey Thompson Tires, Russell’s Heating & Air, Phil Mandella and PMR Race Cars, Jones Engine Development, Erik Jones, John & Beverly Borden, Mike Judson, and the Torres family.

Photos: Bruce Biegler

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