A really cool Super Gas effort from Idaho comes courtesy of Gene Brown. Running primarily in the Super Gas class (9.90), Gene has been campaigning his 1962 Chevy Nova since 2013. The car was expertly built by reputed Tom Yancer (Phoenix) and is considered a threat at every race it attends, as evidenced by a strong Sixth-place finish in the final 2016 NHRA Division 6 points standings. Gene runs a 618ci Steve Schmidt-built big-block. His car’s drivetrain also includes an FTI transmission, Continental converter, and Strange rearend with 4.29 gears. The Nova features a chrome-moly tube chassis and a mostly original body; the only exceptions being the fiberglass front end and rear decklid. Tipping the scales at 2,600 pounds, this is a family oriented race team that includes Linda Brown, Jacob Brown, as well as Mackenzie and Sam Plowman.
A First for Canada
Western Canadian-based racer Chris Krozser (Leduc, Alberta) has earned the distinction of becoming the very first Canadian to race a COPO Camaro. Because the COPO purchase option is not available through Chevrolet dealers in Canada, Chris, who previously raced in Top Dragster, acquired his machine in late 2016 by purchasing a bid and then acquiring his machine from a dealer in Niagara Falls, New York. This 2016 model is No. 58 of the 69 COPOs produced for that year. Chris went with the 427ci naturally aspirated engine and TH400 three-speed automatic transmission option. The car will be raced in Stock Eliminator as an FS/B. The 2017 racing season saw Chris remain mostly in test mode at local dragstrips as he honed both his race car and driving skills toward a targeted bigger presence within NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional racing beginning in 2018.
Formidable Father & Son Combo
Alta Loma, California, is home base for the two-car Chevrolet race team owned by Brian and Ryan McClanahan. The duo, who first rose to prominence when they claimed the 2010 NHRA Super Stock World Championship with their “Private Ryan” Chevy Cobalt, continue to field their very impressive pair of machines, both for Super Stock Eliminator racing.
Brian McClanahan wheels the team’s Hansen Race Cars-built 1969 Camaro. That car, which first hit the track in 2010, features an all-aluminum, 725hp 427ci engine by Daryl Wykle Racing Engines and has recorded a 9.47 e.t. at 139 mph, making it the fastest recorded AA/SA run in class history!
Son Ryan races the team’s 2006 Cobalt, which history shows to be one of the very first cars of that model to be configured for drag racing. Over the years it too has evolved. Its current configuration has a 980hp 355ci engine that is a copy of NASCAR’s SB2. That engine was built by John Richardson of NASCAR’s Richard Childress team fame. To date, Ryan’s best time in the Cobalt has been 8.19 at just over 165 mph as a SS/BM.
Brian and Ryan are sponsored by Total Trucking Service and Titan Tire Recycling (Fontana, California).