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February 2012 Straight-Line Spotlight

Bruce Biegler Feb 1, 2012

The “Nitrous” King

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Savvy and determined driver Mike Castellana has prevailed to win what is arguably the most demanding championship title for nitrous Pro Mod cars in drag racing. The New York-based racer has scored a finish at the top for the ADRL’s (American Drag Racing League) 2011 Pro Nitrous class championship chase. Driving a wickedly quick ’69 Camaro that features a massive 854ci engine from legendary Reher-Morrison that is tuned by doorslammer racing guru Shannon Jenkins, Castellana was dominant all season to win by a wide points margin. “Iron Mike” wheeled the highly funded Al-Anabi–sponsored monster to four circuit event wins during the 2011 ADRL campaign.

Indiana’s “Silver Bullet”

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Jeremy Duncan’s ’69 Super Stock Camaro (SS/GA) is a classic example of the longevity and continued popularity of that model year in drag racing. Meticulously prepared and featuring a superb small-block engine program by Jeff Taylor, Duncan has enjoyed great success over a long period of time. Jeremy is continuing a family tradition, driving a car, which in fact his father, Elwood Duncan, first built and raced back in 1987. To date, Duncan has amassed some seven wins at the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional level and he finished Eighth in the overall NHRA World Standings for Super Stock in 2010. The car, which has been updated in more recent times by MPR Race Cars, is capable of clockwork-like runs in the high 9-second zone.

Northern Series Champ

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One of Canada’s most veteran Sportsman drag racers has claimed one of Canada’s most prestigious circuit titles. Robert C. Park won the eastern Canadian orientated Can-Am Stock/Super Stock Series title for 2011 driving his ’86 Camaro. Park (who is from Ontario) won the title by a scant single point in what was the closest title chase in the Can-Am Stock/Super Stock series’ 12-year history. That circuit champion is determined by the best finish in five races over a 10-race season schedule. Many of those events attracted between 40 and 50 cars for competition. Park’s GT/EA Camaro was originally built by “Pete Z” and it features an extremely reliable low-compression 255hp 350 engine program.

Z28 Showstopper

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They are pretty rare birds indeed. So when Tyler Wudarczyk (from Kansas) showed up at dragstrips this season with his ’70 Z28 Stock Eliminator Camaro—he got noticed. But Tyler’s car is certainly more than just classic model lines. By combining terrific preparation with great driving, Wudarczyk’s machine is arguably the best running car of that year model seen anywhere in drag racing. Featuring a 350ci LT-1 motor built by Gary Stinnett, power is transferred to the ground though a GM Metric 200 three-speed automatic transmission built by Tyler’s father, Tim Wudarczyk. Tyler’s claim to fame is a rather long list indeed, including in more recent times, the 2010 NHRA Division 5 Stock Championship, a Fifth place in 2010 NHRA World Points, and numerous event and D/SA class title wins.



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