Behind the small-block is a BTE Powerglide transmission, which is built to withstand the abuse of nitrous launches and features a trans brake. Pro Torque Converters of Riceville, Tennessee, built the converter, which stalls to 4,500 rpm, while a Hurst shifter selects the gears. Inside, the Chevy II has a pair of Kirkey aluminum racing seats and Simpson harnesses to keep Marcus safe behind the wheel. The nitrous bottle rides in the passenger-side floor pan, and there are a few auxiliary gauges mounted beneath the dash-other than that, the interior is all stock. The lack of a heater, air conditioner, and radio doesn't bother Marcus-he's interested in going fast and all that stuff just gets in the way.
Part of Marcus' success with this combination is its simplicity, as it doesn't utilize any exotic components, relying mainly on bolt-on parts from respected race parts manufacturers. The car weighs 3,175 with Marcus behind the wheel, and that's the minimum it can weigh in Cheap Street trim. Competition in the Cheap Street class is very tight, with stock-suspension cars running mid-five-second elapsed times, so the initial goal involved getting the car into the five-second zone. He dipped into the 5.70s when the car still had a plate nitrous system and Heidts front end, but Marcus really stepped it up by switching to the fogger system and tubular subframe. His best elapsed time so far is a 5.48 in the eighth-mile, blazing through the traps at over 130 mph. Prepping the car between rounds, and making sure Marcus is lined up in the groove is Zack Cagle's job, while Marcus' wife Emily is always there to cheer him on.
Mike Farley has also been there all along to lend a helping hand when it comes to tuning the car, even though he is part of the competition. The two raced in the same class for most of the '10 season, and Marcus reached the ultimate goal of outrunning his friend and racing partner in the finals of the Brainerd Outlaw Street Car Reunion in October last year. And though he didn't bring home any hardware from the Bounty Race series in '10, Marcus enjoys the close competition and the thrill of driving his wicked deuce through the eighth-mile.
It's a clean car that can still be driven on the street, but it's proven its potency at the track, making it a tough decision when it comes time to choose a sole purpose for the car. Marcus doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon, so the Brockdell Bullet will keep doing its thing and hopefully end up in the winner's circle again.
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