Pure Stock Muscle
Car Drags at Mid Michigan
By Doug Dornbos
I attended the annual Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race at the Mid-Michigan
Motorplex last weekend. It was a very nice event.http://www.geocities.com/psmcdr/
A few observations:
1. The rules were VERY strictly enforced as far as I could tell with people
needing stock everything including valve covers, color of spark plug wires,
etc. Tech must really be an effort here (but I did not get a chance to watch
any inspections themselves). I did talk to one person who was DQ'ed in tech
due to an aftermarket carburetor. He completely agreed with the decision.
2. It was great to see 110 cars in the staging lanes and not a sticker on
any of them!
3. Elapsed times ranged from the 12.4s to the mid-16s.
4. No water box.
5. Traction on street tires (with no softening allowed) certainly proved
elusive for some of the guys. Many of them retained their rear anti-sway bar
though. It seemed to me they would've taken it off for the drags in hopes of
a better launch.
6. The format was "test and tune" most of Friday with two
qualifying runs at the end of the day. On Saturday, each car was paired with
the car that had the closest E.T. to theirs and they raced them in a best
2-out-of-3 match race.
7. The car that got the largest fan reaction was a red supercharged manual
trans Studebaker Lark. He was matched up against a mid-‘60s Corvette and
beat it twice in a row. The crowd went nuts. A Yenko Camaro had its
competitor break and unable to return for the second round so they
challenged the red Lark to a race. The Lark beat the Yenko with a 13.54. The
crowd went nuts again. The Stude guy had a bunch of friends out for the
event I must say.
8. Weird! Only one Mustang out of 110 muscle cars. A Mach 1. A few Torinos
9. Not a Chevy dominated event by any means. They were there of course, but
not in the ratio usually found at a drag race. A lot of Buicks and Mopars. A
few AMCs. Two Studes.
10. I met Joel Naprstek's friend Ed Evans on Saturday morning. Ed did the
T-shirt art for the event.
11. A bunch of these cars were show cars that never get raced. There were
some gorgeous cars here.
12. The guys who put this event on have a website at
13. A funny thing about racers: Their goal at the beginning of the day is
very different than their desires at the end of the day. For instance, I
talked to a racer at the start of Friday whose one wish was to just get into
the 13s. He ran several low 14s and then a 13.99. I congratulated him on it
at the end of the day and his response was something like "Well, I only
did it once." It's never enough! Been there!
14. I am amazed by how much the devotees of each car marque have their own
set of tricks and knowledge like "Those are wheels from a '72,
right?" or "They didn't make a hood scoop that year but that one
looks like the one from '69" or all such stuff. And to the casual
passerby unfamiliar with the nuances of the marque, these things are
unnoticeable. It's almost an inside joke. (I am of course only talking about
the cars in the parking lot here since the cars that raced were all correct