Man, this stuff gets our cookies! Yes! Rock! Big steel doorslammers on 11.5-inch DOT tires. Big-blocks meet small-blocks. Major squeeze. Bumper-mangling holeshots. Headlights, turn signals, full interiors-the occasional bench seat. The sporadic 8-second pass!
It's all part of the NMCA/Comp Cams World's Fastest Street Cars Drag Racing Series. Not the full-gonzo, might-as-well-be-IHRA-Pro-Stock, tube-chassis-F-body Pro Street guys-but the little ol' EZ Street racers. The little guys of street car racing. The little guys with the cool cars.
You'd have to be sniffing glue not to notice that Car Craft has been hyping EZ Street throughout 1998. To give 'em even more, the NMCA tossed together a special Car Craft Quick 8 Shootout for the St. Louis event held August 8-9. The Quick 8 program is simply a race held during the Saturday qualifying session; the quickest eight cars in the first round get paired off in a standard ladder during subsequent qualifying rounds, and at the end of the day, there's a final round to determine the champion. The prize? Nothin' but bragging rights and a fabu Car Craft staff jacket. Oh, and glory in these here pages.
Once you've checked out the Quick 8 runners (with Quick 8 qualifying e.t.s noted) and a few highly notable also-rans, get a grip on yourself and plan to hit an NMCA race in person during 1999. Call 800/213-4883 to get a rule book or info, and peek at CC every month for more news.
Quick 8 Winner
9.26 at 147.09 mph
So far, you don't win an EZ Street race unless you're Gary Rohe or Bobby Joysey. Even though Rohe's Mustang was the number one qualifier at St. Louis with a flabbergasting 8.98, he didn't do it in first-round qualifying so he missed out on Quick 8 action. Joysey was up to the task, wading through the field with authority thanks to a new big-block combo. We awarded Bob the official Car Craft jacket, but he passed it on to his dad Bill who builds the engines and handles the tune up.
9.37 at 144.10 mph
The guy's 19 years old. His 441 Rat-powered Chevelle makes anything we've built look stupid. We hate him. Brian Waszak and Team Wasz have come outta nowhere and smacked EZ Street silly with consistent just-quick-enough times (plus dropping a few tenths since you met him in our October issue) and smart racing that put him in the final round of both the Quick 8 Shootout and the Sunday big race. He redlighted the Quick 8 but cut the best reaction time of the entire race in the Saturday final.
Flash: First EZ Streeter in the 8s!
8.98 at 150.35 mph
Everyone on the line and in the lanes stood slack-jawed and pig-eyed. The fans tore the stands down. Gary Rohe was already the dude to beat, and the 8.98 at 150.35 pass didn't help matters. The first EZ Streeter in the 8s! Un-farging-believable! Remember, that's with a car that's steel except for the hood, has a full interior, runs an automatic trans, and with only a single stage of spray. Even more, Rohe just swapped from his old 406-inch mill to a smaller 350 small-block Ford. EZ street is a weight-per-cubic-inch class (8.5 pounds per cubic inch for nitrous)-and the Mustang hasn't even been lightened up for the new tinier engine. Guess our buddy Gary's goin' shopping for a parachute. Big surprise: Rohe also overalled the Saturday event at St. Louis.