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Car Craft Sponsors Cheap StreetThe PRO Fastest Street Car racing series Cheap Street class is now called Car Craft Magazine Cheap Street! That's right, we're an official class sponsor. Most seasoned readers should know how fitting that title is. We've always been a proponent of low-buck performance, and we feel that this class best represents our style.

Last year we introduced you to the newly formed PRO Series Cheap Street class, which was quickly labeled the ultimate "real world" class designed as an affordable entry-level power-adder arena for street-equipped cars and trucks. The rules allow carbureted 365ci engines with a base weight of 3,250 pounds, but competitors can build up to 385ci engines with a weight penalty of 10 pounds per cubic inch. Other than that, all cars must use stock-style suspension, any street or race tire measuring no larger than 26.5 inches tall and 10.2 inches wide, any OEM transmission using planetary gears, a single-stage nitrous system limited to a 0.083-inch nitrous jet, and a limited selection of heads. Fairly basic, but the real kicker is the claimer rule.

The claimer rule allows any competitor who qualifies in the top five of a minimum eight-car field to claim either the winner's or the runner-up's engine for the sum of $3,000. As long as the claim is made to a PRO official within the allotted 10 minutes of the final round, the claimer receives the entire long-block from intake manifold to oil pan, including (but not limited to) the following parts: short-block, flexplate, harmonic balancer, all necessary bolts, cylinder heads, oil pan, oil pump, valve covers, timing cover, camshaft, lifters, push rods, rocker arms, and intake manifold.

This year a few things have changed in an effort to slow down the cars and to make it an even fairer playing field. Last year's claimer rule has expanded to allow a $2,000 transmission and converter claim and a $500 carburetor claim, and the nitrous jet is now restricted to 0.063 inch.

For 2003, rejecting or refusing a claim is going to be a difficult process unless a racer is willing to walk away from the series. The amount of a Cheap Street long-block claim will remain $3,000. However, if you refuse any type of claim, as stated in the official PRO-Edelbrock rule book, you, "will be suspended from competition in any PRO class for two years and will lose all PRO points accumulated during the racing season, any national record set during the racing season, and any awards or contingency posted for the event during which the claim is refused. In addition, the claimee' s vehicle will be suspended from competition in Cheap Street for a period of two years. The PRO tech director has the right to accept or reject a claim for any reason whatsoever." That stiff penalty is designed to ensure that the claim process remains intact and is respected.

What does this mean for you? It means you'll see our mugs at many of the races and get the opportunity to interact with staffers and have a better chance of getting your car featured in Car Craft. We're already concocting Cheap Street engine buildups and tech tips. So if you've been contemplating your own buildup, now's the time, because we'll be there to catch it in print.

'03 Races Near You!Check the Web for for the latest scheduling information:www.nmca-racing.com www.pscaracing.comwww.funfordevents.comwww.theclashofthetitans.comwww.oscaracing.comwww.fasteststreetcar.com

2003 EventsNMCA/NSCA Super Series April 26-27Hot Rod Power FestivalMontgomery Motorsports ParkMontgomery, AL

May 17-18Hot Rod Power FestivalNo Problem Raceway ParkBelle Rose, LA

June 7-8Hot Rod Power FestivalCecil Country DragwayRising Sun, MD

June 28-29Hot Rod Power FestivalUS 131 Motorsports ParkMartin, MI

July 26-27Hot Rod Power FestivalPittsburgh Raceway ParkNew Alexandria, PA

August 16-17Gateway International RacewayMadison, FL

September 6-7Hot Rod Power FestivalMid-Michigan MotorplexStanton, MI

September 26-28Hot Rod Power FestivalNational Trail RacewayColumbus, OH

Pacific Street Car AssociationMay 2-4Si Valves Spring Break ShootoutFamoso RacewayBakersfield, CA

May 23-25Innovative Turbo Memorial Weekend ShootoutLas Vegas Motor SpeedwayLas Vegas, NV

July 4-5Calvert Racing NoCal NationalsSacremento RacewaySacramento, CA

August 29-31Edelbrock Labor Day NationalsLas Vegas Motor SpeedwayLas Vegas, NV

October 3-5AJE Racing Fall NationalsTBA

November 14-16Probe Industries World FinalsSpeedworld MotorplexPhoenix, AZ

PRO April 11-13Inaugural PRO Hot Rod & Muscle Car NationalsBradenton Motorsports ParkBradenton, FL

June 6-82nd Annual PRO Hot Rod & Muscle Car NationalsBeech Bend RacewayBowling Green, KY

July 19-202nd Annual Ross Pistons PRO Muscle Car NationalsCordova DragwayQuad Cities, IL

August 22-242nd Annual PRO Hot Rod & Muscle Car NationalsMaple Grove RacewayReading, PA

September 12-142nd Annual PRO Hot Rod & Muscle Car NationalsAtlanta DragwayAtlanta, GA

October 3-52nd Annual PRO World FinalsMemphis Motorsports ParkMemphis, TN

Got Info?Have any interesting information, outrageous rumors, or incriminating photos? If so, don't be greedy-share them with us! E-mail them to henry.delossantos@primedia.com, and if it's especially good material, we'll send you a highly desirable Car Craft plate, maybe some stickers, or whatever else we think looks good at the time.

Have any interesting information, outrageous rumors, or incriminating photos? If so, don't be greedy-share them with us! E-mail them to delossah@primediacmmg. com, and if it's especially good material, we'll send you the highly desirable Car Craft plate, maybe some stickers, or whatever else we think looks good at the time.

'03 ScheduleAmerican Autosports Productions, the longest running all-Ford racing organization, is going on its 12th season, and the new schedule includes a couple of stops on a new West Coast swing through Southern California and Arizona. With $2.4 million in contingency payouts from a heap of aftermarket companies and the chance to win a new car from Ford, it's an experience Blue Oval racers and fans won't want to miss. For more information, call Fun Ford Weekend (FFW) at 225/664-0996 or visit www.funfordevents.com.

March 1-213th Annual MM&FF Spring ShootoutOrlando Speed World Dragway Orlando, Florida

April 11-1313th Annual Peach State FFWAtlanta DragwayCommerce, Georgia

May 2-413th Annual Texas Thunder FFWHouston Raceway ParkBaytown, Texas

June 6-813th Annual Sunshine State FFWGainesville RacewayGainesville, Florida

June 27-295th Annual Old Dominion FFWVirginia Motorsports ParkRichmond, Virginia

July 11-1313th Annual Buckeye State FFWNorwalk Raceway ParkNorwalk, OhioAugust 1-312th Annual Thunder Valley FFWBristol DragwayBristol, Tennessee

August 16-179th Annual New England FFWNew England DragwayEpping, New Hampshire

September 5-76th Annual Midwest FFWCordova Dragway ParkCordova, Illinois

September 19-2113th Annual Ford Mustang World FinalsTexas MotorplexEnnis, Texas

November 1-21st Annual Pacific FFWLos Angeles County RacewayPalmdale, California

November 22-231st Annual Valley of the Sun FFWFirebird International RacewayChandler, Arizona

8.39 at 164 mph on Radials!NMCA Drag Radial racer Troy Pirez may be the undisputed king of Radial. With his '70 Silver Bullet Nova sporting a 511ci big-block, 15:1 compression, and a healthy dose of nitrous through a Nitrous Express Shark Fogger system, Pirez entered the Southern Outlaw series held at Bradenton Motorsports Park for a little test and tune prior to the NMCA's '03 season open in Atlanta. In 100 percent legal BFGoodrich Drag Radial Eliminator trim, the bullet blasted to a staggering 8.39 at 164 mph. It looks like Pirez has done his homework during the off-season and is packing some serious heat in an effort to take the championship title. Does this mean we may get a chance to witness the first-ever 7-second blast on radials? Probably not this year, but then again, anything's possible.

Race Class SpotlightPSCA: Heavy Street116-0305-HUN-class-TKLet's face it, not every street machine can trim down enough iron to be competitive in some heads-up classes. While some may view gutting their prized ride as a minor inconvenience, not everyone wants to relegate their weekend cruiser to weekend warrior status or be forced to race only in bracket programs. Recognizing this, the Pacific Street Car Association series has added a new Heavy Street program for the '03 season.

Heavy Street caters to old school tube chassis and back-halved cars with a minimum weight of 3,500 pounds. The rules are very basic with no restrictions on cubic inches, heads, transmissions, or tire size. Only gasoline and alcohol with a single power adder are permitted (no nitro), and you get a slight weight break for competing with a nitrous small-block, using 29x10.5 or smaller tires, or by having a ladder-bar chassis with unaltered rear framerails. Other than that, all cars must retain original appearance. This new class promises to deliver some wild freight trains in motion. For detailed rules and race schedules, log onto www.pscaracing.com.

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