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KB Racing Team Headquarters - This Guy's Garage

By , Photography by Jon Knapp

KB Racing Team Headquarters / Mooresville, NC
When you mention Mooresville, North Carolina, and racing, most motorsports fans will recognize it as the hometown for such notable circle track teams as Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI), Penske Racing, J.R. Motorsports (Dale Jr.'s organization), and the Roush-Fenway Nationwide series shop. But there's another notable team that races in a straight line-KB Racing, which manages the Summit Racing team cars of three-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson and '06 NHRA Pro Stock champion Jason Line. But behind these famous drivers is a team that is also deep into the car crafting scene. If you twist wrenches for an NHRA Pro Stock team, you probably don't have a Honda sitting in your garage, so we thought we'd see what the guys and women behind the racers drive. It's a garage any good car crafter would love to get lost in.

A. This '65 Plymouth Belvedere is a relatively new acquisition for crew chief Rob Downing, since he has only owned it for about a year. With a 400ci B-motor and a 727 automatic, it's relatively mild right now. But he plans on stuffing a 500ci stroker big-block between the fenders as well as rebuilding the suspension and spraying new paint.

B. Shop manager and assembler Rick Kippley likes the open cockpit fun of a '65 Cobra replica complete with a 392ci 351W stroker backed by a Tremec five-speed. With AFR heads, a hydraulic roller cam, and a road race oil pan, this roadster is ready for those twisty Tarheel backroads. But it's also spent time on the dragstrip, pulling down a respectable 7.95/95 mph in the eighth-mile.

C. This big, white '06 Silverado pickup belongs to dyno operator and crew member Nathan DeWitt and may be somewhat underpowered by a stock 295hp 4.8L and five-speed manual. But Nathan has plans for a 427ci LS engine and a six-speed.

D. The '63 Galaxie belongs to engine specialist and crew member Patrick Topolinski. It sports a 351W, and he's owned this classic for about three years. The motor is a 0.040 over with RHS heads, a Summit Racing intake, a Comp camshaft, and a set of Summit headers. The engine makes an honest 365 hp. Patrick has plans for a full restoration of the barn find with a stroker FE and a Top Loader four-speed.

E. The '68 Chevelle belongs to driver Jason Line, who is also one of the team's dyno operators. He bought this Chevelle when he was just 14 years old, and it only has 36,000 on the clock. It seems a little tame with a mild 425hp 350 and a Powerglide-until you discover he's already built a 557ci Rat motor for a Biscayne station wagon. Now that sounds more like what a Pro Stock driver would do during on his time off.

KB's administrative assistant, Jennifer Sandlin, is no less a gearhead-even if her car was absent on photo day. As part of her family tradition, she wheels a gennie all-steel '24 bucket T roadster powered by a righteous 354ci iron Hemi backed by a LaSalle transmission and a '40 Ford banjo rearend. Jennifer says the car has been in her family for 48 years.

F. That's Greg Anderson's '05 custom chopper that he won from the Speed Channel as the Driver of the Year for accomplishing a record-setting 15 national event victories in 2004. The bike was built by Scott Britt of Wilmington, North Carolina.

G. Greg and Jason wheel '09 Pontiac GXP-body Pro Stockers. The cars sport DRCE3 500ci big-blocks that make more than 1,350 hp, Rick Jones chassis, and Liberty five-speed manuals. Both cars run in the mid-6.50s at 212 mph. At press time, Greg is fourth in the points chase, and Jason is in sixth. The third car in the background is the team test car.

H. This '86 Z28 belongs to CNC operations manager Lynn Mueller. He's rowed that 305 and T5 five-speed for 24 years, and it still looks new.

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