Meet the winningest Chevy in the NMCA/Comp Cams EZ Street class of heads-up street car racing. The dudes are Bill Joysey behind the wrenches and his son Bob behind the wheel.
Their battlewagon is a '71 Camaro Z28 set on kill. The target? Gary Rohe and his seemingly untouchable '80 Mustang. It's more than a Chevy versus Ford rivalry-it's big-block versus small-block, heavyweight versus lightweight, and show car versus beater.
The Joyseys play the crystal-clean, fat-motor-powered end of the game, and the 440-inch Rat dictates a hefty minimum weight of 3,740 pounds thanks to EZ Street's 8.5-pounds-per-cube rule. With lanky Bobby bound by Simpson into the JAZ seats, you're looking at 3,800 pounds worth of 9.22-second, 147-mph heave-ho. That's honkin'. Scary, even.
What's spookier is that bottom 9s may not be enough to score Mr. Gasket's $4,000 for the EZ Street Champion. That dang light blue Mustang has seen high 8s at 150 mph, so what's a poor Chevy to do? "Throw more tune-up in it and work a little strategy in qualifying. I don't really want to, but I may have to." That was the word from Pops Joysey just a few days before NMCA Memphis, the mecca of street car racing. The points battle with Gary is tight, with the Camaro landing in the winner's circle at three out of the last nine races. Rohe won the other six, but even with two more chances (Memphis and Atlanta), a World Championship seems unlikely for the Chevy.
Even if the big win isn't in the cards, the Bill and Bob show still deserves critical acclaim. They've Raided the nitrous bugs, set some records, shown up at every single race, and won the Car Craft Quick 8 Shootout at the St. Louis event. Good enough? They don't guess so. Word in the pits is that the chunky F-body may get garaged next season in favor of a smaller car that can take advantage of the weight break offered by a small-cube Mouse motor. We're thinking early Nova, or maybe an '80s-vintage Malibu. One thing's fer sure though: They'll be back.
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