Pontiac V8 Powered Super Stock Class History

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Re: Pontiac V8 Powered Super Stock Class History

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Another small body Pontiac, with Pontiac power has been driven by Stacy McCarty. I assume most of the engine work was done by his dad, Pontiac racer Lynn McCarty. The car is listed as an '05 grand Am. I think it runs the alum head 428. It also ran GT/AA, before NHRA changed the weight breaks.

The 1st year i can find this car on the DRC lists is 2006. It was listed as a 2003 Grand Am, running GT/CA.

7/15/06 - div 3-3 - #40 - 9.853 - .847 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 6#indextop

At this race, the car is listed as a 2005 GA, running GT/AA.

9/20/08 - Jegs Northern Sports Nats - #55 - 9.404 - .996 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 8#indextop

10/5/08 - Pro-Am Race @ Osceola - SS Win ! :)

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9/5/09 - US Nats - #108 - 9.344 - 1.056 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

9/4/10 - US Nats - #53 - 9.25 - .850 under.

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9/3/11 - US Nats - #24 - 9.149 - .951 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 1#indextop

4/28/12 - div 3-1 - #12 - 9.145 - .955 under.

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The car had an engine explosion & wreck @ the 2012 US Nats. :(

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10/5/19 - div 3-6 - #34 - .696 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

8/6/20 - div 3-2 - #42 - .663 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 0#indextop

Apparently the car has been painted gray.

https://autoimagery.photoshelter.com/se ... =usrSearch
1 - Stacey McCarty GT-AA .jpg

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Re: Pontiac V8 Powered Super Stock Class History

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If there are other Pontiac powered GT cars using a small Pontiac body, I can't think of it, right now. But, there have been at least two 428 powered Cobalts. One is the quickest Pontiac powered GT Super Stock car I know of. It turned an 8.90, to win class @ Indy. It is driven by Robert Cruzen Sr.

Car seems to run 9-teens easily, with some left in reserve. Don't really know how quick it could go, if there was not the fear of an NHRA hp "hit". Not sure when he put the Pontiac engine into the little Cobalt. But, I'll look & see what I can find.

The earliest I've found it is at the div 7 race in 2011. It was already quick, turning a 9.32. But, he would wring more out of it, in the months that followed.

3/26/11 - div 7-2 - #2 - .949 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 1#indextop

Ran a 9.035 @ Indy, which was 1.065 under & good enuff for #5 position, & won the GT/AA class.That was a pretty awesome performance for a Pontiac powered SS car !

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 1#indextop

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Also won GT/AA at Vegas, in Oct.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 1#indextop

2/15/13 - Winter Nats - #3 - 9.141 - .959 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 3#indextop

2/28/13 - div 7-1 - #1 - 9.068 - 1.032 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 3#indextop

3/2/13 - div 7-2 - #1 - 9.164 - .936 under - Made it to semi.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 3#indextop

3/30/13 - div 7-3 - #3 - .940 under - Won the race ! :D - Cut a perfect .000 light in E-4.

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4/6/13 - Vegas Summit Nats - #2 - .947 under - GT/AA Class Winner.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 3#indextop

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3/3/14 - div 7-1 - R/U in an All-Pontiac final.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 4#indextop

9/5/15 - US Nats - #24 - .971 under - GT/AA Class Winner @ 9.046

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 5#indextop

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10/25/15 - Vegas Toyota Nats - #9 - 1.122 under - GT/AA Class Winner.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 5#indextop

11/12/15 - Pomona Finals - #5 - 9.091 - 1.009 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 5#indextop

9/2/16 - US Nats - #11 - 1.200 under - GT/AA Class Winner - 8.90 ET @ 146.13 mph !

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4/1-17 - Vegas Denso Nats - #1 - 1.094 under - GT/EA Class Winner - NHRA changed the GT weight breaks.

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6/18/17 - div 5-2 - #1 - .958 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 7#indextop

10/26/17 - Vegas Toyota Nats - #7 - 1.033 under - GT/EA Class Winner.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 7#indextop

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5/18/18 - Topeka Heartland Nats - #3 - .878 under - GT/DA Class Winner.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 8#indextop

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6/10/18 - div 4-5 - #2 - 9.063 - .937 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 8#indextop

6/17/18 - div 5-1 - #2 - .875 under - SS R/U.

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10/25/18 - Vegas Toyota Nats - #5 - .971 under -

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 8#indextop

6/7/19 - Topeka Heartland Nats - #6 - .889 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

6/16/19 - div 5-1 - #1 - .993 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

10/31/19 - Vegas Dodge Nats - #15 - 1.015 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

11/14/19 - Pomona Finals - #7 - .933 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

Well, hey, this is the quickest Pontiac powered SS car ever. It qualified in the top 5 or top 10 lots of times that I didn't post. Wish it had a Pontiac body. But at least it does have Pontiac power ! :)






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3 - Robert Cruzen   428 Pontiac Power .jpg
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5 - Cruzen Win .jpg

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Re: Pontiac V8 Powered Super Stock Class History

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Another little 428 powered Cobalt has been driven mostly by Todd Frantz. I think Todd is part of a racing partnership between him & Irvin Johns. I know they run 2 cars, maybe more. Irvin drove the Pontiac powered car some this year.

Here's what a fellow Pontiac powered GT racer posted. "...Todds cobolt has a 428 built by Jeff Taylor
car owned by Irvin Johns."

With this car, Todd won the GT/FA Class at Indy last year, with a 9.188/143.80 run.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

5/7/19 - div 3-1 - #5 - .915 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

5/18/19 - div 3-2 - #5 - .939 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

7/7/19 -div 3-3 - #7 - .881 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

7/13/19 - div 3-4 - #3 - .944 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

8/31/19 - US Nats - #30 - 1.067 under - GT/FA Class Winner.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

9/22/19 - Jegs Sports Nats - #15 - .894 under.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 9#indextop

7/19/20 - Jegs Sports Nats - GT/EA Class R/U - Irvin actually went quicker than Don Kennedy, but got treed.

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 0#indextop

8/6/20 - div 3-2 - #5 - .951 under.

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Re: Pontiac V8 Powered Super Stock Class History

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At this past weekend's div 4 Texas double race, J.B. Clegg was driving what I assume to be the quickest Pontiac powered "regular" Super Stock car, which is currently active. When I use that term "regular", that means it must use an engine which is legal for that particular year & model car. The class designation begins with SS, rather than GT. In this case, the car is a 1973 Firebird, with an SD455 engine.

Now, they could run this same car in GT, but the index is slightly quicker. They could also run most any other GM V8 engine, & run the car in a GT class.

Some 428 engines & the Ram Air IV engines can run the NHRA legal alum replacement heads, in SS. But, there is no legal alum replacement head fir the SD455. So, that means they must run the rare & now extremely valuable factory iron SD455 heads. Since the Cleggs have been racing the SD455 engines since '73, they probably bought quite a few sets of SD455 heads, back when they were a LOT cheaper.

Anyhow, the quickest regular SS Pontiac powered Pontiac ran this past weekend. It's best ET was a 9.623, which was a breakout on it's 9.64 dial-in. I don't know the cars best ever ET.

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Re: Pontiac V8 Powered Super Stock Class History

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Well, we know that the Clegg '73 SD455 Bird is the quickest reg SS car ever.

But, it runs a manual trans, or as they say it's a "stick car".

As far as I know, the quickest ever reg SS car, which ran an auto trans, is the John Angeles '69 RAIV Firebird.

John's daughter, Keri, has done most of the driving for many years now. Pretty sure I mentioned that she made the 1st ever 9 sec pass in a Pontiac powered reg SS car, back in 2000.

I don't have any idea what the car's quickest ever time is. But DRC has it listed as making a 9.765 pass, back in 2006. I don't know of another Pontiac powered reg SS auto trans car that has come anywhere close to that time.

2/25/06 - AZ Nats - #25 - 9.765

https://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStor ... 6#indextop
1 - Keri Angeles  1st  9 sec Pont SS .jpg
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