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Fast Focus is a new department for MoparMax magazine centered on drag racing. Each edition will showcase snapshots of cutting edge, top achieving or just plain high on the cool meter Mopar-branded machinery.
Northeast Notoriety – Since first coming on the scene with his machine back in 2009, Massachusetts-based racer Pete Farber has built a very solid reputation racing his outrageous 1969 Dodge Daytona. The ever improving racer and team remains highly active within North America’s Pro Modified racing scenes, racing both the major NHRA and ADRL circuits as well as the Canadian PMRA tour. Pete’s car, which was built by reputed G-Force Race Cars in Western NY, features in 2012 an extremely powerful 521 CID supercharged alcohol burning engine program by Al Billes. The Daytona, which is a runaway fan favorite in popularity, is capable of 250 mph terminal speeds.
Cool Cotton ‘Cuda – Oklahoma is home state to the Mopar proponent husband and wife racing team of Mike and Paula Cotton who both race NHRA Sportsman cars. Mike Cotton drives the team’s spectacular and very Mopar-themed SS/JA ’70 Barracuda which in fact has a very long history within NHRA class racing. Originally raced by both Art Pacheco and former MLB player Eric Bell, Mike and the car enjoyed their finest hour yet earlier in 2012 by winning the season-opening NHRA Winternationals – Mike’s first career NHRA national event title. The meticulously maintained Barracuda was built by Phil Mandella and it currently features a 300 HP 383 CID engine program by Eric Jones.
New Texas Terror – One of the most pleasant surprises of the season so far within NHRA Pro Stock class racing has been the performance of Chris McGaha driving his 500 CID Hemi-powered Dodge Avenger. McGaha, who is from Odessa, and who formally raced in Top Sportsman, has teamed up with legendary engine building guru David Nickens for 2012. While the team plans to run only sporadic NHRA national events this season – they have truly been impressive doing that so far with solid qualifying efforts, ETs in the 6.5 secs zone, and even some round wins to their credit. That is something that is really not supposed to happen for new players within the brutal NHRA class category. Primary team sponsorship comes from oilfield equipment supply company Harlow Sammons (of Odessa).
Resume Building – Paul Mitsos, who is son to NHRA Pro Stock team owner Nick Mitsos continues to hone his racing skills. Mitsos, who is a crewmember for his father’s potent Mountain View Tire Dodge Avenger Pro Stocker (driven by Vincent Nobile), also races that team’s former Dodge Stratus as a Top Sportsman car. Based from Rancho Cucamonga, California, Paul, who is a District Manager for ten of his father’s thirty Mountain View Tire locations, has become a formidable driver in his own right. While he is currently satisfied with the Stratus’s 7.3 secs 190 mph capability in TS – he also admits that he hopes to use this experience as a stepping stone to a Pro Stock class eventuality. Yet another story worth monitoring for Mopar drag racing fans.