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Nostalgia racing has become a large part of drag racing in recent years. The Goodguys has a long history of great Nostalgia events on the West Coast and Midwest, and this year there will be a six-race series in the Midwest at major markets such as Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and the Quad Cities area of Iowa-Illinois.
There are no fewer than a dozen or so major events for Nostalgia racers in the Midwest this year and, for the first time ever, the Midwest promoters are adding a new professional Nostalgia class: Nostalgia Pro Stock. The class was the brainchild of Chris Schneider and John Troxel who co-promote the Muscle Car Reunion races at St. Louis and Kansas City.
When the rules for the class were posted on the Internet, saying that the cars had to be 1970-74 period-correct cars with iron blocks, heads, and a cast aluminum tunnel ram, one of the first to contact the promoters was the team of Mike Loboda and his son and driver, Sean.
This proud Mopar team from Brecksville, Ohio, campaigns this nifty 1972 Duster equipped with a 358 inch small block and backed by a Jerico 4-speed trans, a Trick Titanium can and a Boninfante 10-inch clutch with six fingers. The 108-inch-wheelbase Duster weighs in at 3,020 pounds with driver, and has recorded a best ET of 9.97/134+.
The Duster started life with a Slant Six under the hood, but that powerplant was soon replaced with a nicely engineered 340 small block pumped up to 368 cubic inches. The 368 engine was built using a 59-degree “B” iron block that has been race-prepped to the max, including having line-bored and bushed lifter bores.
The cylinder heads are factory W-2 steel heads that have been mildly ported and had a tenth of an inch of metal milled off to raise the compression and “close” the combustion chambers. All of the head modifications were done by Dave Koffel of Koffel’s Place.
A set of Diamond pistons with Speed Pro rings bring the static compression in at 12.7 to 1. The valve train is a combination of a Bullet roller cam, Crane roller lifters, Harland Sharp rockers and PSI valve springs. The valves are Del West titanium and Ferrea stainless steel.