2012 Dollar General Summernationals Topeka

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    A Volare that wins super stock....

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    After a very long absence (28 years), Arkansas’ Lloyd Wofford is making a comeback to drag racing this season.
    Wofford, who was active as a drag racer all through the 1970s and up to 1981, has teamed up for 2009 with B&B Race Cars (Hohenwald, Tenn.) and notable Mopar drag racer Sonny Stancil (from Louisiana) and is now slotted to drive a mechanical marvel 1978 Plymouth Volare in NHRA Super Stock JA. That car, affectionately dubbed by some as the “Red Rocket,” was built by B&B and will be raced alongside Stancil’s SS/BM ’05 Stratus, which is driven by James Caro.
    “I’m 58 years old but I plan on now doing this as long as I can,” said Wofford. “After I connected with B&B Race Cars I hit if off well with Sonny and James. Along with my wife Linda, we have now formed a partnership to move forward. Right now the team will campaign two cars—and we have an all-new ’68 HEMI Barracuda SS/AH (another B&B car) that is being built and which I will also drive.”
    Wofford’s ’78 Volare has been a huge hit with Sportsman racing fans since first hitting the track a few years ago. It is currently regarded as one of the most innovative Super Stock cars on circuit today.
    “Sonny has had this car for several years and it has seen a number of drivers,” Wofford added. “It has a 360 cid motor which NHRA rates at 269 hp. Alan Patterson did the machine work however it really is an in-house engine program assembled by James and Sonny. As far as I know it is the only SS/JA-classed Volare out there.”
    Year-to-date, Wofford’s comeback season has been very impressive. That includes a No. 1 qualifying position during the NHRA national event at Atlanta in April, followed by a superb runner-up finish in Super Stock Eliminator during the NHRA Summer Nationals at Topeka, Kansas, in May.
     
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    efriedrich Well-Known Member

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    A race car with only 269 hp, what gives?
     
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    269 hp ain't going to get you below 10 seconds.
     
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    Thats just what NHRA factors it at, I dont understand how they arrive at those numbers bu believe me hes got ALOT more than 269.
     
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    It's a dyslexia thing it really is 962 HP. lol
     
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    629 would be my guess.
     
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    A Ten Ounce Bird Cannot Carry a Five Pound Coconut

    The NHRA "factory" hp rating is how the car receives its class designation. In this case it SS/JA (super stock/J automatic) He's gotta run most of the stock parts that came with the car. It's no R-block with aluminum heads in there, but a 360 cast iron block with the smogger heads. Heck, the casting numbers even have to be original or NHRA approved replacements. Super Stockers are quite a sophisticated race car covered in stock sheet metal. The trick is pushing the allowable modifications to the edge.

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    Yep and dont ask any of those guys their secrets... They will tell you then hafta kill ya.... Those are tough classes to run in...
     
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    i have seen this car in person and i can say it is a work of art.
     
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    Thanks for the explanation Dago.
     
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    NHRA/IHRA Stock and Superstock classes are very, very tough classes to be competitive in. Rules are very limmited and building a stock/superstock engine takes almost as much time and labor as a Pro Stock engine these days. Everything from the new Drag Pack Challengers and Cobra Jet Mustangs to a front wheel drive turbo Caravan, etc. can compete in these classes. To have a way to classify the cars NHRA/IHRA used the factory rated horsepower and shipping weight to determine what class the car would fall in. In eliminations cars not in the same exact class (such as G/SA-G Stock Automatic) they use a dial-in just like in bracket racing. When two cars in the same exact class race each other it's heads up, first to finish line wins(no breakout). There are lots of little tricks these guys know and use and most of the racers are vwery friendly and knowledgeable about everything on a car. Take time to look(join if you like www.classracer.com) and learn more about Stock and Superstock. It's amazing how fast these cars run with the limited amount of modifications allowed and the strctness of the rules. Better yet, check out a NHRA/IHRA divisional or national event and spend some time in the sportsman pits. It will simply amaze you once you really get to iknow these racers and the type of racing they do.