Hot Rod Magazine’s incredibly popular Drag Week tour is another four months away from rolling out of the Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky. on the 1,000-plus mile journey that will weave through the midwest, but preparations are well underway for the competitors who will tackle the sold out adventure that’s become the defining event of street car supremacy. While entrants from top to bottom are busy building, preparing, and flogging their rides for the week ahead, it’s the Unlimited class that always draws the bulk of the attention, largely because year in and year out, new challengers for the overall event crown turn up to challenge the undisputed king of Drag Week, the reigning and five-times-in-a-row champion of the event, Larry Larson, only to come up short of the legendary silver Chevy Nova from Kansas. But each year, things get a little more interesting, and the 2013 running will present another intriguing challenge for the title.
Earlier this week, we spoke with Darryl Johnson, who has been out making some initial test laps in his twin-supercharged Plymouth Duster that will take on Drag Week, and on Thursday, this brand new video filmed by Steve Morris of Steve Morris Engines surfaced of Tom Bailey’s insanely badass ‘Sick Seconds’ 1969 Camaro running on the chassis dyno. Last year, Bailey hung around until the final day of Drag Week, but had valvetrain issues that finally forced him out of contention before the conclusion of the tour. However, he did rock out a 6.94 during an unofficial lap at Tulsa on the final day, giving a heads-up to Larson and the rest of the troops that this beast is the real deal.
Morris and Bailey have only made a minute number of changes since leaving Drag Week last fall, including the addition of a new Holley EFI system to the 615 cubic inch big block that’s built using a Brodix engine block and 14.5-degree cylinder heads, fed by a pair of 94mm Precision turbos.
In the video, Morris makes a hit on his shop dyno in the Camaro at 26 lbs. of boost (even higher than the 22 lbs. the team used to accomplish the 6.94 last year), netting an impressive 2,108 horsepower. And to think, in Morris’ words, “we’re not leaning on this thing very hard at all.”
We say it every year like a broken record, but Drag Week is going to be one interesting affair this fall, and we can’t wait!