Drag Racing Online: The Magazine

Volume VIII, Issue 2


After winning the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season-opener in Valdosta, GA, two weeks ago, Harold Martin and the ACDelco Pro Mod Pontiac Racing team returned to their shop in New Hudson, MI, to prepare for their next event. Based on their success, one would think normal maintenance procedures would be in order, but the Martin Motorsports crew had other ideas.

Determined to continually raise the bar, the team spent considerable time since the last race looking for ways to improve their performance even further. Based on these efforts, they head into this weekend’s RacingJunk.com DRAGPALOOZA II in Houston, TX, with their sights set on a quick return to the winner’s circle.

“We learned some very useful information in Valdosta and have worked extremely hard since then, analyzing the data and further expanding the set-up that we were racing there,” stated Martin. “The ADRL really puts on a good show with superior competitors and it provides an excellent venue for our ACDelco Pontiac Pro Mod team to win a race in front of some great fans, while simultaneously testing new set-ups and comparing performance levels against some tremendous race teams.”

The ADRL two-day events are run on Fridays and Saturdays. (Ian Tocher photo) [3-3-2066]


Beginning with the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, the NHRA Technical department has made a further adjustment to the configuration of the MSD 8971 Pro Mag Digital Retard Control for Top Fuel only. The limiter will be adjusted to take the rate of 50 degrees per second for the first one-tenth of a second, and the remainder of the run will be at a rate of 25 degrees per second.

All other variables will remain the same, which includes: The unit will still be activated at three seconds and will have an rpm threshold of 8,250 rpm. [3-3-2066]


Evidently the 1320 note we ran yesterday about an engine explosion that occurred during testing at Phoenix was a lot more important than the Agent realized. The Agent got this note from Terry DeKonick, Dodge Motorsports Lead Aerodynamic Engineer: “Gary Scelzi's Charger did experience a top end explosion at about 1100 ft; it did not destroy the body. It only caused minor damage to the body and will be repaired in time for Gainesville. The car ran a 4.71 @ 320 mph on that pass.” (Marty Reger photos) [3-3-2066]

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