Kirk is of the new breed of Outlaw 10.5 racers.
He shows up with a major-league racecar hauler,
his 2000 Camaro carries only the best of everything,
his uniformed team presents a professional image
to the fans, and he backs it all up with stout
Kirk actually began his race-driving
career as a roundy-rounder in dirt late-models
back in 1984, but made the permanent switch
to straight-line action in 1988. He has previously
competed in Pro Stock, Pro Street, and Pro Mod,
but the Monroe, GA-based driver seems to have
found his niche amongst the outlaws. In March,
he sat down with DRO at the Outlaw Racing Street
Car Associations season opener at Jackson,
SC, to give his inner view of the class.
DRO: How did
you get started in Outlaw 10.5 racing?
Kirk: Around 95 and 96, the 10-inch
tire stuff started coming around really good
and we actually had the first Outlaw 10.5 car
that would go in the sevens in the quarter mile.
We won numerous events, local races, in those
Then I went Pro Street racing with NMCA in
1998 and campaigned a 69 Camaro for a
year and a half. I think we still hold the world
record for a Pro Street automatic car, which
was 6.88 at 207 mile an hour. After the 99
deal we helped Macon put on a big 10.5 race
and thats what really got this deal initiated,
the first $10,000 race to win. I put that package
together for them and since then Ive been
doing 10.5 racing exclusively.
DRO: What do you do for a living away from
Kirk: We own Kirks Speed Shop and SKJ
Race Cars in Monroe. We basically can build
another car exactly like this one for whoever
DRO: Describe the car youre racing now.
Kirk: Its three years old, a 2000 Camaro
that was originally a Pro Street car. We cut
the front-end off; we front-halved it, basically.
Cut the front off and replaced it with a stock
OEM-style front-end on a chassis car. Davis
Sheppard at Sheppard Race Cars did some of it
originally, and then we came back and had to
re-do a lot of it when the rules got tighter.
Vanishing Point did the original car, but weve
basically reconstructed the whole car since
2001. Its got one of our personal Kirks
Speed Shop engines in it, a 706 cubic inch.
DRO: Whats the attraction of 10.5 racing
for you? Why not continue in Pro Street, or
even move up to Pro Mod?
Kirk: Where else can you go for a two-day weekend
and run for $7,500? For the amount of rounds
you run here you cant beat it, and you
dont have to lean on your motor anywhere
near as hard as you would in Pro Modified.
DRO: Is that it, then? Its just more
the maintenance is a little more cost-effective,
but you go through three sets of these 10.5
tires versus one set of big tires for the Pro
Mods. This is a very expensive class to maintain,
and I really look for a lot of corporate sponsors
to get out here. Theres a race every weekend,
starting from the end of February to December