"OUTLAW" FUNNY CARS
The Outlaw class was defined as nitro burning
flops that didn't meet theVRA rules. That
meant these cars could have 526 inch engines,
44 amp mags, big fuel pumps and 14-71 blowers.
On paper these should have been the quickest
and fastest cars on the premises, but they
Racers that competed under the Outlaw format
included local favorite Greg Jacobsmeyer's
1970 Challenger, Rob Bruce's '69 Charger,
Virgil Hartman's much-anticipated '71 Mustang
and Eric Martin's '01 Charger Hustler tribute
car which features an original chassis built
for Farkonis-Coil-Minnick by the legendary
The quickest and most entertaining of the "Outlaw" cars
was Bruce's Zombie. It ran a cone crunching,
guard wall to guard wall 6.201/ 227.27 lap
that had the crowd on their feet.
Virgil Hartman's Mustang had plenty of experience
in the camp with Virgil tuning, son Richard
driving and son-in-law John Smith assisting.
Their first lap was impressive for about
300 ft until the car got squirrelly and Hartman
had to lift. On their next lap Hartman stayed
in the throttle but the blower lifted at
about 150 ft and the Hartman camp was done
for the event.
Martin never did get his Chi-town car down
track as he was shut off two or three times
for small oil leaks. The winner of the class
was Jacobsmeyer who ran about 20 percent
in the tank and steady 6.80's to get the
money over Bruce who broke in the finals.
VRA LEGAL FLOPS
An even half-dozen VRA legal flops
showed for the race but they were among the
best the sport has to offer. Dale Pulde,
Randy Walls, Jeff Utterback, Mike Savage
and Ed Swarz made the tow from the left Coast
for this race and for the most part they
performed very well.