Mike Hill may not have had the
fastest car—that honor clearly went to the 2002 Camaro
of Terry Robbins—but he turned on the win lights when
they counted, culminating with a holeshot victory over Steve
Kirk in ORSCA’s Outlaw 10.5 final Sep. 4, at Atlanta
Dragway. It marked Hill’s first win in an ORSCA points-paying
“I needed that; I needed to step up in the points,”
he said. “We were number six or seven coming in and
I’m pretty sure this’ll move us up a couple of
After three rounds of qualifying on Saturday, with track
temperatures reaching as high as 138 degrees, Robbins, from
Forest, NC, sat on top of a list of 17 Outlaw 10.5 entries
with a 4.571-seconds pass over the eighth mile at 168.33 mph.
He was followed by Steve Kirk, Jack Barfield, and Hill, who
all ran identical 4.649s in the second session, so their order
was set according to speed. Josh McClelland rounded out the
top five with a 4.690 at 158.36 mph.
Terry Robbins was clearly the class
of the Outlaw 10.5 field in his 2002 Camaro, qualifying .078
ahead of second-place starter Steve Kirk. Robbins, from Forest,
NC, also set low E.T. in the first three rounds of eliminations
before fouling out with a redlight in the semis against Mike
Robbins was the only driver to officially dip into the 4.50s
at Atlanta, though Barfield managed it twice in test sessions,
including one held the morning of the race before eliminations
began. ORSCA President Johnny Fenn explained the unorthodox
scheduling was the result of a low car count in the street
car support series, so they needed some on-track activity
to fill the bill for the fans.
Nearly the entire first round of Outlaw 10.5 action consisted
of bye runs, with only Marcus Birt and Jerry Gunter, the numbers
16 and 17 qualifiers, squaring off. Birt advanced to face
Robbins, who went low for the round with a 4.573-second run.
Robbins slowed to a 4.650 in winning over Birt, but still
managed to post low ET for round two, while Hill advanced
through Keith Neal and Kirk used a holeshot to get past Ken
Rainwater and his blown ’66 Rambler. Round three saw
Robbins again set low ET with a 4.647-second win over Jimmy
Blackmon, as Hill beat a tire-smoking McClelland and Kirk
defeated Rob Hale.
Robbins’ march came to an end in the semis, however,
as he left .089 too soon, handing the redlight win to Hill
with a 4.718/154.82 combo. Meanwhile, in the other semi-final
Kirk took on Craig Miller and his ’92 Camaro, going
4.635 to Miller’s 4.730 and earning lane choice for
the final round.