McClelland used a .007-second reaction time with a 9.924 at 149.22 mph on the 9.90 index to defeat Phil Unruh’s .026 with a breakout 9.899 at 159.29. It was a close race decided by just .003-second that sent Kyle Rizzoli and his SS/CA 1969 Camaro to the Super Stock winner’s circle in Pomona. Both Rizzoli (.010-second) and GT/IA ’92 Cutlass driver Adam Emmer (.022) hit the mark at the tree, but it was Rizzoli who went on to score his sixth national event win with a 9.579 (9.56) at 133.55 to a 10.120 (10.11), 125.89.
You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. We work with the Summit Racing tech department to tackle your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re talking about swapping a 350 crate engine into an ’85 IROC-Z Camaro currently powered by a 305 TPI engine.
“I’ve been dreaming my whole life of winning the Winternationals, and it finally came true,” Gilley said after winning his fourth career Wally. “[In a heads-up], you just let everything hang out on these things. You put the lightweight oil in there, you ice it down, you compensate for your reaction time because you know the car is going to leave harder. You just keep your foot on the floor and hope you’re the first one to the finish line. It was a great day.”
Upgrades are usually done in stages. Each level will provide more performance than the one before it. However, they will also be more involved and expensive. The first upgrade we recommend is tuning the computer. This involves changing the fuel and ignition curves to optimize performance. A good tune can gain up to 40 hp on a stock engine. (Any significant upgrade will require re-tuning the computer.)