COMP Cams®-Powered Plymouth Duster Drives Away With
2006 Hot Rod Drag Week Trophy
In addition, ZEX™ hands out over 500 pounds of free nitrous oxide refills to Drag Week competitors during three days of competition.
COMP Cams® has always been an innovator. While best known for revolutionary, high performance valve train products, COMP Cams® recently broke new ground by sponsoring a special trophy for the 2006 Hot Rod Drag Week that undoubtedly few will ever forget. A custom designed Gibson Epiphone guitar featuring COMP Cams® and Hot Rod magazine logos, along with vibrant flame graphics, was presented to the overall Drag Week champion, COMP Cams®-loyalist Eddie Miller and his ’73 Plymouth Duster. Appropriately enough, Miller, who is an enthusiastic Elvis fan, earned the top prize guitar, beating out a tough field of very fast racecars.
COMP Cams®, the Drag Week title sponsor again this year, and its sister company, TCI®, the co-sponsor of the event, found their products to be the components of choice by many of the top racers in attendance. Based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Miller’s purple ‘73 Plymouth Duster is a virtual display case of COMP Cam® parts which includes a custom camshaft, as well as high performance valve springs and lifters.
Drag Week requires participants to not only race for the best quarter mile time but also drive between different drag race tracks throughout the Midwest in a true test of man and machine, pressing race-oriented performance parts to deliver extended, on-road reliability. COMP Cams® and TCI® supplied their racer support trailer outfitted with technical experts at each racing venue and handed out over 500 pounds of free ZEX™ nitrous oxide refills for all of the participants. Drag Week, originally slated for five consecutive days, was shortened to three days due to rain, which washed out the first two days of competition.
The 2006 Drag Week included eight classes of competition. Each of the five major COMP Performance Group™ companies gave each class winner a $100 certificate (for a total of $500 per champion) good for products from COMP Cams®, TCI®, ZEX™, FAST™ and RHS™. Class and overall winners were determined after recording the best quarter mile elapsed time for each vehicle at each of the three tracks and averaging the quickest times together. Initially 121 participants from all over the United States and Canada started the event with only 82 making the full tour to all three locations. Participant vehicles sported “Hot Rod Drag Week 2006 COMP Cams” windshield decals proclaiming their official involvement in the competition.
While Eddie Miller earned the top overall honors with an average quarter mile speed of 8.508267 seconds, there were a number of other stand out performers. Powerhouse® Products and ProRacing Sim™ provided product certificates to the first and second place winners of the bracket race between the Daily Driver 11.00 and 12.00-second classes. Jimmy Neuenfeldt won the race with his 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup while second place fell to Tara Schleicher, driving her ’95 Mercury Grand Marquis (on her honeymoon!). A perennial Hard Luck Award winner, Brian Hinson earned a FAST™ gift certificate for an air/fuel meter with his ’93 LS1-powered RX7. Having spent the first two days of competition sorting out his car’s power train, Brian clicked off the best time of the Drag Week event at 8.22 seconds, unfortunately too late to challenge for the title. As the saying goes, maybe next year?