Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
June 1, 2009
Photos By: Paul Rosner

Horse Sense: We really have to thank the Illinois Corn Growers Association (www.ilcorn.org) and Center Ethanol (www.centerethanol.com) for providing us with enough E85 to run our cars down the track, especially since during our mid-October event window, refineries usually blend up an mixture with more gasoline and less E85 to help with cold starts. Likewise, we couldn't have run the event without Gateway International Raceway (www.gatewayraceway.com) offering us the hospitality of its racing surface for the day. Thanks to all involved for helping us pull off a great event.

During the height of $4-a-gallon gas, the idea of being green gained a lot of traction. For us, it meant taking a harder look at the benefits of ethanol-infused gasoline, known popularly as E85 since it's 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Some countries, such as Brazil, run the stuff as mainstream fuel, but for performance enthusiasts, the real benefit is this fuel's lower price, higher octane, and alcohol-like charge-cooling benefits. In short, it's race gas available at the pump, and because it burns cleaner than pure gas, it carries the connotation of environmental friendliness.

Because the ethanol in E85 is created from crops grown in the U.S., it also means that using E85 helps lessen our dependence on foreign fuel, and keeping our farmers growing it seems like a sound idea rather than shipping our U.S. dollars to countries that don't really care for us. E85 carries less stored energy than pure gasoline, so you have to burn a bit more of it to cover the same distance as gas. This means your mileage won't be as good with E85, but for speed freaks like us, mileage isn't the primary concern.

The kicker for E85 is that it packs 105 octane, and with its inherent cooling benefits, it allows you to crank up the boost or compression while dialing in more timing. Any performance nut will tell you this adds up to more power. We've covered a few stories showing just that on these pages, but more and more we've seen Mustangs making big power on corn. As such, we hatched the crazy scheme to bring a variety of Mustang combinations to the same track to see how they perform on E85. The combinations were left wide open. The only rule was that the 'Stangs had to run E85.

Knowing that E85 was big news in corn country, we contacted Chuck Spencer of the Illinois Farm Bureau and Dave Loos of the Illinois Corn Growers. They enthusiastically agreed to help us out by providing a fresh batch of enough E85 from Center Ethanol to fuel 13 Mustangs for a day of quarter-mile antics. Chuck and Dave also put us in touch with Lenny Batycki, vice president and general manager of Gateway International Raceway, as he was hip to the idea of an E85 event. After a few phone calls, our first E85 Challenge was underway and scheduled for mid-October 2008 at Gateway in Madsion, Illinois, which is just outside St. Louis.

With the party planned, would anyone attend? As it turned out, we had an amazing response to our announcement, and more impressive was the wide variety of combinations that our readers had put together to make the most of E85. Moreover, unlike our longstanding King of the Street competition, the E85 contestants were skewed toward the Fox-body era. That shouldn't really be a huge surprise given the open-ended rules, but it did provide a welcome change.

How did the cars perform? In short, quite well, and there were some pretty big surprises, so let's dig into the competitors and see if this corn-fed power is all it's cracked up to be.

Bill Olander: '95 Mustang Cobra 8.98/158
No stranger to laying down big numbers on corn, Bill Olander is a veteran of DynoMax's Power to the Wheels dyno competition, which used E85 as its spec fuel last year, and where he placed Fourth. Bill's 'Stang isn't only a bad boy, it's also one of 499 '95 Cobras built with the elusive removable hardtop option, so we aren't the only ones who like to modify rare cars. Over the years, Bill stepped up his combination to its current twin-turbo boosted 427 Windsor, which has put down as much as 1,382 rwhp on a Dynojet.

At the E85 Challenge, Bill became the top dog. After sneaking up with a few 9-second runs, he finally laid down the big number, an eye-watering 8.98 at 158 mph. Sure we've see 8-second race cars before, but Bill says he puts 5,000 miles a year on this car and drives it to the track once a month to get his launch on. If this car's performance doesn't get you thinking about the potential of E85, we don't know what will.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block
Dart 351W
Bore
4.125
Stroke
4.00
Displacement
427ci
Rods
Eagle
Pistons
Diamond
Crankshaft
Eagle
Camshaft(s)
Flowtech Induction Ed Curtis
Heads
TFS-R, ported by Ford Performance Solutions
Intake
Edelbrock Super Victor
Throttle Body
Accufab 80mm
Power Adder
Two Precision Turbo PT78GTS
Fuel System
ACCEL DFI fuel pump, Aeroquip lines, and 160-lb/hr injectors
Headers
Custom 15?8-in
Exhaust
DynoMax UltraFlo II
Transmission
TH-400 with 4,000-stall converter
Rearend
Stock 8.8 with Richmond spool, 3.27 gears, and Mark Williams 31-spline axles

Electronics
Engine Management
Accel DFI
Ignition
Crane
Gauges
Auto Meter

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
Struts
Koni
Springs
H&R
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Weld
Tires
Mickey Thompson
Rear Suspension
Shocks
Strange
Springs
Stock
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Weld
Tires
Mickey Thompson E.T. Drag

Don Bowles: '05 Mustang GT 9.17/145.41
Long waving the flag for E85 in the NMRA ranks, Don Bowles has been in the 9-second-zone with his '06 Roush Mustang using a number of different engine combinations. From a GT500-based engine, to an top-secret experimental powerplant, to its latest NASCAR-based motor, this Roush rocket is a proven commodity. Don wheeled his ride like a bracket car at the E85 Challenge, reeling off a series of low-9-second passes, finally registering a best of 9.17 at 145 before we had to shut down the track in the early afternoon as rain headed toward the track.

Despite his amazing consistency, Don was rowing the gears in his Roush with a heavy heart. Sgt. William Patrick Rudd, the son of a family friend, died while fighting the war in Iraq on October 5, 2008, just days before our event. Don was doing his part to remember young William by adorning his Roush and racing helmet with decals from William's 3rd Ranger Battallion. It goes without saying that we owe a great debt of gratitude to William and all the men and women in our armed services.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block
NASCAR
Bore
4.040
Stroke
3.50
Displacement
358ci
Rods
NASCAR
Pistons
Diamond
Crankshaft
NASCAR
Camshaft
NASCAR
Heads
NASCAR ported by Roush
Intake
Ford Racing
Carburetor
850-cfm
Power Adder
None
Fuel System
Aeromotive pump and Roush fuel lines
Headers
Roush NASCAR
Transmission
G-Force five-speed with McLeod clutch
Rearend
Mark Williams 9-in

Electronics
Ignition
Crane
Gauges
Auto Meter

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
Shocks
Koni
Springs
Roush
Brakes
Wilwood
Wheels
Weld
Tires
Mickey Thompson
Rear Suspension
Shocks
Strange
Springs
Roush
Brakes
Mark Williams
Wheels
Weld
Tires
Mickey Thompson

Adam Ford: '85 Mustang GT 9.77/115
Packing the most displacement of any E85 Challenge competitor, Adam Ford rolled into Gateway packing 449 cubes of destroked 460 in his four-eyed Fox. However, this was no simple NA big-block. Nope, Adam wanted turbo boost, and since finding a big-block turbo kit is like finding good news on the television, he gathered up a welder and some prebent pipes he had laying around the shop and created his own turbo kit, which rams boost through a ProCharger intercooler and C&S blow-through carb into the big Ford hammer.

Taking the combo's maiden voyage at our event, Adam had amazingly good luck. He reports that he had to lift the hood only once all day to raise the boost from 8 to 12 pounds. Using Illinois-grown fuel, Adam laid down a 9.77 pass, but he must've been holding out on us a bit, as it was only at 115 mph. Either he was taking it easy, or the big motor wants more boost. In any event, Adam says he had a great time, and one of his crew guys even took the day off from driving a combine to see what his crop could do. We're pretty sure Adam and the rest of our contestants made his workday seem a bit more worthwhile.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block
Stock 460
Bore
4.395-in
Stroke
3.69-in
Displacement
449ci
Rods
Eagle
Pistons
Diamond custom
Crankshaft
Boss 429
Camshaft
Cam Motion
Heads
Blue Thunder
Intake
Trick Flow
Carburetor
CNS E85 Blow-Thru
Power Adder
ProCharger
Fuel System
Magnafuel 500 pump, Earl's braided fuel lines, and Aeromotive fuel-pressure regulator
Headers
Custom
Exhaust
DynoMax Bullet mufflers
Transmission
Sloan Powerglide with 4,000-stall converter
Rearend
8.8-inch with spool, 3.73 gears, and Strange axles

Electronics
Ignition
MSD 7531
Gauges
Auto Meter

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension

Shocks
Lakewood 90/10
Springs
QA1
Brakes
Aerospace
Wheels
Bogart Fluted Star, 15x3.5
Tires
Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro

Rear Suspension

Shocks
Afco
Springs
Afco
Brakes
Aerospace
Wheels
Bogart Fluted Star, 15x10
Tires
Mickey Thompson ET Street

Will Carroll: '05 Mustang GT 9.96/138
When we received Will Carroll's submission to attend the E85 Challenge, we just had to get a closer look at this car. Could it really do what he said it did? If this car was in the lane next to you, you'd simply see a stock '05 Mustang right down to the stock wheels. Of course, it's anything but stock underhood, as it lays down 640 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque thanks to 21 pounds of boost from a PowerHouse turbo kit.

In Madison, Will made efficient use of the four runs he made at our weather-shortened track day. Though he was sneaking up on things, even his first pass was an impressive 10.28 despite spinning the tires and running a bit rich. As Will slowly adjusted his two-step and leaned out his tune, he gradually trimmed his e.t. down to 10.10 and then 9.99. Impressive as that was, Will still had more in the car. As the weather rolled in, he leaned the car out a bit more and added more boost to achieve his best time of the day.

"I think if I had more time to tweak the tune and let the car cool off, I could've gotten into the 9.70s," Will says. "The car had been 9.88 at 141 a few weeks ago, so the power is there."

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

Stock
Bore
3.55
Stroke
3.54
Displacement
281ci
Rods
Manley
Pistons
CP
Crankshaft
Cobra forged
Camshaft(s)
Stock
Heads
Stock, ported by Fox Lake
Intake
Stock
Throttle Body
Stock
Mass Air
Stock
Power Adder
PowerHouse turbo kit with Garrett turbos
Fuel System
Twin GT500 pumps, CPR fuel rails, 79-lb/hr injectors
Headers
Stock
Exhaust
PowerHouse turbo kit
Transmission
4R70W with Precision Industries 3,500 rpm
Rearend
8.8 with Detroit Locker, 3.73 gears, and Moser axles

Electronics
Engine Management

Stock with SCT tune
Ignition
Stock
Gauges
Stock

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension

Struts
Stock
Springs
Stock
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Stock
Tires
Stock

Rear Suspension
Shocks
Tokico
Springs
Stock
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Stock, widened 2 in
Tires
Mickey Thompson

Keith Lopez: '82 Mustang 10.00/NA
There was no doubt that Keith Lopez delivered the most exciting pass of the E85 Challenge, but not because his 'Stang was the fastest or had the tallest wheelie. Nope. Keith had a near scare as his car lost traction near midtrack, and his four-eyed Fox turned all the way around and tripped the lights with its rear tire, registering a 10.00 with no mph, as the car also clipped the sensor on the way. Fortunately Keith and the car walked away largely intact, as we'd hate to see a nice four-eyed Fox sacrificed at our event. We think you can understand why Keith decided to stand pat with his one pass and live to race another day.

We're doubly glad that Keith's car survived, as he had originally purchased the '82 as a parts car but eventually decided to turn it into his street car. Now, most of us don't have street cars with 393ci Windsors boosted by 106mm turbos, but who wouldn't want to try? That's not to say that Keith drives his Fox Rod to work every day, but he does drive the car to his local dragstrip to participate in True 10.5 races. Occasionally, he even trailers a go-cart with his Fox

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

'74 Windsor
Bore
4.030-in
Stroke
3.85-in
Displacement
393ci
Rods
Scat
Pistons
Probe
Crankshaft
Scat
Camshaft
All-Motor
Heads
Edelbrock Victor Jr.
Intake
Edelbrock Super Victor
Carburetor
C&S Specialties
Power Adder
Precision 106mm turbo
Fuel System
Weldon 2025 pump, Aeroquip pushlock lines, and Aeromotive regulator
Headers
BBK long-tubes
Exhaust
V&P Stainless 5-in mufflers
Transmission
Powerglide with Neal Chance 10-in, 5,000-stall converter
Rearend
8.8 with 3.55 gears, and Moser 35-spline axles

Electronics
Ignition

MSD 6AL
Gauges
Auto Meter

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension

Struts
Strange
Springs
QA1
Brakes
Wilwood
Wheels
Weld AlumaStar
Tires
Kumho

Rear Suspension
Shocks
Strange
Springs
Stock '82 Mustang
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Weld AlumaStar
Tires
Mickey Thompson ET Street

Eric Lozowski: '88 Mustang GT 10.11/137.32
If Eric Lozowski's '89 GT looks familiar, that's because you might have seen it appear in our '06 King of the Street competition. Having enjoyed his stint there, Eric thought his newly E85 converted GT was a prime contender for our event, and so did we. However, Eric's profession as a paramedic came in handy as he had to resuscitate the car's engine after breaking the cam not once but twice. With the help of PER race engines, Eric got the engine back in the car three days before the event, narrowly make it to Gateway in time.

After all that hard work and money spent without a complaint from his supportive better half, Julie, Eric had hoped to lay down a 9.99 at the E85 Challenge. On his first pass, he was off to a good start with a 10.39 and, after a call to his tuner Mike Post, he managed to whittle his e.t. down to a 10.11. From there, a 9 just wasn't meant to be, as Eric turned into a bracket racer, posting two more 10.11s before the impending rains brought the Challenge to a close.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

FRPP 351W
Bore
4.030-in
Stroke
3.85-in
Displacement
392ci
Rods
Lunati
Pistons
JE
Crankshaft
King
Camshaft
Bullet
Heads
Brodix Track 1 CNC
Intake
Edelbrock Victor
Throttle Body
Accufab 70mm
Mass Air
Pro-M
Power Adder
Paxton Novi 2000
Fuel System
Magnafuel pump, -10 lines, Downs Ford rails, Aeromotive regulator, and Delphi 96-lb/hr injectors
Headers
Kooks 2 to 21?8-in stepped long-tubes
Exhaust
Dan's Custom Exhaust H-pipe and Bassani mufflers
Transmission
TSI AOD with Precision Stallion 3,500-stall converter
Rearend
8.8 with Eaton Posi, 3.73 gears, and Superior axles

Electronics
Engine Management

Anderson Ford Motorsport PMS
Ignition
MSD Digital 6
Gauges
Auto Meter

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
Struts

Strange
Springs
QA1
Brakes
Aerospace Components
Wheels
Centerline Auto Drag
Tires
Mickey Thomson

Rear Suspension
Shocks
Strange
Springs
Stock
Brakes
Aerospace
Wheels
Centerline Auto Drag
Tires
Mickey Thompson ET Street

Steve Dembeski: '89 Mustang LX 10.14/132.97
There's just something classic about a clean Fox LX with a classic Trick Flow head/Holley intake/Vortech blower combo, and Steve Dembeski's LX brought a smile to our faces. His car could have been plucked out of any number of 5.0 Shootouts from the Fox heyday, but here it was, running in the modern era on E85.

Having recently converted to corn, Steve was chasing his combo just a bit. He started strong with a 10.19 but backtracked to the mid-10s on his next pass. Steve was certainly making good use of the track time and not spending too much time to cool off the car between rounds. Seeing what the car liked, he whittled it down to a 10.21, then its best time, a 10.14, before regressing on his last pass of the day.

"Converting to E85 was a fun experiment," Steve says. "With some tuning, cleanup work, and a lot of help from my friends Danve Roche, Tom Harrington, and Rich Kent, we were able to knock a half second off the e.t.--and we did it without going over 6,000 rpm."

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

Stock
Bore
4.030-in
Stroke
3.00-in
Displacement
306ci
Rods
Stock
Pistons
Stock
Crankshaft
Stock
Camshaft
Custom
Heads
Trick Flow Twisted Wedge
Intake
Holley SysteMAX II
Throttle Body
BBK 70mm
Mass Air
Pro-M
Power Adder
Vortch S-Trim
Fuel System
Aeromotive pump, lines, and regulator; custom rails; and Siemens
injectors
Headers
Custom
Exhaust
3-in custom with Flowmaster mufflers
Transmission
Dynamic C4 with 4,500-stall converter
Rearend
8.8 with Moser spool, 3.55 gears, and Moser axles

Electronics
Engine Management

Anderson Ford Motorsport PMS
Ignition
MSD
Gauges
Auto Meter and EFI Systems

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
Struts

Lakewood
Springs
Moroso
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Weld Drag Lite
Tires
Mickey Thompson

Rear Suspension
Shocks

Lakewood 50/50
Springs
Granatelli coilovers
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Weld Drag Lite
Tires
Mickey Thompson

Scott Kaczmar: '86 Mustang 10.34/128.20
Scott Kaczmar went back to basics with his ex-Arizona Highway Partrol car. The four-eyed Fox sports a tried-and-true '69 351 Windsor block with Trick Flow heads and a carb. That's decidedly retro in today's small-displacement, returnless-fuel-injection world, but as Scott showed, it remains an immensely effective combination--especially on corn with just a touch of spray.

As were many others, he was still feeling out his combination, and had run quicker on pure petrol with more nitrous, but he was definitely headed in the right direction. After staring out in the 11s, Scott tweaked his combo all the way down to his best time of the day by his third pass. Not satisfied, he tried a couple more times to better the 10.34, but it didn't happen as his car was laying down a bit after the 330-fout mark, and he didn't have time to chase the issue before we had to all it a day.

"I decided to switch over to E85 since pump gas was so expensive and race gas even higher," Scott says. "It just seemed to be more economical and a benefit of the octane. I modified the carb myself and, so far, it has been worth the switch. On motor, it runs consistent 11.20s at 122. It picked up 0.4 second and 4 mph over gas. I started slow with the nitrous tuneup, and I'm not actually quite there yet."

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

'69 302 block
Bore
4.030-in
Stroke
3.5-in
Displacement
357ci
Rods
Stock w/ARP rod bolts
Pistons
JE forged
Crankshaft
Stock '69
Camshaft
Comp Cams XR292R solid-roller
Heads
Trick Flow R, ported
Intake
Edelbrock Victor Jr.
Carburetor
Holley HP750 modified for E85
Power Adder
100hp NOS Big Shot
Fuel System
Two Holley blue pumps, Aeroquip fuel lines, NOS and Aeromotive fuel-pressure regulators
Headers
Kooks long-tube headers
Exhaust
Flowmaster mufflers
Transmission
Redneck Performance C4 with transbrake, Redneck 9-in, 3,000-stall converter, and B&M Hammer shifter
Rearend
Welded 8.8-in rearend, Eaton Posi, Superior 31-spline axles, and 4.10 gears

Electronics
Ignition

MSD 6AL
Gauges
Auto Meter

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
Shocks

Competition Engineering three-way adjustable
Springs
Stock
Brakes
Lincoln MK7
Wheels
Weld Prostars
Tires
Arizonian 165/15

Rear Suspension
Shocks
Competition Engineering three-way adjustable
Springs
Stock
Brakes
Ford Explorer
Wheels
Weld Prostars
Tires
Mickey Thompson ET Streets

Chuck Hoekstra: '89 Mustang LX 10.50/127.39
Chuck Hoekstra was one of the first respondents to our call for E85 Mustangs, and he's old-school when it comes to corn. "After seven years of bracket racing, I decided to see if I could convert my car to run on E85 in 2006," he says. "Many people told me that E85 would eat up a stock fuel system, but I couldn't find any proof that it would. In 2007, after running E85 for a year, I inspected the entire fuel system, only to find everything looked like new."

With that kind of experience under his belt, Chuck hoped to run a 10.50 at the E85 Challenge, and that's just what he did by stepping up to a 125hp nitrous shot from the usual 65hp squeeze supplied by his Zex system. Not only did he run the number, but he did it with fast-food-like consistency on nearly every pass. Not too shabby from his wife's former daily driver.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

Stock
Bore
4.030-in
Stroke
3.00-in
Displacement
306ci
Rods
Stock
Pistons
Ross flat-top
Crankshaft
Stock
Camshaft
FlowTech Induction custom
Heads
AirFlow Research 165
Intake
Edelbrock Performer 5.0
Throttle Body
Accufab 70mm
Mass Air
Pro-M
Power Adder
Zex 125hp dry kit
Fuel System
Walbro 255-lph in-tank, stock lines, stock rails, Kirban regulator, and FRPP 30-lb/hr injectors
Headers
MAC 15?8-in long-tube
Exhaust
Dr. Gas cross-pipe system and DynoMax Race bullets
Transmission
AOD with 4R70W internals, Lentech valvebody, and Circle D Specialties 3,800-stall converter
Rearend
8.8 with Moser 33-spline spool, 3.55 gears, and Moser axles

Electronics
Engine Management

A9P processor with Tweecer RT tune
Ignition
MSD Digital 6
Gauges
Auto Meter and Innovate

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
Struts

Lakewood 70/30
Springs
UPR
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Weld Drag Lite
Tires
Mickey Thompson

Rear Suspension
Shocks
QA1
Springs
Stock
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Weld Drag Lites
Tires
Mickey Thompson ET Street

Steve Shrader: '99 Mustang GT 10.52/135.14
Most of the invitees to our E85 Challenge were organically received as a result of our online and print requests for participants. However, we did go out of our way to invite a couple of select cars known for E85 antics. How could we not invite the main man behind E85mustangs.com? His name is Steve Shrader, and we were first introduced to him via his work with the Yellow Mustang Registry. These days he also keeps busy with Shrader Performance and the aforementioned E85mustangs.com.

Cool temperatures and a good track had Steve scoring some of his best e.t.'s ever. In fact, his previous best run was an 11.11, and he never once ran slower than a 10 at the E85 Challenge. After years of "that can't be right" disappointments at our events, it's always nice to see someone run better than they did back home.

"Although I had one of the `slower' cars there, I was hoping to represent the Two-Valve crowd well," Steve says. "My setup is small, with only an S-Trim on a true 281 engine that I built myself in my garage [in 2008]. I built it from the ground up as my first-ever engine build, and it made 517 rwhp SAE. It wasn't enough, though, so I called Ron at Fox Lake and got a set of Stage 2 heads shipped to NC just for this E85 Challenge, knowing I'd be competing with some serious horsepower out there. The heads alone propelled me to the new 10.50s."

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

Stock
Bore
3.552-in
Stroke
3.543-in
Displacement
281ci
Rods
D.S.S.
Pistons
D.S.S.
Crankshaft
Stock
Camshaft(s)
Comp 270 AH
Heads
Stock, ported by Fox Lake
Intake
Stock
Throttle Body
Stock
Mass Air
Stock
Power Adder
Vortech S-Trim
Fuel System
Aeromotive A1000 pump, fuel lines, fuel rails, and fuel pressure regulator; and 60-lb/hr injectors
Headers
Ford Racing short-tubes
Exhaust
Mustang Racing Technologies H-pipe, Flowmaster mufflers, and MRT tailpipes
Transmission
Stock T-45
Clutch
SPEC Stage 2 Plus
Rearend
8.8 with 3.73 gears and Moser 31-spline axles

Jeff Lange: '88 Mustang LX 11.36/122
With support from Cincy Speed and Lasota Racing, Jeff Lange is an experienced racer who has competed in the NMRA's Open Comp and Factory Stock ranks. Of course, racers know better than to mess with success on race day, but since our event was more of a test session, Jeff decided to experiment with colder, nonresistor spark plugs. The experiment didn't work out.

He made the change not just for the sake of change, but because he planned to step up to the big 250hp pill in the nitrous kit for the E85 Challenge. Sadly, the popping and missing made him think twice about busting loose the spray, so he stood pat with naturally aspirated runs. "Once I got home, I swapped back to the Autolite 3923s that I've been running," Jeff says. "On the next trip to my local track, it went back to running 10.0s at 136 on a 175 shot."

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

Ford Racing R302
Bore
4.030-in
Stroke
3.40-in
Displacement
347
Rods
Eagle forged H-beam
Pistons
Ross flat-top
Crankshaft
Eagle forged
Camshaft
Custom Comp Cams Street Nitrous solid-roller
Heads
AFR 165, ported by MidWest Induction Technologies
Intake
Trick Flow Box-R
Throttle Body
Ford Racing 90mm
Mass Air
LMAS 90mm
Power Adder
Nitrous Express nitrous system with Trick Flow plate
Fuel System
Aeromotive A1000 pump and regulator, Parker Automotive lines, Pro-M fuel rails, and 42-lb/hr injectors
Headers
Hooker 1-inch Super Comp long-tubes
Exhaust
Dr. Gas 3-inch X-shape crossover and MAC 3-inch Pro Dumps
Transmission
C4 with transbrake and 9-inch, 3,800-stall converter
Rearend
8.8 with Moser spool, 4.10 gears, and Superior 31-spline axles

Kyle Stepp: '93 Mustang LX Convertible 15.63/91.52
Another Fox Rod fan and card-carrying member of the Black Mustang Club, Kyle Stepp spends his days working on jets flown by the Iowa Air National Guard. The rest of the time he seems to be driving this '93 LX, which he rescued from a life of decay in a barn. Thanks to a paint makeover from Kyle's pal Darron Evans, the convertible is now far too nice to use as a ladder. Instead, Kyle says he drives the car every day to work and to the track on weekends. This trip to the track proved a little frustrating, as he just couldn't get the car dialed in at our short event and limped into the 15s.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

Stock
Bore
4.030-in
Stroke
3.00-in
Displacement
306ci
Rods
D.S.S.
Pistons
D.S.S.
Crankshaft
Forged
Camshaft(s)
Anderson Ford Motorsport N-41
Heads
Trick Flow Twisted Wedge
Intake
Trick Flow Track Heat
Throttle Body
BBK 70mm
Mass Air
Granatelli Motor Sports 90mm
Power Adder
HP Performance 60mm turbo
Fuel System
Aeromotive A1000 pump, lines, rails, and regulator; and Trick Flow 120-lb/hr injectors
Headers
HP Performance
Exhaust
HP Performance Y-pipe, and Corsa 2-in mufflers
Transmission
Tremec TKO 600
Clutch
Centerforce Dual Friction
Rearend
'04 Cobra IRS with 3.55 gears

Dan Schoneck: '08 Shelby GT500 Broke
He might have wanted to pull his T-shirt over his head after the results, but Dan "Cornholio" Shoneck was pretty jacked up about running a big number on his 20-inch Nitto drag radials. To say Dan is jacked up is redundant, as he and John Urist are the only guys we know who live on the limiter. Besides his infectious excitement, Dan is also one of the first guys to introduce us to the efficacy of E85 in boosted applications, so we were excited to see if he could do better than the disappointing 11.86/126 he posted at King of the Street.

To make sure he had more than enough power to get his ride into the 9s, he added a nitrous kit atop his unusual F-1R ProCharged GT500 combo. Alas, he didn't sneak up on the runs before busting the juice. He sprayed and prayed on the first pass, but his prayers weren't answered. Instead, the sticky track and sticky Nittos conspired with the massive torque of a boosted and juiced GT500 to snap off the pinion gear in the car's prepped 9-inch rear. Dan's day ended as it started, but he hit the road again to start pursuing another high-performance quest.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block

Stock
Bore
3.552-in
Stroke
4.165-in
Displacement
330ci
Rods
Pro Power H-beam
Pistons
Diamond
Crankshaft
Lightning
Camshaft(s)
Ford GT
Heads
Stock
Intake
Modified Stock GT500 lower, Beck Mechanical sheetmetal upper
Throttle Body
Stock
Mass Air
Abaco
Power Adder

ProCharger F1-R
Fuel System
Custom fuel tank, Magnafuel EFI Tuner series fuel pump, Fragola Performance fuel lines and fittings, Aeromotive regulator, CPR rails, FRPP 150-lb/hr injectors, VersaFueler injector driver, stock GT pump in the passenger side off the tank to deliver fuel to the driver side of the fuel tank
Headers
Stainless Works long-tubes
Exhaust
3-in system including mufflers
Transmission
Stock 6060 six-speed
Clutch
Stock
Rearend
Racecraft 9-in housing, Mark Williams 35-spline axles, Strange Engineering third member, Lenco Racing Transmissions locking differential, and 3.50 gears