Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
September 27, 2005

Mike Pope
4th place
11.90/115.4

At a mere 19 years of age, Mike Pope has one hell of a hot rod and, with a bit of help from his dad, has taken this relatively stock Mustang into the 11s naturally aspirated.

This may be Mike's first stick-shift-equipped ride, but he can powershift like nobody's business. Lessons from Dad have helped and so have the Ford Racing camshafts and substantial suspension mods.

Strip Specs
Owner: Michael Pope
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Driver: Michael Pope
Year/Model: '03 Mach I
Weight w/Driver: 3,280 lbs
Engine: 281 ci
Built By: Ford Motor Company
Intake Manifold: Stock, with PHP spacer
Cylinder Heads: Stock
Compression Ratio: 10.1:1
Camshafts: FR500, 204/214 duration at 0.050, 0.472/0.472-inch lift
Tuner: Dynospeed Racing, Memphis
Exhaust: Bassani Mid-length 15/8-in headers, Bassani X-pipe, Flowmaster 21/2-in after-cat
Transmission: Tremec 3650 five-speed
Converter/Clutch: Stock
Rear Type: 8.8, 31-spline Moser axles, Eaton Posi, 4.56 gear
Wheels F/R: Weld 15x3.5, 15x10 Pro Star
Tires F/R: M/T front runners, M/T 26x10 ET drags
Suspension Front: Strange struts, QA1 springs, tubular K-member and A-arms
Suspension Rear: Steeda upper and lower control arms, Steeda springs
Best ET/MPH: 11.90/115.4

STRIP TUNING LOG

Car #

60-FT

1/4 E.T.

1/4 MPH

3 1.63 12.10 112.52
3 1.62 12.06 112.30
3 1.65 12.07 112.48

Dave Dur
5th place
11.95/113.63

Purchased in stock form, this '99 Cobra was to be a nice cruiser as its owner, Dave Dur, already had a Windsor-powered '87 LX to beat on at the track. When the Windsor went down for the count, the Cobra was called in for substitute duty, and Dave liked racing it so much more that he sold the hatchback. The snake has gone as fast as 10.89 on a shot of nitrous, but Dave likes racing normally aspirated to keep the motor together longer.

Strip Specs
Owner: David Dur
Hometown: Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania
Driver: David Dur
Year/Model: '99 Ford Mustang Cobra
Weight w/Driver: 3,276 lbs
Engine: 1999
Built By: Ford Motor Company
Intake Manifold: Stock, ported by Jimmy Dedden
Cylinder Heads: Stock
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Camshafts: Stock
Tuner: Dave at Kaufman Motorsports, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Exhaust: JBA 15/8-in shorty headers, Bassani X-pipe w/cats, Bassani mufflers
Transmission: T5 with G-force internals
Converter/Clutch: D+D Performance, SHP clutch
Rear Type: 8.8 with FRPP Traction-Lok, Superior 31-spline axles and 4.56 gear
Wheels F/R: Bogart D-10 15x3.5, Bogart D-10 Ultra Lights 15x9
Tires F/R: M/T front runner 25x45x15, M/T ET Drags 26x10x15
Suspension Front: PA Racing tubular K-member and A-arms, Strange struts, 150-lb coilovers
Suspension Rear: Stock convertible rear springs, Tokico shocks, Hotchkis control arms
Best ET/MPH: 11.95/113.63

STRIP TUNING LOG

Car #

60-FT

1/4 E.T.

1/4 MPH

5 1.63 12.11 108.08
5 1.66 12.35 106.31
5 1.61 12.32 106.57