Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals
Successful test builds Skull Gear team's confidence for Las Vegas
The Skull Gear Dart Pro Stock team has improved its odds for success at the upcoming ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. A successful test at the Texas Motorplex following a first-round loss at the O’Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals has boosted the outlook for the final two races of the 2005 season.
"I was disgusted with the car, but it wasn't the car's fault," said driver/crew chief Rickie Smith. "It was my fault.
"I had the car and clutch setup messed up," he explained. "We made some changes and the car responded right off the bat. I think that we could run two or three hundredths better at
The Skull Gear team tested with its proven DRCE2 engine combination. The new "hybrid" DRCE2.5 was already on its way back to the Dart engine shop in
"We'll probably run the new motor in
The team's new engine combines a proven DRCE2 block with the new DRCE3 cylinder heads – hence the "DRCE2.5" designation.
"When we dyno tested the new engine after
Improvements in the car and engine won't be readily apparent in the raw numbers at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway because of the altitude on the
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