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Old-School Gassers Going to Bristol with X-DRL

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Gasser640The new X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) is already bringing many of the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammers to Bristol Dragway for next week’s X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness (April 26-27). Now, thanks to one of its standouts in Pro X-treme (PX), the X-DRL’s second-ever event will have a touch of nostalgia to go with all of the 200-plus mph action.

The X-DRL announced Apr. 19, that PX standout and Pro Mod legend Quain Stott will be bringing four period-correct gassers to the event to make special exhibition passes during the two-day event, adding another special bonus for what will be a memorable X-DRL debut at historic Bristol Dragway.

The four gassers will include Stott’s ’41 Willys “Executioner,” a ’55 Chevy named “Night Stalker” and driven by Greg Porter, Jeremy Pearson’s “Bone Shaker” ’57 Ford (above), and “Bad Company,” a ’55 Chevy driven by Craig Owen.

Quain Stott

Quain Stott

“This is really exciting for me and I have to thank the X-DRL and Bristol for helping make it happen. This is something we were really interested in doing and I think the fans are really going to love it,” said Stott, a Pro Mod world champion and multi-time event winner.

“I love Bristol and, of course, the gassers raced at Bristol back in the day. They were real big at this track and it will be kind of neat to repeat history. These cars were the stepping-stones to what we’re driving now.”

The cars in the X-DRL’s PX class at Bristol, including Stott’s LeeBoy Corvette, will run in the 3.60s and at speed of more than 200 mph, but the gassers could be just as entertaining, running in the 5.90s in the eighth-mile at more than 120 mph.

They feature a four-speed stick shift, old-style suspension, mechanical fuel injection and every other stunning detail that makes them period correct.

Their driving style also makes the gassers a favorite with the fans, and Stott thinks the Bristol crowd will enjoy the nostalgic touch during the X-DRL weekend.

“It’s going to be exciting to race these in front of a big crowd. I think the fans will really like the 4-speeds in these cars. We’re all over the track, got the wheels in the air and these are just high-revvin’ and gear-jamming cars. It’s going to be a lot of fun for the fans,” Stott said. “It’s going to be cool.

Greg Porter

Greg Porter

“I watched these cars as a kid and I loved them, and they just give you an incredible thrill.”

X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness kicks off with the first of three qualifying sessions at 10 a.m. on Friday. Saturday’s action starts with the final round of qualifying at 10 a.m. with eliminations to follow.

“We want to thank Quain for wanting to run these gassers in the X-DRL, and to have them race at Bristol is the perfect spot,” X-DRL Account Executive Keith Goolsby said. “To be able to have our second event at such a prestigious track like Bristol is truly amazing, and it’s going to be an incredible weekend.

“By adding these gassers to our race program, it simply ensures an action-packed weekend for all race fans.”

It also ensures that Stott will have a busy two days. In addition to his gasser and PX driving duties, the noted tuner also calls the shots for rookie Pro Modified driver T.J. Tindle, which means Stott will have very little down time in Bristol.

But he likely wouldn’t have it any other way at a track he has always held in high regard.

“Bristol is probably my favorite track. Just the history here makes it a worthwhile experience and I’m really looking forward to it,” Stott said. “I watched a lot of racing at Bristol growing up and the first time I raced there was 1978. It’s always exciting to go there and I think we’ll do well.”

(Photos by Ian Tocher; Click to enlarge)

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  1. judd

    April 24, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    period correct my ass,that night stalker has a 30,000 dollar fulton engine in it,a damn jerico trans electric water pump aluminum heads the list goes on and on,quains 41 is the same way and so is the rest of that wanna be crowd, except for a couple who kept it true to the history,real gasser did not run 5.90’s the world record for the entire 1960’s was in the 7.40 range thats converted from the 1/4 mile time since gasser did not run in an 1/8th, the over all average gasser time was in the 13’s in the 60’s,real gassers have muncies a 283 327 or an early ford engine,build out of junk, ported power pack heads hump heads etc,making at most 400 hp,these engines in the cars listed are in the 700 800 range,impossible in the 60’s they claim to be period correct,thats a joke,they are running on speedway purchased axles and kits,replica wheels and tires,and most of em didnt even build there own damn car,had to have someone else do it….its sad to see a great class like gasser be reduced to this….a bunch of look alikes with no true roots….keep this in mind folks bring back the real cars and stop the posers

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