Volume I, Issue 2, Page 89

The Atlanta-based Outlaw Racing Street Car Association (ORSCA) invaded Huntsville Dragway in north-central Alabama for round seven of its nine-event season Sept. 29-Oct. 1, where Steve Kirk Jr. padded his Outlaw 10.5 points lead with a win on Sunday, and fellow Camaro driver Craig Miller beat Kirk during qualifying on Saturday for a rain-delayed win from the previous race. Steady rain showers forced ORSCA to shut down its race a couple of weeks earlier at Valdosta, GA, with five of its six classes down to the semi-finals. After splitting the purse there, the decision was reached to run the last few rounds of eliminations during the first two qualifying sessions at Huntsville.

Though Steve Kirk (far lane) was heavily favored after running more than a tenth quicker in the semis, Craig Miller stepped up at Huntsville Dragway and ran a nearly career-best 4.55/162 to win his first ORSCA race this season in the rain-delayed Outlaw 10.5 final from Valdosta.

For the uninitiated, ORSCA Outlaw 10.5 rules allow any size engine and any power adder or combination of power adders, but entries must weigh at least 3,000 pounds and retain stock proportions, stock firewall, stock-style front suspension, mufflers, and ride on 10.5-inch rear slicks (though the current tread width of 10.5W tires actually measures 11.25 to 12 inches).

Jack Barfield, the 2004 ORSCA Outlaw 10.5 champ, recently purchased this ’05 championship-winning 2002 Camaro from Terry Robbins. Barfield qualified fifth for the Huntsville race and bowed out in round two.

Under sunny skies and with temperatures in the low- to mid-80s, it was an all-Camaro affair in the Valdosta semis, with Kirk advancing his 762-equipped, John Ferguson-owned 2000 model after overcoming a holeshot by Michael Robinson in the VIP Racing ’98 Camaro, while Miller led stripe-to-stripe in his ‘92 version against his Savannah, GA, neighbor Jack Barfield in a 2002 Camaro.

In the Valdosta final round, Miller left first with a .040 reaction, then covered the Huntsville eighth mile in 4.559 seconds at 161.99 mph, while Kirk, from Monroe, GA, had a .051 light leading to a 4.625 at 160.26 mph. “It spun the tires a little about a hundred feet out and I had to pedal it a bit,” Kirk said.

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