Words by Jeff Burk
Photos by Chris Haverly and Ron Lewis

Burton Auxier (Chris Haverly photo)

General Motors as a car company may be going bankrupt but the Bowtie Brigade that compete in the NHRA national event series have plenty of power and performance in the bank as they proved May 17 at Bruton Smith’s drag racing speed palace, zMAX Dragway located in the rolling hills of Bristol, Tenn.

The quickest and fastest Chevy-powered doorslammers in the world are those that compete in the NHRA’s Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge exhibition series. At Bristol, Burton Auxier’s Al-Anabi Camaro using a 800-inch, wedge head, carbureted, nitrous oxide-injected Chevy engine for power abused the supercharged Chrysler Hemi-powered cars that often dominate the series. In fact eight of the 12 Pro Mods on the grounds had either a Chevy body, power plant or both.

Brad Personett  (Chris Haverly photo)

Bowtie racers weren’t just dominant in the Pro Mod category, they also took home the titles in all four of the sportsman categories including Chevy stalwart Edmond Richardson, who won his 43rd “Wally” by winning in the Stock Eliminator division.

In the pros, Jeg Coughlin Jr. drove his Cobalt Pro Stocker into the semi-finals before bowing out to Greg Anderson.

Pro Mod 

For years the supercharged cars have been the dominant performers in this series, but with the introduction of the 800-ci nitrous-injected engines and the developing of better engine components by Gene Fulton, Shannon Jenkins and more recently David Reher, the nitrous cars have made great strides to level the playing field.