Chevrolet cars dominate ADRL classes

Nitrous or Extreme, Chevy is the One

To say that Chevys are the stars of the National Guard American Drag Racing League’s Pro Nitrous class is an understatement. At the season opening Dragpalooza V at Houston Raceway Park on March 6-7, there was only one vehicle in the 16-car field that didn’t wear a Bowtie brand, and that was the Pontiac Firebird of Mike Castellana.

In the Pro Extreme class, which allows all power adders, 11 of the qualifiers were Chevrolets.


The Camaro was the most-represented model with 11 of the 16 Pro Nitrous qualifiers choosing that muscle car. The final round matched the ’68 Camaros of Stan Allen from New Iberia, La., and Jim Halsey from Street, Md.

Allen’s Camaro is powered by an 822 c.i. Reher-Morrison engine. Qualified in the 13th position, the numbers for his rounds on the eighth mile were 4.124/181.06, 4.049/176.58 and 4.033/183.89 to get into the final, where a 4.134/168.81 was enough to get the job done.

Allen, a member of the Bankston Boyz Racing team, had a long history of success in street car racing prior to joining the National Guard ADRL tour, but this was his first win at the professional level. He struggled in qualifying.

"We were just trying to find some consistency and not make mistakes," said Allen. "We knew eventually that if we could get the clutch to work like we wanted it to, the track would come to us."