Volume I, Issue 2, Page 79

Words and photos by Ian Tocher
9/15/06

At first glance, Eddie Rogers’ 2002 Camaro appears to be just another nice, clean, late-model member of drag racing’s Bow-Tie brigade. But look beyond its flawless paint and tasteful interior and you’ll find a unique approach to generating enough horsepower for low-five-second passes through the eighth-mile in the Outlaw Racing Street Car Association’s (ORSCA’s) Limited Street division.

The car’s EFI-equipped 447 cubic incher employs a “dry” nitrous system, which essentially means it shoots straight nitrous into the manifold while fuel delivery is optimally metered by computer to match the nitrous flow. A traditional “wet” system, on the other hand, combines fuel and nitrous in a “Y” fitting before being fed to the engine. “If you look at my nozzles, you’ll only see one line going to each of them,” Rogers points out.

It was not an easy combination to master, however.

“The car didn’t take but a year [to build], but getting somebody to help me tune it was like pulling teeth from an alligator,” the Carro, Georgia-based racer recalls. “There’s a lot of people who know about fuel injection with the turbos, but when you get to talking about the dry nitrous it scares them all away.”

In fact, it nearly scared Rogers away after wrapping up the car’s construction by mid-2005, then going through several futile months of searching for a knowledgeable tuner. He describes heading to the World Street Nationals at Orlando last October with a singular mission in mind. “I went down there with just one intention and that was to put turbos on it.”

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Instead, he heard race announcer Al Tucci mention the name “Jeff Prock” as one of the crew members on the starting line, and since he’d already spoken briefly with Prock on the phone after being steered his way by Outlaw 10.5 star Steve Kirk, Rogers explains he decided to make one last attempt at solving his dry nitrous puzzle.

“I watched the car when it ran (at Orlando) and then went and talked to Jeff there,” Rogers says. “He told me to bring it on down to his shop and he’d take a look at it, so when we got home my brother and I pulled the motor and took it down to Tampa where Jeff put it on the dyno, turned it all around and we went from there.”