The 800-cubic inch engine Mountain Motor Pro Stock cars are back this weekend at the Mopar Express Lane Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil. These wooly mammoth naturally- aspirated race cars produce about 1,900 horsepower, use forward facing hood scoops, and run the quarter mile in the low-six-second range at approximately 230 mph. The elapsed time record run was made back in October 2010 by Pete Berner in Englishtown, N.J., at 6.209 seconds. With the weekend forecast of highs in the low 60s, the conditions should be the best these teams have seen in years. The track and weather will be conducive to incredible runs throughout the weekend.
“It’s going to be fast this weekend,” said JR Carr, driver of the CP-Carillo Maxima Racing Oil Chevrolet Camaro. “There has been talk about seeing conditions that could reset the E.T. record, but my main focus is to go out, make a nice solid run, and make the show. We’ll need to make sure we have enough fuel, and that our transmission ratio is where we need it to be, because the power will definitely be there for our naturally aspirated cars.”
In addition to fast conditions, this weekend’s Mountain Motor Pro Stock Class will feature two international participants, Larry O’Brien of Lakeshore, Ont., and Trevor Eman of Oranjestad, Aruba. Amidst the COVID-19 travel restrictions these two drivers are dedicated to take home this weekend’s coveted national event Wally.
“With this abbreviated schedule due to COVID-19, a win this weekend would be incredible,” said Canadian Larry O’Brien, driver of the Bears Performance Dodge. “Not only would it be my first NHRA win, but to be able to do it during a Mopar-sponsored race would be unbelievable.”
The NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock Class will make two qualifying runs, Friday, Oct.2, at 3:10pm and another on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2:40 p.m. First round of eliminations will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1:10 p.m. All times listed are in Central Standard Time and subject to change.