It was big news when ProCharger F-3X-140 superchargers were deemed legal for NHRA’s Pro Mod class, and over the winter the buzz was how the ProCharger cars would stack up against the competition. We can now answer that—they stood up very well!
The first racer to make news was Justin Bond, when he ran 5.623 at 253.14 MPH in his ’69 Camaro to earn the number one qualifier spot at the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals at Orlando Speed World Dragway. Of the pass, Bond said, “I think the performance of the car has been very good. I think the time slips speak for that. The car responds to all the changes, and we just have a really awesome crew and a really awesome tuner.” That 5.623 ET is quicker than the current NHRA Pro Mod record. To say that eyebrows were raised on that pass is an understatement! Bond beat fellow ProCharger racer Steve Matusek in the first round (who ran a 5.739), while Jose Gonzalez and Rick Hord—both ProCharger powered—faced each other in the first round with Gonzalez taking the win. ProCharger cars faced each other in eliminations, meaning the field of our racers was cut in half after the first round.
The same weekend as the Doorslammer Nationals was the NMCA’s first Race of the season, in Bradenton, FL. Two of the three fastest classes were dominated by ProCharger cars, with Eric Gustafson’s F-3X-140 1969 Camaro leading qualifying in the Extreme ProMod class with a 3.673 at 207.75 MPH, running low ET and top speed with 3.630 and 215.96 MPH, and winning the class. That’s what you call dominance!
Brian Keep did the same thing in Extreme Street, literally owning the class with the number one qualifier, low ET, top speed, and class win with his F-1A-91 Camaro. Keep ran his best numbers of 4.525 and 154.05 MPH, which were one to two-tenths of a second quicker and 2 MPH faster than the next fastest car in the class. Once again—dominance.