The Nitrous Wars cont...
By Animal Jim Feurer
By mid ‘82 we had handled several problems and ran pretty good. I led the AHRA in National Pro Stock points and won in AHRA, including the ‘82 Gateway Nationals and won some Circuit and Match races.
Crewman Terry Shirley and I in Winner Circle 1982 Tulsa. I was RU to Chuck Aronson and his Kasse Mountain motor.
I shaved the beard for the next AHRA Nats at Gateway and won.
The "Bottle Babies" as we were called, had a definite advantage at high altitude. AHRA reduced big block weight by 50 pounds for the complaining big block racers which did not help, "How ironic!"
At the ‘83 AHRA Winter Nationals in Tucson we still shined. I was presented the AHRA Grand National All Star Award.
1983 AHRA Winter Nats. We were 1 and also awarded the first AHRA All Star Award that inclued
a new personlaized helmet. Trophy in backround is my 2001 UDRA Pro Mod Championship.
Roy Hill and I at Tuscon 1983 first round. H he tried to burn me down-but I beat him anyway. Mountain Motor VS my Cleveland SB with NOS.
But as always in racing, by mid ‘83, the worm had turned. The Big Block guys had had enough of the "Bottle Babies". Bigger and better after market Mountain Motors arrived.
Burning our small blocks to the ground, we still could not keep up. Plus AHRA was fading. My tour of duty in the "Nitrous Wars" was over.
For ‘84 I went to a 672 Ford Kaase Boss Mammoth Hemi using all new Allen Root parts. I ran Pure Mountain Motor Pro Stock the next three years managing several wins a year.
NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD - By Animal Jim Feurer; All photos courtesy of AJ