104 2014 CHEVROLET RACING SPECIAL
NHRA PRO STOCK DRAG RACING
WORDS Todd Veney IMAGES Marc Gewertz
There’s no “next great leap forward” in NHRA Pro Stock drag racing, just a
relentless quest to find tidbits of power that could make all the difference.
ill Jenkins, Bob Glidden, and Warren
Johnson didn’t have to cut a light to win –
they could just drive around everybody.
But those days are long gone in NHRA
Pros Stock, and they’re never coming
back. For years now, the competition in
pro drag racing’s most competitive class
has been so tight that no Pro Stock driver
has that luxury. Top teams can’t just
outwork everybody anymore because
everybody else is doing the same thing,
too – if they weren’t, they wouldn’t qualify.
“Pro Stock is completely different from
what it used to be,” says four-time world
champ Greg Anderson, who works
12-hour days, six days a week through
the off-season in a never-ending quest for
more horsepower from his KB Racing
Chevrolet Camaro, trying nine ideas that
don’t work for every one that does.
“Every year, more and more people
understand what it takes to win in this
class – how to build a team, how to run an
engine-building shop, the resources
required. Know what, 15 or 20 years ago,
three or four teams knew what it took to
win. Now, 14 know what it takes.”
Best-case scenario, hundreds of dyno
pulls over the off-season might – might –
yield 10 additional horsepower. “If we found
that much, we’d be ecstatic,” says Jason
Line, Anderson’s KB Racing teammate
and a two-time Pro Stock champion.