There was a older Falcon with a 460 that got beat 3 out of 3 by a 260Z.I found this on another board, it has the behind the scenes story:
Link to the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odx4WPzjpVs
Okay guys, so here is the scoop on what happened....
We went there as the 1 QUICK Z team wanting to be as professional as we could and look as good as we could whether we won or lost. We tested two weekends in a row vigorously to get all the bugs ironed out before going.
First of all when we agreed to run on Pinks- our contract was to bring a car no faster then 10.50 et (quarter mile) on motor. We got to Richmond, each competitor had to make a test pass to make sure we didn't run faster than 10.50 on motor. I went out and made an all out 1/4 mile test pass with a 10.85 et at 125.26 mph. The Falcon ran a 10.61 et at only 106 mph, letting out way early as the mph tells you. For our first negotiation on our first run, we knew he was faster than we were on motor that is why we opted for nitrous and gave him four car lengths and had him unplug his nitrous. We only ran the 200 hp plate sytem on that run and ran all the way down the track until we caught him and ran the rest of the way on motor and beat him by 3 1/2 car lengths. On the second run, we got pushed into motor to motor only. We wanted car lengths because we knew he was faster than we were but Rich pushed us into motor to motor and no car lengths and Shean was faster than us and should have beat us on this run. Shean's car has a transbrake and launched real hard. We were footbraking on motor and nitrous and footbraking on motor the car does not respond real good. Shean got me off the line on motor to motor and we were running him down on the big end and were catching him but he let off right at the finish line and we beat him by six inches (Shean said he let out because he thought he was running faster than 10.50 and in our contract it stated that they would monitor our times and et's throughout the race and if we ran faster than 10.50 on motor they would take our car and award it to the other team). On the third pass, Shean wanted two car lengths after we just beat him by six inches and he let out on that pass. Rich pushed us into giving him 1 1/2 car lengths on motor to motor or he would award the pass to Shean and we would go to the fourth race. Sometime between the second and third race, one stage of Shean's nitrous system was hooked back up. With his back against the wall, he hit the dry nitrous on the third pass and nipped a plug allowing us to beat him by 1 1/2 lengths; therefore we beat him three and out. Barney should have beat us the second and third run, but he was trying to play games and it backfired on him. We went there to run all out and race and we came out a winner.
"Barney" wasn't performing as he should because when we brought the car home we worked on it for five days trying to get it back in race shape. Here are the problems we found:
The timing on motor was set on 50 degrees instead of 32 degrees...that is why he didn't have any top end charge. The shutter wheel on the Mallory distributor was also loose making the timing vary.
Right rear shock was broke on the car letting the tire rub in the fender well.
When we unloaded if off of the trailer and drove it half a block from the shop and turned the car around the right front wheel folded up under the car and broke a heim joint.
Three bolts in the flywheel were almost out.
And various other problems, etc. etc.
There was no such thing as tech in Richmond, as they didn't even want to know how fast your car would run.
Anyway, after we worked on the car and went to the track it ran a 10.33 at 131 mph in 1/4 mile at Bristol -it would have been faster than this at Richmond, VA.
This is really what happened and what went on and took place at Richmond. If anybody has any questions, give me a call.
1-423-735-RACE @ Phillips Performance Shop or 1-423-388-0016 on my cell.
1 QUICK Z