Rewind a few months to a cool Texas evening in late October, and the shot heard ’round the drag radial world — 3.87 seconds. Jason Michalak was behind the wheel and Billy Stocklin led the braintrust for the thunderous pass that blasted through the racing community as fast as the run itself. Teammate Kyle Huettel was standing on the starting line to watch this historic run go down in the record books for his Bad9er Racing teammate and close friend.
Flash back to present and a brand new racing season draws nearer and the chance to re-write the history books becomes clearer after off-season upgrades. In one of the biggest stories to come thus far in 2016, Bad9er Racing is going to remain as a two-car team, but instead of the huge nitrous flames flying out of the teams’ familiar Chevrolet Camaro, it will be more thunderous burnouts from a second screw-blown Chevrolet Corvette.
After speaking with crew chief Billy Stocklin, we learned a lot of things about the new car that’s different from Michalak’s world record-holding Corvette already in the stables. Carl Stevens and Xtreme Race Cars was selected for the build that’s very similar to the other car, but with a range of updates to make this car specific to radial racing, and to make things fit both Michalak and Huettel, as both may see time behind the wheel.
The craftsmanship of the new Corvette is unbelievable, as seen by the intricate welds and many other details from the photos provided by Stevens and Stocklin.
Stocklin was quick to thank Jeremy Everest (BAE), Mick Snyder (Snyder Motorsports), Matt Moore (Lenco), Marty Chance (Neal Chance Converters) and many others for going the extra mile on all of their products and bending over backward to help Bad9er Racing add another screw-blown Corvette in the stables.
The team is hoping to debut the new car at Bradenton Motorsports Park’s US Street Nationals at the end of January but definitely will be in the pits when $50,000 is up for grabs at South Georgia Motorsports Park in February.