Making Our License Runs In Project Number Cruncher

Project Number Cruncher’s time on the dyno was very productive, so the next step was to make some runs at the track. The big goal was to make enough passes that would qualify for our NHRA competition license. Well, after two trips to the track, we finally got its done and were able to get the car ready for the Holley LS Fest.

The NHRA competition licensing process is just that, a process that’s laid out right on the NHRA Racer website. You can’t jump into a car and make full rips; you have to make a total of six passes to different spots on the track. Only the final two passes are full pulls, plus you also have to pass a cockpit orientation test.

Our first trip to the track after the dyno session netted a total of two runs due to some cooling system issues, and a massive oildown (by someone else, thankfully) that forced the track to shut the test session down. The following week, we were back at it and finished making our license runs with Project Number Cruncher. So far, the car is living up to its name after ripping off a series of 1/8-mile passes in the 6.50 range. The two full 1/4-mile runs we made lit the boards with a 10.11 at 137 MPH and 10.13 at 136.

One thing we did learn based on our timeslips is there’s a lot of e.t. being left on the table. After reviewing the data logs and video, we noticed how much the car was spinning at the hit. We’ve got some plans to address these issues eventually, but for now, it’s all about getting some seat time in the car.

Make sure to follow Project Number Cruncher’s progress right here on Dragzine as we make more trips to the track.

Special thanks to SAM TechDartK1 TechnologiesWiseco PistonsMAHLE MotorsportARPSummit Racing EquipmentTotal Seal Piston RingsMellingMorosoCOMP CamsManleyPAC SpringsTrendT&D Machine ProductsWilson ManifoldsFuelTechFuel Injector ClinicMSDFTIAmerican Racing HeadersHolleyStrange EngineeringMeziere EnterprisesATI Performance ProductsBoninfantePalko Motor SportsKontras Performance, and MundyTuned.

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Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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