Brad Zaskowski and his team have not raced since last October, which means that they are currently revving up for the new race season this summer. The first stop will be over in Bellerose Louisiana. Brad Races in one of the most exciting classes of professional drag racing, Super Stock, or "Super Stockers" in the pits.
His team runs three cars, driven by him, his dad, and brother. Last year he and his 87 Chevy Camaro won the GT Super Stock class, with a time of 10 seconds flat, and ranked #3 in the country. This year his dad, in the 66 Chevy Nova, and brother, racing a 94 Chevy Camaro, hope to repeat history.
Brad Zaskowski and the 1987 Chevy Camaro Super Stock Race Car
It's a difficult call, but Brad and his family seem to enjoy the community of racing the most. Brad had this to say about the upcoming season. "The same families are in the pits at nearly every race we go to, so you start to really looking forward to seeing everyone again come race season." his wife, daughter, and 2 year old son, compete the team roll call at nearly every single race.
This year, Brad and his team hope to run low 10s across the board. What makes this class so exciting is what must be kept original on the cars. Anyone can throw money at a motor and blow your doors off, but the SS class requires the factory block, and heads to be exactly that; factory. To ensure a fair, nail biting, photo finish, blocks are torn down so that bore and stroke can be checked. "It's a huge pain" says Brad, "but worth it in the very long run." The cars must also feature a factory carburetor/ fuel system. One of my favorite things about Brad's team and his Chevys, are that they all still race with 4 speed manual transmissions, and they still beat out the built up automatic racers.
Of course drag racing is one of the most demanding and potentially harmful ways to operate an engine, they need to be kept cold and clean as possible. Brad and his team help this with the K&N oil and air filters. "We did 200 runs last season before we dissembled the motor for inspection. The bearings looked like new."
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