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Radial Rage Racer Bio - Ralph Hardesty


March 10, 2014


Story courtesy of:  Ricky Tippett

Ralph Hardesty

Ralph Hardestyís flawless 1967 Chevy II will make its debut in MIRís Outlaw Drag Radial Category in 2014. After several years of racing in the local Outlaw 10.5 scene, the team has decided to try their hand at getting the often tricky 315/60/15 D.O.T. approved radial tire down the asphalt at Budds Creek. Major winter upgrades to help accomplish the feat are being taken care of in house at Hardestyís Upper Marlboro, MD based shop, Superior Automotive.

Formerly a carbureted Big Block Nitrous combination, Hardesty has made the switch in recent years to a Procharger Centrifugal Blower tuned with Electronic Fuel Injection courtesy of a Big Stuff 3 system. The results from the change have been very positive catapulting the classic Nova deep into the mid 4 second range at over 170 mph in the 1/8th mile. A 632 cubic inch Big Block Chevy from Terry Samakow makes all the power needed when combined with the F3 Procharger. Much of the recent success Ralph attributes to the support he receives from Lane Crowell and the team at Performance Torque Converter and a sturdy Turbo Glide transmission from Wayne Rogers. When conditions permit, itís been proven in past seasons that the Drag Radial tire is often faster than the bias ply slick typically used. Ralph hopes to further prove that as he has his sights set on attacking the 4.30ís once the combination is sorted out this season.

With a revised rules format for 2104, the Outlaw Drag Radial class is sure to turn heads as a new crop of cars will be eligible to mix it up with the rest of the category that has provided thrills and excitement to MIRís fans for many years. Make sure you catch the new look ODR and Ralphís incredible 67í April 11-13th 2014 at Maryland Intíl Raceways Door Wars.




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