1999 Ft. Recover, OH Lawrence Kline Green Gate Savage JD Alcohol Super Stock. This began life as an evolution of the Barnyard Beast (it would be the last under that name). Kline would run it for just a couple of seasons, before handing it off to Dave Sonnentag and then Heat Weilnau. It was an aggressive runner that had it's share of wild rides to go with the power it was making.
1999 Allegan, MI Arnie Kwiatkowski Wild Thing CaseIH MX270 Alky SS. There was lot going on in 1999. Rollcages were a new thing and everyone was struggling with adjusted chassis setups, trying to back up to the sled while looking through the monkey bars, and just the aesthetics of the thing. The Kwiatkowski's first alky Wild Thing was sold to Ken Measel after the '98 season after quickly establishing dominance. The team regrouped with a new design that still wasn't full component. There was ag parts in the rearend, but we were getting real close. The first version of Wild Thing would house an OHC 504ci Brent Long mill with 2 HUGE turbos on it in an attempt to make something happen in the Light Super, too. To my knowledge, they never actually tried to run it as an LSS, but it did prove to be a force against the 598s of the day. Within 2 years, a 650 would find it's way in and a more conventional 3 charger setup as well.
The Hook Magazine Clip Of The Day 1998 NFMS Arnie Kwiatkowski Wild Thing CaseIH 7250 Super Stock. This version of Wild Thing debuted in 1996 and went on to dominate. 98 was their year. Winning NFMS, the NTPA GN title, the BG Ring, and just about everything else. It would be sold at year's end as a new WT was in the works.
Prime Diese & Automotive Clip Of The Day 1998 NFMS Ken Measel Mining For Dollars IH 1066 Super Stock. They scattered the block pretty good on this one. It would get repaired in time for the summer tour, but by the end of 1998, this version of MFD would be gone and the alky burner I'll show you tomorrow would replace it.
PMS Marketing Clip Of The Day 2007 Dekalb Pull Tom Larson Draggin' Rose MM UB. Open rpm pulling is a big thing in the SWOH/SEIN area as it is in Illinois. One of the more unusual ones out there was this MM.
Dirty Hooker Diesel Clip Of The Day 1999 ATPA Grand American Berville, MI Kevin Masterson River Rat JD 6030 Pro Stock. 1999 would get Kevin a 3rd place finish in Grand American points, but no wins. The learning stuck with him though as he would earn his first national championship the very next year.
Photos are up from my first visit to Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH and my first time seeing winged sprint cars of any kind. I picked a good one. I will absolutely go see WoO again and visit Attica again. A dominant performance on the evening by Kyle Larson. His car control is way, way up there. More thoughts on it on the next Sidetracked, but for now, click below to check out the action as I saw it from the exit of Turn 2.
Locke Performance Clip Of The Day 1998 NTPA GN Ft. Recovery, OH Dennis Johnson Shagnasty AGCO-Allis SS. Dennis was always a go or blow show. Here it launches like a missile and carries the front way out there before a cough. It wasn't a disaster, but he had to rely on all that already built up ground speed to carry him into the pull-off.
The Hook Magazine Clip Of The Day 1997 NTPA GN Ionia, MI John Mann Lady Butterfly. This truck racked up 1 million miles going up and down the road before getting retired to a life of sled dragging. The late 90s was a fun time in the Semi class with a variety of powerplants going at it. None was cooler in my mind than the big Detroits.
Prime Diesel & Auto Clip Of The Day 2007 DeKalb Pull Jason O'Brien. I admit, I know next to nothing about the truck or even what class it was running in, but it sure is a nice looking thing.