All the Drag Radial Nova Updates we’ve made over the years…
2020 was a decent year for Chris & I racing the Nova, besides all this Covid Crap we all want to forget about. We runnered up and won a race in go figure, Outlaw 10.5 this year. X275, well we didn't do so well in that class but I think we learned a few things and had a great time going to many tracks racing. This year we raced at HRP at Baytown, Texas, Tulsa Raceway Park, WWT / Gateway in Saint Louis, Ozark Raceway Park in Springfield MO, Mid America Dragway in Winfield, KS, MoKan Dragway in Asbury, MO and XRP in Ferris, Texas. That's not bad considering the first of the year we didn't know if we were going to get to race at all!
Last race of the year at the Titan's of 10.5 race at Ozark we ran a 4.49 in the final for the win in Outlaw 10.5. It was a great way to finish the season to finally break through that 4.40 barrier. We almost did it last year, and several times during the 2020 season, but could never quite get the front and back half to come together. It's pretty frustrating when you know the car can go a mid 4.40 based on it's best front and back splits but something always goes wrong. Speaking of that, the Nova went a wheels up 1.051 60' at Baytown, something I was a bit surprised it could do, but now I think we can go 1.04X with a little work and some good prep.
The biggest problem is we are just not able to keep up the pace in X275, we improve every year a little, but not as much as the fast guys. This year saw X275 with multiple cars in the 4 teens and a number of teams solidly in the 4.20's - yeah they are beating them up doing that, but that is what it takes to run those numbers. We're down to 15-20 passes before we kill the rings in the car as it is, and killing pistons from one thing or the other is starting to become common. Next year we have some changes to the engine we hope will help out, but not too many changes overall this winter.
That next step, running a 4.3X is our next goal, hopefully we can meet it in 2021!