(Photos by RacePagesDigital.com) – In my estimation, history will be made this weekend when a racer in the NMCA Factory Super Car class dips their toe into the 7-second zone for the first time in history. It will be a momentous accomplishment in drag racing and it will not be the last time it happens. The only question is whether it will be a COPO, a Cobra Jet, or a Drag Pak turning the trick in the Flordia sun. These factory based, supercharged monsters rely on factory architecture engines, chassis, and bodies. People love them and rightfully so. It is the kind of brand warfare that has been missing in the world of traditional drag racing for far too long.
Below is a link to a long form piece I did for the guys at RacePagesDigital. It looks back at the roots of the factory performance war and how we got to the precipice of history this weekend. Make no mistake about it, the fact we are here is semi-miraculous. The 1970s, 80s, and 1990s were largely awful for factory performance, factory support of drag racing, and especially competition of this type. The improbable history of these cars is below. Enjoy.