The Kirks were touring Napa stores of the Kenai Peninsula last week as part of the Napa Auto Parts Racing team. The team's 275 inch Brad Hadman alcohol dragster was a delight for tourists and community racing enthusiasts as well. According to Randy Kirk, the dragster is powered by a Keith Black 526 ci Hemi-engine with a PSI screw blower and has reached a speed of 245 mph in 5.6 seconds with Kirk in the cockpit.
"The car is capable of doing over 265 mph in 5.3 seconds and we'll eventually take her there. The car pulls 3.5 g's off the line, and a negative 3 g's when the shoot deploys about 5.5 seconds after take off. It definitely wakes you up, you've about five and a half seconds to relax after you take off from the starting line and it makes sure that you are paying attention, but we have a blast doing it " said Kirk, with no pun intended.
The team also has a pro-stock '92 Ford Probe powered by a 600 ci Chevy block engine that they race. While drag and pro-stock racing may be a fun family activity, it's also a pricey one. According to Kirk, just to buy the components to put a dragster together today will run about $175,000.
"After that, the sky's the limit. There are some guys that have over $1.5 million invested just in the tractor trailer, the car, tools and spare parts, and that just gets you down the road for your first run if you don't break anything," said Kirk.
Break something they did at this year's 4th of July races where they blew a rod and pushed out a head gasket, but the team swapped out the engine and came back to win the event. The team will be racing all summer in Alaska, including the Palmer State Fair For further information stop by any Napa Auto Parts on the Kenai Peninsula.
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