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It was GREAT being "The Little Team That Can" again!!! being "The Little Team That Can" again!!!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 2/12/2018
Thanks for going along with us on our adventures!
That phrase was bestowed on us by good friend Pat Budd back in our "Street Car" racing days. And it is a tag we wear proudly! And every so often we pop up and do something unexpected by all.
This year at the Vegas venue for Mel and Heather Roth's Street Car Super Nationals we again lit the scoreboards up for another world record! Two different cars, two different world records in four years! Its great being US!!!
Below is the link to a fantastic video put together by my Hero "Da Limo GUY".
Okay 2018, Bring It On! Our first post of 2018
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 1/7/2018
The first great honor from my peers
We are ready for you now! A great ending to the 2017 season helped us mentally as a team with a ninth place points finish in the PDRA through perseverance only, another $5000 Money Shot payday. And then another runnerup finish in Vegas along with ANOTHER world record as the FASTEST blown Pro Mod in The WORLD! John Stanley was wheeling "Daddy's Caddy" like a BOSS!
The second great honor from my peers
And two GREAT award honors for me from my peers in drag racing made for a very humbling and gratifying month of December! The Brian Olson award from the PDRA was a fantastic surprise and highly unexpected. See that part of the award ceremony here: The Brian Olson award from the PDRA 3:37 minutes in, right at the end.
The second award was just as unexpected as the first. It came from a local group that promotes drag races in the area and have watched me race for more years than I care to remember. Thank you "Street Freaks". I consider it quite the honor for this recognition!
And now we are in full bore freshen up, change up mode for the race car. We are changing our focus for 2018 to one of less, although just as competitive racing this year. We made the decision to change our focus over to the NMCA series of six races along with some other races added in here and there.
Marcus Hilt with my friend the infamous Kenny Youngblood!
And that along with helping out the Trouble Racing team from Switzerland with some races in Europe. And I may do some other mentoring in other parts of the world and do some traveling to visit old friends.
After Felix gets some GREAT tender, loving care at D&D Truck Repair and Towing, the liquor cabinets get restocked thanks with lots of help from D&G Liqours we will be ready to venture off to the first race in Bradenton, Florida in March! Let do this!
And so one and all know. None of these reinvigorated racing endeavors would be possible without the help of our GREAT, LONG TIME sponsor Steel Dynamics, Inc from the mill in Pittsboro, Indiana. Thank you for believing in us for all this time and we shall do our utmost to represent you well!
THE Outlaw Caddy Pro Mod In Vegas Another WORLD Record For Da Lil Guys!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 12/5/2017
Hell yeah we're FAST! Robert Grice photo
And do so off we went to the city that never sleeps once more. This was to be our fifth trip across this great land of ours to compete at what we feel is the premier drag race for unlimited, show up, shut up and race Outlaw Pro Mod cars in the world! Mel and Heather Roth's SCSN races have become our year ending pilgrimage in search of win lights and a final round win. We surely love us some quarter mile racing for sure and this is where we do well.
Dear ole dad spent four days driving across the US of A admiring all the wonderful scenery that was to be seen. The driver and the beyond able crew all flew in on Thursday am in order to get ready for the first round qualifier that afternoon. After going through the tech line it was into the staging lane we went. Our first qualifying effort netted us TWO "off the trailer" personal bests! The scoreboard lit up with a 5.57/263 run!
To say we were thrilled would be an understatement! Dyan lover photo
We had an issue with Daddy's Caddy for the next qualifier on Friday morning and elected to take the car apart and see about remedying our issue. With the able assistance of our friends from Quick Drive Racing we fixed our issue and it was all good from there, almost! When that issue was fixed the car's low end power band needed slowed up a lot more. It took a couple of runs to net that correct curve of timing and fuel management.
And in round one of eliminations on a broken bye run Daddy's Caddy strutted his stuff for one and all to see! With a bit of a lazy launch the Noonan Ultimate Race Engineering hemi sat back and got with the program! The net result of this "getting with the program" was a mind blowing 266.74 mile per hour thundering run out the back! This netted us ANOTHER world record run to go with the one our able Camaro gave us on our first trip to Las Vegas! The Stanley & Weiss Racing team ably supported by Steel Dynamics Inc could now lay claim to having the world's fastest blown pro mod! And proud of that we are! We did it with what we like to call "Appalachian redneck tuning by the braille method"!
And at the end of the night we were yet again matched up against another Proline turbo powered car! This time it was to be against the Q80 Mustang. And once again we ended up on the losing end of another final when the Caddy spun the tires off the starting line in the cold! But as John Stanley most ably noted in a comment elsewhere "Vegas SCSN five appearances and three final rounds and two world records. Vegas has been very good to me and my team!"
And so our 2017 trip out west was over and done with and all that was left to do was to make a banzai run across the US of A in order to be home to share Thanksgiving dinner with John Stanley and his brother Raymond's family! And home I made it even though Felix The Cat tried my patience on TWO occasions! One broken injector line on the Cat power plant was remedied in a truck stop parking lot in Kingman, Arizona on Monday morning. Then after a night's sleep in Moriarty, New Mexico it was off and running yet again at a high rate of speed! Only to be foiled by yet another broken injector line!
Before and after Felix's bath from the diesel fuel spray!
This time the wind was blowing about 2,000 miles and hour and I opted to get to Missouri where I would attempt to change this second line the next morning when the engine was cool. And on Wednesday morning it was definitely cool! 23 degrees outside it was but after changing this second line that our friends from D&D Truck Repair and Towing had supplied me to carry around in Felix's bunk compartment. But I made it home before lunchtime and was able to enjoy a bountiful meal with my family.
Thanks go out to one and all for reading and commenting on our trials and tribulations throughout this 2017 season. Have a a very Merry Christmas and may 2018 bring you all that you may desire!
Shakedown At The Summit The Caddy Doubles Up Back To The Bank One More Time!!!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 10/2/2017
Shakedown At The Summit The Caddy Doubles Up Cha-Ching!!!
Have I told all of you lately how much we absolutely LOVE quarter mile racing? If I have not, well we REALLY, REALLY do!
The shame of it is that there are not very many places to run an Outlaw screw blown Pro Mod in the US of A in the quarter mile!
But one of them is the infamous Shakedown At The Summit at the legendary Summit Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio. This is one of the finest facilities in drag racing managed by a GREAT family with thoughts on the customer, The Racers are always at the front!
Wheels up just getting after it!
This year we ventured out that way to try our hand at Pro Mod racing with THREE HUNDRED and TWENTY FIVE pounds added in "Daddy's Caddy"! We also had an ulterior motive of making an attempt at Picking up the FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS in cold hard cash!
These dollars were once again posted by Jon and Jim Salemi of Resolution Racing Services and G Force Race Cars.
These dollars would go to the quickest car on the grounds who had made an attempt in the infamous "Money Shot". Put a dollar sign on your car and do with your car what you wished after you had made a qualifying attempt and crossed the scales at weight. Only safety ruled in this parameter.
"Our 405 wanna-bes starting line shot! Or maybe they wanna be us???"
Our two attempts in qualifying mode showed zero promise as on the first one the Caddy went about twenty feet before it took the tire off. On the last qualifier it went about two hundred feet before lighting the tires again. But in amongst those qualifiers we made two attempts at the Money Shot dollars. The first shot at it on Friday night netted us a rather nice 5.68 with a shutoff at 5.50 in because of a shredding blower belt. Hence the low 247.70 mile per This run was never bested all weekend by anyone including us!
Hence my headline "Back to the bank One More Time!!!" Two tries at this infamous payout and two bank deposits! "Show us Da Money"!
And now you know why we like quarter mile racing! And guess what? Vegas is next up!
On To The Yellow Bullet Nationals 2017 Adding The Pounds To Run In Pro Mod
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 8/28/2017
Photos by Mark Tinari and John Stanley
Da Orange Ho testing at The Bullet in 2011!
But first a recap on the last month of the trials and tribulations of the Stanley & Weiss racing team. First up was a visit to Tulsa Raceway Park down Oklahoma way for the PDRA race. We made two test hits on Thursday to try to iron out our dramas that we are still having with the car. It will go down the track sometimes and other times it refuses to cooperate!
We ended up in the number seven position when qualifying was all over. We were only TWO and A HALF TENTHS behind the number one qualifier. We really need to get our issues sorted! We made a few changes to put the chassis back to where we were running it last year for eliminations on Saturday.
BUT mother nature said that was not going to be in the plans as she poured rain off and on us all day. With much regret the PDRA finally had to cancel the entire event! So home we went with no idea if our changes would show promise or not.
And now its time for the return of Stanley and Weiss Racing to the Yellow Bullet Nationals at the storied Cecil County Dragway in Maryland. We have entered the car in Pro Mod and have done what I said I would never do!
Weight, weight!!! Who said weight???
We have put ONE HUNDRED and EIGHTY pounds in the car to make weight! "Never say never" comes to mind here! We worked really hard to get the car down to 2370 pounds from its fighting weight in April of 2440 pounds!
Lots and lots of work and a bit of money as well. Just to add it back in for one race and possibly another where we will have to add ANOTHER ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY pounds to Daddy's caddy!
Wish us luck this coming weekend. It's on to something new!
From England With Marcus Hilt Of Trouble Racing The latest that is MUCH overdue!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 7/27/2017
Hmmmmmm.... What to do, what to do??? PLUS a shameless plug for two Great Sponsors, LJRC (Larry Jeffers Race Cars) and
VP Race Fuels!
Hello to one and all who follow my missives on this Stanley & Weiss Racing's website. It has been a hectic few months which is no excuse for not keeping up!
So, what have we been up to you ask? Lots and lots and then some more! Two more PDRA races done that we are still trying to get a handle on this new combination. And I have been to England to assist my good friend Marcus Hilt of Trouble Racing from Switzerland.
The race in England was once more at The Main Event at the always well-presented Santa Pod Raceway! Marcus had FINALLY sourced a better blower for the Vette that was a much-needed addition from his friends Thomas and Brigitte Stiefel. And along with the blower came to new VERY able-bodied crew members in the person of Thomas and Brigitte! PLUS, he gained the loan of one of their crew members till they are ready to race again 2018!
And this crew came together as a team instantly and Marcus had his "good driver" hat on straight all weekend! We whittled away at the tune-up with the new blower and ended up as number twelve qualifier. This was after one piston change after the third qualifier and TWO piston changes after the last qualifier! But the crew did a fantastic job and with Marcus' spare parts and the loan of two wrist pins and four pin buttons from the infamous Fast Freddie Fagerström the engine was all back together for the first round of eliminations. Thanks, Fast Freddie!
Wheels up and getting it! Back to back .990 60 foots!
BUT did it rain as always you ask? Of course it did on Saturday just before a qualifying round but it all came good as the sun came out and the race went on! Sundays first round of elimination saw the Vette march RIGHT STRAIGHT down the middle of the race track with a soft tune-up and a win over the opponent in the other lane. Round two saw the Vette dodge a bullet the size of an atom bomb as Kev Slyfield turned on a pink light on the tree that went red!
The Vette meanwhile looked the part of a diesel car going down the race track when the clutch failed to lock up!
But we were into the semifinals and then, YEPPERS it rained and rained and rained some more!
All in all, it was great outing for an underfunded team staffed with GREAT people! Bring on Hockenheim, Germany in August!
Welcome Aboard D&G Liquors!!! Now hold on tight!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 5/15/2017
D&G Liquors of Hagerstown, Maryland
I would like all our supporters far and wide to please give a grand welcome to our new sponsor, D&G Liquors of Hagerstown, Maryland.
MS Michelle Brown Leatherman, as the proprietor of D&G liquors has graciously agreed to come on board and help with some additional funding on our well stocked liquor cabinet!
Did I say that out loud? Really, did I? YES, I surely did! Every dollar we can save anywhere allows us to put those dollars to good use in the running of Da Caddy! So, when you are having a cocktail after hours in The Trailer Bar please raise a toast to MS Michelle as a salute for helping out Stanley & Weiss Racing.
Isnt that Lil Guy so Us-Ins????
And if you are a supporter from our neck of the woods PLEASE frequent D&G Liquors at 18027 Garland Groh Blvd, Hagerstown, Md at The Center.
They have a massive stock of anything you may wish to indulge in and their friendly and courteous staff will always be able to help you find what you may be looking for. AND if you cannot find that one thing you wish they had, they can order it in for you with no dramas!
Taylor Motorsports And Australia Back Down Under in 2017
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 4/22/2017
Styling and profiling up and down the highway!
April saw me venture off once more to Australia to help Rob Taylor of Taylor Motorsports help sort out his latest project. Rob purchased a C7 Corvette from the good old US of A and installed a Noonan, Inc Superman headed hemi between the frame rails topped off with a C rotor screw blower!
Rob reached out to me and asked me if I would be willing to come over and help them get the car sorted. After several message sessions and a few phone calls the details were worked out and on the way, I was! I had forgotten how long that flight was across the Pacific Ocean but I arrived safe and sound!
The race we were attending was The Sydney Jamboree which had a scheduled test day on the Thursday which we took advantage of and another test shot on Friday left me get closer to the tune up on the Vette. The tune up was on the engine and the suspension. The Friday morning hit yielded us a 1.008 sixty foot with two pedals before the sixty! Rob shut the car off at 4.2 seconds in as was the plan after a 4.0 eighth mile run and coasted to a 6.4!
Working my McGyver magic to keep the headers
off the track! It may not be cool looking BUT it works!
The first qualifier on Friday night saw Rob sit in the car in the fire up box for a very long time as the track personnel cleaned up a massive oil down. With the temperatures being down to the VERY COLD levels the race track went the same way! The Vette left the starting line with a respectable .974 sixty foot but went to about 100 feet out and lit the tires! And that, as they say was that!
Back in the pits the crew found out that run had killed the ring and pinion in the rear. Upon closer inspection by the diligent crew they discovered that the .974 sixty foot had cracked, broke and bent the rear end housing. So having found the weak link in the Vette there was nothing to do but formulate a plan to get something under the car that would live!
A stunning logo for RobTaylor's business!
And Strange Engineering came through like the champion supplier they are. And as I write this little missive the rear is sitting awaiting customs clearance for Monday morning delivery!
And now the Nitro Champs beckon us on May 3rd to the 6th so we can do some match racing against that bad, fast Moits turbo Mustang. We shall see what we shall see!
The Caddy Pro Mod at PDRA Galot Motorsports Park And Number Two Is In The Books!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 4/18/2017 Photos By Black Rock Photography & Roger Richards
Note the butterflies are closed and the right rear tire is off the ground! Roger Richards photo
The second round of the 2017 PDRA race season at the beautiful Galot Motorsports Park has gone into the dustbin of history! We are still trying to get our minds and arms around this lockup converter process. BUT if it was easy everyone would have one!
We made two test hits on Thursday after changing the weight bias and replacing our repaired bottom "X bar" four link on "Daddy's Caddy". And then back into the wilderness we went!
The first hit saw the car turn left off the starting line which made for an aborted run. After some suspension changes we went for the second which made for some GREAT wheelie photos but zero in progress on the car's suspension. John aborted that run as well because all he could see were the floodlights of the race track!
Getting ready to try this ONE MORE TIME! Black Rock Photography photo
Friday's qualifying sessions saw small changes to the suspension pay dividends slowly but still with no full passes. Saturday's last qualifier showed some promise but we still did not have the wheel speed under control.
The first round of eliminations against Frankie "The Madman" Taylor saw John get the jump on Frankie off the starting line only to have to pedal the car AGAIN!
Meanwhile Frankie was having issues of his own in the other lane but we lost that pedal fest when John lifted coming up on the traps. He was not going to crash the car for a round win. Smart decision by a very wise driver!
And now we are into trying to get some of the extra FIFTY pounds of weight out of the car and making some more changes that we feel will help improve our performance!
Next up for us will be The Legendary Darlington Dragway! We will be there ready for the wars yet again!
PDRA Season Opener At South Georgia Motorsports Park The Pro Extreme Caddy One and Done!!!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 3/22/2017
PDRA Season Opener At South Georgia Motorsports Park As The Team Looks On With John Stanley
The first race of the 2017 season has been run at the GREAT South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Georgia. We tested for two days prior to the race to try and get our arms and minds around the new lockup Neal Chance converter.
It was baby steps a bit at a time for the first four hits in testing as we became more and more comfortable with what was going on with the car and with new the parts and pieces.
OOPS!!!! Not so good, part one!
With dawn of qualifying on Friday it was still baby steps with the Caddy in the first round. Then in the second round we stepped it up a bit to see how it would go. And go it did in the first part of the race track but things quickly went south in the second half!
Although the caddy was lazy in the first half on purpose, the lockup sequence through the Quick Drive unit worked well and the B&J Transmission ratios worked flawlessly and all was well till the Mickey Thompson tires got hold of the race track at the gear change and the steel driveshaft proceeded to become two pieces instantly!
Scott Kline Welding Up The Damage
John got the Caddy slowed down safely and into the return road area. Back in the pits as we assessed the carnage it looked bleak but not impossible to repair from the team that prides itself on being the MacGyver's of drag racing! John set about checking the bottom end of the engine while Scott and Bill checked the valve train and leaked the motor.
All this was needed to be sure all was well with the Noonan Engineering power plant that had a BIG over rev at the end of the run. All was well so we got into fixing the rest of the little stuff damaged. We elected to wait till daylight to fix the damage in the rear suspension area of the car.
Saturday morning we tore into the mess under the back of the car and with the help of a few steel AN wrenches in the trailer, minus the wrench part, Scott set about welding everything back together. And all was complete and ready to rock for the last qualifier on Saturday!
OOPS!!!! Not so good, part two!
The Q2 run that was aborted abruptly had shown some promise to us in that it was .04 seconds slow right up to the 330 mark to our 3.63 run in Dallas in 2015! So following the suggestion of my friend I "took my skirt off!!!" and elected to get more aggressive at the hit.
Q3 yielded a smoke fest from the rear Mickeys 4/10ths out! The ratio change and the more aggressive timing curve showed promise but needed to be calmed down. This I did but just not quite enough for the first round. The Caddy made it almost twice as far this time but still was a bit hopped up to much!
So now it is on to the beautiful Galot Motorsorts Park in Dunn-Benson, North Carolina for round two. We are a bit more confident this time around so we shall see what we shall see!!!
Stanley & Weiss Racing Preparing For PDRA Pro Extreme 2017 Updates To Felix And More
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 2/24/2017
Felix is back home Another look at Felix Strutting His Stuff!!!
Well it's getting closer to race time for the Stanley & Weiss racing team. We have been diligently working away at making the changes to the car we decided to take on for 2017!
Lots of changes between rear of the crankshaft and our Strange Engineering 40 spline axles! As racers, we can never leave things well enough alone, otherwise we wouldn't be doing this magical thing we call Drag Racing!
Our trailer made a stop on the way back from Las Vegas at Competition trailers down Texas way to have some lift gate cylinders replaced, some 110 volt and generator 12 volt wiring issues rectified. All was completed on time and at a very fair price. The only thing I don't understand is why hydraulic cylinders don't last past TWENTY years! Just kidding They really did last twenty years! Good stuff comes out of Competition Trailers.
Next up was Felix The Cat's turn for his annual pilgrimage to D&D Truck Repair and Towing for his punch list of repairs. And two days later, "HEY, the list was long and I'm old!" and he is ready yet again to Strut his Stuff up and down the highways and byways of our great country! "MERICA!!!!!"
2309 miles=70mph moving average and a top speed of 87mph!
Repairs at Competition Trailers
The great manufacturers of the products we use have all been very diligent in getting us the parts we need in a timely manner. We only lack a few pieces to complete the new puzzle and we will be having noise in the yard on the hill in Appalachia!
Our first foray into the deep waters with those Pro Extreme sharks that hang out at the PDRA races will be at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Georgia. We plan to test Wednesday and Thursday March 8 and 9, then into racing March 10 and 11.
Wish us luck because we are planning on another great year for The Caddy!
Stanley & Weiss Racing Recap of Las Vegas Street Car Supernationals We Were Flying At The Strip
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 12/8/2016
Photo's By - Steve Carlton, Cole Rokosky and Axle Weiss
Another successful trip to Las Vegas has come and gone. We ventured westward in November to do battle with the baddest of the bad in 1/4 mile racing yet again. This has become like an annual pilgrimage for us that we seem to fare well at for a group of outlaw 1/8th mile racers from Appalachia.
This year we showed the entire place that we can get off the starting line and down a race track that many couldn't in the COLD and WIND! We went down EVERY pass in all five qualifiers and ended up as the number two qualifier right behind that bright yellow Jegs Corvette.
And we showed the consistency that we have developed at Mel and Heather Roth's Street Car Super Nationals ever since we have been going there. 5.68, 5.66 and a 5.64 in the first round of eliminations speaks for itself. The other three qualifiers were all part track planned shutoffs to be sure we were not going to melt our new Noonan Ultimate Race Engineering block! We carded at least three or four .930 60 foots at over 2425 pounds during this race!
And we were lucky enough to win the $500, quickest car on the grounds Shootout Thursday night with a shutoff run that was quick enough to earn the money! Four tries at it and we finally got to go to the bank!!!
With Thursday and Friday's qualifying and test (to us) runs we rolled out Saturday ready to play with the big dogs. The aforementioned 5.66 and 5.64 stood until Steve Petty had to show off as we knew he would. Steve kinda like us, "you can never keep a good man down"!
Our first round opponent did not answer the call and that run was a right down the middle 5.64 run at 258 and change. Our second round opponent was to be the Evil Outlaw entry of Jay Deidrich from southern California in his new battle tested Larry Jeffers Race Cars Camaro. This car was tuned by the formidable pair of Taylor brothers from Texas, Frankie and Paul! Knowing full well they could step up and run a .40 when the stars aligned for them I opted to step The Caddy up a bit.
BUT they had dramas galore with a transmission/converter change. When we were called to the lanes they still had the transmission in a million pieces!
I stooped by their pits and told them I would wait at the back of the lanes for them. This we did right up till we were told suit up and get ready to race or you wont race either!
They missed the call by about 4 minutes as we were already started and rolling to the water box. The Caddy DID NOT like my changes at all as it went out and spun the tires, shook and headed to the wall!
The semis was an earned competition bye and knowing that we would have to run one of the two powerhouses left in Troy Coughlin or Mike Maggio's bad fast Camaro I backed The Caddy down a bit to just try to run another .60. That didn't work either as the car did the same thing again! In the other pairing the Jegs Corvette lost to Mike Maggio's 5.73 when he spun the tires as well!
That left two BLOWER cars in the final for the first time in a lot of years! Knowing full well that john could not see the tree hardly at all in the left lane that is exactly where Mike put us.
The exact same thing I would have done to him had the shoe been on the other foot.
John ended up real deep when he staged the car and turned the tree bright red handing the win to Mike Maggio with pedaling efforts from BOTH seasoned drivers looking to take the stripe from the other!
John won that battle with a 6.39/241 over Mike's 6.46/231! And a gracious winning team the Maggio clan was!
All in all it was another successful trip west for us to cap off what has been a successful year for us all around.
With the help yet again from Steel Dynamics, Inc and all our racing manufacturing partners we are going into 2017 with a bit lighter step in our gait from the entire team.
Because it takes a team to do what we do and to NEVER, EVER give up.
Caddy Pro Mod Heads To Las Vegas Street Car Supernationals Las Vegas, Nevada SCSN!! Here We Come!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 11/12/2016
And I am off, yet again in a cloud of dust with a hearty Hi-Yo Silver AWAY!
It is that time of the year where I get to practice my truck driving abilities all the way across this great land of ours. From the hills in the Appalchian mountains of Maryland across the Souhwestern part of the Good Ole US of A to the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas, Nevada!
Yeppers, its time for Mel and Heather Roth's infamous Street Car Super Nationals drag race. One of the last places where one can let his or her Outlaw Pro Mod drag car have it's legs stretched out over the entire quarter mile safely! This year is shaping up to be another brass knuckles, no holds barred, knock down, drag out slug fest of all who have ventured to this great facility in search of fame and FORTUNE!
And of course all the action can be seen live on the infamous Bangshift.com live feed starting on Thursday. Read all the coverage here: Bangshift.com Live Streaming PSCA SCSN Event Feed and be sure to tune in and support the sponsors who bring it to you!
And now I am off towards Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to deliver some parts to a friend from Kansas and to hang out, have some dinner, have some drinks and tell some big lies to some legendary buds of mine! The next two days will see me motoring across the country in search of that Holy Grail that is a win at the SCSN!!! It wont be easy, but if it was everyone would be there! Soooo, get in a car, get on a bus, get on a train, get on an airplane and make your way there from wherever you are! History will be made yet again!
Caddy Pro Mod at PDRA North-South Shootout MDIR Race Five Is Run and Done!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 7/27/2016
Photos Courtesy of Tara Bowker Black Rock Photography & goDragRacing
After rectifying another one of our woes at the last outing in Martin, Michigan it was time to do what all good drag racers do. Change the major components between the flywheel and the driveshaft before the next race!
John and I set about changing all the bits and pieces between the frame rails to accept our new Pro Bell bellhousing, Quick Drive converter drive unit and a B&J Big Boy transmission. The customer support from these three major manufacturers is second to none and were always right there to answer any and all of the many bazillion questions we had. "Should this be here? Or should I make it go over there", "Suppose we put this down around here instead of up over there like I have it now?", "You want me to have HOW MANY different ratios in the trailer???"! Thanks to the inventers of the smart phones and texting!
We elected to test on the Thursday at the PDRA North/South Shootout race at the MDIR track to be sure all worked as it should. Three passes later and we thought we had pretty good success as we felt we had all the new bits and pieces working as they should. The only issue we saw was a small converter drive fluid leak. We elected to let everything cool off and look into it in the morning. That was handled with ease by the top notch Stanley & Weiss Racing crew and all was fine for the first qualifying round.
With the temperatures almost touching 2000 degrees and after John Stanley’s masterful driving job in the traps we ended up number two in the qualifying order.
When the qualifying was over we had settled in at number seven on the qualifying sheet with gave us a first round race with the world champ, Jason Scruggs! And as I often say, "Ya gotta be in it to win it!" and in it we were. Jason’s bad fast race car got the jump on John but then went out and shook and when Jason had to pedal, John didn’t! And the win light came on for Us-Ins!
And then the rains came! Round two was ran on Sunday and our opponent was Tommy D'Aprile. And a GREAT race it was that we came out on the short end of when the blower belt shredded at 3.43 in and we lost by .022!
And on another GREAT note our 2016 Wicked Grafixx crew shirts designed and provided by the infamous Tyler Clark received the Best Appearing crew at this race! How cool was that!
But all in all we are feeling good about our new combination and now it is on to the next PDRA race in Memphis, Tennessee. And more going rounds!
A fun look at some of the days at PDRA at Maryland Internaional Raceway 2016. Including team member and crew chief Scott Kline also running in Outlaw 10.5 with his procharged Shoebox Nova
John Stanley and a long burnout in the Caddy CTSV Pro Mod
THAT STANCE !! And launch !!
Team Stanley & Weiss Racing Firing Up The Caddy
Me and John Accepting the Best Appearing Award
Team Stanley & Weiss Racing Caddy Out of the hole and flying
Our head crew man Scott Kline had his Nova running strong in the heat!
Big Change To The Caddy CTS-V Pro Mod On To PDRA Michigan We Go!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 6/27/2016
After making the fix inside the converter that we did not know was broken in Dallas, it was off to Michigan for stop number four of the PDRA season. We went into the weekend feeling good about the Caddy's potential.
After getting things all ready to go, we opted for some testing on Thursday evening to see if the converter repair solved our issues. Two passes made and both them straight and true had us thinking we were headed in the right direction with a last hit of .922, 3.68/208 in 2700 feet of air and the motor all nice and rich and happy!
The first qualifier on Friday gave us up a 3.74 run that would be guaranteed to get our azzes handed to us first round. After some brainstorming with one of the PDRA's super tuners we were finally able to put our finger on Part Two of the drama that had been plaguing us all year. And it was Scottie our loyal tried and true crew dude that put his finger on it as we sat around looking and relooking at the data! We made the change that we knew we needed to do and went up for second round of qualifier and proceeded to take the tire off the car, followed by shake about 30 feet out. We now knew we were on the right track because we had been here before.
The Friday night session is where everyone gets to "rotate the earth" and the BIG numbers come up. We opted for a bit more conservative tune up to keep our seeded place in the qualifying order with hopes of stepping up. But I was WAY too conservative and we lost a couple of numbers. But the car was making laps and not leave connecting rods in the oil pan! That has been a major plus for us since the latter part of last year!
So into Saturday we went with another qualifier in the heat that shook so hard after it spun the tires that it broke the wheelie bars! So we put our spare set of Larry Jeffers Race Cars wheelie bars on Da Caddy and went into first round of eliminations against our good friend Mike Recchia. Even though John put a .003 bulb on Mike it was not enough to hold off the hard charging Camaro!
So now here we are back at home on the hill and changing the car over to a Quick Drive unit and a B&J transmission! Why not change everything mid-year??? Doesn't everyone do things that way? This changeover had been in the works since Vegas at the end of last year but with all we had going on in our lives we opted to wait for this break in the schedule to complete it. And into we are!
I shall let you know how this goes!
As always we appreciate the support of friends from all around the world! We WILL NOT give up!!! NEVER, EVER!!!
The Cadillac CTS-V Pro Mod Going Rounds At The Rock And Texas PDRA Another One Done!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 4/21/2016
After the second race of the year at The Rock in North Carolina we went home and freshened The Caddy for the wars once more. No matter where I looked and how much data I looked at I could not put my finger on what ailed this great Larry Jeffers Race Cars Cadillac! I knew the car was not the issue, it had to be in what I was trying to do with it! So off to the great state of Texas Felix the Cat and I headed once more.
And with a test session scheduled for Thursday we felt we could get our arms around this car! But then once again Mother Nature foiled our plans by dumping bucket loads of rain on us on that day. So once more we went into qualifying trying to see if we could sort this car out!
And at the end of the qualifying sessions we were seeded into the field and faced the 57 Chebbie of the Brandon Lewis in the first round. We had split the win lights with this race car twice in qualifying so it was anybody’s race to win or lose! When the fire up signal was given the Caddy fired up and rolled to the water box, minus the 57 Chebbie!!! We waited and waited and waited some more for their team to get the car started but we were finally told to proceed. Another first round win for us! That was something unheard of amongst our team. TWO first round wins in two races! A new record for us poor ole broke rednecks! But yet again it came to an end in the second round against the Todd Tutterow Camaro. John did his job on the starting line but Todd made short work of us by the end of the 60 foot clocks!
So we left Dallas with no more idea of what was ailing our beautiful race car than before we got there! Off to the hills of Maryland Felix and I traveled. As I rode along the highway of life looking at the world through the windshield I thought and thought and then thought some more about what could be ailing the Caddy. I called Marty at Neal Chance Converters and asked him if he had any thoughts as to what may be ailing our car. And the first words out of his mouth were exactly what we found inside the torque converter when we got home and went looking! That Marty Chance is a pretty smart fellow!
I got back from Dallas, Texas on Monday evening and John and I unloaded the car on Tuesday and he got it ready to pull the transmission and converter before I was to leave Wednesday evening for Santa Pod Raceway in England. When I took the converter apart Marty's profound knowledge was proven to be very profound. All that was left was to text Marty and order the parts to fix the issue! And pass on massive thanks!
That all being completed nothing was left but a nice long hot shower and a drive to the airport to make my way to Merry Ole England to see I could help my friends Marcus Hilt and Wayne Nicholson get their 63 split window Corvettes down the track and into the Pro Mod field. More to come on that adventure!
The Cadillac CTS-V Pro Mod Coming Around And So It Begins Yet Again!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 4/21/2016
Photo Credits: goDragRacing.org and Black Rock Photography "Tara Bowker"
After our period of grieving over the loss of the matriarch of our family we realized it was that time. And that time was to do what we knew and what she had voiced to me. To go back out amongst our racing family that had given us so much support and oh so many shoulders to lean on! And for all of them we thank you deeply from the bottom of our hearts!
So off to Tulsa, Oklahoma we headed for round number one of the PDRA season. After our great outing at the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas and what we had learned about our engine program we had hopes for the new season. BUT of course that didn’t work out so well for us! We encountered a host of electrical gremlins throughout qualifying that left us on the outside looking in at the end of qualifying. That outing was very discouraging to say the least! The only saving grace was that the NRE headed BAE hemi was very, very happy now! And that as they say was that! Not much more to be said for sure, except to head off and try it again!
Sooooo, off we went to Rockingham, NC for round two of the PDRA season. The cold and the wind from Tulsa followed us to The Rock to be sure we knew that spring had not yet sprung! But into it we went with hopes that our electrical gremlins had been banished off into the wastelands where they belonged. After our first test hit we found out that they were indeed gone. And they never again reared their ugly heads all weekend!
With only fourteen cars on the grounds for the Pro Extreme class we knew that we could be very conservative on the tune-up and not worry about burning the motor up in the mineshaft air that we were racing in. So we very slowly but methodically crept up on the fuel system and timing controls and made nice little baby steps each run.
When Sunday’s elimination rounds rolled around we found ourselves paired against the juggernaut Camaro of Atmore, Alabama’s own Brandon Snider.
He was fresh off his first win of the year from the Tulsa race and was definitely pickin‘em up and putting them down! John did all he could do to try and make it look like a race but it wasn’t looking very good at all!
And then something broke in the bad fast Camaro and John was able to drive by for the win! And that was our first round win since Martin, Michigan in 2014!
And Brandon showed his true class at the bottom by end by voicing his thoughts and the respect he showed for us and Mrs. Janet L Stanley! It is ever so true the PDRA is one big family and no one can ever say different!
And into the second round we went against Jose Gonzales and his 232 mile per hour Corvette! Again John gave it his best but we still had an issue we could not overcome and Jose spanked us but we held our heads high knowing that we were getting back to being close on what needed to be done.
A Season Ending And Beginning, Hopes And Losses It's Just About That Time AGAIN!
By Camp Stanley: Post Date: 3/3/2016
Lets do this!!!!
As promised in the last update here is the latest on the trials and tribulations of the Stanley & Weiss Racing team. And as I wrote we had a very good end of our year by racing to our best ever ET and MPH runs in Las Vegas that made us the second quickest and third fastest car of its kind in The World!
We attended the PRI Show in Indianapolis, Indiana and got the privilege of "pressing the flesh" of the many manufacturers who support us along with a lot of racing comrades both here at home and from around the world. The Drag Illustrated after hours party was GREAT fun and to have an invite was even better!
When the show was all over the plan was to make our way back to our homes and get "Da Caddy" ready to do battle in 2016. While John and I were winging our way back to Hagerspatch my bride of almost fifty years was on her way back to have another visit at the local hospital. Not so many people knew but she had been fighting the fight valiantly against cancer for almost a year and a half. So this was not her first visit to the hospital to get her fever and infection knocked down and then home she would come for Christmas. It was not to be such a short stay this time around for her though. She fought the fight as hard as she could but being home for Christmas became not an option. Nor was for New Years!
Her body could finally no longer fight off the cancer cells along with the pneumonia and she made the decision that she wanted to come home to "be with her family and her animals". And home she came in an ambulance ride, no lights, no sirens, just a comfortable ride all happy and full of smiles. She was ever so happy to be at home in our bedroom with her TV and her family, her little dog and our two cats there with her. It was her wish to be there and there she was. But He took her home to be with her Mom in Heaven after only three days but we know in our hearts that she went there happy as happy could be!
And now after our grieving period, which we have found is always still there, just bubbling below the surface of consciousness we made ourselves get back into the race car preparation mode, because this is what she would have wanted for us. And almost ready we are on this Tuesday before we we head off to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the first round of the PDRA series.
I would be remiss if I did not use this forum to reach out to all of our friends in the racing community for all the notes, comments, phone calls and the like during this difficult time. They made this a bit easier for us when we found we had so many caring people around the world looking out for us. Thank you so much to each and every one of you!