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Chase Huffman Racer Blog – Feb 2019

Preparing for the 2019 Race Season

First off I would like to introduce myself. My name is Chase Huffman, I have been racing since I was 8 years old. I am the 2nd half of Chase-N-Dad Racing, a family team comprised of me and my father Rick.

I would not be where I am today or be able to race the way I do today if it was not for my mom and dad. Between the two of us we have 4 cars that we race in NHRA and bracket competition. This blog will be an inside look into our race program, travels, and anything else that will fill the page.

Following a rain plagued 2018 it has been a busy off season, we have high hopes for 2019. With many changes to the program, there will be a learning curve when the rubber hits the pavement. Once the combinations are in full race ready fashion the team will be on the track testing to shorten the curve.

After a winless year in Super Street competition, my ‘68 Camaro went under the knife and the engine went to SDPC Raceshop. The engine received a “new to us” set of Brodix Cylinder Heads that the crew at the Raceshop revamped with new valves, springs, guides, etc.

Chase Huffman Super Street Rendering
Chase Huffman Super Street Camaro Rendering

The cylinder heads are paired with a new set of Wiseco custom pistons, that feature a laser etched logo on the dome. The Wiseco pistons are hooked to a set of Callies Ultra connecting rods and Callies Compstar crankshaft. Displacement is unknown at this time. While I’m currently more worried about consistency than speed, the upgrades will make a huge change in on track performance.

With a fresh engine, a FTI Converter, freshened to match the engine, will be attached to a Meziere flexplate. Air will flow into the engine via a new APD MaxSpeed carburetor fueled with Renegade Race Fuels. All this power will be put to the pavement through Mickey Thompson Pro Bracket Radials.

The drive line is not the only changes for the Camaro. Chris Nath and Nath Speciality Coatings took the Camaro into the booth to repair some imperfections in the paint. Being a perfectionist, Chris and the crew will be stripping the Camaro fully and applying fresh red and white to the entire car.

Chase Huffman Super Street Camaro Interior

After Dad finished the year in Super Street with a 6th place finish in Division 4, his Camaro has received some minor upgrades. These upgrades consist of new decals, a coat of Lucas Oil Slick Mist, and a new K&R Wiring Kit.

Tired of being on the slow end of the MPH range in Super Comp, Dad has made major strides in the engine combination for Super Comp. A fresh set of Brodix BRX cylinder heads with an exclusive APD, yes that APD, cylinder head port design will be affixed on top of the engine.

Displacement has been increased to 598 cubic inches. Just like Chase’s Super Street combo, new Wiseco pistons hooked to Callies rods and Callies SDPC exclusive Magnum crankshaft. Air will feed through a new K&N hood scoop to an APD Billet Enforcer Carburetor and Throttle Stop with Renegade Pro 116 race fuel.

FTI has built a custom configured torque converter for the combo. This engine will utilize the first set of Harland Sharp shaft rocker arms built for the Brodix 20* combination. This new combo will sit between some “new to us” pipe from American Race Cars. The car will be wrapped to match the other Chase-N-Dad Racing Super Comp ride. 

chase-n-dad racing super comp dragster

I will continue behind the wheel of my 2004 Mullis dragster in Super Comp. Changes are minimal on the dragster as a new K&N carbon fiber Gen2 hood scoop and fresh wrap round out the list.

Rick Huffman Super Comp Rendering

2019 is here and it is time to get after it. We will be racing here shortly and before you know it, the off season will be back.

Our tentative 2019 schedule is as follows:

March 1-3                    Belle Rose, LA            No Problem Raceway Park

March 15-17                Ennis, TX                    Texas Motorplex

March 22-24                Baytown, TX              Houston Raceway Park

April 4-5                      Ennis, TX                    Texas Motorplex

April 6-7                      Ennis, TX                    Texas Motorplex

April 12-14                  Baytown, TX               Houston Raceway Park

April 26-28                  Ennis, TX                    Texas Motorplex

May 17-19                   Ennis, TX                    Texas Motorplex

May 24-26                   Tulsa, OK                    Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park

June 6-9                       Topeka, KS                 Heartland Motorsports Park

June 6-9                       Ennis, TX                    Texas Motorplex

June 14-16                   Bristol, TN                 Bristol Dragway

June 20-23                  Norwalk, OH              Summit Motorsports Park

July 5-7                        Ennis, TX                    Texas Motorplex

July 12-13                   Noble, OK                   Thunder Valley Raceway Park

July 19-21                   Denver, CO                 Bandimere Speedway

July 25-26                   Topeka, KS                  Heartland Motorsports Park

July 27-28                   Topeka, KS                  Heartland Motorsports Park

October 10-13             Ennis, TX                    Texas Motorplex

October 24-27             Montgomery, AL         Million Dollar Race

November 29-30         Abilene, TX                 Big Country Raceway Park

Until next time guys! Safe travels and good luck racing!

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About the Author: Chase Huffman currently competes in his Super Comp dragster and Super Street Camaro.  Having grown up around racing, Chase climbed into a junior dragster at the age of eight.  At sixteen, Chase moved into the big cars eventually winning the NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas.  On most weekends, you’ll find Chase at the track with family and friends.

You can connect with Chase on Facebook @chasendad or email at Chase@dragchamp.com.

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