Carl Stevens and Jim Bell didn’t announce they were going to Disney World after winning the World Series of Pro Mod. Instead, they collected the $100,000 prize, loaded up Bell’s twin turbocharged 1969 Camaro, and headed east towards Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH with the intention of attending this weekend’s Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals. Stevens will make his competition debut in VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod.
Jerry Bickel Race Cars built the Camaro and a few years ago Stevens was tasked with converting it into an NHRA-legal ride at his Xtreme Race Cars (XRC) facility. The New Jersey based custom shop fit an all-billet Xtreme Racing Engines (XRE) Hemi between the frame-rails, built a custom twin turbo system using Garrett GTX Gen 2 88mm turbochargers, and then wired in a MoTeC drivetrain management system. It is a combination that Stevens has run in several iterations, including XRC/XRE customer Rick Hord who is currently the fastest NHRA Pro Modified in the category’s illustrious history and first to run over 260 mph in class trim.
Bell’s Camaro has been on a hot streak lately, just over a month ago it dipped into the 5.60s and ran a string of 5.70s at over 260 mph as Stevens drove it into the winner’s circle during a Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod association race at Maple Grove Raceway. Prior to that, the team pounded out regular 5.70 runs at over 260 mph in NHRA trim at several tracks to close out 2017.