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Cash Days—Rivenbark Pockets $101,000 with Radial vs. The World win and Bruder Brothers nab X275 victory at Sweet 16 2.0


It was the richest purse in outlaw drag racing history as Kevin Rivenbark walked away with $101,000—in cash—and the claim to the first to 3.50s on drag radials. The GALOT Motorsports driver accomplished the task in dominating fashion, first dipping into the 3.50s with a 3.582 during Friday night qualifying. That run would lock him into the second spot on the ladder. Rivenbark then went on to crush the field with consistent 3.60s and walk away with the suitcase full of cash and the glory. It was the quickest field ever assembled for door-slammer type drag racing.

GALOT Motorsports recently purchased the 1969 Chevy Camaro from Pro Line Racing after Eric Dillard went out and crushed the record book for centrifugal supercharged combinations. The car was built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and sports a Pro Line Racing HEMI that checks in at 548ci and utilizes Alan Johnson Race Engineering billet engine block and cylinder heads. A Visner Engine Development billet intake manifold tops the potent HEMI powerplant and a ProCharger F-3R-143 supercharger is bolted to the crankshaft via a gear-drive unit. M&M Transmissions provides the TH400 that is run in a three-speed configuration. Steve Petty is the crew chief and he tunes and manages the power through a FuelTech FT600 engine management system.

For the X275 category, Donald “Duck” Long dug deep into his pockets and pulled out $50,000 cash for the winner. It was the Bruder Brothers—Nick tuning and Rich driving—who took the win and they did so in typical fashion. After qualifying second with a 4.268 at 163.29 mph in their new ProCharger combination, they would work their way through the quickest and baddest field in X275’s ten year history. In the finals, they held nothing back and recaptured the record with a 4.235 at 165.78 mph to beat out Craig Wells, who posted a 4.358 at 162.27 mph effort.

This year the Bruder Brothers bring their familiar 1988 Mustang GT into battle with a new configuration under the hood. After ditching their beloved Chuck Ford 8-71 supercharger, they went back to their roots and added a ProCharger centrifugal blower. It is the new F-3D-102, which features a smaller inducer than the previous F-1X they used several years ago. It offers a sizeable weight break when compared to the larger blowers allowed in X275. The engine combination is still a DiSomma Racing Engines 432ci powerplant with a DiSomma billet block, Edelbrock SC1 cylinder heads, and Visner billet intake manifold.

Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi is the Director of Content & Marketing at ProMedia Publishing and Events with nearly 20 years of experience in motorsport writing and photography.