Photo by Dr. Rudy Rouweyha
We posed the question in the September 2017 issue of Race Pages asking if Jerry Morgano had the quickest small-block Ford powered vehicle in Outlaw 10.5 competition. He had run 4.07 at 183 mph during Cecil County Dragway’s Street Car Shootout earlier this year. Shortly after that hit the presses, Chis Harrington drove the family hot rod to a lightning quick 4.041 at 188.41 mph during qualifying in Mickey Thompson Radial Wars during the Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals, held at the legendary Summit Motorsports Park (Norwalk, OH).
Harrington’s 1992 Mustang LX coupe features a 430ci powerplant that they built themselves but relied on Billy Briggs Racing Engines to handle the machine work on the RDI aluminum block. This season the team swapped over to a pair of MBE billet cylinder heads, crediting them with an increase in power. Working with Patrick Barnhill of PTP Racing, the team also upgraded to a Haltech Elite 2500 engine management system. The turbochargers were sourced from Turbos Direct and are Garrett GTX5018 units that feature Gen 1 88mm impellers. Harrington is looking go quicker at the next stop on the NMCA tour as they managed to drop the 330 incremental time by .06-seconds, but he had to abort the run due to a massive power wheelie at mid-track.