Photo Courtesy of Robert Grice
Fact—it’s hard to stay away from racing.
When legendary driver and team owner Camp Stanley, 73, recently announced his retirement, some speculated that it was only a matter of time before he rescinded the decision and came back. While at the 2017 Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, Indiana, in early December, Stanley did just that – he dropped the news that his Stanley & Weiss team will be returning with NMCA VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod as their focus for the 2018 season.
“The NMCA rules are fair, but we’re going to have to slow things down a bit. We’ll just show up, shut up, and race,” stated Stanley simply of his plans for his screw-blown Stanley & Weiss Racing Cadillac CTS-V. “We’re backing away from PDRA because it was just getting too expensive for us to compete there.”
The car, driven by his son, John Stanley, features a supercharged 521 ci Hemi powerplant and the guys will only need to make a few adjustments to it – mostly with regards to weight – in order to be class legal.
The group will also carry sponsorship from Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Steel Dynamics, Inc, the same company where fellow NMCA racer, Glenn Pushis, works as a Senior Vice President. The connection between the two racers adds a great synergy for the NMCA teams, and the partnership promises to be a steady one.
Stanley & Weiss has proven time and time again to be one of the most formidable teams out there, with the most recent accolade being earned at the Street Car Super Nationals race in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, Stanley drove the Cadillac to a new world record speed of 266.74 mph, marking the Caddy as the world’s fastest blown door car.
“We can’t wait to come race with the NMCA. It’s a great group and a great opportunity. Plus, I’m looking forward to abusing Jerilynn Summers here some more – she and her husband [fellow NMCA Xtreme Pro Mod racer and 2017 season champion Steven Summers] are good people,” laughed Stanley, who is known for being a bit of a troublemaker and comedian.
Word on the street is that 2017 NMCA Mickey Thompson Radial Wars champion Josh Klugger and Stanley have also arranged to run a few grudge races next season, just for fun, so long as Klugger can get his new radial ride finished up by its mid-year anticipated completion date.
In addition to the blown Caddy, Stanley is also known for traveling with his full-blown margarita bar and he and his motley crew of characters are sure to be staples in the NMCA family for the 2018 season. With the 6-race schedule and eighth-mile format for VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod the perfect place for Stanley to enjoy what he loves without the stress all while chasing the championship title.