Words and photo
by Ian Tocher
After making history at
Darlington International Dragway, Mitch Stott
joked, "We are now the quickest doorslammer
in the Solar System. I was going to say universe,
but I don't know what the Martians are up to!"
Mitch Stott ended the worldwide
doorslammer drive for five on Feb. 14, at Darlington
International Dragway's Radiac Abrasives Winternationals
with a 5.985-second pass at 231.42 mph. The special-
event Pro Mod Five-Second Challenge featured a
200-pound weight break from the IHRA/NHRA-legal
minimum of 2,700 pounds and Stott's supercharged
'63 Corvette weighed in at 2,545 pounds after
the record-setting pass.
Other than the reduced weight, Stott's car conformed to all NHRA Pro
Mod rules, according to NHRA Division 2 Tech Inspectors Andy
Hambright and Harry Ferrari, who were on hand to inspect Sportsman
racers for the NHRA-sanctioned portion of the event.
"We checked the blower overdrive on it, legal; checked the clutch, two
discs, legal; and we checked the rear end and it's right on, too,"
Hambright said. "The weight is out of the car, they told us that up
front and that's fine, but they didn't have as much weight out of it as
they thought. They were light about 160 pounds. Very impressive, that
was as good as I've seen. The weather was right for it. It's blower
Drag Racing Online was there, too, and we caught up with the Mill
Spring, NC-based driver just minutes after he reached the historic
DRO: Mitch, what
are your first thoughts on what you've accomplished
Stott Well, we felt eight months ago that we were capable of running a
five, but we had to run our racing season first. At the end of the
season we actually made some attempts to do it, but we wanted to
make it more of a spectacle than just going somewhere and doing it all
out there on our lonesome. So we knew this deal was coming about
here at Darlington and then Radiac Abrasives came on as the sponsor.
Over the winter I was worried about the Australians doing it, and I told
Dave Pryor, the president of Radiac, I said, 'Dave, we will do a five, I
cannot guarantee we will be the first to do it, but we will do a five.' I
said the car is very capable and from that, he wanted to do the
sponsoring of the event.
To have all of these things in place and all of these things in play, it is
just absolutely a wonderful feeling. It means more to me than any drag
race I've ever won. I reflect back to two years ago when we had the
first nitrous car in the twenties (6.20s), and there were three or four
guys who were seriously competing and capable of doing it, and we
were lucky enough to do it first. It was a wonderful feeling and gives
you a tremendous feeling of accomplishment and pride to know you
have beat the best in the world in doing it. So obviously, with this I'm
very ecstatic and elated, and I've just got to let it soak in now. I really
haven't realized, I don't think, the pinnacle of what we've done. I mean,
the phone calls that'll come, and maybe the worldwide popularity, and
maybe security in drag racing; I mean, who knows? You just don't know.
Our names are now etched in concrete for drag racing history. I've
always said, when I'm dead and gone I wanted something to represent
my name in the drag racing history books, so if they'll do that and put
a cross of God beside it, I'll be a happy man.