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« on: January 11, 2013, 02:22:13 PM »





Any dirt track fans know this car?

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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013, 02:29:51 PM »

Sweet!  What's it in the shop for?
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013, 02:49:22 PM »

Winter storage in the showroom.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2013, 04:53:30 PM »

I don't recognize the car, but sure do recognize the mechanic.   He is a legend, and I believe his son owns henchcraft chassis'.
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 05:11:15 PM »

Could it be the infamous "Foundation Shaker"  -> http://www.henchcraftracing.com/the_wrench.htm
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2013, 05:39:15 PM »

looks like a noxubee county work crew; everyone standing around wid their hands in their pockets, but count tell the boss, he usually has a shovel to lean on
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2013, 05:50:51 PM »

I'd like to take a spin around the track in it though. Set in it and tell us if you have enough leg room.
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2013, 08:04:17 PM »

Looks like a lot of fun.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2013, 07:48:59 AM »

The car was owned by Gary Wasson in the late sixties and seventies. Gary was the father of the man I work for now.Mitch and Hench were a tough pair to beat.
And Rob your right about the Henchcraft connection.We had a show at the local track where the Henchcraft sidewinder sprints put on a performance.As big engine sprints become harder to finance,I think we you will see more micro and sidewinder style race cars.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2013, 07:53:59 AM »

Tefer,
These old cars had a wlot more room than the modern sprints.As well as more driveline exposed to the drivers mid section if something failed. You can see in the pictures the roll bar assembly is bolted to the car as an add onOn modern sprint cars it is all integrated as part of the chassis.
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2013, 08:14:28 AM »

Here is a vjdeo with the wing on the car:
Mitch Smith wheels the Gary Wasson #5 past Ray Tilly in the Bud Grimm #88 Classic Stuff.mpeg

The wings were removed for USAC racing.
For those of you not familair with sprint cars,by tradition they are still a direct drive race car with no driver gear changing. You put the car in gar and push it with another vehicle . Once the engine starts turning and the oil pressure comes up,you turn on the fuel and hit the ignition to on and away you go.
 It makes the pit area keep on their toes because the sprints are still under power most of the time when they exit the track.
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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2013, 09:04:17 AM »

buzz, I have 2 tracks close to home and get to see some sprint car action a few times a year. A friend offered me a ride for a few circuits when he was out practicing. I got all suited up and couldn't fit in the seat (6ft 2 with long legs). You never know how disappointed I was.
 I really like watching wingless sprints on asphalt. Used to be called the freightliner series I think.
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2013, 09:45:04 AM »

My boss fielded 2 sprint cars for a couple years recently.He is tall too,so the one car had a slightly higher cage.
And yes the modern cockpit is crowded with having the steering and fuel pump driven off the rear side of the engine inside the cockpit,taking away room for legs while entering and exiting the car.
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