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									                          SUPER GAS — 4th annual NHRA Virginia Nationals, Oct. 9-11, Richmond
                          Ruff scores first national event win with own car

by John Jodauga                                         scored an impressive win                                             Michael Ruff (left) followed up last year’s
                                                        at the NHRA Virginia                                                 big U.S. Nationals victory by driving the
      ichael Ruff has racked up many notable drag       Nationals.                                                           ’67 Camaro that he debuted this year to a
M     racing achievements, but other than his
NHRA Summit Racing Series National
                                                           To reach the winner’s
                                                        circle, Ruff had to rely
                                                                                                                             9.887 to 9.882 double-breakout victory
                                                                                                                             over Greg Slack’s ’70 Maverick. Ruff
Championship with his regular Super Street ride,        not only on his driving                                              aided his cause with a slight .004 to .011
the majority of his biggest wins, including last        talents, but also his                                                starting-line advantage.
year’s triumph at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals          tuning abilities. “It was
presented by Lucas Oil, have been with cars             pretty warm when we had                                              598-cid engine. “I had it built that size
owned by others.                                        our three time-trial runs                                            for extra speed so that I could be the
   He won last year’s U.S. Nationals with Vince         on Friday,” said Ruff.                                               chaser more often,” said Ruff. “I
Costa’s ’70 Nova while his current ’67 Camaro           “But because of the rain                                             [don’t have] the fastest car in Super
was being built. “I drove it all of last year and for   delays on Saturday, we                                               Gas right now, but I get to play catch
the first two races that I participated in this         only got in one round                                                up most of the time.” Ruff said that
season before I began running the Camaro,” said         that night. Then when we                                             speed differences of as much as 20
Ruff. It didn’t take too long for Ruff to earn his      had to run the rest of                                               mph do not cause him any problems
first victory with his own Super Gas ride when he       eliminations on Sunday,                                              with making snap-second decisions at
                                                        the air became much                                                  the finish line. “It’s only when you
                                                        cooler, and I had to slow                                            come up against a car that’s in the
 About the winning car                                  the car down quite a bit.”                                           130-mph range that it becomes
     aklash Racecraft built Michael Ruff’s ’67             The quicker conditions were especially               difficult, and there aren’t too many cars left in
 T   Camaro with an extended 112-inch wheelbase
 to provide extra stability under less than ideal
                                                        prevalent in round three, when nine of the 10
                                                        contestants went under the 9.90 index. Two races
                                                                                                                Super Gas these days that run that slow.”

 conditions. It is motivated by a 598-cid big-block     were decided on red-lights, and two were double-        The key race: “I guess the race that made the
 engine assembled by Pete Wheeler Power                 breakout affairs. Ruff won double-breakout              difference for me was in the fourth round when I
 Products, the shop that has done Ruff’s previous       contests in the semi’s and the final, and he            had to go up against Jason Kenny,” said Ruff.
 Super Street powerplants. It is equipped with a        credited part of his success to his relatively large    “Jason is always a very consistent competitor, and
 Dart block, heads and intake manifold from Pro-
 Filer Performance Products, a 1050cfm Holley
 Dominator prepped by AED, Comp Cams camshaft,
 MSD ignition, Moroso oil pan, and Dyna Tech
 headers. The drivetrain includes a Powerglide
 transmission and converter from Greg Samuel at
 FTI, a Ford 9-inch-type rear-end housing with
 Strange axles, spool, center section, and brakes,
 and Mickey Thompson wheels and tires. Ruff
 thanked his wife, Shari, daughter Brittany, and
 brother-in-law Larry Hamby, who serves as a
 crewmember. Ruff also acknowledged Carl
 Robinson and Tom Khundrick of M/T, Don Higgins
 of Crew Chief Pro, Bob Harris of K&N, Marc
 Erickson of Auto Meter, Bearden Oil Co., CSR, AFCO,
 ART, BLP Products Inc., and Aurora Bearing Co.
                                                        Ruff advanced to the final with a 9.87 to 9.86 double-breakout decision over Matt Cooke’s ’67 Corvette.
48 ✦ National DRAGSTER
                                                                                                                                    Super Gas Qualifying
                                                                                                                                                   (Top 16 of 19 first-round winners)
                                                                                                                         1. Pete Luciano, Malvern, Pa. (’68 Camaro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        9.901 (0.001)
                                                                                                                         2. Alan Kenny, Kingston, Ont. (’03 Corvette). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       9.903 (0.003)
                                                                                                                         3. John Stover, Lock Haven, Pa. (’06 Corvette). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         9.904 (0.004)
                                                                                                                         4. Mike Sawyer, Leominster, Mass. (’03 Cavalier) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            9.905 (0.005)
                                                                                                                         5. Chris DePascale, Parlin, N.J. (’04 Corvette) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          
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