Welcome to Part 6 of High Performance Pontiac's Pavement Pounders Shootout, which we held at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, the day prior to the last year's Ames Performance Tri-Power Pontiac Nationals. As in the previous installments of this series, we handpicked Pontiac racers from across the United States, invited them to the track, and told them to go for their best e.t.'s ever.

This month we bring you another action-packed round of Pontiac versus Pontiac drag racing. Let's meet the racers.

Steve Hawkey of Elida, Ohio, is a rotary pressman, but watch him really put the ink to the page when it's time to tame the track in his '70 GTO. It features a 455/462 with cast-iron D-port heads, a Turbo 400, and 3.73 gears.

Brent Flynn of Middletown, Indiana, is a professional country-music guitarist for Flynnville Train and was signed to Toby Keith's record label. He's known for not missing a beat on the Nashville stage and the quarter-mile dragstrip. His '62 Catalina is powered by a 455/463 with cast-iron D-port heads, and 3.90 gears.

Weather Report

The temperature at Summit Motorsports Park ranged from 73 to 87 degrees. Barometric pressure was measured at 29.93 hg and the dew point was 57.9 degrees. The track is 853 feet above sea level and density altitude ranged from 2,177 to 3,073 feet. We'll give each racer his own correction factor based upon the density altitude at the time of his best pass. Steve's best pass occurred at 2:58 p.m. with a density altitude of 2,906 feet; Brent's best pass occurred at 3:36 p.m. with a density altitude of 3,073 feet. The correction factors are designed to chart the theoretical best performance at sea level and will be done on the best pass only, based on e.t.

Strip Specs
Year/Model: '70 GTO with Judge spoiler and graphics added
Race Weight With Driver: 3,920 lbs
Curb Weight: 3,700 lbs
Fuel Level When Weighed: 1⁄2-tank
Fuel: 110-octane
Engine: Bored 71 code-YC 455
Cubic Inches Before/After: 455/462
Induction System
Air Cleaner: K&N
Carburetor: Demon 850-cfm
Jets: #83/#89
Spacer Plate: 1-inch, Comp poly, open
Intake Manifold: Edelbrock Performer RPM
Fuel System
Pump: Holley Electric Blue
Lines: -AN 8 braided
Regulator: Holley, set to 7 psi
Heads
Casting: No. 62
Head Porting: Street port by owner
Flow Numbers: N/A
Valves: Ferrea 5000 stainless-steel, 2.11/1.77
Bottom End
Pistons: Speed Pro, forged flat-top, 0.030-over
Rings: Speed Pro cast file-to-fit; 1/16-, 1/16-, 3/16-in
Rods: Stock cast 6.625-in, resized
Compression Ratio: 11.8:1
Crankshaft: Stock nodular-iron, 4.210-in stroke
Rotating Assembly Balanced: Yes
Camshaft
Brand: Comp Cams hydraulic-roller
Duration at 0.050: 248/254-deg
Duration Advertised: 305/305-deg
Lift With Specified Rocker Arms: 0.563/0.581-in
Lobe Separation Angle: 110-deg
Installed Position: 4-deg advanced
Rocker Arms: Harland Sharp 1.5:1
Ignition
Distributor: MSD Pro-Billet
Amplifier: MSD 6AL
Coil: MSD Blaster III
Wires: MSD 8.8mm
Spark Plugs: E3
Total Timing: 34-deg
RPM that total timing is reached: 4,400
Exhaust
Headers: Hedman Hustlers, tubular-steel, ceramic-coated
Primaries: 1.75-in
Collectors: 3.00-in
Exhaust Pipes: 3.00-in
Mufflers: Flowmaster Super 44
Crossover: None
Drivetrain
Transmission: Turbo 400
Converter: TCI 11-in, 3,400-stall
Shifter: Stock
Rear: GM 12-bolt
Rear Gear Ratio: 3.73
Posi: Moser Detroit TruTrac
Axles: Moser, 33-spline
Chassis and Suspension
Brakes F/R: Stock 11-in disc / 9.5-in drum
Wheels F/R: Weld Superlite 15x5 / 15x9
Tires F/R: Pro Trac Street Fronts 215/75R15 / Mickey Thompson E.T. Drags 28x10.5x15
Tire Pressure F/R: 38 psi / 11 psi
Suspension Front
Springs: Eibach, 2-inch drop
Shocks: Monroe gas, non-adjustable
Control Arms: Stock with polyurethane bushings
Stabilizer Bar: 1.125-in
Other Features: None
Suspension Rear
Springs: BMR, 2-inch drop
Shocks: Monroe gas, non-adjustable
Control Arms: Polyurethane bushings, boxed lower control arms
Stabilizer Bar: 0.875-in
Other Features: Dragbags (2-psi left / 5-psi right)
Chassis Mods: None
The Rest
Interior Mods: Auto Meter gauges and shift light
Exterior Mods: Judge spoiler and stripes
Safety Mods: Driveshaft loop
Color: Orbit Orange (not original)
Launch Technique: Footbrake to 3,300 rpm
Best 1/8-mile ET/MPH Prior to Event: 7.82/87
Best 1/4-mile ET/MPH Prior to Event; 12.39/106

Steve Hawkey

Steve, 46 years old, is shown here with his son Chad (left) and nephew Kyle (middle), and has been racing for 25 years. He bought his '70 GTO in 2010 because he "wanted to build a street/strip GTO." It's special to him because he "loves the '70 GTO's exterior styling, especially when painted Orbit Orange." Steve's favorite moments with the car are driving up and down the pits at the dragstrips where he competes and counting how many thumbs-ups his car receives. Steve also owns a '65 GTO; a '69 Judge R/A-IV convertible tribute, which we featured in May '02; a '73 blown Pro-Street Formula, which we featured in in Aug. '93; a '78 Trans Am; and an '00 T/A WS6.

Strip Tuning Log
Run/Tuning Launch RPM Shift Pt. 60-ft. 1/8-mile 1/4-mile
1. 32-deg timing, #83/#89 jets, 12 psi in rear tires 2,500 5,500 1.66 7.99/85.90 12.69/104.83
2. 34-deg 3,500 5,500 1.67 7.85/86.01 12.46/105.86
3. #86/#90 jets 3,500 5,500 1.67 7.86/86.28 12.44/106.58
4. Same 3,300 5,500 1.69 7.89/85.73 12.49//106.14
5. Same 3,300 5,500 1.69 7.88/86.25 12.43/106.68
Best Pass Corrected 11.99/110.60
Run Notes: 1) Shifted First to Third, popped in Neutral; 2) Good run; 3) Even better; 4) Slight tire spin; 5) Good run, hooked hard.