At The TrackDarryl's '75 Ventura ran consistently within 2/10-second all day. He found that the hot and humid Ohio day worked against his engine temperature and didn't allow the big-cube Ventura to break into the 11s. Darryl tried adjusting the tire pressure in his slicks, but his best time of the day was his first of four passes, 12.20 at 109.72 mph. Of his Ventura's performance, Darryl said, "The conditions were good considering all the rain the day before. My car hooked up fairly well and went straight." Darryl described the Shootout as "great" and said he "hopes he will participate in more shootouts in the future."
ConclusionLet's face it, '75-and-later Venturas are rarely seen on a dragstrip or on the street nowadays. This X-body may not be a mainstream Pontiac race car or collectible, but it has certainly earned respect from fellow Pontiac racers at the Summit Motorsports Park and other venues where it competes.
A potent 462 linked to a Turbo 350 and 3.73 rear has turned this grocery getter into a strip stormer for much less than the buy-in cost of a GTO or a Firebird. Darryl was proud to participate and he left our event with the assurance that his unique Ventura produced consistent timeslips and provided great feedback for future upgrades to further reduce e.t.s. Oh yeah, and X-bodies are quick too!
HPP would like to thank Super Duty Promotions and the management and crew of Summit Motorsports Park for their assistance in making this Shootout possible.