Clint “The Milkman” Hairston Qualifies #6
Madison, IL (May 2014) – HMR arrived at Gateway Motorsports Park for the inaugural NMCA Muscle Car Nationals with our new Elite Performance small block twin turbo “bullet”.
Jake Hairston along with Kenny Duttweiler, CFE Racing Products and Hogan manifolds came up with arguably the powerful GM turbocharged small block in history making over 7.9 horsepower per cubic inch. Expectations ran high for this engine’s first outing. Unfortunately no pre-race testing left us guessing on the right set-up.
Qualifying proved difficult as we learned quickly that the increased horsepower and torque from our new engine required different transmission gear ratios than we had available for this race. After some drastic clutch and power management adjustments, we were able to come with a disappointing #6 qualifying position running 6.079 at 245.90. Rain welcomed us on Sunday morning delaying the start of the race until late in the afternoon. Track conditions proved tricky and with a new combination and limited data, we went to the starting line against Billy Glidden with our best guess. Our 6.19 fell short of Billy’s outstanding 6.041 sending us home early. We’ll be back at Joliet in July with a better package.
Hairston Motorsports & Racing would like to give special thanks to Lucas Oil for being our title sponsor this year and Elite Motorsports for helping us with transportation to the races and our many other loyal sponsors; Pertronix Performance Brands, Duttweiler Performance, Precision Turbo, XS Power, Powermaster, Racepak, Hoosier Tire, K&N, Crower Clutches, Lenco, Comp Cams, Dart, T&D Machine, Lunati crankshafts, Hogan Manifolds, CFE Racing Products, Accufab, Jesel, Strange, Motive Gear, Inland Empire Driveline, SCE Gaskets, Starside Design, Specialty Fasteners, Russell, Brodix, Embee Performance Coatings and ARP for their continuing support and our great crew including Doug Stewart, Tom Esbri, Tracy Holmes, Dustin Lee and Bill Hickok.