Drag Illustrated Issue 175, March / April 2022 - Page 62


GRUDGE STAR : J . R . Gray leans on his nitrous-fed “ Jason X ” Mustang , which he raced to victory in the Small-Block Nitrous N / T Shootout at Lights Out 13 before starting his second season in NHRA Pro Mod at the Gatornationals .
WHOA , BLACK BETTY : Canada ’ s Paolo Giust is clearly glad to be back racing in the U . S . after border restrictions loosened up late last year . Giust and his screw-blown “ Black Betty ” Camaro made their 2022 debut at the U . S . Street Nationals in Pro Mod , then switched to small tires to run Radial vs . the World at Lights Out 13 .
HUBBARD FAMILY PORTRAIT : Longtime radial racer Kenny Hubbard hangs out on the South Georgia starting line with wife Billie and daughter Kyla , who races in Ultra Street .
KING TUT : Blown doorslammer guru Todd “ King Tut ” Tutterow makes a quick change on the screw-blown P2 Contracting Camaro he tunes for teammate Kurt Steding in the staging lanes at the U . S . Street Nationals .
BACK IN ACTION : Past NHRA Rookie of the Year Austin Prock and tuner Rahn Tobler pose for a quick photo on the starting line at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park . Tobler came out of retirement to join crew chief Joe Barlam on Prock ’ s John Force-owned Top Fuel team , which sat out the post-COVID 2020 and 2021 seasons .
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