Camaro driver Mike Weifel picked the absolute perfect time and place to win his very first NHRA national event title. The Nashville, Tennessee-based racer took his 427ci G/SA-classed ’69 to drag racing’s most coveted event title – winning NHRA’s 58th running of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis last September. Mike’s Stock Eliminator title came over a truly massive field, which saw no less than 166 cars vie for the 128 available qualifying slots. After qualifying 43rd (at 0.961 seconds under his index), Weifel then won seven dramatic rounds of competition. Mike began racing in Stock Eliminator back in 2000. His previous best finish at the national event level had been a trip to the semifinals, which he had done three times. His car features an engine program by Eric Wingo and a three-speed GM 200 transmission built by Thomas Arnett.
Todd Hoerner made drag racing history on a couple of fronts this past season while racing his ’12 Camaro within the ADRL Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) class. During the spring of 2012, Hoerner scored the first ever win for the fifth-generation Camaro in ADRL Pro Stock circuit racing and was also the first to do it with EFI. The ADRL is the first sanctioning body to legalize EFI for Pro Stock – that option was introduced to their rule book last year. Hoerner, originally from Washington state but now residing in Virginia, races a Jerry Bickel-built Camaro that features a very specialized mountain motor (825ci) program by Sonny Leonard. In fact, his potent car also doubles as a testbed for Sonny’s Racing Engines’ ongoing Chevrolet engine development.
Easily one of the most eye-catching new race teams unveiled during all of 2012 was the highly impressive two-car Pro Mod Camaro effort fielded by Oklahoma’s Keith Haney and Monroe Guest. Both Haney and Guest made driving debuts behind the wheels of nearly identically prepared ’12 Camaros at about mid-season. Both cars, built by Stroupe Race Cars, are powered by nitrous-injected Reher-Morrison engine programs. The team is overseen by crew chief Jeff Pierce; however, Haney also employs the services of fellow Pro Mod racers Brandon Pesz and Doug Riesterer as tuners and consultants. In 2012, the team focused, for the most part, on racing within the ADRL’s “NHRA Pro Mod Legal” category. But, beginning in 2013 expectations are to venture into NHRA’s quarter-mile Pro Mod Challenge Series events as well. Team owner Haney is the co-owner of Tulsa Raceway Park, while Guest was formerly a very reputed driver within NHRA’s Top Alcohol Dragster category.