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Aussies at Hot Rod Drag Week 2019 Day Three – Video

By Kian Heagney | Photos: Chris Thorogood, 12 Sep 2019 Drag Week

All the highlights from Day Three of Hot Rod Drag Week 2019

Aussies at Hot Rod Drag Week 2019 Day Three – Video

HUMP day of Hot Rod Drag Week 2019 saw the Aussies take on the sweltering conditions Atco Dragway, New Jersey. While most of our Aussie compatriots had to deal with a number of issues from Day Two’s racing and road leg, all teams made it to the startline for Day Three at Atco, with some solid results.

Ben Paganoni’s Barra-powered Mustang was giving the boys headaches during Day Two, with what turned out to be a dud MAP sensor. The team recovered from that to be first in the lanes once again, with Ben running a 9.07@155mph before hitting the road. “It was almost looking like we’d be on the trailer yesterday, so I’m just glad we fixed it and we’re back again,” said Ben.

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Ben Neal’s Cresta continued its strong low-nine-second form, with a 9.03@149mph. “I was happy with the pass until I found out the boys didn’t take the air filter out,” he joked. “There’s more in it, but I’d rather bank this one than break the car chasing down a tenth or two.”

Brenton Gault’s ’55 Chev ran a 10.57@126mph, keeping him true to his goal of averaging 10.5s for the week.

Corty Haig ran the Malibu wagon’s only pass for the day, with heat and a loosening flexplate hindering any chance of co-driver Robby Abbott getting in the car. The boys navigated US lingo to organise a ‘garage lift’ (known in the civilised world as a hoist) to fix the flexplate issue in preparation for Day Four.

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Corty’s old man Harry’s campaign has had a vintage up-and-down trajectory typical of Drag Week. A dud fuel pump, wiring dramas and no accommodation meant it took them nine hours to do 160 miles. But Harry’s fortunes turned just a few hours later, with the car PB-ing to the tune of an 8.65@157mph.

Make sure you keep your eyes glued to the Street Machine website and socials for more Drag Week 2019 updates and stories.