The thing that makes drag racing interesting is seeing a vehicle, like this 1987 Chevrolet S10 pickup that was never meant to go very fast, blast down the 1320 (feet) in less than 9-seconds at over 150 mph – time and time again! In my humble opinion, there are few things more satisfying than knowing that you have modified a vehicle so that it will do so much more than that for which it was designed.
This compact pickup not only gets the job done on the track but it also proved that it can handle the rigors of Rocky Mountain Race Week. As you race fans know, that includes four rounds of drag racing in five days and a 1,300-mile road trip (with a travel trailer attached) tying it all together. It’s brutal, to say the least.
Fortunately, the S10 is no wilted lilly. It has a 406 cubic-inch LS engine with a pair of 69-millimeter turbochargers and a Powerglide transmission.
This little Chevy gets out of the hole well and, despite toting the front a ways on several passes, manages to pull off an 8.82-second pass @ 154 mph in Kearney, Nebraska before heading out to Morrison, Colorado. Day two brings some mechanical issues but he still posts an 8.7-second pass @ 156 mph. Day three finds the pickup at the Pueblo Motorsports Park for more 8-second ETs. Day four action takes place in Great Bend, Kansas at the SRCA Drag Strip and on day five they return to Kearney, Nebraska. More consistent 8ish-second passes and a second place finish. Not too shabby for a little work truck.