Underdog Nova No-Prep

July 25th, 2017

Proving that more is not always better, this 400 cubic-inch small block powered Nova tore up the track and the competition during the New Edge Automotive and Detailing (NEAD) No-Prep Throwdown at the Eddyville Raceway in Oskaloosa, IA.

Competing in the Small Tire Class and the Big Tire Class, this Chevy launched out of the hole and into the finals (of both classes) despite having a stock small block engine with a cast iron intake (single-carb) and only one kit (fogger plate) of nitrous.

No-Prep drag racing presents its own peculiar list of challenges to every racer daring enough to compete. At (or near) the top of the list is a general lack of traction. Whether you are coming off the line or changing gears midway down the track, smoking the tires in a total loss of traction is always a possibility.

On this day in Iowa, this Nova was setup to provide a near perfect balance between power and traction. It was coming out of the hole as slick as a whistle and blasting through the 1320 like a bullet, despite swapping tires and wheels to compete in multiple classes.

There is some great No-Prep action in this video with marvelous camera angles. Give it a gander!

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