Pure Stock Drags at 25

Celebrating 25 years with factory-spec racers

Mark Barker has been at every race since 2004. Here he powers his way to a best run of 14.02 @ 98.58 mph in his ’70 Chevelle SS 396. Facing Jeff Mann in his ’68 Firebird, Mark lit the red light in the third round, giving the shootout win to the Pontiac.

IN THE EARLY DAYS of the Pure Stock Drags, brand loyalty set the camps and the internet chatter revolved around defending your chosen manufacturer. Soon the magazines noticed, and we were treated to big-block and small-block shootouts, further stoking the brand wars. And it wasn’t just the usual suspects; the Studebaker fan club became known as the most vocal cheerleaders for its members’ favorite vehicles. Looking back on that now, it is amazing how much friendlier the competition has become. But don’t get the wrong idea: The racers are still going all-out and looking for another kill story to tell, even if it comes at the expense of a friend.

For 2019, 116 cars came from 18 states and enjoyed cool fall Michigan weather on September 13-14. Many new cars and new faces were scattered throughout the pits, beside the dozen racers who were making their 20th or more appearance at the race.

Dan Jensen is one of the founders of the Pure Stock Drags, and HMM had a chance to speak to him about the 25-year ride. “While it is cool to see the diversity of muscle cars that continue to come to and participate at the Pure Stock Drags, what really stands out after 25 years is the fact that we have become a family. Just about everybody knows each other and has become close friends. We look forward to coming to the event, not only to race, but to see this family once again. For many, the cars have become secondary.”

As with any family, Dan has gotten to watch as the kids have grown. “Another interesting point from our long history is the number of sons and daughters who are now racing. Either they are taking over for a parent, or they are building and racing their own car. To me, that is very special, making the event more than just another drag race.”

Plans are already in place for 2020, when the event will be held on September 18 and 19 at Mid-Michigan Motorplex in Stanton. Find all the details and rules at www.psmcdr.com or visit Facebook.com/psmcdr.


Driver Year Mak Model Engine Trans Rear ET MPH
Scott Tiemann 1968 Dodge Super Bee 426/425 3a 4.10 11.563 110.26
Tim Clary 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396/375 3a 4.88 11.748 117.69
Eric Simpson 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 427/425 3a 4.10 11.765 119.47
Paul Petcou 1970 Dodge Challenger 440/390 3a 4.30 11.783 115.71
Jeff Morgan 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 427/430 3a 4.10 11.793 117.17


Driver Year Make Model Engine Trans Rear 60-Foot
Paul Aragona 1974 Pontiac Formula 455 455/290 3a 4.11 1.76
Paul Petcou 1970 Dodge Challenger 440/390 3a 4.30 1.773
Dan Kruger 1972 Dodge Demon 340/240 3a 4.56 1.789
Mike Kilano 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 426/425 3a 4.30 1.797
Jim Keyes 1967 Plymouth GTX 426/425 3a 4.56 1.807


Driver Year Make Model Engine Trans Rear ET MPH
Owen Simpson 1970 Chevrolet Yenko Nova 350/360 4m 4.10 12.026 114.28
Dan Kruger 1972 Dodge Demon 340/240 3a 4.56 12.469 108.21
George Krem 1964 Studebaker Challenger 304.5/335 4m 4.27 12.714 111.24
Larry Weymouth 1971 AMC Hornet SC-360 360/285 4m 4.10 12.738 109.14
Dave Watt 1971 Plymouth Duster 340/275 3a 4.30 12.741 108.89

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