One year ago... Northport 4th of July Mud Race... my Orange Blazer leaves a huge cloud of smoke, but takes 3rd place in it's class despite bad rings and valve seals. This year, I throw together a motor from an existing .060 over shortblock, with 98cc chamber heads, Comp 280 cam and Edelbrock gear drive. Basically, I took all the "good" parts remaining from my blown motor in May, and swapped it into another shortblock. I got it in the GMC and running Friday night, then friend's came up and lit off about $650 in fireworks. Saturday morning, the truck wasn't ready yet, so I just took an '80 Chevy on 36's over to run it. It was more of a mud drag (not deep), so it was based on acceleration; Run by double elimination. I was immediately elliminated twice, then tried to help out as I could the rest of the day. That night, I decided to leave our camp and go back and get my GMC. Got it brought over by 1am. Sunday morning, I adjusted valves and timed it by ear in a hurry, enough so it ran. The rings in the shortblock were toast, so it smoked horribly. I wrote "No Smoking Please" and "Got Oil?" on the sides of the truck. I still got a 3rd place trophy in the Hot Street class. I feel it was kind of by default. Nothing I have accelerates fast. Everything I have is big and heavy and slow. I bet I was the heaviest truck there, but the two of the 5 in the class broke. It was still a fun weekend.