One of the staples on the Super Street Outlaw tour is Phil Hines with his 2001 Mustang GT. Racecraft Inc. at originally built the copper-hued GT at a time when it was more known for building complete cars rather than its component business. Hines purchased the car from the original owner nearly eight years ago and he has been upgrading it from year to year to keep up with the times. First was a the addition of a nasty BES 417ci engine that evolved into a monster that has pushed the car to a top speed of 208 mph and a best of 7.05. The ProCharger supercharged engine features a BES Edelbrock SC1 cylinder heads and intake manifold package that comes ready to bolt-on thanks to extensive CNC porting. The ProCharger F3R centrifugal supercharger is a class-legal 123mm.
Hines knocked off a new career best of 7.05 at Maryland International Raceway (MIR) over the June 1-3 weekend during the NMRA event there. He knows the key to a championship is to run through the John Urist freight train and to do so he needs more testing and tuning. The GT has the performance to overtake the champ but Hines needs to find the consistency. The crafty Ohio racer, just the other day, headed to Milan Dragway for its Saturday heads-up program. Making the near 5 hour trek served two purposes, first was more testing time and the second reason is the next NMRA event is at Milan Dragway. Hines entered the Outlaw Limited Street class where virtually anything goes on 10.5-inch slicks or 315 radials. Hines kept true to his SSO trim and actually qualified second in a field full of monster big blocks, bigger supercharged combinations, and even twin turbo engines. Hines’ experience on small-tires served him well despite being outgunned. He might not have won the race but Hines walked away with a super quick 4.66 at 163. To put that in perspective his incremental times on the 7.05 pass were 4.63 at 163 mph. Consistency is a valuable asset to winning and Hines is working hard to find it.