While it’s been a few years since Gary Windsor has made laps in his ‘93 Lightning in Detroit Locker Truck and Lighting, he’s been motoring his ’04 Mustang Mach 1 to 12s in Race Pages Ford Muscle and is currently eighth in points.
But he’s set to sail in a Fox body Mustang in American Racing Headers Factory Stock at the 18th Annual Nitto NMRA All Ford World Finals, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2016 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The car belongs to friend and fellow driver Michael Washington, who’s currently third in American Racing Headers Factory Stock points going into the final race of the season.
With a chassis by Thrift Way and suspension by UPR, the car will roll with a Rich Groh Racing/JPC-built 311 cubic-inch pushrod bullet topped with a JLT cold air intake, and a C4 transmission prepared by Sean Wiley of Pro-Formance Transmissions will spin below.
“Mike bought this car a few years ago and after Eric Holliday put the engine in, the car just sat while Mike raced his other car,” said Windsor, who earned the Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning championship in 2010. “In fact, when I got it just two weeks ago, it was in pieces and needed a lot of work. Brian Clauss of Super Fabrication had to install an anti-roll bar and transmission cross-member, and then Ryan Hecox and I put different motor mounts in, moved headers around and did some wiring so that we could get a test session in before the NMRA race in Bowling Green.”
That test session was Sept. 25, 2016 at Maryland International Raceway — where Windsor, who said he works in the heating and cooling industry but should work at JPC for as much time as he spends with friends who work there — went 11.00.
“We were just trying to learn the new combination, and what the car wants and needs, so we had it turned down a little,” said Windsor. “But the 11.00 that the car ran right off the trailer with no rpm in the motor is a competitive number for Factory Stock, and now we’re thinking that we can get it to go 10.70s or 10.80s. That’s pretty good for an old dinosaur of an engine.”