Jeff Lawrence Sets Super Stock GTAA National Record
Photos by: Dave Milcarek
Jeff Lawrence, owner of Lawrence Racing Engines in Westhampton Beach has set the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) National record in Super Stock GTAA class.
His 1988 Mustang powered by a 351 Cleveland Engine set the National record at an elapsed time of 8.99 seconds at 147.3 miles per hour, making his Saleen Mustang the fastest in its class in the country.
This is the third time in the past 10 years that he has set the record for his class. However, it’s the first time the record has been set in the 8’s. The record was set at the NHRA National Open held at Atco, New Jersey on April 7 to 10.
NHRA records can only be set at certain events with strict adherence to NHRA rules. After each record attempt vehicles are weighed, and certain engine parameters are measured such as cubic inches, compression ratio, carburetor size, etc. Racers are required to “tear down” (partially disassemble) engines for inspection and verification by the NHRA certification team.