MORNING, OCTOBER 17, 1968
Hedrick Tunes Up His Corvair
Be Part Of Season's Final Sunday
To Test Mercury's Speed
A strong challenge by Chevrolet to Don Nicholson's champion Mercury Cougar
was revealed last night with the announcement that five would be in the
field for King of Kings Sixteen championships at Lakeland Strip Sunday.
Heading the "Stovebolts" will be Terry Hedrick driving the Seaton
Shaker. Hedrick has exceeded 194 miles per hour in the quarter mile. The
light-weight Corvair is powered by a 427 cubic inch supercharged engine.
Bobby Woods of Birmingham, Ala. will drive a Camaro as will Dick Harrell of
Kansas City, Mo. Harrell is the 1968 American Hot Rod Association National
Jungle Jim Liberman, San Jose, Calif. will unveil a 1969 Chevy II which has
exceeded 200 miles per hour in shakedown runs. Liberman, drag racing's
newest super star, says he expects to shatter the 200 mile per hour barrier
at this event. The final Chevrolet entry will be Henry Garcia of New
Orleans, La. driving the "Car Shop" Camaro. Garcia, a relative
newcomer to the Funny Car ranks, served his apprenticeship under drag racing
immortal, Jack Chrisman, and his established seven track records this year.
The race cars and drivers will be on display Saturday at Hull-Dobbs Ford.
Action will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday. Lakeland Drag Strip is located on
Interstate 40 at the Canada Road exit.