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The current GSTA Dragster


New Paint for 2011

GSTA’s current car was built in 2004 by GSTA with a chassis by Stubby Abraham. It was modified in 2010 by Creative Metalworks to a more nostalgia look with a new roll cage and full body. The car used an injected nitro/alcohol Rodeck 350 tall block from 2006 to 2009. It currently is running a Dart 440 cid engine with Enderle alcohol injection.

GSTA Crew: Steve Andersen – Adam Bateman – Roger Bodine – Pat Bonnett – Bill Courtright – Frank Courtright – Tony Courtright – Tom Erickson – Joel Frary – Jerry Gruwell – Gary Hedden – Pete Hedden – Dave Hoffman – Charlie Johnson – Scott Kise – Barry Larson – Bob Malarkey – Dave LeMieur – Bruce Lunak – Rich Mueller – Pete Nielson – Shawn O’Keefe – Rich Polkinghorne – Shelly Root – Ron Ruettiman – Dave Smith – Ed Smith – Thor Sohlstrom – Jim Splett – Mike Splett – Bryan Warhol – Paul Zahalan – More to come


Click here for construction pictures of the current GSTA dragster!


Chassis Specs
Chassis: 2005 SAGSTA
Wheelbase: 217 inches
Overall Height: 48 inches
Weight: 1530 lbs.
NHRA Certified to 7.50 seconds
Engine Specs
Block: Dart
Displacement: 440ci
Horsepower: 700+
Torque: 682ft/lbs
Camshaft: Comp
Timing: Jesel belt drive
Pistons: JE
Piston Rings: Childs
Rods: Callies Compstar
Heads: Brodix -11RI
Ignition: MSD Magneto
Spark Plugs: NGK
Fuel: Methanol
Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.8 gallons
Oil: Brad Penn 20w50
Bearings: A.E. Clevite
Oil Pan: Milodon
Fittings: Aeroquip
Crank: Callies Compstar
Fuel Pump: DSR
Helmet: Impact
Parachute: Deist
Driver Safety Harness: Impact
Paint: Pat Bonnett – Magic Customs

Drivetrain Specs
Transmission: Powerglide by TSI Brooklyn Park 
Rear End: Neil and Parks 12 bolt
Brakes: Wilwood
Wheels – Front: Wire 22”
Wheels – Rear: American Racing
Tires – Front: 22x2x17 Goodyear
Tires – Rear: 31x12x15 Goodyear
Safety Equipment
Firesuit: Impact SFI -20 9 layer

Crew Chiefs: Pete Hedden-Dave Smith-Mike Splett

Drivers/ *licensed: Pat Bonnett-Ron Forster*-Roger Grady*-Pete Hedden*-Ashraf ‘AK’  Khalafalla*-Joe ‘Monk’ Polnaszek-Dave Smith*-Mike Splett *-Shelly Root 

Crew: GSTA Members


Performances on Nitro
Best E.T. – 7.54 seconds, St Louis, MO., 5/18/09
Best MPH – 181.6 mph, St. Louis MO., 5/18/09
Best 60’ – 1.08 seconds, Cedar Falls Raceway 6/09
Best 1/8 Mile – 4.81 @ 148mph Cordova Il., 6/20/09
Furthest Distance Traveled – Bakersfield, CA. 2007 CHRR 10/12-10/14
Home Track – BIR

Runs the upper Midwest tracks including BIR, Rock Falls, Cedar Falls, and Top End. Has been to Cordova, St Louis, Bowling Green and Bakersfield.


The car was built and is funded by the GSTA; the chassis was built by Stubby Abraham and modified by Creative Metalworks.


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