Watson Ruppel Performance


Name: "Dr. Watson"
Make/Model: Chevrolet 1969 Camaro
Driver/Owner: Dave Watson
Type Of Racing: SS/DM Super Stock Drag Racing National Hot Rod Association
Engine Builder: Watson Ruppel Performance
Engine Specs: 282 in. Small block Chevy (2.750 stroke 4.040 bore); Comp Cams roller and valvetrain aluminum rods; steel billet crank; forged lightweight pistons; 15.8 to 1 compression ratio; Chevy 15 degree aluminum heads; fully ported and flowed; titanium valves; 4-bolt main Bowtie block; custom sheet metal aluminum intake; 2 Holley 660 carbs with 850 baseplates; Jessel rocker system and belt drive; special 3-step headers; single stage external oil pump; 680 horsepower.
Fuel: VP Racing Fuel, 120 Octane
Chassis and suspension builder: Watson Ruppel Performance
Drive Train: Special carbon fiber racing clutch; G-force 5-speed racing transmission; H.D. aluminum driveshaft; 9" Ford rear end housing with H.D. aluminum center section; 40 spline gun drilled axles; 650 gear ratio; 4-link suspension with coil over double adjustable shocks; 4-wheel disc brakes; Weld aluminum lightweight wheels; Goodyear 15" wide slicks.
Paint: Bob's Chevrolet "Scott Ferguson"
Lettering and Graphics: Rudy Rodich
Run Description: Car is launched at 10,000 RPM and then shifted at 9,600 RPM on each gear change; the 5th gear change is made at about the 1/8 mile mark and about 6 seconds into the run; 0 to 60 ft. times are 1.30 seconds; best E.T. in quarter mile; 9.42 @ 144 MPH; car must weigh 2,965 lbs. with driver.
Career highlights: 8 national records: several class wins at Spring Nationals in Columbus, Ohio and Brisol, TN; U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, IN; Sports Nationals in Bowling Green, KY; Keystone Nationals in Reading, PA; and Gator Nationals in Gainsville, FL; several top 10 and top 5 finishes in Division 3 points races which cover 7 states; National event winner at Northern Nationals in Milan, MI; current N.H.R.A. National Record Holder; SS/DM 1/8 mile 5.90 at 116 MPH; Interviewed at National Trail Raceway 2001 Super Chevy Show, and the interview was featured on the ESPN 2 television series "Inside Drag Racing."

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