Article & Photos by Bruce Biegler
Castrol Raceway’s highly successful Top Eliminator racing program which is sponsored by Bob and Gord Edbertz is helping to nurture a whole new wave of very fast and innovative cars from Western Canada. A new turbocharged dragster driven by Leigh Stafford is another solid example….
Stafford, who is based from Whitecourt Alberta, hit the scene earlier this season when he debuted a 272 inch “slip joint” rear engined dragster built by Mike Spitzer. Intended for Top Dragster class racing — this car is however anything but your main stream TD class car — as it features a twin turbocharged 388 CID small block Chevy engine which produces 2000 HP.
The car is a final product of about a three year journey for Stafford who admits he likes to think outside the box with regard to drag racing.
“This car is brand new in 2013 but I did have the engine for about three years,” Leigh revealed. “I put this all together myself. I am taking a different approach to the class because I like the challenge. I really like the EFI technology and we run it on methanol so the engine stays pretty cool and it makes a ton of horsepower. It’s a big learning curve but it’s all come together quite nicely.”