Doug Sloan
'69 Plymouth Barracuda


This is raw, unadulterated power. Doug Sloan's '69 'Cuda rumbled up to the True Street Challenge area, turning a lot of heads. We thought to ourselves, How could something this monstrous fare well in this friendly competition that is about more than just a timeslip? Well, during the cruise session, the A-Body proved docile and friendly in stop and go-something nobody expected. when it came time for the passes, Doug's Barracuda didn't let us down there either, posting consistent 10-second slips all weekend on motor.

Powering this animal down the track is not a big-block, but a numbers-matching 340. It's no longer that small, though. Doug's brother, Brian Sloan, built the engine, and it's now a more robust 394 cubes. The forged Callies Dragon Slayer crankshaft is attached to Eagle steel rods and CP pistons. The healthy 11:1 compression ratio runs nicely on pump gas and is delivered through an Edelbrock Super Victor intake via a custom-built Holley HP 750 carburetor.

With the car perfectly set up, Doug enjoys running brackets and competed against the other Mopars all weekend.

Don Riley
'73 Plymouth Duster


What we liked about Don Riley's '73 Duster wasn't just its performance or the fact that it was a father/son project. It was that Don loved to drive the car, do smoky burnouts, and race regularly. He bought the car in early 2002 for he and his sons, John and Andrew, to build and enjoy together.

Now on its third engine, this Duster was hot lapping with mid-11-second passes. An LA 410-inch small-black sits underneath the hood. KB pistons rated for 11:1 compression, Forged H-beam rods, and a Mopar stroker crank make up the rotating assembly. A Comp Cams .635/.632-inch lift, 252/262-degree duration camshaft keeps the valves open.

The week before the True Street Challenge, Don busted his four-speed. He converted the car over to an automatic right before the event and wasn't able to optimize the setup, but he still ran some great passes!