Viewed from the outside, this 'Cuda would be at home on the World of Wheels circuit. Vern sheepishly admits he gets amped about his car's appearances, so every detail has been attended to. Creative checkerboard paint covers the lower rocker areas, with a red and yellow "rip" up the side. The interior is black, with the standard dash still in place, and a bundle of electronic gizmos for bracket racing.
"Vern is a really good guy to drive for," says Jay. "We make the tuning decisions on the car together. He gets whatever we need in terms of parts and safety gear, and it's probably the cleanest car at the track, race or otherwise. I am proud of how well I have done as a driver, but nobody wins forever. I am just enjoying it now while it is happening."
Jay once worked as burnout box support person and as a starter at Bradenton back in the days when the legendary Art Malone owned the facility and has been to 13 finals in the last 18 months, winning 12 of them. At Immokalee Regional Raceway in central Florida, his home track, he was the '05 points champ and won it again in 2006. His 17-year-old son, Matheu, is now getting some dragway driving lessons from the old man, posting a final-round finish at Immokalee during 2006.
This Barracuda may not be the ultimate end for Vern; he is planning on attending a few of those aforementioned SS/AH events in 2007 with Hensley's operation. Regardless, the spirit of '68 will live on-Hemi-powered and roaring to victory.
Fast Facts'68 NMCA A/FX Plymouth BarracudaVern HillKingston, TN