MM: What do you think of drag racing today?
JW: I'm glad I raced when I did. It was a wonderful time to be a racer, and I don't know how these guys do it today. I don't know what these teams are spending today in Pro Stock, but it takes millions of dollars to run. Super Stock is almost as bad. To do well at it, you need to race full time and spend a lot of your own money. If you don't have those resources, stay home. No, I did it at the right time. I wouldn't have traded those early years of Pro Stock for anything. It was a lot of fun, and it was the best time of my life.
This was the sport of the '60s. It was in its infancy, and we were all good friends. If you broke down beside the road and one of the Ford or Chevy racers saw you, they would stop and help you out. We all raced match races together, and we were all friends.
Jack "Mr. 5 And 50" Werst's A990 '65 Plymouth ReplicaFast FactsOwner: Jack WerstUse: Nostalgia Super Stock racingCar Builder: Joe Smith Race Cars, Dallas, TXBody: R051 code Belvedere replicaWeight: 3,450 poundsWheelbase: 115 inchesRims: Centerline Convo ProTires: Mickey Thompson
Engine builder: Ray Barton Racing Engines, Wernersville, PAHorsepower: 898 big onesBlock: New Mopar Performance HemiHeads: MP aluminumIntake: Ray BartonTransmission: ProTrans 904Converter: 8-inch ATI 4,500 stallRear gear ratio: 5.67Best performance: 9:29 e.t. at 141 mph