Ronnie Sox (right) talks it over with fellow Pro Stock competitor "Fast Eddie" Schartman. Sox and Schartman (who drove a factory-sponsored Mercury Cougar) were fierce competitors on the track and good friends everywhere else. Like Sox, Schartman began driving and tuning race cars and power-shifting manual four-speed transmissions. On this day, they were on hand for an early spring, round-robin-style, Pro Stock shoot-out at Detroit Dragway. Sox was very much an old school racer, fully capable of turning wrenches and making tuning adjustments. Fortunately, the S&M teams were so professionally organized that other team members like Jake King allowed him to concentrate solely on driving. Without mechanical distractions, he excelled at timely starting line leaves and his legendary four-speed wizardry.