- Monday 09 June, 2014
Almost immediately after buying his ‘93 Mustang GT new at the local dealership, John Gregory began making upgrades to it to coax more power out it, and it wasn’t long before he was a hitter in Summit Motorsports Park’s Lakewood Pro class.
These days, the car is motivated by a small-block Ford bullet built by Mark Cook of Bad Man Racing Engines and topped with AFR 225 heads, an Edelbrock Super Victor intake and an alcohol-sipping Ruperts carburetor. In place to help plant the 9.40s power is a Powerglide built by Fleenor Racing Transmissions and an Abruzzi converter.
After earning wins in the Fast Ford class at the Fun Ford event at Summit Motorsports Park in ’07 and ’08 and taking part in the subsequent runoff with the winners of the Quick Ford, Street Ford and Nostalgia Ford classes, he was crowned King Ford. He remained hot in ’08 and went on to win an APD engine in a runoff for the top 16 finishers in Summit Motorsports Park points.
“My prize for winning King Ford each of those years was a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and I took my daughters, Emma and Hayley,” said Gregory, of Elyria, Ohio. “It was a pretty big deal for me, and I was happy that I had family, including my dad, Jim Gregory, and the Mach Shop Racing Crew there when I won.”
According to Gregory, he was calm and confident and not at all concerned about losing by the time he belted in for the King Ford runoff, as he considered it a “bonus” race, but he is aiming for a repeat at the 11th Annual McLeod Racing NMRA Ford Super Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park this weekend, June 12-15, 2014, as King Ford presented by ACCEL Performance has been added to a schedule already chock-full of special events.
“My car is as good as it’s always been and will run whatever number I put on it,” said Gregory. “I just have to do my job, and hopefully I will at the NMRA race. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
By Mary Lendzion