From National Dragster – May 12, 1972
MILAN DRAGWAY, Michigan – Gapp and Roush’s “Shotgun Express” Maverick proved to be the class of the Milan Dragway’s Pro Stock field, as Wayne Gapp pushed the potent FoMoCo entry to a string of 9-second times on his way to an impressive win. Gapp ripped of a 9.69 at 144 mph in the final round to beat Terry Hedrick, who hit a losing 9.90 with his Camaro.
Gapp’s 9.69 Good For Milan Pro
MILAN DRAGWAY, Michigan – Sunday was the day the Pro Stockers invaded Milan Dragway and in spite of the cold weather, there was a large crowd of spectators on hand to witness the action.
In the first round of action, Jim Wick in the “Matchmaker” Duster went up against Terry Hedrick in his “Super Shaker” Camaro. Wick passed through the top end lights first with a time of 9.73 at 142.64, while Hedrick was right on his bumper with a run of 9.90, 141.50. Unfortunately, Wick’s machine lost a master cylinder and ended up in the sand pit, ruining his chances to run the rest of the day.
Next it was the “Shotgun Express” of Gapp and Roush against the Gremlin of Gilbert and Maskin. The Gapp and Roush entry was working perfectly as Wayne Gapp put down a time of 9.79, which was good for a win at 142.86 mph. Rich Maskin is still working “the bugs” out of his brand new Gremlin and was only able to run a 10.10, 134.32. Rich has been one of the most feared competitors in the Modified Eliminator category in Division 3 for several years and when the Gremlin starts to run, watch out!
The final run of round one pitted Ernie McEwen in his Mustang against the Sutka Bros. McEwen on that race hands down with a time of 10.24 at 134.93.
Because of Jim Wick’s mishap, Terry Hedrick took his place in the final round o action. His opponent was to be the “Shotgun Express” of Gapp and Roush. Both drivers staged very carefully and when the lights counted down Gapp and Roush left first and they held their lead to win the honors with a time of 9.69 at 144 mph.
In spite of the coldest spring in 25 years in this part of the country, it looks as if “Drag Racing 1972” is going to be great!