1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 That’s Ready To Tear It Up On The Drag Strip

In total, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was produced in just 20,302 units. Even then, that made it a pretty rare car to own. But now, after almost 50 years, the vehicle is a highly-coveted collector’s item that mostly finds its place under the sun as a garage queen, only to be taken out on the weekends. However, some owners are different. For some, using this American Muscle car in the way it is supposed to be used is all that matters.

This first-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is built for the drag strip. From the pristine bodywork, all the way to the selection of high-performance upgrades, it looks like a car that received unbridled attention from its owner.

The build started with the engine. The Z28 seen here features a small-block 385ci SBC engine. It features a compression ratio of 11:1, solid roller cams, a Holley Ultra XP 750 carburetor, a complete Edelbrock Victor Jr intake and heads, Hooker headers, an MSD Billet distributor and an MSD 6AL ignition.

The engine is mated to a TKO 600 five-speed automatic gearbox, allowing for smooth and precise gear shift on the rubber padding. Paired with a Hurst Blackjack shifter for styling looks and performance in the interior.

1969 Camaro ZL28 - WELD S76 / Vektor Forged Wheels

For the suspension, the owner ensured this Camaro Z28 handles like a champ. On the front, a set of QA1 coilovers. In the rear, a Cal Trac traction bar, joined by Cal Trac Split-Mono leaf springs, Detroit Speed shocks and a mini tub. This muscle car’s stopping power comes from a set of Wilwood brakes with drilled rotors in the front, combined with CPP disc brakes in the rear. In the rear, you’ll also find Hotchkis subframe connectors. Furthermore, a rear end 12bolt posi, with a 3:73 gear is installed as well.

With a car like this, you can’t forget about safety. The interior features a six-point rollbar, a set of Recaro bucket seats and a Crow harness system. This allows the Camaro Z28 not only to tear it up on the drag strip but also, allow for some tight cornering situations to be handled with ease by both the car and the driver.

1969 Camaro ZL28 - WELD S76 / Vektor Forged Wheels

The final touch on this 1969 Camaro Z28 build is a set of WELD forged aluminum wheels. The customer went with a set of WELD Racing RT-S S76 wheels in the front, sized 15×5 and a set of WELD Racing RT Vektor wheels in the rear, with 15×10 sizes. The wheels are wrapped in a set of Mickey Thompson Sportsman SR tires, sized 26×8 and 28×12 in the front and rear, respectively.

You can grab a detailed view at this Camaro Z28 build right below.

2018 Knoxville Nationals Event Report

The 2018 Knoxville nationals was packed with great racing and impressive crowds

Once a year, the small town of Knoxville, Iowa is transformed into the sprint car capital of the world. Last week, the 58th annual Knoxville Nationals brought over 22,000 people to the middle of the US to see over 300 of the best sprint car racers in the world competing for a $1,000,000 purse.

With our heritage rooted in sprint car racing, WELD Racing spent a week in Knoxville, IA taking in the sights, sounds and a little dirt. Founded in 1967, Greg Weld, a championship winning sprint car driver, began WELD Racing as a way to build a better wheel for dirt track competition. The Weld family has a rich history at Knoxville, with wins by Greg and his brother, Kenny. So it is only natural that WELD Racing celebrates its heritage each year at the Marion County Fairgrounds with the best of the best in winged sprint car racing.

The week of the Knoxville Nationals kicks off with a special race, the WELD Racing Capitani Classic, in honor of Ralph Capitani, the famed promoter of Knoxville Raceway for 33 years. This is exciting race is all about the glory and the trophy, a custom piece designed by Cold Hard Art. Several WELD Racing employees were on hand to watch WELD Racing supported drivers sweep the Top 3 spots at the Capitani Classic, with Brad Sweet making a statement on what was to come for the week winning handily.

Another fun activity for WELD Racing during the Nationals week is our involvement in the Tony Stewart Foundations charity event, the WELD Racing Go Kart Spectacular. Contested out at the Slideways karting track in Knoxville, fans and friends get the opportunity to race Slideway’s winged “sprint car” go-karts against some of the top drivers in NASCAR, including Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson, sprint car racing, including Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom. Rounding out the professional driver competitors was four-time NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car champion Gary Scelzi and his sons, Dominic and Giovanni, up and coming winged sprint car racers. This year, the Go Kart Spectacular saw the first ever, non-professional win the event, a young man by the name of Tom Nichols with a stunning last lap pass.

The 4-day Knoxville Nationals began a winning streak for WELD racers. With some of the top names in sprint car racing on WELD wheels, including Kyle Larson, Shane Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Brian Brown, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu, Tim Kaeding, Ian Madsen, Kerry Madsen, Tim Shaffer and Daryn Pittman, along with over 60% of the entire  fieldat Knoxville, the odds were definitely in our favor.

Wednesday night’s qualifier saw WELD Racing in the Top 4 of the A Main, with Greg Hodnett taking the win. Thursday was another dominating performance by Brad Sweet in his Kasey Kahne Racing car taking the win and WELD Racing on the Top 5 finishers in the A Main. Friday night’s Speed Sport Challenge race saw WELD driver Dominic Scelzi taking the win and getting a  coveted spot on Saturday’s A Main.

As a sided note, Jason Johnson Racing and Bobbi Johnson, still mourning of Jason in June, delivered a strong week of racing with up and coming sprint car racer, Carson Macedo behind the wheel of the famed #41. WELD Racing was proud to support Jason Johnson Racing and our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Bobbi and Jaxx in the weeks and months to come.
Saturday’s emotions were on high as the field of 25 cars rolled onto the track. WELD Racing was along for the ride on nineteen of those twenty-five cars, a true testament to the quality, design and engineering of our racing wheels. Sixteen-year-old Gio Scelzi, a WELD racer, started the A
Main in 9 th and with Rookie of the Nationals honors and a record book entry as the youngest competitor to start the A Main of the Knoxville Nationals. Fifty grueling laps later, Brad Sweet rolled into victory lane for the 3 rd time of the week, capping off an incredible week of racing.

With a great week of safe racing and winning, the WELD Racing crew headed home to get back to the always-present task at hand: making the best and winningest wheels in racing.