Other than having been freshened up, re-dynoed, and changed to operate on E85, the 358ci NASCAR plant in Bowles' GT is the same as the day it thumped under the hood of Edward's Ford. With this engine, Bowles laid down a qualifying e.t. of 9.50, which qualified him seventh in a full field. That was with no power adder, too!

Here's the kicker: You can buy a Roush NASCAR engine just like this one for about $20K. This includes a thorough freshening and dyno testing. It also includes all accessories, such as ignition, distributor, alternator, water pump, pulleys, brackets, and engine dress. We did a little searching on the Internet, and found NASCAR Chevy engines for sale (complete, just like the one in Don Bowles' car) for as low as $12K from Muscle Motorsports (Huntersville, NC; 704-948-1040). We asked Bowles where our readers could buy a used Roush Ford engine, but he was unable to provide that information, other than to say we should contact Doug Yates (but gave us no contact phone).

If you're looking for big-block power in a smaller, lightweight package, and like the idea of something that stands out from the crowd, a refurbished NASCAR engine is just the thing. They're bulletproof, they're unique, they come fully refurbished and dyno tested, and dollar-for-dollar, they're the steal of the century.

NMCA DRAG RACING RESULTS JOLIET, IL, JULY 17-20
SCORPION PERFORMANCE PRO STREET
Drive: Hometown: Car: Engine: R/T: E.T.: MPH:
W-Mark Micke Jefferson City, MO '68 Camaro Chev 526 0.038 6.413 220.66
RU-Tony Bischoff Brooksville, IN '02 Cougar Ford 645 0.097 6.407 218.19
NITTO SUPER STREET 10.5
W-Anthony Nesbitt Lombard, IL '02 Corvette Chev 737 0.049 7.018 201.07
RU-Spiro Pappas Glenview, IL '69 Camaro Chev unk. 0.051 7.043 205.29
ARP NOSTALGIA PRO STREET
W-Jeff Colletta Walker, LA '00 Camaro Chev 632 0.034 7.578 181.86
RU-Kevin Parent Rochester Hills, MI '69 Nova Chev 632 0.036 7.631 182.87
VORTECH XTREME STREET
W-Tony Orts Oswego, IL '68 Firebird Chev 525 0.007 8.260 166.01
RU-Bob Kurgan Byron, IL '86 Mustang Ford 364 0.104 8.202 171.36
COMP CAMS PRO STOCK
W-Andy Schmidt Highland, IN '85 Mustang Ford 416 0.023 8.712 157.1
RU-Michael DeMayo West Sunbury, PA '95 Mustang Ford 420 0.001 8.737 156.72
CAR CRAFT STREET RACE
W-Tim Hendricks Sterling, IL '94 Pontiac Chev 358 0.085 9.025 152.61
RU-John Macaluso Port St, Lucie, FL '93 Mustang Ford 357 0.103 9.009 132.99
BFG TIRES MEAN STREET
W-Don Baskin Lexington, TN '67 Chevy II Chev 365 0.135 10.219 128.85
RU-Jeff Swanson Arlington, TN '88 Mustang Ford 354 0.118 11.326 104.37