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29th Annual Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race

The Michigan event where owners dare to drag


For 29 years, the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race (PSMCDR) has been continuing the tradition started by the Supercar Showdown and Musclecar Nationals in the 1980s: classic drag racing with stock (or nearly stock) muscle cars. Held every September at Mid-Michigan Raceway in Stanton, the PSMCDR has been attracting the curious and the hard-core.

At this point, it’s a reunion of sorts because so many people are “converts” who feel the pull, attend, and then show up for every subsequent race. The best part is that every racer emerges from the weekend with something learned about himself/herself. No, the PSMCDR is not a meditation/mindfulness retreat — it’s an event where you learn how to improve your times because not only are you competing with a guy or gal in another car, but also because you’re competing with yourself.

Not everyone can own a Hemi, so the match-ups are paired by ETs. From there, the winner is the best of three. While the initial impression may seem somewhat boring because you have two cars pulling similar ETs, the truth is that each driver is working on the art of tuning so that it’s more than just reaction time that determines the winner.

This year, 109 racers (some from as far away as Connecticut, Georgia, and Ontario) brought their muscle cars to see what they were capable of doing. A few dropped out along the way as gremlins reared their ugly heads, but that’s still a substantial amount of eye and ear candy.

Yours truly is the long-time announcer of the PSMCDR so it’s a bit difficult to obtain proper footage of the pairings themselves, but here’s a hint of what the participants were doing.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


  1. Diego:

    Thanks for posting about your experience at this incomparable event. I didn’t have chance to stop by the tower to say hello this time, but always appreciate your informed work on the mic.


  2. I have built my 69 400 HO bird to race out here and did not get it together in time(posi problems..) SO I made the 2 day drive out from Brainerd Mn750 miles- to Watch the races and meet some of the true Pontiac( really ALL the pure stock fans!) fans! I met some awesome folks and made friends and I even spoke with Diego( did not recognize you from e mail s back and forth lol) about the hobby’s future. I was very VERY impressed with the no badgering- no ego maniacs..just fun guys having fun times- Very Very well done program!! It was eXactly the way the races should be! I had raced pure stock back in 1980’s here in MN BUT they stopped doing it and buuilt a modified 68 400 car ( aluminum heads exc… well NOW I am planning my trip out here again hauling my 69,000 mile 1969 400 HO bird!! I was invited to pit with a great guy running a Verdoro green 68RA II bird! I am looking forwards to next year! GREAT FOLKS- GREAT FUN!! IT WAS WORTH THE DRIVE!!

  3. NNNNOOOO where in this article can I find a Date / other than ( every Sept ).. or a location address. I was taught in school every article should have the 5 – W,s >>>> Who – What – Where – When – Why. I suppose I will try to google it…Thanks.


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