Jim, I'm not trying to argue here -- just provide a different perspective. There are a number of guys running 10s at about 120 mph in NHRA SuperStock with the Olds 307 in cars weighing more than 3500 lbs. We're talking stock displacement, 9.4:1 compression ratio, factory heads (porting is allowed, but the runner volume can't be bigger than stock), stock valve sizes, and a Quadrajet carb. The engine rules are a lot like FAST, with the exception SS can run headers and an aftermarket intake. But that's offset by the more restrictive head modification rules, compression ratio rules, and small displacement. I'm pretty sure these guys aren't flowing over 300 cfm through those soda-straw ports. Anyway, I'm just expressing my opinion (and that's all it is) that the reason there isn't an Olds or Buick near the top of the FAST class is that no one has ever launched an all-out effort -- not that Olds and Buick face an impossible situation. I agree: the total package is the key.