Lunati and Dwayne “Big Daddy” Gutridge ready to set records


Saying you’re going to break a world record in the Drag Radial Outlaw class with one of the smallest cubic inch engine and turbo combos might sound a bit pretentious. Especially in a class dominated by Big Block Chevy and Ford engine platforms. Well known Drag Radial racer Dwayne “Big Daddy” Gutridge of Big Daddy Performance has set a goal for the 2009 race season to do just that by making a 6 second pass on drag radials.

To accomplish this Dwayne will need to make some big horsepower numbers and needs bottom end components strong enough to consistently get him down the 1320. Knowing that not just any aftermarket company’s products are capable of this, Dwayne gave the guys at Lunati a call to help spec out a crankshaft that is up to this world record setting task.

“When Dwayne told us about his ambitious goal for the 2009 race season we knew if anyone was motivated enough to pull it off it would be him,” says Matt Sadler, Marketing Coordinator of Lunati. “After working with some of our in house technicians we have settled on one of our premium crankshafts from the Pro Series line up. These crankshafts have proven themselves time and time again in 2,000+ hp race applications without failure.”

Lunati’s crankshaft line is not just limited to all out race applications. A diverse range of crankshafts are available to meet the needs of engines ranging from street applications all the way to big horsepower race vehicles. Working with racers like Big Daddy helps Lunati to improve its entire line up of crankshafts by pushing each design to its limits. This knowledge can then be applied to the SledgeHammer series (street applications) and other Pro Series crankshafts to ensure they outperform the competition and customers receive the best product available.

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