Mustang keeps Warehime in fast company


March 20, 1994|By STAN DILLON

Jason Warehime is a traditional young man who enjoys cars. The college sophomore has a fast 1990 Ford Mustang LX and runs around with a group of good kids with cars as fast as his.

The draws of speed, competition and friendship bring Warehime and his friends and family to local tracks like 75-80 and Mason Dixon Dragways. Jason's father, John, is part of the pit crew. He raced regularly in a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle and a 426-cubic-inch Plymouth Hemi Roadrunner, when Jason was growing up -- two cars he wished he still had.

Warehime's "fast crowd" is a group of amateur racers which make up the trophy class at local tracks. The class is the bread and butter of drag racing. It is for drivers like Warehime who are unable to compete every week. It allows amateur drag racing enthusiasts an opportunity to see how well their car performs on the drag strip rather than try it on the highway.

The trophy class is for cars that cover the quarter-mile in 13 seconds or more. The only thing on the line for the drivers is a trophy for winning the entire bracket. There is no prize money to race for.

Warehime attends all the Ford events and the special 5.0 shootouts at the two local tracks. If one of his friends wants to go racing, he may join them. Or if they don't have anything to do, they shoot up to the dragway.

The 20-year-old Westminster driver attended drag races with his father. Like most young teen-agers, he loved fast cars. He started racing two years ago after he purchased his Ford Mustang with a 5.0 liter engine.

"It was the first car I could call my own and could race it," said Warehime. "I bought the Mustang because it is one of the fastest cars you can get for the money. I keep adding high performance parts to make it go faster."

Warehime works on the car in his spare time with his friends who also have cars like his. He has added a Ford Motorsports high performance five-speed transmission to withstand the torque, and changed the intake, exhaust and rear.

With the exception of some high performance parts, Warehime's Mustang is a stock street car. It serves as his everyday mode of transportation. He drives it to the track, races it and drives it home.

The sleek black car is capable of turning in an elapsed time in the 13-second range for the quarter-mile. He hopes to break the 12-second mark this year on street tires.

Warehime has done well in the short time he has been racing. He has reached the semifinals and finals a couple of times. He thinks he needs improvement at the line.

"My reaction time could be better," Warehime said. "I have to pay more attention to the lights. I have to watch the tachometer and the lights at the same time. With the five-speed transmission, I have to be careful not to smoke [spin] the tires."

Warehime, a 1991 graduate of Westminster High School, is a full-time college student at Carroll County Community College. He plans to transfer to Towson State University in the fall to major in computer science.

Because of school, Warehime is unable to race every week. He tries to go as much as he can.

"I really enjoy it," said Warehime. "Its a big rush getting up to 105 miles per hour in a little over 12 seconds."

Drag racing is more than just high speed and expensive cars. It is also a sport for people like Warehime, who enjoys the competition and family environment.


The weather canceled the racing in the area again, but that didn't keep a couple of Carroll County drivers from racing at Capital Raceway in Crofton. George Hoff of Westminster went to the quarterfinals in Class II and Jim Peddicord of Westminster went three rounds in Class I.

Both 75-80 and Mason Dixon Dragways, as well as Hagerstown Speedway, hope to get their seasons going today.

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