Mount Airy's Mullinix fixes up car, moves up in class

John Mullinix of Mount Airy is not wasting any time when it comes to drag racing.

The 19-year-old has been racing only for three years, but a month ago he moved into Class I competition after a short time in Class II.


Before Mullinix got behind the wheel, he visited the 75-80 Dragway often with Carroll County drivers Joe Mayne and Russell Barefoot, picking up valuable experience. As soon as

he got his license to drive, Mullinix began to put what he learned to use.


Mullinix, a graduate of South Carroll High School, started racing in a 1973 Chevrolet Nova in the ETK (Trophy) Class, a week later he moved up to Class II.

"I did good that first week," recalled Mullinix. "I got down to five cars, so I decided to race in Class II [for cars that do the quarter-mile in 12 seconds or more]."

It wasn't long after he started competing in Class II that he won his first race. It was a race for high school students.

Mullinix was pleased with the Nova, but it was his street car. So in March 1992, Mullinix brought a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. It was far from race-ready.

"The car was a basket case. I got it from a friend of mine," Mullinix said with a laugh. "I brought the car home in pieces in the back of a truck. I bought the Camaro as a race car, but did contemplate putting it on the street at times."

Mullinix and a close friend spent a year of hard work on the car.

"Henry Fryfogle and I put the car together. I worked on it all the time except when money was short," he said. "Henry and I installed engines and tore them out three times. The first we put in was put together with junk parts, then we replaced it with one with good parts all before it was ready to race."

While Mullinix was building the Camaro, he continue to race the Nova.


"It is a good, consistent car. It is easy to dial in," said Mullinix. "I don't need to practice with it; I just put up the numbers and race it. It does the high 12 seconds with ease."

Finally, Mullinix brought his white Camaro to the track for the first time in March. He began racing the car in Class II. The car looked like it had never been apart.

Powered by a 355-cubic-inch small block, the Camaro was fast. It could run the quarter-mile under 12 seconds.

About a month ago, he decided to move up to Class I.

"I decided I wanted to run with the big boys," said Mullinix. So far his lack of experience has kept him from going any further than the third round, but the confident teen-ager is not discouraged. He is improving each week.

"I don't feel that I am not competitive," said Mullinix. "I am happy I can go as fast. I don't have computers, delay boxes or trans brakes like the other cars. But I can beat them."


Mullinix is a fast learner. He believes he will be going more rounds before long.

"I am getting used to the car now," he said. "I have found my place on the tree, am getting a good reaction time and the car is more consistent."

Sponsorship help comes from his employer, Damascus Auto & Tire in Damascus, and H.F. Distributing, distributor of Pro-Blend, an oil additive that Mullinix uses in his motor, transmission, and rear to save wear and tear. This year he added Johnson Excavating of Damascus as a new sponsor.

Race results

Cris Eash, a former Finksburg resident now residing in Hanover, was fifth at the Williams Grove Speedway last Friday at the World of Outlaws (WoO) 30-lap feature.

Last Saturday, Eash was ninth in the "A" Feature of the WoO and third in his heat at Lincoln Speedway.


His brother, Darren Eash, was 15th in the same race at Lincoln and 19th in the time trial.

Westminster's Corky Stull was 13th in the Thundercar feature at Lincoln and sixth in his heat. At Trail-Way Speedway last Friday, Stull was ninth in the Eight-Cylinder Stock Car Feature.

Before rain canceled other races, Westminster's Brad McClelland and Mike Stull were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Trail-Way Micro Sprint feature.