The 2018 season was an exceptional one for many drag racers running Edelbrock performance parts. From NHRA Finals champion Steve Wann who drove his “Mr. 413” 1962 Plymouth Sport Fury to a Super Stock final-round victory fueled by a pair of Edelbrock carburetors with the new annular-flow booster rings, to the eight new NMCA/NMRA class champions (see the story here) that all have a combination of Edelbrock cylinder heads, intake manifolds, nitrous kits, or carbs under the hood, the most respected name in performance was well represented on the quarter-mile.
In spite of the many outstanding performers who win with Edelbrock parts, there was one racer in particular who stood out to us. On any given weekend at any drag strip in the US, we can scope out dozens if not hundreds of trick setups using Edelbrock heads, manifolds and carbs. But what sets Miles Wagoner and his 2016 Ford Mustang apart from the crowd is his choice of forced induction system: an Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger. The Mustang runs in NMRA’s Super Stang class which permits any power adder or engine modification so it’s good to see that Wagoner doesn’t just compete with his E-Force-powered GT, but he wins with it, too.
At the 2018 NMRA Superbowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, Wagoner drove his SS/T Mustang past a tough Super Stang field to win the event over Marvin Knack. Knack, the toughest competitor in the Super Stang class, was crowned the 2018 NMRA SS Champion with 2,840 points, but Wagoner was close behind with 2,400 points to earn the Super Stang runner-up spot.
Once you get past the bold red-on-black graphics of Wagoner’s Mustang that flies the Race Star Wheels banner on its flanks, the stock-bodied 2016 GT gives no indication of what he’s packing under the Anderson Composites hood, unless of course, you notice those E-Force Superchargers decals placed prominently around the car.
The 5.0L engine features an Edelbrock Supercharger Kit with the latest TVS R2650 rotor set and DW 95lb injectors flowing E85. Other engine-related parts include a JMS FuelMax booster, Triangle Speed Shop oil pump gears and crank sprocket, Kooks LT headers, and Borla Sport cat-back mufflers, all working in unison with a tune by TSS’s Daniel Pachar. On the TSS dyno, Pachar has been able to make an impressive 717 horsepower and 747 ft-lbs of torque at the rear wheels, allowing Wagoner to clock a best ET of 9.83 seconds at 143mph.
Wagoner purchased the Mustang with a manual that suffered from a power overload late last year. The breakage was the perfect opportunity for TSS to swap in an OEM 6R80 automatic, which is what the car runs now with 1,400hp half-shafts and a full BMR suspension.
Brian Hatano is a veteran automotive journalist and former editor of Car Craft, Petersen’s Drag Racing, Sport Compact Car and Motorcyclist magazines.