Medicine Hat’s Mustang Man!
Sportsman drag racing’s evolution to a higher percentage of late model factory super cars in Stock and Super Stock classes continues and that movement includes some significant Canadian entries — including Alberta’s Darrell Dietz….
Dietz, who is a construction company owner from Medicine Hat (Dietz Construction), has parlayed his long time passion for Ford Mustangs into what for him is the ultimate race car. About 2 years ago, the 45-year old driver began to campaign one of Ford’s new generation Cobra Jet Mustangs in Stock eliminator. That amazing machine features a supercharged 302 CID 5.7L engine program and runs in the quickest class offered overall in Stock eliminator — AA/SA.
“I’ve been running this car after picking up the Competition kit direct from Ford Racing,” Darrell revealed. “This is not one of the “Ford 50” race cars built direct from the factory – this is the kit they offered after that program. Basically we picked up the kit and components from Watson Engineering and D.P.M. (Diversified Products Marketing) in Michigan and did the assembly ourselves. Everything is sourced just like the Cobra Jet factory cars – and in the end you would not know the difference unless I told you.”
Since the acquisition, Darrell has been busy running his car at select NHRA divisional and national event races and within Western Canada while refining both his car’s performance and driving skills.
Dietz is for sure too a “blue oval” fan through and through.
“I’ve been a Mustang guy for a very long time,” he continued. “Before I was old enough to drive I owned a ’69 Mustang — which I still have. I put a 428 CID in that and I race that too from time to time.”
Then in 2007 when Ford announced it’s increased involvement again in high performance and racing – things escalated for Darrell.
“I happened to be on a tour of Carol Shelby’s place in Las Vegas and got to see the Mustang prototypes there. That ended with me buying a GT500 Mustang which I then had “super snaked” for the street. Then once I had my street version – that really got me going about drag racing one of them. That’s really what led up to my Cobra Jet racing program.”
Dietz’s 2010 model drag racer is super quick — capable of running in the very low 9-secs zone and close to 150 mph in legal stock trim.
Posting & Photos by: Bruce Biegler