MIGHTY MINICK AND THE ‘CHI-TOWN HUSTLER’ GANG
Today, the legend of the "Chi-Town Hustler" lives on in the form of Pat Minick's son, Mike, who drives the "Chi-Town Hustler" alongside crew chief Troy Martin. Mike's dad Wayne also drove the car leaving three generations of drivers in one of the most famous cars in all of drag racing.
"I was born and raised around the sport and around this car. I think there are pictures of me cleaning rubber out from underneath the body when I was five," Minick said. "About 15 years ago I really started getting into it, getting hands on alongside my dad and servicing the car between rounds. This car and this sport has been a part of my life for so long and it is awesome to be able to continue that tradition today."
Mike Minick took over driving duties in the car in 2011 when he got his license and he has been driving the car ever since.
This season the team gave the car an overhaul and put a brand new Dodge Omni body on the car in hopes of getting more performance out of the machine and so far the results have spoken for themselves.
At the IHRA Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals at the Grand Bend Motorplex just two weeks ago Minick and the "Chi-Town Hustler" gang ran their best elapsed time and speed ever behind the wheel of the legendary car. The pass was a 5.789 second lap at 246.75 miles per hour in the finals against Pete Gallen, a race that was actually won by Gallen on a holeshot by .005 seconds at the line.
"We were really happy with our numbers in Grand Bend. It was the quickest and fastest laps we have ever made which made it kind of bittersweet that we lost in the final, and on a holeshot nonetheless," Minick said. "We tried some new combinations over the winter and the car seems to be responding well to the changes. This has been our best year ever as far as performance so we are happy about that, no all we need to do is add a win."
Minick will be looking for his first Nitro Jam Ironman this weekend against the likes of Mike McIntire in the "McAttack" Camaro, Rick Krafft in the "Bullet Bob" Pontiac and Greg Jacobsmeyer in the "All-Star Dodge" Challenger.