The question was simple and direct, “Will you keep going after the eights?”

Troy LaCrone’s answer was succinct: “I hope not!”

It appears that he knew his quest wasn’t complete.

That was how our story on started in our January 2006 issue. At that time, LaCrone was experimenting with a nitrous small-block 1971 Camaro fitted with leaf springs and slapper traction bars that he eventually cajoled into running 9.19 at 140-plus mph. It was impressive because it looked more like a 12-second cruiser than a 9-second abuser. But LaCrone sold the Camaro and was tempted by the siren song of a couple of late model turbocharged Mustangs. Those attempts were less than rewarding for various and expensive reasons.

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