PB Candies understands the value of having an arsenal.
One look in his pits at the NHRA U.S. Nationals and you’ll see a car lot of modern Detroit muscle.
Candies, son of iconic Funny Car owner Paul Candies, came to this weekend armed with four Ford Cobra Jets (2010,  2012 and 2013) as well as a Mopar Drag Pak Challenger. He is competing in Super Stock, Stock and the new Factory Stock Showdown.
All of the Cobra Jets are in competition this weekend. The Mopar was a catch net in case the 2013 model wasn’t completed in time or stumbled in qualifying.
“She’s kind of mad at us right now,” Candies said, pointing at the 2010 Drag Pak model.
Candies tested the 2013 Cobra Jet last weekend in Milan, Michigan, outside of Detroit, and deemed the results satisfactory enough to enter this weekend’s Factor Stock Shootout.
“We’ve struggled a bit with it because it’s a brand new car,” Candies said. “We haven’t found what it likes and dislikes yet. We’re working on it. We wanted to come out and support the Factory Shootout in hopes that it will be successful and the rules will improve for next year.”
Though Candies grew up largely watching his dad’s nitro-burning Funny Cars and dragsters, he’s perfectly content with the slower pace and less demanding modern muscle class cars.
“Really having a good time at it,” said Candies. “It’s challenging and with dad’s help, we really want to be at the top of the leaderboard. We work very hard at what we do. We’re always trying to develop new parts and pieces to make these cars quicker with each run. We’re not the greatest, but we’re pretty good for a sophomore team.”
And just when you thought Candies had more than enough, two weeks ago he took delivery of a new COPO Camaro.
“After the race, we are going to get back to the shop and put our RACEPAK system in it,” said Candies. “We’re going to make a few more adjustments suspension wise and hopefully we will have it out by the end of the year. We’ll be ready for 2013.”
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