Of course, the flow is very important. but Im not looking to tear into the internals of the engine. As much bolt on as possible is all I can do, due to time, budget, limited use of garage, and just general wants/needs. So from what I gather, it'* looking like a Stage 3 kit, a little custom exhaust, some sticky shoes up front and I'm in the 13'*. (I can drive.) I'll see what happens from there and decide on nitrous, it'* good to know the bottom end can handle it stock. Dyno tuning would also help the setup, and give a good baseline incase I would ever start going internal.
It looks like with Xmas coming up, (and therefore my pocket steadily shrinking) I'll get the necessary parts around February and get them installed shortly thereafter. California Speedway in Fontana has a new dragstrip so that'* wher the action will be.
Thanks for the helpful info and, as I become more involved, I look forward to more board participation and hopefully meeting some 3.8 folks at the track.