GM High-Tech Performance Blogs
Exciting first day, air is right and the track has bite
After a day full of test and tune, qualifying kicked off around sunset for the heads-up classes. For most cars the incredible bite on the track and mineshaft air caused either an amazing wheelstand or some nice carnage.
In All Motor Don Baskin's fifth-gen looks to be top dog, running a 9.2 after overcoming some previous engine issues. John Moyer, Joe Huneycutt and Robert Strong are a few tenths off pace with more tuning to go. Meanwhile, the fourth-gen Camaros of Bobby Lashley (driven by Ron Mowen) and Judson Massengill from the School of Automotive Machinists could contend for top qualifier once their issues are sorted out over night. Lashley broke a rocker arm and Judson had tire shake, which points towards some sort of suspension issue.
Real Street saw a new top contender emerge from the RPM Transmission camp. This red C5 sports a new motor combo that ran 8.43 and became the #1 qualifier. Adam Preston (big surprise) was right behind him, as was Ted Timmerman and Lingenfelter. George Toll's TA and the Shanahan Racecars Camaro are dark horses, but definitely not out of the running. And neither is Paul Falcon with several others hoping to make clean passes tomorrow morning.
Drag Radial was in a sense dominated by Ray Litz. Sporting a little old 88m turbo and 275 radials, Ray's new Camaro busted off an 7.53 by managing to put all his power to the ground. Meanwhile others have been playing the balancing game of trying not to overpower the track. Everyone has been holding their breath for Mark Carlyle to make a 6-second pass in his C6 Z06, but so far its been nothing but problems. Attempt 1 was spoiled by a trans issue, and attempt 2 was thwarted by broken torque tube bolts. Mark Koehler has had trans issues and Mike Brown had an issue with the boost controller. Andy Essary, Anthony Manna, and several others have put on strong high 7-second performances. However, only Litz has had the consistency of a bracket car.
As a substantial storm threatens to put a damper on Sunday's eliminations, there could be a strong push to finish the majority of the race tomorrow. Time will tell.