It’s elimination day here at the 20th Annual Spring Break Shootout, and StangTV is on-site to bring you all of the happenings. Yesterday we saw records set in a number of classes, breakage all over the place due to the NMRA’s new track-prep crew, and have an overall awesome day of racing.
Eliminations for the heads-up classes are scheduled to start at noon - we’ll be on-track shooting photos and will bring an update as soon as is possible after that, so stay tuned to the coverage all day!
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Yesterday Chris Holbrook earned the Cobra Jet Showdown title here against a field full of experienced competitors. Today, he earned a spot in front of the StangTV cameras - we shot a folder full of gorgeous photos that you'll get to see in an upcoming feature on Chris' record-setting machine.
It’s not NMRA-related, but we just had to show these off. Wheelie bars are wheelie bars, right? Not so in the case of one Billy Glidden - he’s got a set of MVM carbon-fiber wheelie bars hanging off the back of his Pro Mod Mustang. Every ounce counts in Pro Mod and it looks like Billy’s exploiting each one.
There are no words - we just wonder how long this takes to groom every day. He seemed to be having an awesome time watching the event yesterday.
John Leslie, Jr.’s had his share of issues this weekend. The team spun an engine bearing on Friday night, worked to get it repaired, then had more issues yesterday. It’s been a tough weekend for the Indiana racer.
It takes the whole team to get a Street Outlaw program down the track, and John Urist couldn’t do it without the help of (L-R) Big Mike King, John’s wife, Missy, and Scotty Regalia. Urist put down a monster hit on Friday but struggled to get down the track in the last two sessions, blowing the tires off each time. We’ll see if he can get back on track during Street Outlaw eliminations this afternoon.
We can tell Chalie Rankin’s having a blast running in Coyote Stock this weekend. He promised his grandson Lucas that he’d hang the hoops - we think Lucas has to be pretty happy with this picture. Chalie broke a transmission yesterday, but we saw him driving around the pits this morning, so he appears to have the car fixed up and ready to go for today.
Chris Jones of Blow-By Racing is trying to get down the track in Coyote Modified. However, the race engine wasn’t ready in time, so he pulled an engine out of another car to get the points. He hasn’t had much luck and is qualified fifth with an 11.38 at only 90 MPH. The nitrous-injected car hasn’t sounded right all weekend - we hope he gets it tuned up for today.
Andy Manson moved on in the first round of Street Outlaw eliminations with a strong 7.11 over James Urban. Manson’s machine has been super-consistent all weekend.
John Urist put together the quickest run in Street Outlaw’s short history, taking out Ronnie Diaz with a 7.03 at 197 MPH in round one. Urist faces Tony Alm in the second round, who moved on over Mike Alwardt with a super-strong 7.26 at 191 MPH from his 88mm turbo-boosted small-block.
Filthy Phil put together a 7.10/194MPH blast in his win over Mike DeMayo,Jr. There were no major upsets in round one of SSO. Phil will face Dan Pachar in round two.
Val Clements ended up out of action today - her car was not repairable, and brother Alton damaged his machine in yesterday’s qualifying rounds. She managed to take the beams for the points, but the car was down two holes in the process.
Also earning a push back in round one was Craig Baldwin - no report on what the problem was,but he didn’t even make it to the tree.
John Leslie’s machine was rattling and clanking away as he took the tree - from what we understand his bearing repairs didn’t work out so well.
Matt Williams (L) and Jay Dold (R) will face off in a battle of number-one and -two qualifiers in Factory Stock. In the first round, Williams clicked off a 10.89 to Dold's 10.92 elimination of Sondra Leslie. We spoke with Dold in the lanes prior to the run and he thought there was something wrong with the rear in the car as it was making some noise, but it looks like it's held together this far.
Charlie Cooper took out AJ Wyce in the first round of Renegade - Cooper’s Cobra Jet hangs ’em high and was good for an 8.52 to Wyce’s 10.96 shutdown pass.
Beefcake took out Elisa Coon in the first round of Coyote Modified despite giving away three hundredths of a second on the three.Elisa told us that she wasn’t happy that her car wouldn’t run the number - it’s been in the 9’s before and is a Muscle Mustangs magazine project car. Beefcake subsequently took out Lelsz on a holeshot in the second round - the final round will be blower versus turbo, with Beefcake facing off against Varela.
FINAL LADDERS - ALL HEADS-UP CLASSES ARE COMPLETE, NOTES BELOW
It was a day of wire-to-wire wins here at the Spring Break Shootout. Shane Stymiest topped the Coyote Stock ladder heading into eliminations and proceeded to run through the field. He met up with number-two qualifier Drew Lyons in the final round, where Lyons spun the tires on the hit and Stymiest never looked back.
A win for Matt Williams almost didn’t happen this afternoon in Factory Stock - Jay Dold actually ran one hundredth quicker than he did in the final - it was only on the strength of the seven-hundredths advantage he earned on the starting line. This is Williams’ first-ever win in the class after four years of competition - and he did it on the same weekend he set the class elapsed time record.
Teddy Weaver also went wire-to-wire, completely outclassing the rest of the Pure Street field this weekend. Teddy’s new Roush bullet seems to be on-point. He told us there are a number of new tricks in the engine, most notably the use of gas-ported pistons that are now permitted by the rules. He feels that those were the single biggest performance gain he found this past offseason.
Coyote Mod event champion car owner Dwayne James stands behind his creation as Frank Varela drives it to the Coyote Modified win. Terry Reeves attempted to double-bulb Varela to throw him off his game, and in fact recorded the quicker reaction time. But on the top end, it was all turbo, all the time, as Varela took the easy win with a 9.15 at only 140MPH to Beefcake’s 9.78/151 MPH hit. We’re told that Beefcake’s torque converter is giving him fits and he’s trying to get up on it as soon as possible.
The Renegade Master, Brian Mitchell, also went wire-to-wire with the Wizard II car. In the final round he met up with Johnny Lightning in the badass black Cobra Jet, but it was over just about as soon as it got started, as JL spun the tires hard and couldn’t recover, while Mitchell cruised to an easy 9.04 shutdown pass for the win.
The final class of the day saw longtime rivals John Urist and Phil Hines lined up in Street Outlaw. After a short staging battle, Hines rolled in first, Urist brought up the boost, and the tree dropped. Urist took a one-hundredth advantage on the tree then rolled out to a 7.10 at a whopping 202MPH to Hines’ equally-impressive 7.15/197MPH blast. Urist brought his A-game this weekend, performing his best when the pressure was on.