Even though it might be cold outside where you are, there is no doubt that the drag racing action from Lights Out 9 heated up the drag racing culture all the way from South Georgia to your garage! A massive turn out of both racers and spectators made for an awesome weekend of action that set off the season in style!
David & Tracy Pearson
David and Tracy Pearson had a lot of new changes to show off on their "Little Evil" Mustang for this season. The most immediate change may be joining the Team Vortech camp, with a V-30 128A supercharger peeking out from behind the new front end and hood. The V-30 is driven via a gear drive from The Supercharger Store. The new combination is proving to be a monster, and David worked his magic getting the car down the track with all the new found power from the Vortech V-30. In Limited Drag Radial/Pro 275, Pearson climbed through multiple rounds of competition, turning in low 4 second E.T.s at over 176mph before ultimately overpowering the track against Terry Parks in Round 3 of Eliminations. Keep an eye out for Little Evil in the winner's circle at a race track near you this season.
Also new to Team Vortech, Mark Dykeman and his Blue Goose Camaro will likely be seen running both X275 and Limited Drag Radial this season. The plan was to take it easy as they worked into the new combination, but the Goose still flew high in X275 at the event with the help of its Vortech V-30 105A Supercharger, making it to the Semi-Finals with runs in the mid-4's @ 159mph. “We switched from ProCharger to Vortech for this season and this is the first event with the new blower. The car also has a carbon fiber front end now to remove weight. We also made a lot of chassis changes to the front of the car to make it perform better and shave weight off.”
The Converter King came to South Georgia Motorsports Park with new parts to test in X275. Throughout the weekend, the car was consistently going faster and faster with each run, thanks in part to the efficient boost from his Vortech V-30 102A Supercharger. With Marty’s experience, no doubt you'll be seeing him and his Fox Body in the winner circle this year.
Alton was working his way through the field in Ultra Street in his Vortech V-30 94B Supercharged 1989 Mustang, when he overpowered the track in Round 2 of eliminations and prematurely ended his weekend of racing. Coming off a stellar 2017 season that included winning the NMRA Renegade Championship, Alton & crew are going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.
Earl Stanley/Mike Adams
Earl rolled his 1988 Mustang off the trailer with the smallest engine in the X275 class and proceeded to go straight to the #1 Qualifier position with a 4.46 pass at 163.85 MPH. The team never let up, and the V-30 105A Supercharged 347 cubic inch Ford outperformed Marty Pearcy in Round 1 and Mike Buttafuda in Round 2 of eliminations before an issue in Round 3 against fellow top qualifier John Keesey put and end to the weekend ladder climb. These guys are a serious contender, and are sure to continue to hurt feelings all season.
The guys from Colorado have changed up their combination for this season, but have not changed their trusty Vortech V-30 105A blower. The new engine program could be a game changer for them, so stay tuned!
This is just the beginning. Be prepared for lots of incredibly fast passes, great events, and many, many trips to the winner's circle this 2018 season!
Thanks and photo credit to Dragzine and RMS Photography.