The Vortech V-30 Race Series of centrifugal Superchargers have taken the drag racing world by storm, and everywhere they go, Vortech V-30 equipped racers are destroying track records, smashing sanctioning body class records, and winning championships.It was no exceptions over the weekend in Las Vegas for the Street Car Super Nationals 13.
Brian Brooks - 275 Radial
If Brian Brooks and his Fox Body came to SCSN Las Vegas to make a statement in the 275 Radial class, consider that statement made loud and clear. The Atlas Performance built engine and Vortech V-30 105A Supercharger came together as an unstoppable force to be reckoned with, and one by one the competitors who lined up with him learned what efficient Vortech boost was all about.In round 1 Brooks lined up against Doug Driggers and his turbocharged 1946 Dodge Pickup, turning in a 4.486 @ 161.27 to Driggers' 4.860 @149.23. Round 2 of eliminations saw Brooks meet Tom Marshall and his turbocharged Fox Body Mustang. Brooks' 4.474 @ 161.87 pass bested Marshall's 4.641 @ 156.64, and on the the 3rd Round he went. The semifinals saw 2 Vortech V-30 Supercharged Fox Body Mustangs pitted against each other, and only one could move on to the finals.In the the final round, Brian Brooks went head-to-head with #1 qualifier Greg Henschell, who also had low E.T. and top speed under his belt for the weekend. However, Henschell's turbocharged New Edge Mustang succumbed to the Vortech powered Mustang, and Brooks' 4.482 @ 161 mph was good enough to win the 275 Radial Championship. After Brooks' win, Henschell remarked how impressed he was with the efficiency of the Vortech V-30 105A Supercharger. Congratulations to Brian Brooks and his team on their victory, and for a job well done!
Chris Groves - 275 Radial
Chris Groves carried his successes so far this year into Las Vegas for Street Car Super Nationals, qualifying #2 with his Vortech V-30 105A Supercharged Fox Body Mustang. Having run in numerous classes at races all over the country this racing season, Chris and team from The Dyno Edge are a class act, and run a great program.In Round 1 of eliminations, Groves left late on the light, but still captured the win over Mike Orban and his Nitrous powered BBC, turning in a 4.547 @ 158.97 mph to Orban's 4.792 @ 139.57 mph. For Round 2, Chris lined up against the Nitrous powered 462ci SBC of Freddy Bueno and his 1963 Chevy Nova, and was victorious again. Due to an unfortunate luck of the draw, Chris drew fellow Vortech racer Brian Brooks who was on an absolute tear all weekend. The race was incredibly close, but at the wire Chris' run of 4.474 @ 160.06 mph was just shy of Brian Brooks and his winning 4.446 @ 162.22 mph run. Look for many great things from Chris Groves coming up next season.
James Lawrence - Outlaw 8.5
James Lawrence, Team Dragzine and their Vortech V-30 102A Supercharged EVIL 8.5 Mustang were able to rip off a series of 4.70 runs to qualify in the #4 position with a 4.76 @ 153 in the Outlaw 8.5 class. However, each run presented it’s own issue for the team - with a combination of mechanical gremlins and (believe it or not) a hamburger wrapper literally dropping in front of the left rear tire causing tire spin on their 4.76 qualifying run. Don't believe it? Watch the video!
In eliminations, Lawrence & crew chewed through a very tough field of 30 cars to get to the 3rd round after running 4.79, 4.74 and 4.76. In the 3rd round, an incredibly close race against Ricky Daniels resulted in the weekend coming to a premature end. Lawrence says "We turned it up too aggressively and spun inside the 60-foot mark, yet still only lost by .003 at the stripe." The EVIL 8.5 will be back soon and looking for more victims, so keep an eye out for them.
Chris Poncia Chris Poncia was out racing his Nova this weekend as well. He was able to knock off elapsed times in the mid-low 4 second range running a Vortech V-30 128A Supercharger.
Thanks and photo credit to Steve Carlton, Dragzine, Robert Grice, and SCSN.