It wasn’t really a matter of if, but rather, when, we’d see fan favorite small-tire racer Keith Berry and his stunning 2002 Chevrolet Corvette barnstorming it’s way through the record books. Over the course of the last three seasons, Berry has poured his heart, soul, and a lot of money into transforming what was already one of the most wicked cars in drag racing into one of the quickest, most state-of-the-art doorslammers in the sport today, and not even an excursion with the guardrail last fall could deter his efforts.
In south Georgia back in February, in his first competitive start since repairs were made to the car in the off season, Berry blasted his way to the LSX Drag Radial record with a 4.400 at 174.66 mph lap, giving everyone a pretty good indication of what his sinister ride, powered by a 3,200 horsepower, 468 cubic inch RHS tall deck LSX with twin 88mm turbos, was really capable of. Then last weekend, Berry and throngs of other heavy hitters descended upon the cool air and tacky surface of the Holly Springs Dragway in Mississippi for the 2nd annual Shootout at the Springs, where records have fallen in abundance in recent months and were sure to fall again.
In the third round of Outlaw Drag Radial qualifying, Berry’s Corvette carded a quick 1.15 short time right out of the gate, and was 2.95 to half track on its way to a stunning 4.342 at 180.14 mph, effectively killing two birds with one stone by marking not only a new overall LSX-powered world record, but the small block Outlaw Drag Radial world record, as well.
Of course, Berry wasn’t done at that point, as he mowed his way through eliminations, culminating in a final round berth alongside the Ford Mustang of Marty Stinnett. Berry was not to be denied, bouncing Stinnett with his quickest run of the weekend and a new pair of records with a killer 4.339-second lap.