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It's race day here at Gateway International Raceway, and with more than 150 LSX cars here in attendance this weekend, it should make for a great day of racing action in all of our categories. Today will also see the heads-up 5th Gen Camaro Shootout, pitting the four quickest 2010 Camaro's on the property against one another. Stay tuned to LSXMAG throughout the day for all the coverage of today's activities.
Round One Eliminations
Adam Preston laid down the gauntlet in the opening round, running low ET of the weekend thus far with a stout 8.145 at 170.49 MPH to send Dustin Powell and his 9.65 effort back to Tennessee.
Chris Fowler sent Michelle Skyy back to Texas in the opening round with a 9.474 to 10.393 count. John Ventrecca advanced with a 9.34 over David Lazears' 10.31, and Judson Massingill went low for the round with an 8.815 trouncing of Robert Strong and his 10.31 lap.
The guys from Late Model Racecraft were ecstatic after Steven Fereday blasted to the quickest lap of the weekend on his competition single in the opening round, a 7.343 at a booming 197.31 MPH.
In what may have been the best matchup of the day in the class, Tom Kempf left before the tree was activated, receiving no time and handing the easy win to reigning LSX Shootout champ Mike Brown.
Mark Carlyle was the benefactor of Mark Koehlers' parts breakage in qualifying, earning a break single in round one. Carlyle and his Corvette have had everyone talking this weekend, as he grabbed the all-time IRS record away from Keith Berry in qualifying with his 8.151-second pass.
Round One Pit Notes
What do you do when your car burns up the #6 piston during qualifying? You kick back and relax on Sunday. Such is the case for number two qualifier Mark Koehler and his crew, who didn't have the parts to make repairs overnight and was a no-show in the first round of Drag Radial eliminations.
The students from the School of Automotive Machinists were busy making a clutch adjustment to Judson Massingill's Camaro after his opening round win in hopes of getting a better handle on the warm racing surface.
Eliminations Round Two
The final round of Real Street will shape up just as it should on paper, as Keith Berry downed Jeff Lowry with an 8.235 at 167.36, while Adam Preston earned lane choice in the money round with a quicker 8.174 defeat of Paul Falcon's wheelstanding 12.63 that culminated in a massive oildown.
Judson Massingill continued his torrid pace over the rest of the All Motor field on his semifinal solo pass, getting off the starting line clean and taking it out the back gate to an 8.74 at 156.94 MPH. He'll be paired alongside Chris Fowler in the final round, who advanced with a 9.40 when opponent John Ventrecca broke at the starting line.
Steven Fereday has shown all day that if anyone wants to walk away with the Drag Radial crown, they'll have to go through him. In his semifinal matchup with Mike Brown, Fereday cracked off the second quickest LS-powered run ever, with a 7.247 at an unreal 209.30 MPH. In the final, he'll meet Mark Carlyle, who took an easy solo into the final with an 11.42.
5th Gen Camaro Shootout
The 5th Gen Camaro Shootout pitted the four quickest 2010 Camaro's against one another, and in the final it came down to Jon Ebert and his Lingenfelter Performance ride versus Paul Murphy. Ebert got a sizable advantage out of the gate and that was bad news for the Murphy, as Ebert got the win with a 9.467 at 151.12 to a 9.842 at 144.69.
Final Round Eliminations
Steven Fereday was the class of the field all weekend, grabbing the number one qualifying spot, running low ET and top speed of the meet, and cemented it in the final round with a win over Mark Carlyle, running a little off his earlier torrid pace after losing high gear with a 7.817 at 179.11 to Carlyle's trailing 8.256 at 169.15.
Judson Massingill had little in the way of competition here this weekend, holding a near half second advantage on everyone from the very first qualifying session. In the final, Judson was never headed, earning the All Motor trophy with a 8.928 rout of number two qualifier Chris Fowler and his 9.307 pass in the other lane.
Adam Preston made his presence known on Saturday morning after missing the opening session on Friday, running right with Keith Berry before laying down a succession of 8.1-second laps in eliminations. In a great final round matchup, Berry had a big backfire, possibly burning a piston in the process as he watched Preston sail to the finish stripe with an 8.178 at 169.34 for the win.
5th Gen Camaro Index
Corey Duckett ran closer to his index in the final round, recording a 13.045 on the 13.00 index to defeat Thomas Calabrese, who was nearly two tenths off with a 12.183 on his 12.00 index.
The LSX Rumble category saw a huge field of 104 cars competing on several different indexes between 9.00 and 15.00. After the field was whittled down, it was the '01 Camaro of Nicholas Massengale facing Kurt Anderson and his '69 Camaro. Anderson ran right on the money with a 10.502 on his 10.50 index, breaking out Massengale, who went 11.960 on his 12.00 number.
LSX Shootout Eliminations Round 1
LSX Real Street, LSX All Motor, LSX Drag Radial, and Gen 5 Shootout
LSX Shootout Saturday Update
We catch up with LSX All Motor driver Jud Massingill of SAM School to get the down low on the class.
LSX Shootout Final Round Eliminations
LSX All Motor, LSX Real Street, and LSX Drag Radial Final Round Eliminations
LSX Shootout Wild Ride Of The Event
Paul Falcon of the LSX Shootout gets the back bumper dragging.
LSX Shootout and NMCA Finals Weekend Wrap Up
A weekend recap of the race, from the NMCA Finals to the LSX Shootout.