This past weekend at Holly Springs Dragway in Mississippi, the Fall Brawl assembled some of the greatest drag radial racers in the world to finish out the season. Keith Berry has been hard at work figuring out his Drag Radial Corvette, and on the Holly Springs surface he pulled out all the stops in an attempt to finish his season strong.
Strong isn’t the word, though, as he absolutely annihilated the Outlaw Drag Radial record with an unreal 4.19 at 185 MPH before running through the rest of the field to win the event over one of the strongest collection of radial tire racers assembled all year. Berry’s Proline Racing Engines-built, billet-block, LS-powered, Bell Chassis’d Corvette is one of the most beautiful cars you’ll ever see on the racetrack, and its performance backs up the stunning good looks.
Berry almost didn’t even complete the weekend, as during his qualifying pass on Saturday he managed to not only break the existing small-block ODR record with a 4.21 at 184 and qualify number one, but in the process managed to spin the car out on the top end trying to get stopped. After a couple of new tires (and a fresh pair of skivvies!) Keith got back on the horse to make things happen for Sunday’s elimination rounds.
In the first round, he used the hard-earned bye awarded to the number one qualifier to decrease the record yet again, carding a 4.206 at only 176 MPH. The second round saw Berry put Justin Martin’s gorgeous orange Nova on the trailer with a 4.28 to Martin’s 4.45.
Round three brought the incredible 4.1938 at 185.49 MPH against Chris Daniel, with Berry earning the first official 4.1-anything in Outlaw Drag Radial to take the Radial record in the process – on a 1.13 short time, leading us to believe there’s even more in this hotrod. The fourth round saw Rob Valden’s 4.25 take a seat to Berry’s 4.21 at 190 MPH blast, and then Berry cruised to a sweet 4.23 at 182 in the final against Bruce Johnson for the event win.
And he did it all with a small block, folks.
An incredible weekend for the black beast, and only a taste of what’s to come in the future.
Thanks to Hans Pierre Jr. of Free Life Films for the footage!