Pro LSX Class Taking Shape For Holley LS Fest At Beech Bend

Over the last couple of years, LSX racing has taken off, and each year, Holley Performance Products hosts the LS Fest at their home track, Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This year the race will be help September 6-8, and they’ve added a new class, the Pro LSX class, sponsored by PAC Racing Springs. Pro LSX will feature the absolute quickest and fastest LSX-powered machines on the planet. Any LS-powered door car running in the eighth-mile with a minimum 5.50 elapsed time is eligible, and so far the entry list reads like a who’s-who in LS racing.

kempf2For example, Rodney Massengale just put together the incredible former Pro Stock Cavalier pictured above with a nitrous-injected 430-cube LS engine based around a Dart billet engine block, MGP aluminum connecting rods, Winberg crankshaft, and a pair of DR heads up top. As the owner of RPM Transmissions and current No. 2 in points in the NMCA/Chevrolet Performance LS Challenge Real Street class, Massengale has a pretty good handle on what it takes to make an LS engine run the number.

Also in attendance will be Tom Kempf, who we reported on last week for breaking the LSX 10.5-inch tire eighth-mile mark, in his Skinny Kid Race Cars-massaged Firehawk. Kempf’s machine is motivated by a 454-cube Billy Briggs powerplant topped off with a turbocharger from Precision Turbo’s portfolio.

As LSX racing is starting to take hold around the country, the addition of this class brings back memories of the old Pro 5.0 class the Ford boys used to have. Will it follow the same trajectory, or will the competitors figure out a way to make it live? Only time will tell.

Other competitors scheduled to attend including Baker Engineering’s twin-turbo Impala, Mark Carlyle and his record-setting Corvette, the twin-turbo machine of Robbie Clark, and Ted Slusarczyk with his LS-powered Mustang.

There will be cash awards for quickest elapsed time, quickest 60-foot time, fastest MPH, and best reaction time during competition. At the end of the event, the baddest man in an LSX machine will be crowned. Don’t miss it!

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