Good morning, race fans! It’s elimination day here at Beech Bend Raceway in scenic Bowling Green, Kentucky, home of the Corvette and our event organizer, Holley. The weather is beautiful, the cars are quick, and we will be bringing you updates all day long from the track. As always, we would like to thank our event coverage sponsor, SCT Performance, for sponsoring our event coverage and letting us make this happen. Be sure to visit them at www.sctflash.com to see their full line of tuners.
The autocross track is going strong today...
Ray Litz goes up hard on the bumper in a single-pass time trial, getting daylight under all four wheels. But as they say, what goes up must come down...
We’re headed down to the finals in all classes, and we have a few intermediate results to share with you…
In the Drag Radial semi-finals, the quickest man on the property, Mark Carlyle, was just a bit too quick on the tree, giving Mark Koehler a free pass into the finals...
Mike Meeks just needed to stage and take the green to advance to the Drag Radial finals, but elected to attempt a full pass and crossed the center line, earning a DQ instead. As a result, Mark Koehler will have a single for the championship, and there will be no runner-up
Mark Koehler qualified #3 in the 5-car Drag Radial field, and had to face a total of one opponent on his way to the winner's circle. A first round no-show by Anthony Manna advanced him uncontested into round 2, where an unfortunate redlight from the odds-on favorite, #1 qualifier Mark Carlyle, gave him the go-ahead into the finals. That round would also be uncontested, as would-be finalist Mike Meeks turned a competition bye into a disqualification by crossing the center line, about the only way you can lose a "single."
The Real Street class provided some of the most entertaining racing of the weekend - starting off with a 9-car field, the ladder came down to top qualifier Adam Preston versus #5-qualified George Toll. Toll was running a consistent 8.7's pace, getting past James Rowlett's shutdown pass in the first round, then driving around a holeshot by John Ebert in the second round to score a semi-final bye. Preston took the odd-field first round bye, then dispached Ted Timmerman 8.540 to 8.753 before meeting Rodney Massengale in the semi-finals. Preston took the win stripe to stripe, ahead by more than four hundredths at the tree and never looking back. In the money round, a mere .006 seconds separated Preston and Toll when the ambers flashed, but down-track, Preston just had more steam in the boiler and took the win, 8.523 to 8.756.
The All Motor class came down to a final showdown between the number one and two qualifiers, Jud Massingill and Greg Delancy. Massingill effectively got a practice hit at the tree against a limping Ron Mower in the first round, then collected his competition bye in the second round by breaking the beams, then backing out. On the other side of the ladder, Delancy had to get around a holeshot by Robert Strong in the opening round, then managed to squeak past Joe Huneycutt's '02 Camaro in the semis to earn a spot in the final round. When the ambers flashed in the last All Motor pairing, Delancy took a huge jump ahead at the tree, then held on to it down-track, running 8.372 against Massingill's off-pace 8.403.
Shut Your Face
The photo tells the tale in the Shut Your Face final - after getting down to the last two cars Saturday night, track conditions were such that everyone involved agreed to postpone the matchup between Brian Black and Mike Meeks until Sunday. Unfortunately, the race was over before it began, with Meeks going red by a heartbreaking 0.014 seconds and handing the class win to Black.
The large and eclectic field of LS-powered cars and trucks in the LSX Rumble index class came down to a final pairing between Ray Bulach and B Palcisko at the end of the day. Palcisko, with the slower 12.50 dial, got the tree first and was off to a lazy .141 start. Three seconds later, Bulach got the green and took a full tenth off of Palcisko's reaction time. At the top end Palcisco broke out trying to stay in front, running 12.426 to Bulach's winning 9.641.
5th Gen Camaro
Shawn Calabrese took the uncontested win in the final round of 5th Gen Camaro competition when his scheduled opponent, J. Perrymon, mysteriously failed to show after running a 14.000-on-14.00 pass in the quarter finals and running out a semi-final bye to a 13.763
That’s it for our Holley LS Fest coverage for 2012 – if you missed the event this year, be sure to mark your calendars for 2013. It’s a must-see for any fan of late model GM power.