Today’s forecast here in Indianapolis predicts dry but cold weather for qualifying the final round of LSX Challenge competition for 2014 – excellent for making power, but less than ideal for applying it to the pavement. While the index classes and True Street competitors take time trials, here’s a look at what is going on in the pits.
Qualifying Round 1 Results
ERL Performance All Motor
In the first round of qualifying, Robert Strong’s ’87 Monte took the early lead with a 9.302, with Don Baskin five hundredths behind. Jud Massingill struck his Camaro’s tires right off the line, and idled through to the third and final spot in the field.
JE Pistons Drag Radial
Mark Carlyle is once again the man to beat in Drag Radial (at least for the moment), clocking a 4.516 in the 1/8th mile. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the order change before eliminations, though – Anthony Manna and Mike Brown are close on his heels, with just over a tenth of a second from first to worst in the three-car field, and the second and third place qualifiers actually carrying more speed through the traps.
Holley EFI Real Street
Kevin Rounsavall took the early lead in Real Street, running 7.900 at 174.55 MPH in the first round of qualifying. Paul Falcon also found a seven, albeit by a margin of just .013 seconds, and the rest of the field spanned the eight-second zone with a total of 13 cars making qualified passes. Louie Filippides and Gregory Harmon are both on the outside looking in as of the end of the first round, without a qualified pass, but they will both get another chance in the second (and final) round this evening.
LSX True Street
Final Qualifying Results
ERL Performance All Motor
No change in the batting order for the All Motor class as the result of the second qualifying round, but the elapsed times tumbled – all three competitors are in the eights, with three tenths covering the field. Strong will get a competition bye into the final, while Baskin and Massingill will pair up to determine who will meet him there.
Mark Carlyle retained top spot in Drag Radial on the strength of his first qualifying run, going hard up on the back wheels on his second try. Manna and Brown swapped places in the qualifying order thanks to Brown’s improved 4.573 in the second round. Just over seven hundredths of a second covers the gap between these three, meaning it is anyone’s game once eliminations begin.
Kevin Rounsavall retained top position in Real Street with a marginally quicker second pass, but the big mover was Louis Filippides who went from DNQ to the number two slot with a home run 7.932 pass. That leaves the top two, plus Falcon and Ray Litz as the Seven Second Club, with everyone else stretching out through the low eights and beyond. It should make for some lively competition once eliminations begin.
That’s it for tonight from Indy – after running the first round of NMCA Pro Mod, the decision was made to pull the plug thanks to track temperatures dropping to the point where traction became iffy. We will see you tomorrow bright and early with more LSX Challenge results, photos, news, and commentary!