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15th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout-Event Coverage

Prime Time Bowtie power takes a bow during the LSX Shootout at World Wide Technology Raceway Written By Mary Lendzion Photography by the FSC Staff An event within the event, the 15th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing presented by HPJ Performance, May 13-16, 2021 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois showcases Chevrolet-powered machines. Drivers dished out palpable power in Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin Dickey Parts Center, LME Street King presented by Chevrolet Performance, Proform LSX Rumble presented by Chevrolet Performance and the Brian Tooley Racing Real Street Shootout with an enhanced prize package on the line. For extra enjoyment, the LSX Shootout Racer Appreciation Happy Hour and Free Parts Raffle featured food and beverages, along with more than $10,000 in product giveaways. Ronnie Hackelton rocketed to a 9.83 in his Camaro to set the pace in qualifying in Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin Dickey Parts Center. He slowed slightly to a 9.88 but still picked up the win in the first round of eliminations. He ran consistently with a 9.89 in the semifinal round of eliminations, and later landed in the winner's circle with a 9.91 against Jeff Heintz in the final round of eliminations. Hackelton's hard work helped him secure $3,400 in purse and contingency, plus an LSX Bowtie Block and Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring. With a 9.89 blast in his Camaro, Jeff Heintz, featured in a Spotlight interview in the June issue of Fastest Street Car, qualified in the third spot in Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin Dickey Parts Center. The North Carolina-based driver then clocked a 9.93 and 10.05 to tackle the competition in the first and second rounds of eliminations. With that, he was ready to face Ronnie Hackelton in the final round of eliminations. While he leaped off the starting more quickly than Hackelton, Heintz didn't quite have the steam at the top end of this pass, and finished as the runner-up with a 10.04. Al Corda made the trip from his home in Wisconsin to take part in LME Street King presented by Chevrolet Performance, and it was worth his while. He qualified in the sixth spot with a 10.04 on a 10.00 index in his Camaro, and then put up an .021 reaction time and a 10.02 to win the first round of eliminations. Corda followed that with an even better package consisting of a .007 reaction time and a 10.01 to pick up the win in the second round of eliminations. He got by the semifinal round of eliminations when his opponent turned on the red light but still stopped the clocks at 10.02 and with that, he headed to the final round of eliminations. There, he wrapped up another event win with a 10.05 against Casey Martin. Corda's prowess helped him pick up $2,100 in purse and contingency, as well as an LSX Bowtie Block and Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring. After choosing a 10.25 index for his super-clean Camaro, Casey Martin qualified in the tenth spot with a 10.31 in LME Street King presented by Chevrolet Performance. The Illinois-based driver then posted a better reaction time than his opponent and lifted to a 10.41 to avoid breaking out on his way to the win in the first round of eliminations. He followed that with a .005 reaction time and a 10.31 to win the second round of eliminations, and a 10.35 on a solo pass in the semifinal round of eliminations. While he had a quicker reaction time than Al Corda in the final round of eliminations, he was running slightly slower than his index and finished as the runner-up with a 10.47. David Rickey has had a lot of success in Proform Rumble presented by Chevrolet Performance, and his skills were certainly showcased at this event. The Ohioan, a three-time champion in the category, qualified in the sixth spot with an 11.01 on an 11.00 index in his Camaro, and then ran right on that index to win the first and second rounds of eliminations. He had a better reaction time that his opponent, and broke out by less than his opponent, to win the semifinal round of eliminations, and had room to lift to an 11.14 on his way to earning the event win over Greg Carlos in the final round of eliminations. As a result, Rickey rounded up $2,300 in purse and contingency, plus an LSX Bowtie Block and Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring. Greg Carlos drove to an 11.009 on an 11.00 index to qualify in the fifth spot in Proform Rumble presented by Chevrolet Performance. The fact that he wasn't closer to the top in qualifying shows just how closely his fellow competitors have their cars dialed in. He wheeled to an 11.03, 11.01 and 11.06 to win the first through semifinal rounds of eliminations, and it was from there that he recorded an 11.09 to runner-up against David Rickey in the final round of eliminations. The Brian Tooley Racing Real Street Shootout was a very special feature of the 15th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout, and several NMCA Edelbrock Xtreme Street racers certainly showed what they were made of during qualifying and eliminations. Among them was Nick McGrath, who muscled his Mustang powered by an LS engine and Harts turbo to a 4.59 to win the first round of eliminations, and a 4.58 on a solo pass in the second round of eliminations. The Illinois-based driver was consistent with a 4.59 in the final round of eliminations, where he took the event win when Tom Hammonds wasn't able to complete his pass. For his extraordinary efforts, McGrath walked away with $1,000 and an LSX Bowtie block. Former professional basketball player and Pro Street and Pro Stock driver Tom Hammonds garnered everyone's attention at this event with the debut of his impeccable Camaro SS in Edelbrock Xtreme Street and the Brian Tooley Racing Real Street Shootout. Built by Bickel Race Cars and boasting an LS bullet by Steve Morris Engines and a Vortech V-30 94C, it helped Hammonds haul to a 4.75 to win the first round of eliminations in the Brian Tooley Racing Real Street Shootout, followed by a consistent 4.77 to win the second round of eliminations in the category. Hammonds had an issue that prevented him from making a clean pass in the final round of eliminations, and finished as the runner-up against Nick McGrath. Crowned the overall winner of NMCA TorqStorm Superchargers True Street on the merits of his Camaro˜s 8.14 average, Greg Edwards took home the $500 purse, an LSX Bowtie Block and a Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Ring, which made the event even more momentous for him.

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