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David Adkins Sets Records at Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit | Presented by Nitto Tire

Text and Photos by Mary Lendzion
During a test session held on Sept. 13 to advance the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Sept. 14-16 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, David Adkins blasted to a 6.03 at 243.63 mph followed by a 5.975 at 243.11 mph in his car built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and topped with a Synergy Composites1970 1/2 Camaro body.
“Those are world records for the quickest quarter-mile ET and fastest mph for an LS-powered car, and it’s the second radial car ever to go 5s,” said Adkins of Michigan. “I’ve been running eighth-mile, so for these quarter-mile passes, it felt different to have the chutes out and to be standing on the brake to get the car stopped, but it was worth it.”
Adkins’ potent powerplant consists of a Baker Racing Engines-built 427 cubic-inch LS engine on a Noonan billet block topped with Baker billet heads and a Thomsen Motorsports intake, and the extra kick is courtesy of twin 94mm Garrett turbos with Turbosmart wastegates and blowoff. An RPM Transmissions-built Turbo 400 and ProTorque converter put power down in the car rolling on Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels 315 drag radials.
Now, Adkins, whose crew chief and tuner is TJ Grimes, is preparing to go back to eighth-mile racing in Speedwire Systems Radial vs. The World for this weekend’s race, where $10,000 awaits the winner.
About Summit Motorsport Park
As a major motorsports venue, Summit Motorsports Park welcomes more than 500,000 people each year for sportsman and professional drag racing and is home to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Located on more than 225 acres and surrounded by theme parks and water parks, it has been named Track of the Year 18 times by the NHRA, NMCA and IHRA, and its annual economic impact to the community has been determined to be more than $100 million.

Mary Lendzion
Formerly a writer at the Detroit Free Press, Mary Lendzion has written for NMCA and NMRA for more than ten years. She's also the director of media and public relations for Summit Motorsports Park, and spends as much time as possible racing her 8-second Mustang.