Photos by Dom Damato
For those unfamiliar with Drag Week, it is Hot Rod’s version a street car torture test. The competitors visit five drag strips in five days and they drive approximately 1,000 miles—truck/trailer combos aren’t allowed to transport your vehicle nor are you allowed a support vehicle. As if that isn’t crazy enough, competitors can only use the parts and tools you can carry in the car or in a spec mini-trailer.
By Day 2, the cars were dried out and the crowd of 400ish Drag Week competitors converged on Darlington Dragway. Leading the way is Tom Bailey in his familiar 1969 Camaro dubbed Sick Seconds. This isn’t the Skinny Kid Race Cars entry that he has run in the past few years, called Project Sick Second 2.0. Bailey’s “other” Camaro is the one that he picked up from Danny Terzich many years ago and then outfitted it with a Steve Morris Racing big-block Chevy with twin turbos that makes over 3,000hp. He won Drag Week 2013 with Sick Seconds 1.0 and snatched a second title in 2015 with Sick Seconds 2.0.
After just two of five days of competition, Bailey has quickest single run and best overall average with his Unlimited entry. He left Darlington Dragway with a 6.702 at 215.33 mph average and a best of 6.674 at 219.83 mph single run. For those who don’t want to bust out the calculator, using those two numbers indicate that Bailey knocked off a 6.730 at 210.83 mph on Day 1 at Atlanta Dragway.
Other highlights show Mustang racer and aftermarket parts manufacturer Dan Saitz of Hyperformance Motorsports leads the fast Modified Power Adder class with a 7.624 average. Clark Rosenstengel has stepped out from the crowd in the Super Street Small Block Power Adder with an 8.009 average. The popular Street Race Small Block Power Adder, which has turned into an 8.50 index due to a funny car cage being illegal, has quite a battle going on between Randall Reed and Jim Bailey. Reed paces the field with an 8.507 average while Bailey is just a tick slower with an 8.508 average!