By Michael Galimi
Photos by Dom Damato
The third day of the grueling and entertaining Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week was spent at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC. The racers didn’t get to run four wide but that didn’t stop them from enjoying some sunshine and drag racing. The weather has been all of the talk this week as competitors and race organizers have kept a close watch on Hurricane Florence’s path and the evacuation alerts from state officials. Due to the unpredictable weather and traffic concerns, Hot Rod officials ditched the prescribed route and asked competitors to use their own discretion for their trip to Thunder Valley Raceway in Bristol, TN for Thursday’s competition. It is still several hundred miles, so the integrity of the daily cruise is still intact.
Tom Bailey continued to stay in front of the Unlimited category and the overall quickest average as he dropped the three-day average down to a stellar 6.686 at 216.76 mph. Sliding in behind him is last year’s champion, David Schroeder, who would need an incredible run over the next two days to catch Bailey. That is, of course, if both cars can remain in competition. Schroeder is sitting second in Unlimited with a 7.039 at 196.60 mph.
Other highlights, Dan Saitz continues to dominate the Modified Power Adder category with a 7.605 average. Randall Reed has a strangle hold on the popular Street Race Small Block Power Adder class with an 8.511 three-day average with two days to go.
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