The Shakedown Nationals returned to the east coast this past weekend as Virginia Motorsports Park became its new home and the racers kicked it off in grand style. The event was jam packed with record runs as Radial vs. The World and Pro Nitrous records got crushed and the crowd saw the world’s first side-by-side 3.50s on radials.
Marcus Birt and Stevie “Fast” Jackson had the Internet buzzing with trash talking heading into the event and they both delivered. Jackson tunes Birt’s 2017 Chevy Corvette and they entered the 3.50s during qualifying with a best of 3.57 at 206 mph from the nitrous-injected Musi Racing 959ci powerplant. On Sunday the two racers found each other in the finals of Radial vs. The World, Jackson was behind the wheel of his Twin-screw supercharged Shadow 2.0. Birt went red, Jackson went fast and when the scoreboards lit up—the nitrous car posted a 3.58 at 205 mph while the supercharged car was a tick slower with a 3.59 at a huge speed of 210 mph and the win light on its side.
In Pro Modified, Tommy Franklin stopped the clocks in just 3.62 seconds at 208 mph, the quickest run by a nitrous-powered doors-slammer and it was good enough for the top spot on the ladder. On Sunday, the GALOT Motorsports 1969 Chevy Camaro of John Strickland took the category win. The ProCharger-enhanced ride beat Jay Cox to the finish line first thanks to Strickland dropping a .008 reaction time. He ran 3.67 at 202 mph to beat a quicker 3.66 at 206 mph performance by Cox’s Camaro.
Other winners included Nick Schroeder in his 2006 Pontiac GTO over John Carinci in Outlaw 10.5; 3.94 at 188 mph topping Carinci’s turbocharged 3.84 at 179 mph. Ron Rhodes dropped a 4.38 at 162 mph to pull past an ailing Charles Hull in the finals of X275. The ‘screw blown Camaro of Jim Howe beat former NMRA champion Andy Manson on a holeshot in Limited Drag Radial. Howe cruised to a 4.09 at 179 mph to beat Manson who unleashed a 4.08 at 184 mph.
The quick Ultra Street category watched Joel Greathouse and his KBX Performance Mustang beat the nitrous-powered Ronny Rhodes in the finals in yet another holeshot final round win. Greathouse got out of the gate with a .034 reaction time to Rhodes’ .053 and it proved to be the difference when the Mustang rang up a 4.61 at 152 mph to Rhodes’ 4.60 at 152 mph. The small tire category called DXP 235 was a Mustang against Grand National battle. It was won by Jonathan Insley in his Mustang with a 5.03 to beat Dave Fiscus’s 5.14 at 137 mph.
Terry Logan took the highly-competitive Top Sportsman category while Brian Marko was the victor in the 8.50 index.