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Timing is Everything—MSD Ignition Tuning Tips with Stevie “Fast” Jackson


Photo Courtesy of NHRA/National Dragster

Getting any detailed information out of a grudge or professional racer on their combination or tuning tips is akin to spilling nuclear secrets to a terrorist group. So when NHRA Pro Modified extraordinaire and legendary grudge racer Stevie “Fast” Jackson made a YouTube video on tuning his supercharged Shadow 2.0, we pulled out a notebook and began taking notes.

Jackson uses a variety of supercharged combinations in his famed 2017 Camaro SS, which was built by Rick Jones Races Cars as a Radial vs. The World/Grudge car but it was quickly re-purposed for NHRA competition when his Bahrain 1 Camaro met its demise when it kissed a wall at zMax Dragway earlier this year. All the engines are based on Brad Anderson Enterprises billet HEMI combinations. Depending on which playing field they step on to, a Chuck Ford Roots supercharger or C-rotor ‘Screw blower will sit on top of the 521ci big-block. In Radial vs. The World trim and on a set of Mickey Thompson ET Radial Pro 315 rollers in the back, Shadow 2.0 has gone a best of 3.71 at 200 mph.

Recently, Jackson took the Outlaw Pro Mod win during the Snowbird Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park with a best of 3.67 at 207 mph and collected $10,000 for his efforts. Perhaps Jackson’s biggest victory of his career happened nearly four months ago when he claimed the Pro Modified win during the NHRA US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. It was a bittersweet win as the team struggled up to even qualify for one of the quickest and fastest Pro Mod fields in the history of the category but he overcame those challenges and grabbed the win.

Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi is the Director of Content & Marketing at ProMedia Publishing and Events with nearly 20 years of experience in motorsport writing and photography.