Fans at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals got to enjoy watching eight cars from Hot Rod Magazine's Drag Week Street Race Small Block Power Adder class in a special exhibition at zMAX Dragway. The eight drivers made four runs and the driver with the average closest to 8.50 will be declared the winner. Any runs the 8.50 target received a replacement penalty time of 20.00 seconds.
Rick Steinke's popular “Honk If Parts Fall Off” ’67 Chevelle four-door, powered by a small-block Chevy fitted with a single 88mm turbocharger, was crowned the champion of the special eight-car exhibition of Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week entries held during the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. Steinke’s four runs -- 8.623, 8.742, 8.722, and 8.675 -- calculated to an average elapsed time of 8.691 seconds, which was more than enough to cover the 8.943-second average of runner-up Scott Brown.
Scott Brown’s Texas-based ’53 Chevy Bel Air runs a six-liter Chevy LS engine and a single Borg Warner 76mm turbocharger. His runs of 9.629, 8.701, 8.716, and 8.726 adde dup to an 8.943 average for second place.
Third place went to Lisa Fischer's turbocharged V6-powered ’87 Buick Grand National which averaged 9.048 after a quartet of consistent runs of 9.060, 9.068, 9.047, 9.016, and 9.048.
Steve Haefner’s Corvette, which is equipped with a 427-cid Chevy LS and a ProCharger FX-1 centrifugal supercharger and a Powerglide transmission, finished fourth with a 9.128 average.
Jeff Oppenheim made some fans with his ’86 El Camino, which is fitted with a 370-cid engine and a Borg Worner 76mm turbocharger and a Turbo 400 transmission, but consistency issues slowed him to a fifth-place finish with a 10.118 average.
Joe Jennings' New Jersey-based ’63 Chevy Nova used a small block Chevy, turbocharger, and Powerglide transmission combo to finish sixth with aa 11.938 average.
Jason Bergeon's ’84 Chevy Monte Carlo SS, powered by a 365-cid Chevy LS engine with a billet 80mm turbocharger, was int he running for the title early with passes of 10.016, 8.961, and 9.134 but ran under the 8.50 target on his final pass to receive the 20-second penalty, which dropped him to seventh place.
Drag Week champ Randall Reid and his ’93 Mustang, powered by a 427-cid Chevy LS engine with a single 88mm turbocharger, was the early leader with a near-perfect 8.517 on its first pass and ran 8.529 onhis fourth passes, but in between he ran under the 8.50 target, killing his average with the penalty e.t.
To the winners go the spoils of victory!
DRAG WEEK EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS
WATCH: Friday Run No. 1
WATCH: Friday Run No. 2
WATCH: Saturday Run No. 1
WATCH: Saturday Run No. 1