As we reach the halfway mark into the Limited Drag Radial 2019 points chase, “The ThrillBilly” Shane Stack still leads the way entering the Sun Down Nationals this weekend at Crossville Dragway.
First, let’s recap of the past races, starting off with the Outlaw Street Car Reunion. Qualifying kicked off with newcomer to the LDR Series, Neil Hawkins in the Devil Horse, sounded off a stout 4.13 followed by Andy Manson with a 4.15. The final round of qualifying, Neil Hawkins claimed the world record with a 4.066. Paul Gargus, Jim Howe Jr, Matt Bell, Dan Boyko, Andy Manson, Shane Stack, Chad Henderson, Jody Voyles, and Jeff Cooner rounded off your top 10 in qualifying at The Holley EFI OSCRVI and they all were in a 10th of each other. Unfortunately, the rain put an end to the race and timing discrepancies forced all the runs to be thrown out.
Radial Fest Spring Edition was next on the LDR points chase, and the racing was tight. Andy Manson took his small block stock suspension Mustang to a 4.082. Justin Martin with his beautiful Nova wasn’t far behind at a 4.095 followed by Neil with a 4.096. Eliminations came and the racing certainly didn’t disappoint. Chad Henderson, driving his gorgeous G-Body would advance to the semis due to Neil breaking and would face Stack. On the other side, Matt Bell would faceoff against Andy Manson. Matt advances to the finals over Andy, who went towards the center 400 ft out and had to lift. Shane and Chad put up one of the best races I’ve personally seen. Shane took down Chad with a 4.15 to Chad’s 4.17 and would meet Matt in the finals. Matt took the win over Shane, who went red, allowing Matt to coast down victorious.
Prize Fight Round 6 showed some major potential for the nitrous combo. Neil Hawkins in the Devil Horse came and claimed the new world record with a 4.04 @ 179. Jim Howe Jr, Jeff Cooner, John Etheridge, and Justin Martin rounded out the top 5 in qualifying at the Prize Fight. Jim cruised right on to the finals and would claim the victory on a holeshot against Neil Hawkins with a 4.09 to Neil’s 4.05 at Ohio Valley.
With only 4 races left to go, the points are getting tighter and it’s still anyone’s Championship to lay claim to. Who is going to claim it? Can Stack extend his lead entering the back half of the chase? Crossville should certainly be interesting. Make sure if you are in northern Tennessee you head to the track this weekend and catch all the action.