What a cool event. At Nitro we’ve focused mostly on 4×4 and offroad racing for a long time, but now with the addition of the Nitro Street Billet 9″ we’ve upped our game in the world of performance and drag racing. With that in mind we attended an event called LS Fest the weekend of Sept 10th/11th. The event is focused around the GM LS V8 engine and all the race and show cars had to run LS power to be involved. Racing included autocross, drifting, and our primary focus, drag racing. Sponsored by Holley and held at the historic Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky (the same place Corvettes are built) the event had a little something for everyone. For us, we wanted to be involved in more than the Vendor section and so sponsored the “King of he Street” class of racing. Cars running 8-10 seconds in a dialed in bracket where the entry with the closest times to their “dial in” won rounds and moved forward. Kurt Anderson out of Wisconsin was the eventual winner in his yellow 69 Camaro putting on a good show each time the light went green.
We partnered with our friends at TMS Performance on their entry into the event. Specifically the car is called the Cobra Commander and runs a twin 76mm Turbocharged 427ci Thompson Motorsports built LSX engine through a 2 speed powerglide and for a now a Nitro equipped 35 spline Ford 8.8″ rear axle running 3.31 gears. A new Nitro Street 9 inch assembly is going in, but the housing wasn’t ready in time to make the trip to Kentucky so the 8.8 got a little more abuse for one last weekend. Between rounds the Nitro booth doubled as the pit for the Mustang and it drew a crowd every time the hood came off. The car is still street driven, tagged and insured.
Cobra Comannder is still getting sorted out, but ran it’s fastest pass of 8.01 @175mph in the Kentucky sunshine with the boost turned down. The track conditions varied a lot throughout the weekend and really hurt the consistency which eventually knocked us out of eliminations despite setting the lowest ET and highest trap speed for our class of the weekend. It was sure fun to watch though!
Weather proved a factor with mid 90’s the first day and high humidity. By late saturday afternoon racing had to stop for a thunderstorm that dumped a ton of rain very quickly. The track was shut down, but some rain didn’t stop us from having a good time!
The “Street Kings” class did not disappoint for action. Some beautiful cars were putting down some impressive runs with some big wheel stands in the mix!
This looked painful.
Some stunning LS powered hardware. Both old and new.
All in all this was a fantastic event and one we will definitely plan to do again in the future. We saw some killer racing, met a lot of new friends and learned a whole lot more about the sport of drag racing.
Here’s a video of our 8 second pass.