Tom Bailey and engine builder and co-pilot Steve Morris each agree—that is probably the most brutal HOT ROD Drag Week they’ve ever accomplished as Bailey secured his fifth Limitless title with a 6.58 common in a rain-shortened week.
This week was imagined to be a 5-second affair nevertheless it became a combat for avenue automotive survival with Sick Seconds 2.0, a 1969 Camaro that’s purpose-built for Drag-and-Drive occasions. It appeared promising when Bailey rifled off a 6.03 at 249 mph within the opening spherical at World Huge Expertise Raceway. Nonetheless, a post-run analysis proved to be pricey. The Steve Morris Racing SMX billet engine had pinched a piston ring.
The engine was wholesome sufficient to make the drive to Indianapolis and he limped it into Indy Pace Store for in a single day repairs. The store is owned by Richie Crampton, former NHRA Prime Gas driver and grasp fabricator/automotive builder. Morris and his son, Steve Morris Jr., labored on changing the engine whereas Bailey and Crampton addressed a secondary concern, cracked turbo headers. A number of cutters, welders, and good ole ingenuity repaired the headers whereas the Morris household simply dealt with the piston swap. The crew completed up round 6AM, sufficient time to get a bathe on the resort and head to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park for Day 2.
Tom Bailey Pinches Piston Rings in Avenue Authorized Professional Mod 1969 Camaro
The second day of the five-day occasion proved to be extra of the identical for Bailey’s Camaro and so they escaped with a 6.87 at simply 129 mph. The results of the half-track cross was a pair of pinched rings—once more—and Crampton’s store got here to the rescue as soon as extra. They spent a second straight night time at Crampton’s store, swapping the pistons and questioning why there’s a persistent concern. The think-tank concluded a nasty set of gas injectors and a fast name to Harry Hruska of AFIS was made for a substitute set. Because the new injectors have been a unique model, the clips on the wiring harnesses needed to be swapped out.
Fortunately Crampton had a number of Holley EFI programs in inventory that Bailey raided for the required elements. The crew was again on the street heading to Byron Dragway in Illinois, full with two recent pistons, 16 new gas injectors, and one sketchy wiring harness modification. Sick Seconds 2.0 ran easily as they traversed the again nation roads however that might quickly change. The trailer tongue snapped off and so they almost misplaced it, forcing a late arrival to the monitor.
Bailey managed a single run, which resulted in a 6.59 at 214 mph, and basically making a scenario the place the second place runner, Michael Westberg, was now inside hanging distance. The Swedish drag racer despatched his car over from Europe, a home-built S10 with a twin turbocharged S10 pick-up, and the two-time Avenue Week winner discovered himself chasing Bailey for the Drag Week glory.
The fourth day, going down at Cordova Dragway, introduced each racers nearer on the outcomes web page. Bailey posted a 6.83 at 156 mph whereas Westberg handed in a 6.63 at 204 mph time slip. The numbers labored out with Bailey having a four-day common of 6.5830. Westberg’s common heading into World Huge Expertise Raceway was an oh-so-close 6.5855!
The four-day averages would stand as the ultimate consequence when rain ended Friday’s enjoyable, negating Bailey’s stellar 6.05 at 244 mph. That efficiency would’ve solidified his fifth Limitless victory in a commanding approach if it was official. The win ties Larry Larson for probably the most total wins.
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HOT ROD Drag Week is the last word take a look at for street-legal drag racing automobiles: Not solely do rivals need to race on 4 totally different tracks over 5 consecutive days, they need to drive their race automotive between every venue on specified routes, with picture checkpoints, that common over 1,000 miles all through the week. What’s extra, racers can solely use the instruments and elements they’ll carry of their automotive or of their elective trailer—towed by the race automotive. Head to the MotorTrend YouTube channel to look at every day’s reside stream (and replays)!