When GM’s LS engine platform burst onto the scene in 1997, people quickly figured out that it was a game changer. While the LT1 engine was an evolution of the Gen I V-8, the LS1 was designed on a fresh sheet of paper. Since then it’s become the go-to engine for hot rodding and racing. Given this popularity, the guys at the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) decided that the LS engine deserved its own racing series, so in 2007 they introduced the LSX Shootout. This year the shootout has moved to Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, and in addition to the LS-powered rides, they also folded in their FueLab World Street Finals, which is open to any American-made car looking to blast down the quarter-mile.
The event went down over the course of three days and really had something for everyone. For drag racers there were a host of classes, including Drag Radial, All Motor, Real Street, Rumble (index), and True Street. And while there were quite a few Fords and Mopars lurking about, Chevy muscle outnumbered them all. Within the LS-specific racing there were even a few classes just for the new Fifth-gen Camaro. When tallied up there was well over $50,000 offered in cash and prizes for the winners, you can bet that everyone was there to get a piece of it. For spectators there was a killer car show, a burnout contest, exhibition jet cars, used parts swap meet, and a huge vendors midway where anyone looking to build a fast ride could check out all the sweet widgets needed to win races and look good doing it.