If you missed the very first Chevy High Performance Nationals last June 1-3, then you shunted a great gathering of some of the baddest Chevys in the country competing for car show, autocross, and drag racing glory. For those who couldn’t attend, read on, as we showcase a whole bunch of Chevy action from the event in the next several pages that will make you obsess about showing off your Bow Tie at the event next year.
A collaboration of efforts between the National Muscle Car Association and Chevy High Performance resulted in an all-Chevy event that will be one for the record books. The first event brought on a massive car show, wild drag racing, and a Jet-Hot Coatings–sponsored autocross, which had attendees entertained all day. Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, hosted the meet, and the fans just about packed the place.
As the second stop on the Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series, the CHP Nationals hosted several cool drag racing classes, including a wild drag radial class that saw cars running mid 7s in the quarter, a naturally aspirated class for LS-powered cars, and a class called Real Street that featured a slew of low 8-second late-models. For the index racer there were a few options as well, like the Fifth-Gen Camaro Challenge class and the LSX Rumble category, which is a class intended for entries at nearly any performance level. For the street cars, the Tremec True Street class was also a category featured at this event. If you have a muscle car you drive and you want to test its mettle on the dragstrip, True Street is a great way to do it. Basically you have to successfully complete a 30-mile cruise on public roads and highways, and then make three back-to-back passes on the quarter-mile without opening the hood, messing with computer tunes, or refilling intercooler ice. It really is a challenging and fun class to compete in, and you would be surprised by the performance levels of some of these street cars; some were able to complete the cruise and then run a string of low 9s with stock suspension and drag radials!
This was the first time Chevy High Performance has hosted an event of such magnitude. Many folks in attendance agreed that it was a success, so the good news is you can look for another Chevy High Performance Nationals around the same time next year; keep reading CHP for the exact date, as we’ll keep you posted.
The Tremec-sponsored True Street has been our favorite class for years because it’s the ultimate way to prove your quarter-mile monster is actually streetable. Even if you have a slow car, True Street has a category you can compete in. Designed to cater to nearly every performance level of car, True Street is a class we were glad to host at the CHP Nationals. The idea is to make a 30-mile cruise around town, through stop signs and over railroad tracks, then each competitor has to make three back-to-back passes without popping the hood or working on the car whatsoever. If you break on the line, you’re out; if you adjust the carb, you’re out; if you can’t make the cruise, you’re out. The person with the quickest average gets to be the “king” (there’s even a cape and crown the winner “gets” to wear). Awards are given to the racer who gets their car’s average closest to the 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-, 13-, 14-, and 15-second zones. For example, if you have a car that runs 11.90s, a strategy would be to slow the car down a bit so you can get your average closest to the 12.00 mark. The awards are some cash and prizes, but what people really enjoy is being able to really prove they have a reliable and fast street car. Jared Shepard out of Austin, Texas, had the quickest True Street car on the property, running an average of 9.806 in his ’02 Camaro SS.
We would like to extend a huge thanks to the guys at Mayhem Motorsports out of Raleigh, North Carolina, for bringing one badass (and the only) X275 car to do battle at the CHP event. Even though the Internet was ablaze with people claiming they were coming to compete in this eighth-mile category, when the chips fell, driver Jeff Rhodes and the Mayhem boys were the only ones to show up. Maybe they were scared of Rhodes’ 5.18 at 149 performances? The Vette is powered by an LSX-based 427 with Trick Flow 235cc heads and a single 88mm Precision turbocharger.
|Nitto Tire Pro Mod||Jimmy Sandefur||Zebulon, GA||’98 Monte Carlo||4.165||178.47|
|Lynne Milner||Baxle Pine Mountain Valley, GA||’57 Chevy||4.170||174.62|
|JE Pistons LSX Drag Radial||Mike Brown||Huber Heights, OH||’98 Trans Am||7.434||192.47|
|Mark Koehler||Liberty Township, OH||’00 Trans Am||8.998||156.08|
|ERL Performance All Motor||Greg Delaney||Covington, TN||’10 Camaro||8.484||161.96|
|Danny Niceley||Strawberry Plaines, TN||’00 Corvette||8.857||152.21|
|Holley EFI LSX Real Street||Adam Preston||Caneyville, KY||’00 Camaro||8.664||157.41|
|Ted Timmerman||Durham, NC||8.756||157.98|
|Proform LSX Index Rumble||Steven Hill||Cabot, AR||’98 S-10||12.513||107.87|
|Paul Smith||Alpharetta, GA||’98 Corvette||9.911||125.81|
|Nitto Tire Fifth-Gen Camaro||Josh Perryman||Hayden, AL||’10 Camaro||13.627||102.83|
|Ronnie Hackelton||Hazen, AR||’10 Camaro||10.572||129.44|
|FSC Magazine Bracket 1||Jesse Young||Danielsville, GA||’01 Dragster||4.764||140.39|
|Art Schafer||Buckhead, GA||’85 Blazer||6.846||99.25|
|FSC Magazine Bracket 2||Chad Brewer||Canton, GA||’67 Camaro||6.880||98.74|
|Matt Ward||Fair Play, SC||’69 Camaro||6.372||108.05|
|FSC Magazine Bracket 3||Rickey Morris||Ellenwood, GA||’06 TrailBlazer||9.993||57.46|
|Gary Toole||Taylors, SC||’95 Impala||10.870||63.64|
|Category||Name||Hometown||Car||Pass 1||Pass 2||Pass 3||Avg.|
|True Street||Jared Shepard||Austin, TX||’02 Camaro||9.225||10.289||9.903||9.806|
|Charlie Dale||Pendelton, SC||’79 Camaro||10.535||10.604||10.602||10.580|
|11-Second Winner & Runner-Up||Bruce Duncan||West Union, SC||’81 Camaro||11.160||11.270||11.277||11.236|
|Derek Hall||Athens, GA||’70 Camaro||11.980||11.648||11.504||11.711|
|12-Second Winner & Runner-Up||Bobby Green||Oak Ridge||’10 Camaro||12.005||11.985||12.198||12.063|
|Tom Calabrese||Victor, NY||’10 Camaro||11.993||12.107||12.114||12.071|
|13-Second Winner & Runner-Up||DeWayne Massengale||Petal, MS||’11 Corvette||13.042||13.173||12.820||13.012|
|Neal Miller||Buford, GA||’10 Camaro||12.526||13.754||12.784||13.021|
|14-Second Winner & Runner-Up||Chuck Stefanski||Brunswick, OH||’98 Firebird||14.327||13.792||14.196||14.104|
|Terry Barnett||Park Hills, MO||’11 Camaro||13.472||13.608||15.375||14.104|
|15-Second Winner||Dan Laney||Easley, SC||’97 S-10||14.76||15.000||15.642||15.116|