2013 LSX Challenge Series - Bradenton Motorsports Park

The 2013 racing season kicks off as the LSX Challenge Series comes to Florida

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It’s that time of year again, when the sweet smell of race gas and VHT permeates the air. All motor and force inducted LSX engines create a symphony of mechanical art that dance in our ear drums to the delight of enthusiasts. From the 9,000-rpm screams to the whirling groans and muffled grunts of LSX race cars and street cars alike that leave the burnout box in a blaze of hair-raising authority. The first race of the year is usually a crapshoot for LSX Challengers, as the northern folks are faced with the dilemma of leaving well enough alone over the winter or bring an untested combo to the sunshine state. However, in some cases the first NMCA race will also debut new combos that weren’t finished in time to make last year’s series. On March 21 to 24, we saw these scenarios and more at Bradenton Motorsports Park, as the opening Chevrolet Performance race unfolded in dramatic fashion. When the sun set on Bradenton, Florida, winners were crowned, but many stories and friendships were made.

2013 LSX Bradenton 2002 Corvette Henitz 11/25

Jeff Heintz of Heintz Racing piloted this ’02 Corvette, which could easily be a contender in True Street. This blown LSX screamed down the track, running a best of 9.81 on its third pass.

2013 LSX Bradenton Derek Putnam 18/25

Derek Putnam made it an all-Firebird faceoff in the finals, who is no stranger to index racing or the LSX scene. The Gainesville, Florida, native took the win off a .062 light and ran 13.60 on a 13.50 dial-in. It’s rare that two index cars with the same dial-in faceoff in the finals, let alone two very similar cars with such skilled drivers.

2013 LSX Bradenton Greg Delaney 22/25

The SAM-sponsored All Motor class win went to the Baskin Truck Sales–sponsored ’10 Camaro, driven by Greg Delaney, which squeaked by with an 8.44 at 160 mph. This exciting finale was owed in part to the impressive BES 440, which had previously clocked an 8.37 at 160. The taller cowl hood was new for this season, hence the color, and we suspect they, too, will be hard at work before the Atlanta race.

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