Chevy-powered cars were out in force in northern Ohio for what has developed into one of the most impressive independently run events on North America’s drag racing annual calendar.
The 14th Annual Shakedown at the Summit hosted at Summit Motorsports Park (Norwalk, Ohio) continued its industry reputation for coagulating top echelon “door-slammers.” For the 2016 event, competitors in eight different class categories (both quarter-mile and eighth-mile) chased a record purse in excess of $150,000.
The 2016 Shakedown, which was partially impacted by weather at mid-course, ultimately did finish with a loud roar and produced some very impressive wins for Chevrolet racers.
Event highlights included a Canadian-based Outlaw 10.5 team, which continued some class-leading propensity. For the second Shakedown in a row, the nitrous-injected 1968 Camaro race car operation owned by Toronto’s Mike Pereirra stood tall again. Featuring bantering co-drivers Jerry Mitrovic and Phil Sliskovic, they prevailed in the Precision Turbo and Engine-presented class. Driver Mitrovic won this event title last year, while Sliskovic won this year’s race.
After qualifying Number One (4.058 e.t.), Sliskovic advanced to the final round after taking round wins over two very formidable Corvette racers: John Carinci and Mo Hall. Then, in the final eighth-mile dash to the championship, Sliskovic really showed his performance hand by unloading both low elapsed time and top speed for the breed with a more than convincing 3.972 at 190.73 mph. That prevailed over Mike Decker’s Baltimore, Maryland-based Camaro, which ran a losing 4.060 at 188.33.
The event’s highly touted G-Force Race Cars/Resolution Racing Services Money Shot was also included within the schedule. That unique offering guaranteed that the driver of the quickest car (who elected to take part in the program during qualifying) would receive $5,000. That winner was 2015 Hot Rod Drag Week winner Tom Bailey, who turned in a time of 6.017 e.t at 237.71 mph in his marvel street & strip 1969 Camaro.
Competition in the remainder of the event’s “all door-slammer” class categories was also ferocious.
The very popular Outlaw Limited Street class (presented by Speedwire Systems) was won by Missouri’s Mark Micke, who piloted Jason Carter’s spectacular turbocharged 1978 Malibu. After qualifying Number One with a numbing 3.999 e.t. (the only car in the 3’s) he was able to follow up with a race victory.
In the Holbrook Racing Engines-presented Top Sportsman division final round, it was two high-end regional class players meeting for the title in a battle of 1968 Chevy Camaros. Transmission-building guru Marco Abruzzi topped fellow Ohio native Glenn Butcher for that championship. Abruzzi’s trip to the winner’s circle was assured at the hit when Butcher turned on the red light.
The ferociously attended and highly competitive Trick Flow Specialties Open Comp class (a 72-car field) also featured an all-Chevrolet final round with Chris Cadle (from Michigan) rolling his 1989 S10 to the win over Canadian Dan Pepper’s 1967 Camaro.
Check out our huge event gallery from the 14th Annual Shakedown at the Summit.