With the Holley LS Fest in Bowling Green, Kentucky, getting ready to mark it’s eighth annual event this upcoming September, the folks at Holley couldn’t help but hear pleads from LS enthusiasts on the west coast asking Holley to put on the same LS-based event in their back yard.
Well, after a good amount of planning and quite a bit of logistical voodoo, Holley loaded up their trucks and headed out west to host the Holly LS Fest West held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway the weekend of May 5-7 2017.
So here we are: the LS Fest West has all the features of the original LS Fest including drag racing, road course, dyno challenge, drift challenge, autocross, 3S challenge, and show-n-shine, with additional attractions including a burnout contest, poker run, off-road challenge, and the Desert Launch which features some high-flying trucks and buggies airing it out for the fans on the dirt course.
One thing that is also a constant within the Holley LS Fest is the Chevy High Performance High Noon-Shootout where the eight quickest autocrossers from the Friday morning session earn their way into this special event within an event. Up for grabs is a $500 gift certificate good for any Holley product and a cool plaque that entitles the winner endless bragging rights.
This year’s quickest eight from the Friday morning autocross session included David, Carroll, Efrain Diaz, Mike DuSold, Brian Hobaugh, Duke Langley, Jordan Priestly, Eric Sheely, and Rich Willhoff, with lap times ranging from 31.371 to 32.805 seconds. Talk about close!
The Chevy High Performance High Noon Shootout works like this: Each of the quickest eight competitors get three (the whole group goes through the autocross three consecutive times) autocross laps and the person with the lowest combined time of all three laps is the winner. Sounds simple enough, but when the competition is this tight, mistakes can be made and cones are at risk of being slaughtered. Some will take the conservative approach, while others will be going all out for the victory risking a 2-second penalty for hitting a cone. Good times!
No doubt, this was one of the most exciting of all the CHPHNS’s we’ve done, and after the tire smoke had subsided and brakes cooled, it was Mike DuSold in his 1967 Chevy Camaro coming out on top with a combined three-lap time of 95.298. Duke Langley was a close second with a 96.433 in his C5 Corvette, and Rich Willhoff, in his C6 Corvette came in the Third spot with a 96.602.
The rest of the pack looked like this:
Brian Hobaugh- 97.106
David Carroll - 98.116
Efrain Diaz - 98.495
Jordan Priestly - 99.602
Eric Sheely - 100.263
Congratulations to all those who made the Chevy High Performance Top Eight in the Chevy High Performance High-Noon Shootout.