Every year, Chevy High Performance gives the autocross competitors at the Holley LS Fest a little extra incentive to start their weekend hard on the throttle by sponsoring the High Noon Shootout on Friday. This year we took the eight quickest cars from the Beech Bend Raceway morning autocross session and put them up against each other at noon to find out which competitor can put together the quickest three laps. We then add those lap times together and the one with the lowest combined time is deemed the winner of a $500 gift certificate from Holley and also a nice plaque from Chevy High Performance for bragging rights.
The 2017 Holley LS Fest top eight competitors were: Ryan Mathews, Mike DuSold, Rich Wilhoff, Sam Strano, Tyler Powell, Gary Walsh, Larry Woo, and Danny Popp. This is a winner-take-all competition so Second and Third place finishers need not celebrate.
After the clutch dust had cleared, it was Danny Popp taking the Shootout win in his blue C5 Corvette. He’s always a dominant force at the LS Fest and there are plenty of other competitors looking to change his winning ways, but that will have to wait until next year.
Last year’s Holley LS Fest Grand Champion Mike DuSold had issues with an O2 sensor and wasn’t able to answer the 12:00 p.m. call for the Shootout so he was forced to take a disappointing Eighth Place finish. “One of the main reasons I came out to Bowling Green this year was to work on beating Popp,” remarked DuSold. “Now that will have to wait until next year, or at the very least until the LS Fest West in Las Vegas if Danny shows up.”
Although the $500 gift certificate from Holley is certainly appreciated by the competitors, the tone here is that bragging rights may be just as important.
|2017 Chevy High Performance High Noon Shootout Results|
|First||Danny Popp||C5 Corvette||94.31|
|Second||Rich Wilhoff||C6 Corvette||94.632|
|Third||Sam Strano||C6 Corvette||95.13|
|Fourth||Tyler Powell||C2 Corvette||96.49|
|Fifth||Gary Walsh||C5 Corvette||96.883|
|Sixth||Ryan Mathews||C3 Corvette||97.547|
|Seventh||Larry Woo||1968 Camaro||100.670 (Two-cone penalty)|
|Eighth||Mike DuSold||1967 Camaro||DNF|
Photos: Nick Licata