With the success of the inaugural Holley LS Fest West in 2017, the performance gurus at Holley Performance loaded up their rigs and once again headed out to Las Vegas with their unique brand of automotive mayhem. The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is home of the event that features the baddest LS-powered rides in the country. Although, participants come from all over the country, a heavy concentration of LS enthusiasts are here from the western states to annihilate some rubber, and for those competing in the Off-Road Challenge, well, they’re the ones stirring up dust clouds and spitting rocks.
The LS Fest West has all the features of the original LS Fest held in Bowling Green, Kentucky, including drag racing, road course, dyno challenge, drift challenge, autocross, 3S challenge, show-n-shine, and the burnout contest, which is appropriately named the Cinco De Mayo Tire De Fry ’O (it actually happens on May 4, but the spirit is still there), with additional attractions including a 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.
Those familiar with the event know that the Chevy High Performance High-Noon Shootout takes place on Friday at, you guessed it, noon. This is where the quickest eight autocrossers from the Friday morning session earn their way to compete in this special event within the event.
Up for grabs is a $500 gift certificate good for any Holley product and a cool plaque that entitles the winner to bragging rights for a year, or however long the winner chooses to boast.
The Chevy High Performance High-Noon Shootout works like this: Each of the quickest eight competitors get three (all eight contestants through the autocross three consecutive times one after the other) 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!
This year’s quickest eight from the Friday morning autocross session were Jordan Priestley, Eric Sheely, Rich Willhoff, Carrie Willhoff, Robby Unser, Jake Rozelle, Wes Drelleshak, and Glen Barnhouse. It was a Corvette-heavy group with two Camaros and one LS-powered Porsche.
As is usually the case, the Shootout features the tightest competition and this year was no exception. Once the tire smoke cleared and the brakes cooled it was Rich Willhoff in his C6 Corvette coming out on top with a combined three-lap time of 99.988 seconds. Jordan Priestley was a close Second with a 100.995 in his C7 Corvette, and Robby Unser, in his second-gen Camaro came in the Third spot with a 101.863. Just off the podium, by one thousandth of a second, in Fourth was Carrie Willhoff with a 101.864.
The rest of the pack looked like this:
Jake Rozelle- 104.730
Wes Drelleshak – 104.736
Eric Sheely – 107.372
Glen Barnhouse – DNF
Congratulations to all those who made the Chevy High Performance Top Eight in the Chevy High Performance High-Noon Shootout at the Holley LS Fest West 2.
Photos: Taylor Kempkes, Nick Licata