Every year, Chevy High Performance gives the autocross competitors at the Holley LS Fest a little extra incentive to mash the pedal and burn some excess rubber by sponsoring the High Noon Shootout on Friday. Typically, we take the top eight quickest cars from the morning autocross session at the Beech Bend Raceway course. New for this year, Holley introduced a Vintage Class (pre-1989) designed let the older LS-powered rides flex some muscle amongst cars of similar age. So the idea was to take the top eight Vintage cars for a head-to-head competition, but due to a slight glitch in calculating times, we announced the top eight competitors from the morning session before all the cars had made their second runs. One of the last competitors to run made the cut by sneaking into the seventh spot ... it figures. So instead of kicking the guy who just got bumped from the eighth spot out of the competition, we decided to let all nine cars compete in the Shootout.
The Shootout works like this: Each competitor that made the cut gets three runs. Those three runs are then added together and the driver with the lowest elapsed time of all three laps is the winner.
Besides bragging rights, the winner gets a $500 gift certificate from Holley and a super-cool plaque from Chevy High Performance.
The 2018 Holley LS Fest East top nine competitors were: Mike Dusold, Robby Unser (two cars), Brian Finch, Darren Dternes, Chris (Smitty) Smith, Allan Schoonmaker, JB Granger, and Brian Johnson. This is a winner-take-all competition so there is not much celebrating for second on down.
Due to an early morning rain shower, a puddle formed on one of the corners making for an interesting aspect to the course. Some drivers chose to go around the water to keep their tires dry, while others challenged the water to keep the line. After the tire smoke had cleared, it was Mike Dusold taking the Shootout win in his familiar 1967 Camaro. He’s been known to dominate the LS Fest autocross courses and is a previous Chevy High Performance High-Noon Shootout winner (2016), so he’ll have one more plaque to display in his shop.
Although the $500 gift certificate from Holley is certainly appreciated by the competitors, Dusold has bragging rights for one more year. CHP
|2018 Holley LS Fest East Chevy High Performance High Noon Shootout Results|
|Position||Driver||Car||Time (in sec.)|
|First||Mike Dusold||1967 Camaro||106.207|
|Second||Robby Unser||1970 Camaro||110.47|
|Third||Robby Unser||1965 Nova||111.493|
|Fourth||Brian Finch||1971 Camaro||111.518|
|Fifth||Darren Dternes||1973 Camaro||111.726|
|Sixth||Chris Smith||1971 Camaro||112|
|Seventh||Allan Schoonmaker||1964 Chevelle||113.184|
|Eighth||Brian Johnson||1987 Camaro||114.17|
|Ninth||JB Granger||1966 Corvair||114.574|
Photos by Nick Licata