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Bowties Battle at Crossville Dragway’s All-Chevy Shootout

Tommy Lee Byrd Oct 4, 2018
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Crossville Dragway has been around for 40 years, but it recently received a major facelift. A brand-new, all-concrete surface; new tower; new pits; and more offer a great experience, and track owners Rick Wetherbee and Michael Newcome have gone above and beyond to welcome racers and fans to the newly improved facility. Part of their approach is offering special events, such as an all-Chevy race this past weekend. The Crossville, Tennessee, track brought in Chevy-powered racers from all around to participate in Super Pro and No Box bracket racing, as well as an LS Shootout. While Camaro and Nova drag cars are the norm, we saw several S-10 trucks, rear-engine dragsters, and even some crossbreed combinations using non-Chevrolet bodies.

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The Super Pro division is the top level of bracket racing, and it allows delay boxes, trans brakes, and all types of drag cars. This class is often dominated by dragsters, as they are typically more consistent than door-slammers. This proved to be true, as two dragsters faced off in the Super Pro finals, with Mike Thacker coming out on top. The No Box class was originally designed for the entry-level racer, but it usually offers the tightest racing. At the end of the day it was Brian Hagler taking the win in his square-body S-10.

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The LS Shootout was open to any LS-powered vehicle, and the rules were simple: no slicks (drag radials only) and each car had to complete a 20-mile street cruise. It was a true heads-up race to find the quickest LS-powered vehicle on the property. A couple of the racers decided to throw some more money in the pot, and local shop Shadden Fabrication threw in another $100 on top of the winner-take-all purse. Despite several very quick LS-swapped Mustangs in the field, we’re proud to say that it was an actual Chevrolet that came out on top. Bradley Hamlet took the win with his fourth-gen Camaro, which sports a single-turbocharger combination. He outgunned John Gray’s rat rod pickup truck in the finals, running a 5.23 e.t. to John’s 5.39. And with that final round pass, the inaugural all-Chevy race at Crossville Dragway came to a close.

We’re hoping the track crew continues to offer these specialty races, especially ones for the Chevrolet crowd. For now, let’s take a look at the highlights from the day’s action. CHP

Photos by Tommy Lee Byrd


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