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Six classes. Four races. One series dedicated to the Chevrolet Performance LS/LT platform. We could only be talking about one thing - the annual NMCA Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series (CPCS). The Challenge Series, presented by Chevrolet Performnace, was recently opened up to any make/model as long as it’s powered by an LS/LT engine. This weekend kicks off the 2017 CPCS in Bowling Green, Kentucky as part of the NMCA Bluegrass Nationals - one of the largest gatherings of LS-powered machines in the U.S.

The NMCA Bluegrass Nationals features heads-up Xtreme Pro Mods, Radial Wars, Factory Super Cars, Street Outlaws, Nostalgia Super Stockers and much more as the season heats up at Beech Bend Raceway. The Bluegrass Nationals also features a large manufacturers midway, burnout contest, Muscle Car & Hot Rod Car Show Saturday and Sunday, and special race classes including the Dave Duell Nostalgia Super Stock Classic and the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series. Drag Radial, Real Street, Street King and Rumble will join the ranks of the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals championship categories.

Heads-up LS classes include Drag Radial, Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, and Real Street, all of which are wheels-up. Chevrolet Performance Stock is a sealed engine class to keep competition even and budget friendly. The class is powered by Chevrolet Performance’ DR525 crate engine that pumps out a manufacturer rated 525 horsepower and 494 lb.-ft. of torque. Learn more about this race-ready LS built for the strip in the video below.

Street King is an index class for faster 8.0 to 11.0 second GM race cars. The event also includes two classes for mild to wild street-type vehicles, Rumble and True Street. The Rumble class allows LS racers to pick their index, matching their street machine up against some of the fastest cars in the country. All racers competing in Rumble and Street King may also compete for free in the True Street class on Saturday. Travel through the countryside then bring your muscle car, truck or SUV back to the track for a three-run showdown to determine who has the baddest True Street car in the world!

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It’s never been easier to get out on track. If you’ve been watching from the sideline getting an itch to get out there yourself, we completely understand. We talked with Street King competitor and runner-up to last year’s championship, Shawn Calabrese, about how easy it was for him to get started racing. He started out driving his daily driver to the track, raced the entire weekend, then drove home on Sunday. Read our entire story with him - click right here. Check out our dedicated site for CPCS where we’ll have the latest standings, bragging rights, news and more from the 2017 season right here. Stay tuned for a full race recap from the weekend early next week.

2017 Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series will run at four select events:

May 18-21, 2017

16th Annual NMCA Bluegrass Nationals

Beech Bend Raceway Park – Bowling Green, KY

August 24-27, 2017

16th Annual NMCA All-American Nationals

Summit Motorsports Park – Norwalk, Ohio

September 8-10, 2017

9th Annual Holley LS Fest

Beech Bend Raceway Park – Bowling Green, KY

September 21-24, 2017

16th Annual NMCA World Street Finals featuring the LSX Shootout

Lucas Oil Raceway – Indianapolis, Indiana

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