Round two of the NMCA Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series rolled through beautiful Norwalk, Ohio this past weekend and racers, crewmembers, and fans alike came out in force to watch the coolest heads-up LSX cars in the country race side-by-side all weekend long. Six exciting classes represented the diversity of the Chevrolet Performance LS platform, with everything from real deal factory stock True Street cars to 4-second LSX Drag Radial cars coming out to strut their stuff on the racetrack.
Track conditions were fantastic throughout the weekend thanks to a tremendous effort from both the NMCA and the Summit Motorsports Park track staff. Each and every racer in the lanes appreciated the attention to detail, the focus on the starting line prep, and the quick turnaround times. That and the ice cream, but you’ll have to come to the track in person to find out about that incredible deal.
In LSX Drag Radial, the fastest LSX Challenge Series class, racing was tight throughout the event, with all five entrants averaging over 164 miles an hour in 1/8th mile in just under 4.7 seconds. That’s fast! As it were, the number 1 and 2 qualifiers, Ohio oys teammates Mike Brown and Mark Koehler, would find themselves paired together in the final round of eliminations, where Mike Brown would take the LSX Drag Radial win with a 4.470 at 176.40 mph over Mark’s 4.977 at 173.78-second pass.
In LSX Real Street, competitor Kevin Rounsavall finally broke the elusive 8-second barrier with his incredible 440 cubic-inch LSX ’99 Camaro, running a 7.995-second 1/4 mile at over 172.6 miles an hour in the final round. This is not only a personal best for the combination, but a new class record in LSX Real Street, and the first time any LSX Real Street competitor has posted a 7-second E.T. in RS trim. And let it be known that this was no fluke, as Kevin ran 8.005 in round 1, 8.019 in round 2, and 8.038 in the semi-final rounds. Simply incredible for a single power adder equipped LSX combination on a small drag radial tire!
LSX All Motor, a class where engine building and innovation is put to the test, also saw some incredibly fast passes, as Judson Massingill, Robert Strong, and Don Baskin battled it out for the win. Judson Massingill, owner of the School of Automotive Machinists (SAM) had his students working overtime on this field trip, as they dialed in the clutch tune-up for the excellent Norwalk track. Qualifying in the number one spot with an 8.160-second pass at 169 miles an hour, the SAM Racing team showed what a naturally aspirated LSX combination is capable of, and that speed would carry them into the winner’s circle on Sunday afternoon.
The Fifth-Generation Camaro class was 8 cars strong in Norwalk, with two COPO Camaro’s entered into competition. Well, actually, one COPO Camaro owned by the SAM Racing team and one incredible tribute COPO replica built by Jesse Pierce-Wilson and driven by his wife, Jenna Pierce Wilson. Jenna drove on a 10.00-second dial-in during the Fifth-Gen Camaro race and clicked off a 10.072 in round 1, a 10.114 in round 2, and a very lucky 13.313 in the finals over a red light by the 408 cubic-inch powered ’10 Camaro driven by Andrew Cowherd, which was also on a 10-second index.
Overall, the LSX Challenge Series event was an excellent show, with a crowded Manufactures Midway, a strong field of competitive cars, and an excellent track surface all weekend long. If you’re a fan of LSX racing, make sure you check out the photo gallery below and then make sure to mark your calendar for the LSX Shootout, which takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana October 9th through the 12th, 2014. See you there!