The baddest cars in the land were on the property this past weekend at South Georgia Motorsports Park for Duck X Productions’ No Mercy III event. Will Stevenson’s Camaro has been a force to reckon with in the Outlaw Drag Radial class for years, with a chassis setup from Dan Neumann at Dan Neumann Race Cars in Ocala, Florida that runs consistent and fast nearly every time down the strip.
As Stevenson had committed to run in the Outlaw Drag Radial category during the weekend’s race, he enlisted the help of friend and crewmember Kevin Smith of KSR Racing and Performance to wheel his ProCharged BBC 3rd-Gen Camaro in the Radial Versus The World class. Smith qualified 18th out of 32 cars with a 4.59 at over 165 MPH, and in the first round of competition, he faced off against Texan Rob Valden in a tough matchup. Check the videos…he has a nice smooth ride despite a loss to Valden’s huge 176 mph trap speed. After the finish line, though, is where things start to get hairy. A slight bobble becomes a full-blown butt-pucker, but Smith saws at the wheel and pops the chute to straighten the car back out. Great driving job, saving the car.
That’s because the extra data the team gained from qualifying the car in both classes allowed Stevenson to have a great handle on the car for the Outlaw Drag Radial class. Stevenson qualified at the top of the field in this very same Camaro with a 4.53 at 168 MPH hit, then ran through the field on Sunday before blasting to a personal-best 4.49 at 166 over Joel Greathouse in the semifinal. He was in contention for the win before blowing off the supercharger belt two seconds into the final-round run versus eventual ODR winner Scott Husted’s twin-turbo BBC Mustang.