3.54: Stevie Fast Resets Radial vs The World National Record

Drag radial racing superstar Steve Jackson stormed to a new Radial versus The World elapsed time record during qualifying at the season-opening U.S. Street Nationals at the Bradenton Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Evans, Georgia native, driving his familiar Shadow 2.0 screw-supercharged Camaro, powered to a stunning 3.546-second, 213.33 mph lap in Saturday’s fourth session of qualifying, positioning himself atop the 22-car field, just ahead of teammate Marcus Birt’s 3.568 for his nitrous-assisted, Jackson-tuned Corvette.

After dialing back to a 3.60 to open eliminations and slowing to a 3.94 on a round-two single, Jackson and tuners Billy Stocklin and Phil Shuler pounced yet again, charging to a 3.548 at 213.91 mph to oust a strong-running Melanie Salemi, who clocked a career-best 3.574 in the other lane. A 3.587 in the semifinals was enough to move Jackson past Kevin Rivenbark and into the finale with Birt — there, a 3.561 at 213.10 mph, paired with a .005 reaction time, was more than enough to earn a lucrative victory to begin the 2020 campaign.

Jackson’s record-breaking 3.546 came compliments of a .917 short time and a 2.389 to 330-feet. And, impressively, the feat came not in the prime, below sea-level condition sessions that were presented to racers throughout the weekend, but in the mid-day hours with a nevertheless stellar 750-feet of density altitude.

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Andrew Wolf

Andrew has been involved in motorsports from a very young age. Over the years, he has photographed several major auto racing events, sports, news journalism, portraiture, and everything in between. After working with the Power Automedia staff for some time on a freelance basis, Andrew joined the team in 2010.
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