Race Coverage: No Mercy VI From South Georgia Motorsports Park

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We are into the final day here at No Mercy VI and still in round one eliminations this morning. Stay tuned to Dragzine for the latest news and action from SGMP thanks to our supporting sponsor Comp Cams.

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As we mentioned last night Eddie Harrison was paired up with Frank Meshaw and took the win but lost a transmission in the process oiling the track and ending the night. We stopped by his pit to fine the car builder and tuner Randy Blackmon and the crew fitting a new trans for an ultra bell along with a new aftermarket case to replace the shattered stock TH 400 case. The crew still has some fabrication to do after quitting around 4 AM to wait for Home Depot to open this morning.

Ft. Meyers, Florida racer Brian Keep went on a weight reduction plan with his S-10 over the past month dropping 300 pounds from the pickupallowing him to make weight and put weight were he needed it. Also on board is a new Billet Valve body and TH 400 three speed transmission from ATF which has improved his reaction times. He qualified sixth Competitive Edge Race Engines, Nitrous Outlet powered machine with a 4.98 at 139 but was put out first round after striking the tires against Mike "Shake n Bake Wacaser.

Ft. Meyers, Florida racer Brian Keep went on a weight reduction plan with his S-10 over the past month dropping 300 pounds from the pickup allowing him to make weight and put weight were he needed it. Also on board is a new Billet Valve body and TH 400 three speed transmission from ATF which has improved his reaction times. He qualified sixth Competitive Edge Race Engines, Nitrous Outlet powered machine with a 4.98 at 139 but was put out first round after striking the tires against Mike “Shake n Bake Wacaser.

Tyler Coots proposed to his now fiance Brooke Conner on the line this year Friday night in what has now become a sort of tradition here at Duck X Productions events. Congrats y'all!

Tyler Coots proposed to his now fiance Brooke Conner on the line this year Friday night in what has now become a sort of tradition here at Duck X Productions events. Congrats y’all!

The Killin Time Racing Crew cutting heads and takin names with a 3.90 at 192 MPH. From left to right, Jack, Jeff, Ben and Stevie. Jackson was the only car to run in the 4.0s in the final qualifying session, his team mate Sitton left easy but got into a wheel stand on his run and aborted the pass.

The Killin Time Racing Crew cutting heads and takin names with a 3.90 at 192 MPH. From left to right, Jack, Jeff, Ben and Stevie. Jackson was the only car to run in the 4.0s in the final qualifying session, his team mate Sitton left easy but got into a wheel stand on his run and aborted the pass.

The track staff has been hard at work this weekend keeping the track in good condition scraping the line often between classes or when ever rubber gets built up too much on the line and cleaning various oil downs.

The track staff has been hard at work this weekend keeping the track in good condition scraping the line often between classes or when ever rubber gets built up too much on the line and cleaning various oil downs.

Round One Results

Dean Marinis put up a nice 4.62 on a broke single in X275 to advance to round two where he will face Brian Black in his 1998 LSX powered Firebird. Marinis will have lane choice over Black's 4.69.

Dean Marinis put up a nice 4.62 on a broke single in X275 to advance to round two where he will face Brian Black in his 1998 LSX powered Firebird. Marinis will have lane choice over Black’s 4.69.

Haskel Mackowski has struggled this weekend and faced off with Chad Branson with both cars losing traction right off the line. Branson was able to get back in the power sooner scoring a win with a 5.85 to Mackowski's 5.96 at 132 in a close pedal fest.

Haskel Mackowski has struggled this weekend and faced off with Chad Branson with both cars losing traction right off the line. Branson was able to get back in the power sooner scoring a win with a 5.85 to Mackowski’s 5.96 at 132 in a close pedal fest.

T.J. Gatlin climbed the ring gear in his turbocharged Nova in a match with Eric Stubbs and did a great job setting it down looking for that win but it would go to Stubbs with a 4.66.

Number eleven qualifier Tony Ridenour met with Rick Wetherbee in Holley/Stainless Works Outlaw Drag Radial taking the win with a straight 4.36 putting the Ridenour Rocket into round two where is is scheduled to meet Brandon Fulger.

Number eleven qualifier Tony Ridenour met with Rick Wetherbee in Holley/Stainless Works Outlaw Drag Radial taking the win with a straight 4.36 putting the Ridenour Rocket into round two where is is scheduled to meet Brandon Fulger.

Jason Borum had an opponent broke by this round running a 5..06

Jason Borum had an opponent broke by this round running a 5..06 with his 2004 Saleen, one of the cleanest cars here this weekend. He will need to step up to have a shot against Chris Tuten in round two.

We completed round two of PTC Radial vs the World and Induction Solutions/Ultimate Converter Concepts Ultimate Street before a light rain put us in a holding pattern. RVW was off the chain with multiple 4.0 passes and very close racing.

Eddie Harrison, Randy Blackmon and the crew had their work cut out for them after destroying a transmission last night with repairs but he made the call and will advance to round two on a single runnign a 4.23 at 186 MPH.

Jamie Hancock and Ziff Hudson were the next pair in RVW in a classic nitrous vs turbo battle and Hudson was on point running a 4.05 at 184 which I believe is a personal best for the team. It's wasn't enough for Hancock's 4.01 at 185 MPH pass which moves him onto round three.

Jamie Hancock and Ziff Hudson were the next pair in RVW in a classic nitrous vs turbo battle and Hudson was on point running a 4.05 at 184 which I believe is a personal best for the team. It’s wasn’t enough for Hancock’s 4.01 at 185 MPH pass which moves him onto round three.

Kyle Huttel and Daniel Pharris were next out giving the fans an exciting match with both cars running a 4.05 with just 40 thousandths difference at the stripe With Huttel moving on and Pharris backing up his 204 MPH record officially.

Kyle Huttel and Daniel Pharris were next out giving the fans an exciting match with both cars running a 4.05 with just 40 thousandths difference at the stripe With Huttel moving on and Pharris backing up his 204 MPH record officially.

Taylor Lastor had the flames lit up in his match with the Wooo! man Keith Berry putting up a 4.02 to Berry's 4.08 and scoring another win for team nitrous.

Taylor Lastor had the flames lit up in his match with the Wooo! man Keith Berry putting up a 4.02 to Berry’s 4.08 and scoring another win for team nitrous.

Number One Qualifier Jeff Sitton would pair with number 17 Seven Fereday in what would turn out to be a giant upset. Sitton left too soon lighting the dreaded red bulb on his way to a 3.96 at 192 as Fereday rode the back tires past the 330 mark and onto round three to face off with Taylor Lastor's nitrous huffing Mustang.

Steve Jackson faced off with Jason Machilak scoring a 3.99 at 186 for his first three second run in RVW.

Steve Jackson faced off with Jason Michalak scoring a 3.99 at 186 for his first three second run in RVW.

Shawn Pevlor and Eugene Rodriguez paired up in Ultimate Street in a close match. Pevlor took the win with a 4.99 to Rodriguez' 5.05.

Shawn Pevlor and Eugene Rodriguez paired up in Ultimate Street in a close match. Pevlor took the win with a 4.99 to Rodriguez’ 5.05.

Tommy Kirk from Mac Fab organized a raffle fundraiser for Lyle Barnett at the Micky Thompson trailer. Many racers and fans donated money and bought in the raffle with a total now reportedly over $10,000.

We stopped by Marty Stinett's pits to have a chat. He is running in Outlaw Drag Radial this weekend with his Garrett turbo force fed Mustang. He has been changing converters to get things “just right” and has been low 4.30's so far but looking for .20's. Sponsors include PTC, Garrett Turbos, Southern Speed Racing, Jeff Burns Racing Engines, Proformance Racing Transmissions, VP Racing Fuels, and Tweakin' Performance.

We stopped by Marty Stinett’s pits to have a chat. He is running in Outlaw Drag Radial this weekend with his Garrett turbo force fed Mustang. He has been changing converters to get things “just right” and has been low 4.30’s so far but looking for .20’s. Sponsors include PTC, Garrett Turbos, Southern Speed Racing, Jeff Burns Racing Engines, Proformance Racing Transmissions, VP Racing Fuels, and Tweakin’ Performance.

We dropped by number eleven qualifier in Nitrous X Tricky Ricky Shelby who drives this 1991 GT Mustang. for Lance Howard. The team is based out of Pace, Florida with power from Big Mac Racing engines in Panama City Beach, Florida. The car was built in house with suspension and assorted parts from Racecraft, rear shocks from Menscer Motorsports a PTC trans and converter. A single stage nitrous kit from Induction Solutions sits under a Pro Systems Carb. I'd like to thank Lance Howard for the opportunity to drive his car, my family and friends here, Jason Spinks, RD and his son Josh and God for blessing me with this opportunity.

Well folks we are sad to announce No Mercy VI has been called for inclement weather. It’s been raining lightly for a couple of hours and more coming up from the Gulf of Mexico so we are unable to finish the event.

 

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Rob Cossack

Rob has had an interest in photography since he was young, but didn't get started until 2007, when he started shooting at the local tracks. After that, he started doing local video coverage of heads-up events and began working with Power Automedia shortly after.
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