Shakedown At The Summit 2018 Same Day Coverage From Norwalk

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The sun is out, the lanes are full, and there is racing on the track here at the Shakedown At The Summit. The weather is going to be hot again today and all of the teams are getting a game plan ready for the conditions.

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NMRA Street Outlaw star Charlie Cooper bolted up a set of 315 Micky Thompson drag radials to his Mustang to run the Heavy Street class. So far it has paid off since Cooper earned the top qualifier spot coming into Sunday’s eliminations. Cooper told us the gear ratio isn’t optimal but it’s working and they are ready to go some rounds today.

 

John Cipolla currently occupies the number three spot on the ladder for X275 and is ready to roll into eliminations. "This weekend has had both good and bad but we're happy overall. We were number one for a while and have only spun once this entire weekend. The goal for today is just to make it down each pass and take what the track will give us."

 

Ultra Street class record holder Mike Thompson has been riding a wave of success in his nitrous-fed Camaro recently and was able to secure the top spot at the Shakedown. "The name of the game all weekend has really been power management. I've been working on making sure I pull just enough to get the car down the track while still running fast. Today conditions will still be hot so it's going to be tricky to keep things were we want power wise and avoid spinning."

 

With track temperatures reaching the 135-degree mark all the radial tire racers had their hands full trying to make a clean pass. X275 number one qualifier JD Campbell was nearly a victim of the hot surface during the first round when he spun at the hit but was able to recover and pick up the win.

During the final qualifying round of the $10K Drag Shootout things got pretty explosive on the track. The Dream Team was able to steal the number one qualifying spot from Team Stinky Pinky with an 8.66 pass, while Team Boddie experienced a massive nitrous backfire that shredded their hood scoop.

The first round of Pro Modified was just brutal across the board between a massive oil down, huge upsets, and Carl Stevens Jr.’s wild ride. Stevens was on a great pass but as his Camaro came out of a half-track wheel stand the car made a move to the left, took out the timing blocks, then shot right and hit the wall. To add insult to injury the car ended up in the sand trap as well but thankfully Stevens wasn’t hurt.

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Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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