Brian Shrader Wins May Big Dog Shootout At Piedmont Dragway.
The Gene Fulton-built powerplant in the Robert Hayes-built and Brian Shrader-driven Corvette has been a fixture in Big Dog competition for several seasons now. With help from veteran Dan Ferguson, Shrader was on the way to a very productive evening.
Cam Clark has the H&H Camaro making some of the quickest runs in Clark’s young career. The powerplant, originally built by Pat Musi, was a 5.3 borespace engine and was taken to low 3.80s on every run.
Of course, Barry Mitchell had ‘Cuda Time running to perfection, and on this evening the younger Tutterow, Ty, was doing the tuning as Dad, Todd, was in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Not to be outdone was April winner Jason Harris in the SomeTime Racing Camaro, owned by Jack Gaddy and powered by a 5.3-inch borespace Gene Fulton powerplant.
In the week prior to the May event, much had happened outside the track, as Wes Buck and Mike Carpenter featured Harris in their popular live feed on Wednesday afternoon, where Buck did his usual excellent job of promoting, not only the Big Dog Shootout, but fast doorslammer racing and its overall importance to our sport. It was during this interview that Harris issued a challenge, backed up by $1,000 of his own money, to anyone that could come to a Big Dog event and defeat himself, Shrader, Clark, or Mitchell in the final. If no one took the challenge money, it would roll over to the next event, and so on.
This leads to qualifying in which Shrader ended up No. 1 with a 3.785, Clark at 3.83, Harris at 3.85 and Mitchell at 3.86. Next was Mike Graham at 3.865, followed by David Lambert, last month’s runner-up, Michael Dawkins, and Kevin Smith. With much anticipation, the first-round winners ended up being Mitchell, Shrader, Harris, and Clark. The result of qualifying was four nitrous cars, three blower, and one ProCharger. Pretty equal, don’t you think?
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