On Wednesday evening, after he finished the day as the third quickest driver of the opening Radial vs. The world qualifying at the Lights Out 11 drag radial event, Stevie “Fast” Jackson warned the competition Friday was the day he was going to lay it all out.
Let the record reflect, running nearly .06 quicker than his closest competition represents “laying it all out” in Jackson’s fastpaced world.
Jackson, at the end of a day marred by oildowns, delays and cold weather, blistered the Radial vs. The World field with a 3.552 second elapsed time, at a whopping 215.31 miles per hour to secure the top spot headed into the $50,000-to-win eliminations.
Because of incoming inclement weather forecast to bring four consecutive rain starting Sunday, race promoter Donald “Duck” Long moved final eliminations up to Saturday.
Jackson had a sense of urgency in Friday’s lone session.
“I told y’all I was coming here to qualify number one, set the record and win the race,” Jackson said. “We got one of them done; two left to go.”
Jackson’s celebration of Friday’s run was short-lived; however, as he quickly took notice of the emergency crews rolling with lights on and sirens blaring.
“We went up there to drop the bomb, go out there and absolutely haul ass with the Shadow, and the next car behind me, I’m getting out of the car, taking my fire stuff off, jumping up and down, and I see the ambulance going down the track the other way,” Jackson recalled.
Then his heart sunk as he noticed emergency crews were rolling for his unofficial teammate, Marcus Birt, a nitrous car he tunes. Birt pulled a wheelstand in his Corvette, which went airborne and came crashing down to the racing surface.
“No matter who is racing, that’s never a good feeling,” Jackson admitted. “All the celebration quits. Knowing that it was my nitrous car is even scarier. I went up and hugged Marcus. The cliche thing to say is that we don’t care about the cars, but I really don’t care about the cars. I want to make sure he’s all right. He’s good. He’s been to the gym this morning. We’ll get the car fixed.”
Jackson is ready to add another Duck X Productions trophy to his mantle. He is the most recent winner having scored the No Mercy 10 title back in October.
“We got us a rocket ship,” Jackson said. “This is screw blower weather. The air was negative 400 feet when we ran last night. Track is on kill, Wade is doing an awesome job with the race track. We had a pile of rain come in here on Thursday and had the track yesterday where we could run nearly world record speeds. So Saturday, the track should be better, the air is better, and you’re going to see some awesome racing today.”