Stevie “Fast” Jackson, the reigning NHRA Pro Modified champion, proved that when it comes to Radial vs. The World competition, at least at Wooostock 2020, he didn’t need to practice to be perfect.
Jackson drove his way to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position at the first major Drag Radial event since the pandemic halted live events.
Jackson stopped the timers at Darlington Dragway in 3.568 seconds at 212.87 miles per hour. Keven Rivenbark slid into the second spot with a 3.590, 205.67.
“Me and Billy kind of decided to not test,” Jackson explained. “We thought we were kind of where we needed to be. He asked me before we rolled up how fast I wanted to go. And I told him I wanted to start from the .54 that we ran in the final at Valdosta and kind of back up a little bit to be safe and send it. It ran exactly what we thought we would run. Just kind of set that thing up to where we can haul ass tonight.”
For the record, hauling ass in Jackson-speak doesn’t necessarily mean there is a 3.4-second pass to be had tonight.
“I don’t know that we’ll have enough air to do that with a supercharged car here during qualifying, but it’s always on the very tip of my tongue,” Jackson admitted. “If for some reason it gets cool enough, and I think the racetrack is there, I’m going to swing at it. I promise you. And I will swing at it every single time I can swing at it until I hit it there.”
Over in the X275 division, Dom DiDonato drove his Mustang to the top spot with a 4.302, 169.88, edging out Charles Hull, who was second with a 4.321.
John Strickland was tops in the Xtreme Pro Modified division, pushing the Galot Motorsports Camaro to a 3.680, 201.79. the nitrous entry of Chris Rini was second with a 3.709.
Qualifying will resume this morning, wrapping up this evening. Final eliminations are scheduled for Saturday.