David Reese and his screw-blown 2019 Camaro climbed their way to the top of Radials vs. the World qualifying for Sweet 16 Ver. 3.0 at South Georgia Motorsports Park, capping five sessions with a track ET record 3.531 at an also class-leading 211.33 mph. Reese steadily improved from a 3.68 that had him fourth after round three and 3.58 in round four that boosted him to second behind then leader Marcus Birt at 3.575 seconds and 205.75 mph.
Birt sat out the late-night fifth round with his nitrous-breathing C7 Corvette, but dropped only to second, with J.R. Gray third at 5.93 and 205.22 mph in a second Reese-built 2020 Camaro. Melanie Salemi was fourth at day’s end with a 3.597 at 208.42 in her screw-blown ’16 Camaro, and rookie driver Luis de Leon placed his nitrous-fed ’69 Camaro fifth with a 3.614-seconds blast at 200.74 mph.
After 23 cars made qualifying attempts, fan favorites “Stevie Fast” Jackson, Rick Thornton and Jamie Hancock rounded out the provisional top half of the 16-car field with another day of qualifying to go on Sunday (Oct. 11), before eliminations begin Monday.
A late-night rain interrupted round five of Pro 275 qualifying for Sweet 16 and closed the track on Saturday, but not before a record for the quickest field in class history was established many times over.
With four completed rounds in the books, Ron Green and his screw-blown Camaro led the way with a solid 3.817 at 202.67 mph set in round three, but at the opposite end of the qualifying list sat Bob Adel with his turbocharged Mustang at a record-setting bump spot of 3.949 seconds at 196.16 mph.
The record actually was set as soon as all qualified cars were in the threes, and it took all the way down to Travis Esselman in 22nd before the first four-second pass appeared on the list of 40 class entries.
After four X275 qualifying rounds were in the books for Sweet 16, Yardley Potter had driven his big-block, nitrous-boosted Mustang to the top of a packed 41-car X275 entry list with a 4.263 pass at 166.95 mph.
With more qualifying to come on Sunday followed by elimination rounds on Monday, Manny Buginga was close behind at 4.281 seconds, with a 4.285 pass by Justin Curry rounding out the top three.
Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the provisional 16-car qualified field, Dom Didonato ensured the quickest X-field in history with a 4.387 at 167.63 in his turbocharged ‘Stang.
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