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Holley EFI-Equipped Drivers Star At Lights Out 8

By: Todd Veney | Images by Mike Galimi and Brian Hogan02/28/2017 < Back to Blog Home
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Holley-equipped racers dominated Lights Out 8, the unofficial World Series of heads-up/small-tire racing at South Georgia Motorsports Park that seems to grow exponentially each year. Racing before a packed house, Lyle Barnett (pictured above) toyed with the Leaf Spring field, wheeling Jason Digby’s hugely popular Pete Harrell-tuned '69 Dart to a runaway win. Tony Alm ruled the Ultimate Street category with his Fox body Mustang, qualifying No. 2 and winning the final round on a holeshot over Rodney Ragen. And "Super Dave" Adkins' awesome twin-turbo '63 Impala, competing in the showcase Radial vs. the World division, became the quickest LSx car in the world with an historic 3.97. Barnett, seriously injured in a fiery crash last season, owned Leaf Spring, dominating the field from beginning to end. After qualifying No. 1 by a mile with a 4.24 at 181 mph – the quickest and fastest pass in class history, eclipsing his own two-week-old record of 4.27 – Barnett breezed through eliminations, crushing the field round after round and topping John McDonough in a lopsided final, 4.41 to 9.15. "It was hard not to try to go faster, but I've never worried about that on race day," said tuner Pete Harrell. "Setting records is great, but Job 1 is always to win the race." Harrell, who has only been working with Digby's team for a few months, uses a complete Holley Dominator EFI system and a coil-on-plug ignition. "We use the Holley system to turn all kinds of switches on and off as the car goes down the track," Harrell said. "We really haven't made that many passes to work the bugs out of the car because we haven't had to – there weren't any bugs to work out. At this race, we had the 60-foot times calmed way down because there wasn't any need to risk it. We were way faster than anything in the field."