LS Fest West 2022: Complete Coverage From Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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LS Fest West 2022: Complete Coverage From Las Vegas Motor Speedway

5 min read

With screaming jets overhead, the glittering lights of the Las Vegas strip to the south in view, and the whole of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway waiting, it must be that time...LS Fest West 2022 has kicked off! Holley is on the ground at LVMS for three days' worth of racing and action that makes LS Fest so special to so many. LS Fest West offers participants and fans to enjoy the broadest range of events at an LS Fest, including:

We will be sharing content from LS Fest West throughout the event and afterwards on MotorLife. To check out individual events, be sure to click on a link below.

Winners And Results

You can find the results from LS Fest West 2022 here - lap times, ETs, and class winners!

Drag Racing

There's a lot to be said about the LS engine but if they didn't churn out max power with minimal effort, they would have never garnered the cult following they have. Here at Holley LS Fest, 2022 the Las Vegas Motor Speedway drag strip is hot and it's put up or shut up in both lanes. Blowers, turbos, nitrous, and big cubic inches are all accounted for and racers are pushing their mills to the limit. Racing action will be happening all weekend so check back often for a collection of killer photos and race results.


The cones are out and a sea of LS-Swapped rides are warming their tires around the LS Fest West 2022 Autocross course. Autocross, puts all competitors through a highly technical, high-speed, hair-pin-loaded, hard-braking labyrinth that pushes traction, lateral grip, and driver skill to the razor’s edge. While some are dodging cones in the hunt for the coveted Autocross and Grand Champion awards, others are simply pushing to hone their skills behind the wheel and have a grand ol' time doing it. Follow along with all the autocross action below:

Track X

Fast speeds don't have to exist solely on the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Track X section allowed LS Fest West 2022 participants to take their vehicles onto a road course-style track that features a couple of autocross-style gates and a slalom course to keep things interesting. This allows for speed but doesn't push the car to the limits of handling. But don't think that it is a slow, technical course...triple-digit speeds are possible!


Holley LS Fest West 2022 wouldn't be the same without the high-stakes tire frying action of the drift course. Click-on for a full gallery of great sideways racing action and check back often for results from the remainder of the event.

Donut Pit

The racing action on the road course, the autocross course, and the drag strip are great at LS Fest West 2022, but let's be completely honest: there has always been a bit of a deviant side to hot rodding, from the earliest days to today. Accelerating is fun, don't get us wrong, but that delinquent side has to come out sooner or later, and that's where the Sac Speed Shop Donut Pit at LS Fest comes into play. Between the Cleetus and Cars Burnout Contest and the Up In Smoke Show, there was a distinct aroma hanging in the air...fried rubber. Check out the insane photo batch below where racers sent their tires to the moon, all in the name of putting one heckuva good show for cheering fans.

Dirt Destruction

The hallmark of LS Fest West, and the event that has separated it from LS Fest East in Kentucky, is the Dirt Destruction off-roading section. With desert racers, pre-runners, Baja builds and plenty of other dirt-biased builds ready to play, why not let them? Las Vegas Motor Speedway's half-mile oval dirt track is the perfect playground and features banked turns, jumps, rises and dips that will let drivers showcase what their builds are capable of handling. Did we say "sweet jumps" yet? Well, just in case...there are sweet jumps. Plenty of them!


The show-n-shine field at LS Fest West 2022 brings vehicles from the Southwest and beyond to the wide asphalt expanse of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With a frosting of snow on the mountains in the distance adding to the beauty of the Mojave Desert, owners polished up their prize rides for spectators to check out and for the judges to inspect. Compared to other action at LS Fest, the show-n-shine field might be relatively calm by comparison, but taking a breather and looking at some beautiful builds isn't such a bad thing, now is it?

Feature: Marcus Fry's Datsun 510

Marcus Fry’s wild 1970 Datsun 510 started turning heads at LS Fest a few years ago, and it’s only gotten more potent in the time since. “The engine that was previously in this car was there basically to prove the chassis,” he explains. “It was sort of placeholder for the stroker LS2 that I was building. That engine finally got finished a few months ago, and after my clutch disc failed, I thought it was time to swap that in. And I figured it would also be a good opportunity to, you know, rebuild the whole car!”

Feature: Sean Thomas' Porsche 914

Porsche aficionados tend to look at their vintage sports car as sacred cows that should be as closely preserved to their original form as possible, but Sean Thomas of Red Bluff isn’t your typical Porsche owner.

Feature: Dario Gaiga's 1977 Mini

“We first came to LS Fest back in 2018 and raced our drag car,” explains Dario Gaiga of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. “Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a big facility so we did a fair amount of walking around, and I joked that we should put an LS in a golf cart and drive around in that all day next time around.” You can probably tell where this is going.

Feature: Wayne Dick's 1962 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside

There’s never a shortage of eye-catching builds at Holley LS Fest West, but Wayne Dick’s bitchin’ LS3-swapped Corvair Rampside still manages to stand out in the crowd.

Feature: Vague Industries' 1980 Mitsubishi Minicab

Josh Mazerolle and Vague Industries brought their four-wheel steering, twin-turbocharged LS-swapped Mitsubishi Minicab kei truck. Never thought that we'd get the chance to write that sentence, that's for sure!

Feature: Zandara Kennedy

Zandara Kennedy, stuntwoman and drifter, is out at LS Fest West 2022 having a ball with her swapped Nissan 350Z. We caught up with her for an interview to see what brought her all the way from Vancouver, British Columbia to Las Vegas!

Feature: Eddie Rodriguez's Porsche 911 Carrera S

From the outside, Eddie Rodriguez’s 2006 Porsche 911 looks like a fairly typical hot-rodded 997-generation Carrera S. The car’s got some GT3 Cup-style fender flares and a Euro-spec factory body kit, but there’s nothing to hint that there’s anything outlandish is going on underneath the skin. Turn the key, though, and that story changes dramatically.

Twelve Fast Fords

While the Modular platform and Ford’s assortment of pushrod V8s are all worthwhile powerplants in their own right, even the Blue Oval guys have come to accept the fact that LS power tends to solve a lot of problems. The latest evidence is on full display at LS Fest West this year, with a number of Fox-body Mustangs, Rangers, F-Series pickups, and even a few Mercury Capris out here showcasing the virtues of GM’s modern small-block. Take a pass through the below gallery which showcases the best of the "Ford makes it, Chevy shakes it" ideology.

Feature: Chad Ryker's 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

“I’ve put 65,000 miles on this car since I bought it back in 2006,” Chad Ryker of Elk Grove, California, explains about his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. “It’s been driven from California to Texas, where I ran it at Circuit of the Americas, and to Colorado, where I ran it at Pikes Peak." Get a closer look at this road racing beauty here!


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