Top Drag Week Competitors Win Big Using Holley EFI
Equipped with Holley EFI systems, several competitors won their class or finished in top positions during Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week, September 9-13, 2013. The biggest news of the event was Tom Bailey and his 1969 Camaro, who won the Unlimited Class by averaging 6.83 seconds @ 214 mph over the course of the week. Bailey’s 615 cubic inch big block Chevy is powered by twin-turbos and uses a Holley Dominator EFI system. “The fastest we ran was a 6.70 and 217 mph,” says Bailey. “We are the first car to ever run a six second pass on each of the five days, and also the first to ever have a six-second average.” Bailey and his team broke the old time and speed record of 6.94 @ 212 mph.
Other top performers that utilized Holley EFI systems, included; Tim Flanders and his ’86 Ford Mustang, who won the Super Street Big Block Naturally Aspirated category, averaging 9.81 @ 135.65 mph. Flanders’ Mustang is powered by a 454 cubic inch LS that’s operated by Holley’s HP EFI system, and fed with a Holley Dominator twin- fuel pump. In the Super Street Power Adder category, Shane McClelland and his LS powered ‘62 Chevy Nova II, used a Holley HP EFI system to take third place, averaging firstname.lastname@example.org mph.
The Street Race Small Block Power Adder category included several Holley EFI equipped competitors, including second place winner Chris Bisher. His ’82 S-10 is powered by a 5.3L twin-turbo, and a Holley HP EFI that allowed the truck to average 9.30 @ 154.81mph. Bisher edged out Holley EFI technical sales rep, Rick Anderson, in his supercharged and NOS powered ’79 Mustang, who took third place using a Holley HP EFI. Anderson averaged 9.48 @129.44 mph. Holley EFI engineer Doug Flynn finished just behind Anderson, running his ’72 Chevy Nova, equipped with a turbo charged 6.0L LS operated with a Holley Dominator EFI. Jeff Sias and his 1990 Ford Mustang won the Street Race Small Block Naturally Aspirated category. His 427 cubic inch small block Ford uses a Holley HP EFI system and averaged 10.09 @ 133.96 mph over the course of the event.
Sixteen year-old Alex Taylor didn’t qualify for the top 32, but her Holley Dominator EFI equipped ’68 Camaro averaged 12.09 @ 113.07 mph. While Taylor’s dad saw her off the first day of the competition, he wasn’t able to stay with her all week. Yet, with mom and siblings at her side, she managed to work and drive the vehicle; impressing everyone in attendance with her determination and fortitude.
“Drag Week is the ultimate test and brings out some of the baddest street driven cars on the planet," says Bill Tichenor, Holley’s Director of Marketing. "We’re excited to see our newest products like our EFI being utilized by top Drag Week competitors. But we also want to send out a congratulations to the many others on Drag Week we saw using our Holley carburetors and fuel systems, Hooker Headers, NOS, Weiand and Earl’s products to power their vehicles through a very tough event. We appreciate it when racers choose Holley components. We’re just a bunch of car guys making products to help other car guys (and gals) go fast. It makes us feel good to see our parts help people enjoy their cars and win races.” For more information on Holley Performance products, visit www.holley.com.
By Dan Sanchez, DS Media