In addition to planning the race and working on customer cars, Adam Browne stepped up his own combination with a healthy injection of Boss parts before the event. He had hoped to best his 10.99 low e.t., and did so with his 10.94 qualifier. That put him in the third qualified spot and lined him up against Nelson Whitlock in Round 1. Nelson's car leapt out but fell on its face, and Adam walked to an easy win with an 11.80. Unfortunately for Joe Marini, his car suffered a transmission failure and gave Adam the win. It made for an awkward awards presentation at the end of the day, but Adam certainly deserved an award for putting on a great event.
Engine And Drivetrain
Suspension And Chassis
You never quite know what to expect when the Evolution Performance crew hits the track. They aren't afraid to change up a combination on a moment's notice, and that was certainly the case for the shop's Factory Stock '11 Mustang, which we last saw in NMRA-legal form at Bradenton. For the shootout, the Evo crew decided to put the car on a diet and add some freer-flowing induction in the form of a Boss intake and a JLT cold-air intake. The resulting 10.88 would have put them atop a Factory Stock ladder, but it landed driver Nelson Whitlock in the Number 2 qualified spot. Though he looked to have at least a second on Adam Browne, an electronic gremlin showed up at the starting line, short-circuiting Nelson's run as it began.
Known online for its 500-plus-rwhp dyno exploits, Joe Marini's GT proved just as impressive on the track. His ride looked like the car to beat after laying down the top qualifying pass with a 10.87. This set the stage for what should have been anyone's race in the finals versus Nelson Whitlock. Of course, that's why they run the races--they don't always work out the way the schedule says they should. For Joe, a busted transmission took his ride out of contention.