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A Look at the Drift Cars Doing Battle inside LS Fest

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Holley’s LS Fest is a celebration of the amazing GM LS engine platform. During the weekend, you can experience road racing, drag racing, hard parking, autocross, and drifting at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky. The one thing you must have to participate is a Chevrolet V8. One of my favorite cars of the weekend was this four door BMW owned by Steve Topping. Inside his BMW engine bay he crammed a 5.3L iron block with a frankenstein of various LS parts and a Paxton Novi 2000 blower. His team was tuning the car during Friday night practice and then drove the thing to a second place finish.

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Only one drift car found at Beech Bend over the weekend actually came factory installed with a GM LS engine. It was Shane Whalley in this Pontiac GTO that ripped all weekend. Shane actually builds his own custom suspension parts for the Pontiac GTO to help guys worldwide drift these cars. You can find his own custom knuckles and other parts if you really want to go down the path of  drifting a Pontiac.
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2014 LS Fest at Beech Bend Raceway [GALLERY]

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LS Fest is one of the most fun events you can find in America today. A full weekend of drifting and any other fun car stuff you can do at one racetrack in Kentucky…. as long as you have an LS engine under the hood. Here is my gallery capturing photos from the weekend which saw some pretty solid tandem battles all weekend and one great competition won by Nate Hamilton.

 

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=432

Holley LS Fest Was This Awesome [VIDEO]

Didn’t come to LS Fest this year? Well Subject Media did a great job putting together a video to put on display the awesome event that you guys missed out on. I have a recap coming out this week to dig into the fun  LS engine only party that happens every fall in Kentucky.

2014 Formula D Pro 2 Championship – After Round 3 Texas [STANDINGS]

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Despite earning 4th place by way of a lower qualifying position behind James Evans, Geoff Stoneback maintains his lead in the first ever Formula D Pro 2 championship. Fellow Sikky Manufacturing driver Dan Savage sits in second place, with Evans closely behind in 4th place. Jeremy Lowe’s Rotary-powered FC RX7 is the highest ranking non-V8 powered car in third place overall, with Nate Hamilton rounding out the top 5.

Here’s how the standings shape up after 3 of 4 rounds, with 7 drivers still having a statistical shot at the championship.

1. Geoff Stoneback          228.5 Points
2. Dan Savage                 196.5 Points
3. Jeremy Lowe               192 Points
4. James Evans               173.5 Points
5. Nate Hamilton            169 Points
6. Matt Coffman             145.5 Points
7. Jeff Jones                    138.5 Points
8. Will Parsons               122.5 Points
9. Carl Rydquist             109 Points
10. Brandon Wicknick   103 Points
11. Andy Hately               87.5 Points
12. Jeff Wolfson              86 Points
12. Tony Cisneros           86 Points
14. Eric Hill                      74.5 Points
15. Juha Rintanen           73 Points
16. Dennis Mertzanis     71.5 Points
17. Ron Ewerth                70 Points
18. Brad Heyl                   52.5 Points
19. Dave Briggs                 51 Points
20. Rob Primozich          38 points
21. Victor Moore              35 Points
21.  Doug VanDenBrink   35 Points
21. Ryan Litteral              35 Points
21. Mike Phillips              35 Points
21. Mike Pollard               35 Points
21. Hiro Sumida              35 Points

2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 Texas Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Pro 2 qualifying Round 3 at Texas Motor Speedway wrapped up and it was quite insane! The last couple spots were a tight squeeze into the Top 16 main event while Matt Coffman put down an insane run to rank first. Here is how they finished:

1. Matt Coffman -89
2. Eric Hill -74
3. Jeff Jones -72
4. Rapper Dan Savage -72
5. James Evans -69
6. Geoff Stoneback -68
7. Juha Rintanen -68
8. Nate Hamilton -67
9. Will Parsons -65
10. Brandon Wicknick -65
11. Dennis Mertzanis -62
12. Ron Ewerth – 62
13. Jeremy Lowe -58
14. Carl Ryqduist -57
15. Tony Cisneros -57
16. Ryan Litteral -55
17. Tyler Wolfson -54
18. Rob Primozich -52
19. Jeff Wolfson -51
20. Mike Pollard -51
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2014 LS Fest is Around the Corner [DRIVERS LIST]

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After attending Holley’s LS Fest last year I would consider it the most fun you can have in Kentucky. I did a write up on my trip last year “My Trip to LS Fest” which you can read here. The event welcomes and features various cars running LS engines to compete in autocross, drag racing, but most importantly drifting! Our newest issue of Wrecked Magazine is all about Chevy V8 power as well! Here is who has signed up to drive so far:

1. Nick Thomas, LS S14 Nashville, Tennessee
2. Shane Whalley, GTO, Michigan
3. Steve Topping- BMW, Chesterfield, Missouri
4. Nate Hamilton S14, Texas
5. Barry Clapp S14, Nashville, TN
6. Rolando Alfaro, S14 , Kansas City, KS
7. Devin Callahan Nissan,
8. Chris Gonzalez, RHD LS S14, Manitoba, Canada
9. Bryan Broberg, LS S14, Knoxville, TN
10. Jonathan Hurst- Nissan 350Z Marshall County, TN
11. Jonothan Nerren S14, North Carolina
12. DJ Thornton, S14, Tupelo Mississippi,
13. Josh McGuire, S14, Texas
14. Devin Callahan 1984 Nissan 200SX, Newburgh, IN
15. Dirk Stratton LS S13, Beloit, OH
16. Rapper Dan Savage S14.5, Washington DC

The Nate Hamilton and Carl Rydquist Crash at Seattle [VIDEO]

So someone actually captured this Pro 2 Formula Drift practice incident on video. Nate Hamilton spun and stalled out on course and for whatever reason was unable to get his car fired back up in any quick fashion. During that time the next pair of drivers were sent and Carl Rydquist just drove straight into Nate Hamilton. Clearly with some better flaggers or some more solid communication to the start line the wreck could of been avoided. You can see one flagger trying to get the attention of the drivers by running towards them with a yellow flag. Even though the mistake was made by course workers could the wreck of been easily avoided in the first place? Tons of questions to be asked on this one which effected both cars going into Pro 2 qualifying. A tough break for both drivers regardless of what happened. Who do you think was mostly at fault here?

2014 Formula Drift Round 5 Qualifying at Evergreen Speedway [RESULTS]

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Qualifying has wrapped up at Evergreen Drift today with a new top qualifier for the season. Darren McNamara took top spot with a new look in his S14. Falken has figured something out this season apparently. Daigo Saito failed to even get a score finishing with a 0 and going home another weekend. Here is how they qualified and Top 32 match ups.

1. Darren McNamara
2. Robbie Nishida
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Chris Forsberg
5. Ryan Tuerck
6. Fredric Aasbo
7. Justin Pawlak
8. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
9. Chelsea DeNofa
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Jhonnattan Castro
12. Tyler McQuarrie
13. Pat Goodin
14. Forrest Wang
15. Charles Ng
16. Daijiro Yoshihara
17. Geoff Stoneback
18. Dean Kearney
19. Michael Essa
20. Matt Field
21. Ken Gushi
22. Kyle Mohan
23. Ryan Kado
24. Joon Maeng
25. Kenneth Moen
26. Karl Osaki
27. Nate Hamilton
28. Mike Pollard
29. Matt Coffman
30. Carl Rydquist
31. Taka Aono
32. Tony Angelo

Left Bracket-
Darren McNamara vs. Tony Angelo
Daijiro Yoshihara vs. Geoff Stoneback
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Kenneth Moen
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Joon Maeng
Chris Forsberg vs. Matt Coffman
Pat Goodin vs. Matt Field
Ryan Tuerck vs. Mike Pollard
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Ken Gushi

Right Bracket-
Robbie Nishida vs. Taka Aono
Charles Ng vs. Dean Kearney
Justin Pawlak vs. Karl Osaki
Conrad Grunewald vs. Ryan Kado
Odi Bakchis vs. Carl Ryqduist
Forrest Wang vs. Michael Essa
Fredric Aasbo vs. Nate Hamilton
Jhonnattan Castro vs. Kyle Mohan

2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 2 at Evergreen Speedway Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Qualifying was tough with a bunch of drivers grouped in the 55-68 qualifying scores. Here is how Pro 2 finished up yesterday. Scores can be found on our Twitter account /wreckedmagazine. Here is how they finished up and today’s pairings.

1. Jeremy Lowe
2. Rapper Dan Savage
3. James Evans
4. Geoff Stoneback
5. Jeff Jones
6. Juha Rintanen
7. Andy Hateley
8. Dennis Mertzanis
9. Jeff Wolfson
10. Mike Pollard
11. Matt Coffman
12. Victor Moore
13. Will Parsons
14. Eric Hill
15. Mike Phillips
16. Hiro Sumida

(Left Bracket)
1. Jeremy Lowe
16. Hiro Sumida

8. Dennis Mertzanis
9. Jeff Wolfson

4. Geoff Stoneback
13. Will Parsons

5. Jeff Jones
12. Victor Moore

(Right Bracket)
2. Rapper Dan Savage
15. Mike Phillips

7. Andy Hateley
10. Mike Pollard

3. James Evans
14. Eric Hill

6. Juha Rintanen
11. Matt Coffman

Takata Racing Harnesses Shows off Formula Drift Team [VIDEO]

The team at Takata Harness put together a highlight reel video of their team in action at Formula Drift New Jersey. Tons of Formula Drift teams have turned to the product over the last couple seasons in Formula Drift as safety concerns have grown. We even put the classic green Takata Harness setup in our Project V8240sx back in the day!