Persistence pays off
Things are definitely starting to click for the Cummins-powered ’66 Nova campaigned by Hardway Performance. While competing at Lights Out 9 (held at South Georgia Motorsports Park) this February, driver Daniel Pierce drove the bright green Nova to its quickest eighth-mile pass to date in the X275 class: a 4.55 at 163 mph. Throughout qualifying, the 3,600-pound, leaf-sprung door car ran neck-and-neck with some of the fastest radial tire cars in the nation. While the team would be knocked out in the second round, it’s now apparent that the car can run 4.60s consistently, if not 4.50s. Future plans for the Hardway crew include going rounds and dipping into the 4.40s.