Win­ners, Losers, Car­nage: Drag Week 2018

Win­ners, Losers, and Car­nage From HOT ROD Drag Week 2018 HOT ROD Drag Week 2018, Pow­ered by Dodge and Brought to You by Gear Ven­dors Over­drive

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We were lost, but some­how, Tom Bai­ley wasn’t. We had fol­lowed our map off the grid in the dark and ham­mer­ing rain and suf­fered the spin­ning ar­row of an also-lost GPS. Just be­fore we called for help, we passed Tom Bai­ley and en­gineb­uilder/co-pi­lot Steve Mor­ris, stopped in a Dol­lar Gen­eral park­ing lot with wet card­board cov­er­ing the en­gine com­part­ment of his 6-sec­ond Ca­maro. Not only was Bai­ley not lost, he was on his way to win­ning his third HOT ROD Drag Week™ in the fastest class.

Mother Na­ture threw us a curve­ball in this, the 14th year of Drag Week™. As Hur­ri­cane Florence lum­bered to­ward the Flor­ida coast­line, we ducked and weaved around the bands of heavy rain that pre­ceded it. Our route, planned nearly a year ago, was con­cen­trated in the South­east: At­lanta Drag­way was the first and last track, with stops in Dar­ling­ton, Char­lotte, and Bris­tol in be­tween.

The for­mat is the same as it’s al­ways been: race at one track in the morn­ing and drive to the next track along a pre­de­ter­mined route with check­points on the way to en­sure no one short­ened the drive. The av­er­age dis­tance be­tween each track was about 200 miles, mak­ing the drive as much of a de­ter­min­ing fac­tor to the out­come of the event than track times, if not more. Tra­di­tion­ally, the drive be­tween the tracks causes more at­tri­tion on Drag Week™ than does break­age on the dragstrip. The ap­proach­ing hur­ri­cane only ramped up the drama that much more this year, as there was some spec­u­la­tion early in the week that the event may have to be cut short be­cause of the weather.

In the end, though, we skirted the worst of the storms and suc­cess­fully com­pleted the event with min­i­mal in­ter­fer­ence from the weather. Out of the 400 cars that had orig­i­nally reg­is­tered for Drag Week™, 373 cars started in At­lanta and 288 made it to the end. Truly an in­ter­na­tional event, we had com­peti­tors from Aus­tralia, Canada, Swe­den, Den­mark, Es­to­nia, and a car­a­van of guys from the UK.

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