Paul Major Sole Racer and Winner in the Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout Race 2
by Edgar Perez
04/21/07 - Englishtown, NJ - The was light in attendance to qualify for The Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout but as five drivers attempted to qualify for this heads-up index class where you must run 9.99 or quicker to get in to play with the big dogs but cannot go under 8.50. Under 8.50 is what Paul Major did in his first qualifying attempt which had to be thrown out. He clicked off an 8.023 @ 182.06 in the Sliver Z06 sorting the huge 106 mm turbo. This left the field open for anyone to take the top spot but none of the other four drivers would manage to get their Corvettes into the nines. David Shen, 1965 Corvette with the all natural 383 small block Chevy that has been in nines, sans mufflers which have to be on for this class, came the closest with a 10.286 @ 129.87. He was followed by Michael Conway in he nitrous breathing C5 Corvette, which has also dipped in the nines, with a 10.527 @ 135.50. I was next at 10.584 @ 128.65 in the Vette Doctors 402 cid all natural LS2 motor in the '99 Corvette. Mark Shaw was in next with the nitrous burning 511 cid 1970 Corvette. It was not in the cars for the Shaw's Corvette as could only get it to run 11.013 @ 94.65. The reason was a suspected damaged spool. Five cars an after one round of qualifying NO Corvette were in the field. To say that I took some heat for the current-year rule changes to hold back performance to 8.50 while requiring a minimum ET to get into the field would be a severe understatement. No one is perfect but the fact of the matter is past performance is a strong indicator of the direction of the class but we may have to reevaluate this one.
For the second round of qualifying Major got his Corvette into the field with an 8.678 @ 129.21 slowing the car to ensure getting in the required ET range for the class. Shaw's C4 could not make it back for the second qualifier and Conway stepped in removed himself from his car and gave it to Shaw to attempt to qualify knowing he would have to withdraw if Shaw made he field. Shaw was able to lay down a quicker ET in the car with a 10.440 @ 133.61, it still would not be quick enough for the class. Mark was extremely grateful for Mike making the huge sportsman gesture for the sake of the show and it is greatly appreciated. Shen came a lot closer to getting in when he improved to a 10.079 but still not enough to get in. I was not able to get into the field either.
It was hard to fight back the feeling that the one and only round for the Vette Doctors Pro 8 Shootout would be anti climatic but we all knew it would as Major would play it safe on the single to take the strip and the win and not disqualify himself for running under. He took a hard launch but laid off at the eight mile and crossed the traps at 10.592 @ 86.16.
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