LS Fest X is officially in the books and after 10 years of mayhem, we’re excited to say that this has been our biggest event ever! With over 35,000 attendees, 1,714 participants and 107 businesses in our vendor row, no other car celebration has taken place at Beech Bend Raceway with this much fan-fare. We’re bringing you the run-down on all of the classes and events that took place, read on for class specific information.
**For Drag Racing Event Results Click HERE**
Optima Battery Grand Champion Competition Results:
Grand Champion Modern Class Winner: Jack Stanford 2007 Chevrolet Corvette
Grand Champion Vintage Class Winner: Mike DuSold 1967 Chevrolet Corvette
Grand Champion Truck Class Winner: Jason Brady 1970 Chevrolet Blazer
Click here for the FULL Grand Champion Class results!
The above file contains information on all three classes including a few “Exhibition” drivers whose vehicles did not meet the requirements of any particular class but still wished to participate.
BAER Brakes | Super Chevy 3S Challenge Results:
The 3S Challenge was a tight field this year with the Top 5 vehicles running a combined time of under 22 seconds through both sides of the course!
3S Challenge 1st Place: Eric Fleming 2006 Chevrolet Corvette
3S Challenge 2nd Place: Mike DuSold 1967 Chevrolet Corvette
3S Challenge 3rd Place : Jack Stanford 2007 Chevrolet Corvette
3S Results for those not in GC Competition can be found HERE. (GC Competitor Results are Linked above.)
QA1 Suspension | Lateral-G.net Auto-X Competition:
This year visitors were given the opportunity to participate in the Auto-X competition without entering the Grand Champion event(s), over 70 drivers stepped up the challenge!
Auto-X Challenge 1st Place: Eric Fleming 2006 Chevrolet Corvette
Auto-X Challenge 2nd Place: Matt Vespa 2003 Chevrolet Corvette
Auto-X Challenge 3rd Place: Jack Stanford | 2007 Chevrolet Corvette
FULL Results including times for non-GC Competitors can be found HERE.
Grand Champion Drag Challenge:
The drag segment of this year’s Grand Champion event featured some wickedly fast passes from our competitors, with a few knocking on the 9 second barrier! Our quickest pass came from competitor Randall Farless in his 1996 LS2 powered 240SX, laying down a 10.04 @ 142.10 mph to just edge out Mike Dusold’s 10.061 @ 154.37 mph in his 1967 Chevy Camaro.
GC Drag Challenge 1st Place: Randall Farless 1996 Nissan 240SX
GC Drag Challenge 2nd Place: Mike Dusold 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
GC Drag Challenge 3rd Place: Craig Staley 2016 Chevrolet Corvette
RESULTS FOR GRAND CHAMPION DRAG CHALLENGE
Forgeline | Grassroots Motorsports Magazine Road Course Challenge:
This year competitors were sorted into classes based off of skill level/experience and awards were given out to the fastest drivers as well as a few notable vehicles participating.
Novice Class: Matt Hornbuckle 2004 Chevrolet Corvette 01:36:069
Intermediate: Trevor Bonner 2017 Chevrolet Corvette 01:30:870
Advanced: George Johnson 2015 Chevrolet Corvette 01:29:161
Best Engineered: Joel Spitsnaugle 2013 Scion FRS
Most Improved: Karl Grohn 1994 Mazda RX7
Editor’s Choice: Curtis Baldwin 1996 Mazda Miata
Lap-Times Recorded can be found HERE.
HP Tuners | Bangshift.com Dyno Challenge:
The Dyno Challenge returned for 2019 and vehicles registered for any event were eligible to participate. Split into Power-Adder and Non-Power Adder classes, we had quite a few cars throw down near four-digit power on the rollers!
Vette Magazine Fastest Corvette Challenge:
This year we had individual awards in each competition for the fast corvette, Drag Racing, Auto-X, 3S and Dyno Challenges were all represented.
Fastest Corvette – Drag Race – Jerod Cocanougher 181.81 mph
Fastest Corvette – Auto-X – Eric Fleming 2006 Chevrolet Corvette 24.003 on Course 1
Fastest Corvette – 3S Challenge – Eric Fleming 21.293 Combined Time (Both L/R Courses)
Highest HP Corvette – Dyno Challenge – Benjamin Brotherton 2009 Chevrolet Corvette 501 RWHP
PSI Conversions | LS1Tech Show-N-Shine Results:
The car show section was stacked this year with an incredible field ranging from daily drivers to one-off customs, Awards were given for multiple classes including Classic, Late Model, Best Engine and more!
Lucas Oil | S3 Magazine Drift Challenge:
The Lucas Oil Drift Challenge returned for 2019 with a tandem run competition based on three criteria: line, angle, and overall style. The wild door-to-door sideways action was a crowd favorite as drivers slid their machines around Beech Bend’s 3/8 mile oval!
Drift Challenge 1st Place: Taylor Hull Cadillac ATS
Drift Challenge 2nd Place: Blake Van Thof BMW E36
Drift Challenge 3rd Place: Hooman Rahimi Nissan 350Z
HOONIGAN | The Tuning School Burnout Challenge:
Saturday Night’s Aussie style burnout competition had spectators roaring as drivers were given free rein of the center of Beech Bend’s oval to put on the ultimate smokeshow!
Ashton Adams clung to the rev-limiter while sliding his full-size crew cab truck around the burnout pad and fans erupted with cheer as he surprised everyone with an American Flag themed inflatable erupting from his bed in the middle of the spectacle. Tim Grillot in his blown Ford Fairmont dubbed ‘FairMONSTER’ also put on a show and refused to let off the loud-pedal until both rear tires gave out. The crowd decision was very close but Holley officials gave the loaded LS Fest themed BOXO tool box to Ashton and recommended that Tim pick up a set of tires!
BOXO USA | Car Craft Magazine Bolt-On Challenge:
This year fans could sign up to assemble an LS engine live during the event and to keep the format simple each participant was required to install the oil pan, intake manifold, headers and accessory drive on an existing long-block. Jason Deinlein was our quickest competitor assembling the engine in 14 minutes and 52 seconds and for his efforts he won a customized BOXO USA tool chest filled with their 200+ piece Master Tool Set!
1st: Jason Deinlein – 45″ BOXO Tool Chest + Master Tool Set
2nd: David Barnett – 26″ BOXO Tool Chest + Master Tool Set
3rd: Gerald Campbell – Hand Carry Tool Box + 185 Piece SAE/Metric Hand Tool Set
We want to thank everyone for coming out to LS Fest X, this has been one of our largest events to date and we look forward to another 10 Years of Mayhem in the future!