Flinch
6th Place Street Class

Last year, Alena Oberg, our only female competitor, nearly stole the First Place spot with her supercharged AWD Grand Cherokee SRT8. This year, the SRT8 was in the shop getting even more mods installed, but the Oberg family had another trick up their sleeve. For 2012, Alena's husband, Greg, brought out his '04 Silverado SS AWD equipped with a large displacement LS, a supercharger, and nitrous kit. That trifecta of speed made the other competitors scratch their heads a little as the Chevy was sure to be a serious contender. Other high-dollar items included eight-piston Brembo brakes, Belltech 2/3 lowering kit, and high-performance Nitto tires. The recipe had all of the ingredients, but Greg's SS couldn't finish the first competition. Really getting acclimated to the handling of his truck around the cones, Greg's times started dropping into the competitive range when he heard a loud clunk and then saw coolant spilling onto the track. His 10-rib serpentine tensioner broke, sending the belt and other metal shrapnel flying around inside the engine compartment. His day came to an untimely end, and his murdered-out Silverado was carted away on the back of a flatbed. Don't think for a second this is the last we've heard from the Obergs, as both husband and wife made a commitment to finally settle a Mopar versus Chevy family feud in next year's THROWDOWN.

At a Glance:
Greg Oberg • 2004 Chevrolet Silverado SS

Engine: LQ9 V-8 stroked to 408 ci, Magnacharger TVS 2300 with ATI 10-rib pulley making 14 psi of boost, ported and polished 317 heads, coated PaceSetter headers, ZEX nitrous kit (was not used)
Transmission: Fully built 4L65 automatic
Rearend: 10-bolt GM with 4.10 Positraction
RWHP: 630
Suspension: Belltech 3/4-inch drop kit (springs, street shocks, drop shackles and hangers)
Brakes: Brembo eight-piston with 15-inch rotors in front
Wheels/Tires: Factory 20x8½-inch SS wheels with 275/55R20 NT-420S Nitto tires
Weight: 5,200 lbs
Pros: 4WD grip, stealthy looks, and plenty of punch from the stroked and supercharged LQ9
Cons: The blower's fragile tensioner quickly put this SS out of commission
Slalom Time: 8.24
¼-Mile Time: DNF
Stop Box Time: DNF
Road Course Time: DNF