11th Place

We all love to ogle high-dollar purpose-built race machines, but there's something equally appealing about a no-frills "run what you brung" approach. Twenty-year-old professional window tinter Jody Russell is the embodiment of this mentality, since he wasn't planning to participate in our THROWDOWN when he showed up to LS Fest. However, after we met him at the show with his friends Chris Applegate and Kyle Feebeck, he agreed to give it a shot. His daily driven '01 Sierra performed well, and we were pleasantly surprised to see Jody taking on the veterans despite his limited track experience. In fact, the black and yellow truck took Fifth Place in the slalom, beating out several experienced competitors. Most importantly, Jody had a blast and has officially initiated by the thrill of speed. We hope to see him again next year.

2001 GMC Sierra

Owner and City/State:
Jody Russell Boaz, Kentucky

Type: 4.8L Vortec (LR4)
Heads: Stock
Cam: Stock
Induction: Custom cold-air intake with Airaid filter
Exhaust: CalSpeed 1-inch headers, DynoMAX 3-inch exhaust
Cooling: Stock
Fuel System: Stock
Ignition: MSD plug wires
Engine Management: Factory ECM tuned by Blackbear
Output: 230 whp (est)
Built by: Jody Russell

Transmission: 2006 GTO T-56 manual
Rearend: Stock 10-bolt with TrueTrac locker and 4.56 gears

Front suspension: McGaughys 4/6 kit with 2-inch drop spindles and 2-inch lowering springs
Rear suspension: McGaughys flip kit, bridge notch
Brakes: Stock disc

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Factory Replica 22x9
Tires: Venezia 265/35R22

QUARTER-MILE TIME: 15.49 @ 90.91 mph
SPEED STOP TIME: 11.35 sec
SLALOM TIME: 7.77 sec
SHOW & SHINE:No points earned

Special Thanks:
My friends for encouraging me to build a badass daily driver.