6th Place – Hustlin’

Autocross: 48.85 sec
Quarter-Mile: 12.20 @ 113.68 mph
3S Challenge: 18.07 sec
Slalom: 7.52 sec

Another drag racer that drove down in search of the riches that LS Fest had to offer was Robert Long and his ’03 Silverado. Running slicks all weekend gave Robert the advantage in the quarter-mile but caused him to suffer in the rest of the events. Coming in Second in elapsed time and trap speed provided Robert an early lead, but a Ninth Place finish in both autocross and the 3S challenge placed Robert squarely in Sixth Place overall. A change of tires might have been the best bet for Robert and might be something to think about for next year.

2003 Chevy Silverado 1500
Owner and City/State: Robert Long • Franklin, Indiana
Type: 6.0L LQ4
Heads: Land Speed Development Stage 2 243cc
Cam: Texas Speed custom grind cam 229/230 duration, .586/.598 lift
Induction: Volant cold-air intake
Exhaust: Custom 3-inch with DynaMax Bullet mufflers
Fuel System: Nitrous Express 150 shot, Deatschwerks 44-pound injectors
Output: 460 hp (est)
Built by: Owner
Transmission: RPM Performance Stage 6 with 3600 torque converter
Rearend: Stock with Yukon Dura Grip and 4.56 gears
Front suspension: 4-inch drop DJM control arms, DJM sway bar
Rear suspension: DJM flip kit
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Crager Soft 8 (f) 17x7 (r) 17x10
Tires: Nitto NT-05R 275/40R17 and 315/35R17

5th Place – Old Dog

Autocross: 39.75 sec
Quarter-Mile: 13.42 @ 104.59 mph
3S Challenge: 15.50 sec
Slalom: 8.48 sec

The oldest truck in our competition belongs to Duke Roddy of Gonzales, Louisiana. This is Duke’s second year participating in the event, and he did much better this year, landing in Fifth Place from Tenth Place last year. An LS3 swap this year gave the ’65 a much-needed boost in power. As opposed to the last couple of competitors, this Bow Tie is built with handling in mind rather than straight-line speed, so better times were posted in the autocross and 3S challenge. With a set of sticky drag slicks and a regeared rearend, Duke might have done better in the drag portion.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Duke proved that wrong. His ’65 proved that you don’t need the newest truck to have some fun.

1965 Chevy C10
Owner and City/State: Duke Roddy • Gonzales, Louisiana
Type: 6.2L LS3
Cam: Mast Motorosports cam
Induction: Holley high-rise intake
Exhaust: Hooker shorty headers
Engine Management:
Output: 450 rwhp (est)
Transmission: Tremec T-56 six-speed
Rearend: 12-bolt with Posi and 3.73 gears
Front suspension: CPP spindles, Ride Tech ’bags, Ride Tech shocks
Rear suspension: Ride Tech ’bags, Ride Tech shocks
Brakes: 13-inch Wilwood discs, six-piston front and four-piston rear
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: American Racing Torq Thrust 18x8 and 18x11
Tires: Nitto NT-05 (f) 245/40ZR18 (r) 295/35ZR18

4th Place (T) – Corvette With a Bed

Autocross: 43.55 sec
Quarter-Mile: 12.96 @ 107.15 mph
3S Challenge: 15.37 sec
Slalom: 7.03 sec

Another first timer, Lance Piper, and his ’95 S-10 didn’t come to mess around. Lance brought his LS1–powered Chevy out. This thing pumps out over 325 hp, which got the little S-10 up to speed quick. With a lowered stance, traction bars, and wide, sticky Nittos, all that power was sure to make it to the ground. Lance scored high marks, including three podium appearances, in everything but quarter-mile elapsed time and trap speed. This was good enough to tie for Third Place and take home several prizes from his first THROWDOWN at LS Fest. All Lance needs is a little practice on a pro drag tree and he will be ready to race the big boys.

1995 Chevy S-10
Owner and City/State: Lance Piper • Dawsonville, Georgia
Type: 5.7L LS1
Heads: Factory
Cam: LsXperts custom grind
Induction: Factory LS1
Exhaust: Shorty headers
Fuel System: Walbro fuel pump
Engine Management: Current Performance harness, custom dyno tune by Charlie Hill at LSXperts
Output: 325 rwhp and 330 lb-ft of torque
Built by: LsXperts
Transmission: 4L60e
Rearend: 10-bolt with G80 locker
Front suspension: 3-inch Ground Force drop springs
Rear suspension: 3-inch drop leafs, 1-inch drop block, Slide-a-Link traction bars
Brakes: Factory
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 18x10-inch Corvette Z06 Speedlines
Tires: Nitto NT-05 (f) 275/40ZR18 and (r) 295/35ZR18

3rd Place (T) – Up and Comer

Autocross: 45.04 sec
Quarter-Mile: 12.30 @ 110.55 mph
3S Challenge: 16.62 sec
Slalom: 7.22 sec

Also tied for Third Place is Matt Feltner, from Falmouth, Kentucky. Matt and his ’99 Sierra were participants in the 2012 THROWDOWN at LS Fest and came in Ninth Place. Having a blast the whole time, Matt knew that he had to make it to the 2013 event. After making several changes to his truck, Matt wanted to settle the score and beat his Ninth Place finish from the previous year. This time around Matt didn’t win any single event, but he didn’t have to. Three podium finishes and three other strong finishes ensured Matt scored enough points to take him to the top of the pack overall.

1999 GMC Sierra
Owner and City/State: Matt Feltner • Falmouth, Kentucky
Type: 5.3L V-8
Cam: 220/224 duration, .534/.534 lift
Induction: Edelbrock Pro-Flo XT intake
Exhaust: Pacesetter headers
Cooling: Camaro electric fan
Fuel System: Nitrous Express 150 shot, 32-pound injectors
Engine Management: Custom tune by Bluecat Tuning
Output: 440 rwhp (est)
Built by: GLR Performance and Lucas Performance
Transmission: 4L80e with 3600 Vigilante torque converter
Rearend: 10-bolt with Eaton Posi and 4.56 gears
Front suspension: 4-inch drop
Rear suspension: Flip kit
Brakes: Stock
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x9 Mazzi Blade
Tires: Nitto NT-05 275/40R20

2nd Place – First Time Charm

Autocross: 40.30 sec
Quarter-Mile: 12.88 @ 113.43 mph
3S Challenge: 15.12 sec
Slalom: 7.18 sec

Brad Smith’s Sonoma was built for events like this, but that doesn’t mean it’s a trailer queen. Brad drove his truck over 500 miles one-way from Wisconsin to make the event. He also beat the snot out of it at the event. Brad pushed his way to a Second Place finish in the slalom and 3S challenge, and a Third Place slot in both the autocross and trap speed. These brought Brad in with a Silver finish, which is impressive for his first trip to LS Fest. We are sure that Brad will be back next year with a faster, more nimble truck with his eyes on Gold.

Passengers were allowed to ride along with competitors as long as they had a helmet. Brad used this to his advantage and let his buddy give him pointers throughout the weekend.

1997 GMC Sonoma
Owner and City/State: Brad Smith • Hartland, Wisconsin
Type: 5.7L LS1
Heads: PRC Stage 2.5 truck heads
Cam: TSP 224R
Induction: Edelbrock Pro-Flo XT intake, FAST 90mm throttle body
Exhaust: Stainless Works long-tube headers, 3-inch Magnaflow muffler
Cooling: Flex-a-Lite dual fans
Fuel System: Walbro 225 fuel pump, LS7 injectors
Ignition: Stock LS2
Engine Management: 4th Gen Camaro ECM with custom tune
Output: 423 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque
Built by: Brad Smith
Transmission: Tremec T-56
Rearend: 8.5-inch from 2002 Blazer with TrueTrac and 3.73 gears
Front suspension: Belltech 2-inch drop coils and 2-inch drop spindles, Hotchkis sway bar, tubular UCAs, Edelbrock shocks
Rear suspension:3-inch drop leafs, 1-inch drop blocks, Hotchkis sway bar, Edelbrock shocks, CalTracs
Brakes: C5 Corvette front calipers, Baer Eradispeed rotors with Hawk pads, stock Blazer rear discs
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Boyd Coddington Smoothie 2 18x8
Tires: (f) Nitto NT-555 245/40R18 (r) Nitto NT-05 275/35R18

1st Place – Fade to Black

Autocross: 39.52 sec
Quarter-Mile: 12.40 @ 112.84 mph
3S Challenge: 14.96 sec
Slalom: 7.34 sec

Attending the same event year after year has its benefits, like becoming familiar with the track and the competition. But for Jason Brady of Huntingburg, Indiana, it didn’t take several years to make his way to the top of the pack. That happened last year, at his first THROWDOWN, where he took home top honors. Well, this year, after several changes to his truck and some more practice, Jason again took home the title of THROWDOWN champion. Coming in first in reaction time, autocross, and the 3S challenge guaranteed Jason would be near the top. But he secured his spot at the top by doing well in the other three events as well. Jason has himself an award-winning truck that not only allowed him to win the 2013 THROWDOWN at LS Fest, but also kept him at the top of the overall competition, against Corvettes, Camaros, and GTOs.

1970 Chevy C10
Owner and City/State: Jason Brady • Huntingburg, Indiana
Type: 6.2L LS3
Heads: L92
Cam: Howard’s cam
Exhaust:3-inch custom headers by Cale Kern Hot Rods
Cooling: PRC radiator, with Jones Racing Drive
Fuel System: Aero Tech Laboratories fuel cell, Holley HP pump, Quick Fuel carburetor
Ignition: MSD LS2 box
Output: 500 rwhp, 490 lb-ft torque
Built by: Hilton Motorsports
Transmission: Bowler Transmission 4L80e
Rearend: Winters quick change
Front suspension: No Limit Engineering Wide Ride IFS, Ridetech TQ Coil-Overs, Custom spindles, Wilwood Wide 5 hubs
Rear suspension: No Limit Engineering Trailing arms, Ridetech TQ Coil-Overs
Brakes: Wilwood Ultra Lite six-piston front and four-piston rear
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Custom 18x11 Wide 5 aluminum wheels
Tires: Nitto NT-05 275/35ZR18