Without a doubt, the most improved car and driver combination has to be the beautiful blue Camaro of driver Cam Clark and owner Charles Harris. This was evident as the humidity of the June air in the Piedmont of North Carolina kept all competitors in the 4 second range as qualifying concluded for Piedmont Dragway’s always imitated but never duplicated, Big Dog Shootout. This months’ presenting sponsor was LRS Racing Components and did not disappoint with 11 cars on the property with 10 taking a time to qualify for the elite 8 car field. First was the above mentioned Cam Clark at a 4.05 with last months’ winner, Brian Schrader second at a 4.062. Third was Jason Harris at a 4.087, in his Corvette with April winner, Tim Lawrence fourth at 4.099. Five through eight were Danny Perry at 4.115 with Justin Wall at 4.170, Jayme Thompson at 4.31 and Travis Harvey at 4.406. Unable to make the field were Shannon Wilson and Bubba Turner. Thompson and Harvey were working through new car gremlins and Turner was just overcome with impossible gremlins. Rest assured that all of these cars, and some others not yet complete, will make the 2018 season one to remember.

Eliminations began with Tim Lawrence taking out Danny Perry with a 4.06 to another 4.11 for Perry. Next up was Justin Wall putting a 4.16 on the board and defeating Jason Harris 4.21. Third were Brian Schrader with a single when Jayme Thompson could not make the call. Fourth were Cam Clark with a 4.06 over alternate Shannon Wilson. The semis did not disappoint with Clark taking a close one over Tim Lawrence and Schrader using a 4.01 at 181 to defeat Justin Wall. At this time Mother Nature took over, and with curfew looming on the horizon, competitors and staff agreed to the following: the pot was divided between Schrader and Clark with the trophy to be awarded during second round qualifying for the July edition, so make plans to be there.

Other eliminators were divided up also with Leon Pegram low qualifier in Rico’s Real Street and Ray Anderson low in the 6.00 eliminator.

With several new cars still not finished and Brett Nesbitt absent this month, the July edition promises to be the most competitive of the year. Again this will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month and if you are a fan of fast doorslammer racing, YOU NEED TO BE THERE and be witness to the 21st season of the BIG DOG SHOOTOUT. See you there.