True Street Performance Justifies Their Name in Ohio at LX & Beyond
Long time Modern Street HEMI® Shootout sponsor True Street Performance brought their A-game to National Trail Raceway on July 18th and put on an impressive display. Jimmy Koutsoubis brought his ‘07 426 HEMI® Jeep with twin 64mm turbos to the Ohio event and proved that True Street Performance is one of the premier HEMI® shops in the country. Not only did he run the fastest ET of the day with a 9.3 second run in scorching temperatures, but he would go on to capture the True Street award with an average of 9.78 seconds, the Demon Performance Super Pro category and the coveted Stage 6 King of the Hill Shootout. His all-wheel drive beast, tuned by AJ Berge (AKA AJ Hemituner) ran flawlessly all day despite having a new Paramount transmission installed only 24 hours earlier and with absolutely no tests before the competition, proving the skills of the True Street Performance crew.
Jimmy demonstrated his skills early and often, culminating with a hole shot victory over Guy Dalton in the first round of the King of the Hill eliminations. With his .017 reaction time in the first round, Koutsoubis would be granted the bye in the second round and finish off his King of the Hill run against the always dangerous Marcus Hughes of Suffolk, Virginia. Hughes had beaten both Bill McFadden of Scotch Plains, New Jersey and Dan Yost of Columbus, Ohio to reach the Stage 6 King of the Hill finals. While Marcus got the jump on the eventual King of the Hill champion, Jimmy pushed him to breakout with a 9.68 on a 9.75 dial to claim the victory in the all Jeep decider.
Yost and his ’07 Chrysler 300 had claimed his spot in the Stage 6 King of the Hill Shootout by besting a large field in the East Coast Moparts Pentastar bracket class and defeated Ken Schauer of Brunswick, Ohio in the first round, while McFadden and his ’07 Magnum was the Legmaker Intakes Super Stock champion.
The Speedlogix Modified class proved ultra-competitive as usual with Guy Dalton extending his points lead over second place finisher Justin Skudder in the finals and Wendy Robertson and John Burleson coming in 3rd and 4th respectively to round out the class. Expect more of the same in this class for the next stop at VMP as Dalton will have a bullseye on his back come September.
The defending Hemituner Performance Street Class champion and class points’ leader John Govenettio was defeated in the semifinals, paving the way for Ken Schauer to take the class victory in the finals over Ben Maniaci. Schauer would take home the winner’s check, along with a brand new torque converter courtesy of Enhanced Transmissions. Maniaci didn’t go home empty handed though, he took home the second place check and a HEMI® VVT Unlocker from sponsor MS Racing Components.
The 6.2 liter supercharged HEMI’s came out in force at National Trail Raceway for the Speedlogix Hellcat Shootout as well. Jaime Collingwood would eventually come out on top with the victory over Bill Cherry in the finals despite Linda Tout posting the fastest time of 10.94 in her Charger Hellcat during eliminations. Tout would eventually come in third behind Collingwood and Cherry, but expect Linda to show up at the True Street Performance Fall VMP event looking for revenge, as her Charger has been getting a lot of press and seen posting much faster times in the few short weeks since the Ohio event.
As the points chase heats up, the MSHS crew is busy preparing for an epic event for the fourth stop on the 2015 Modern Street HEMI® Shootout tour. The True Street Performance Fall VMP event has a DOUBLED awards pot thanks to Billet Technology, putting out an unprecedented prize pool of over $20,000 in winnings. The word on the street is Harrison Zauke and his 8 second Stage 6 Jeep may make a return to the competition with a brand new powerplant and Bill Schurr’s Paramount Performance Jeep could once again make a run at 7’s! With all this action, the Fall VMP event is one you won’t want to miss! Get those engines tuned and fluids changed to be a part of this special event coming up on September 18th at Virginia Motorsports Park.
-Written by MSHS Racer Craig Couture. Craig will be featuring additional reviews of the events with Modern Mopar Magazine. Be sure to order your copy now!