VMP’s Heat Turns Out To Be Hellcat Heaven
With temperatures hovering in the 90’s, the second stop of the Modern Street HEMI® Shootout was a scorcher. The high heat and humidity proved tough on the racers as well as their cars.
The only one not feeling the heat was Ricci Cavallaro in his 2015 Hellcat Challenger. Cavallaro took home numerous awards, including the event capping Stage 6 King of the Hill, with a victory over Guy Dalton and his ’05 Magnum.
Unfazed by the blazing temperatures, Cavallaro upstaged some of the series best racers throughout the day. His first victory came in the East Coast Moparts Pentastar Bracket class when he defeated last season’s Street Class Champion and Bradenton King of the Hill winner John Govenettio in the finals. Following up his bracket class win, Cavallaro went on to win the Speedlogix Hellcat Shootout with a win over Nancy Martin in the finals. His time of 10.88 also proved to be the fastest run of the day by any Hellcat at the event, earning him the DTP Racing Hellcat Challenge award, given to the fastest time run by a Hellcat during eliminations.
As impressive as his early achievements, Cavallaro’s best racing was yet to come in the Stage 6 King of the Hill Shootout. He overcame a slower reaction time to beat out the ThiTek Pro Class winner Eskle Collier in the first round by running an 11.03 on an 11.00 dial-in to take the round win. In round two, he got the jump on Govenettio, the True Street Performance Street Class victor, and would triumph with a narrow double breakout that would propel him to the finals. The last race of the day pitted Cavallaro against the Speedlogix Modified Class winner, Guy Dalton from Painesville, Ohio. While Dalton made a great start that gave him over a tenth of a second at the light with a .029 reaction time, Cavallaro again pushed his opponent into a double breakout in which he would again prevail, giving him his third class victory of the day.
Racing was tight all day and every class was fought down to the wire. Al Gennarelli took the Demon Performance Super Pro Class with a win over AJ Ortiz and Eskle Collier would take down arguably the series’ most successful racer, Marcus Hughes in the ThiTek Pro Class finals, in his ’07 turbo Jeep boosted by Stage 6. Not to be outdone, Bill McFadden made a triumphant return to the Modern Street HEMI® Shootout with a victory in the LegMaker Intakes Super Stock Class.
Overall, it was another successful series event that saw some tremendous racing and a run by Al Gennarelli in the Paramount Jeep to cap the day with an 8.00 pass for the Blue Collar Performance best ET of the day. Catch all the MSHS action at the next stop in Hebron, Ohio for the LX and Beyond Nationals July 18th at National Trails Raceway sponsored by Blue Collar Performance.
-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!