Knoxville Heads Up Drag Racing

Since Knoxville Drag Strip in Maynardville, Tennessee, got revamped a few years ago, I’ve been to the track a number of times, but I’d never attended one of its Heads Up races. The format is similar to the Bounty Race, with the exception of a couple classes. Knoxville always has a 4.70 index class, so I looked forward to seeing those cars compete along with the regular crowd of 7.0, 6.0 and 5.70 index racers. In addition to this Knoxville has Pro Street and Cheap Street classes, which always provide lots of excitement.

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

Anyone remember this car? This legendary Pro Modified campaigned by Rob Vandergriff is now a 4.70 index car, owned by Roger Sellers and driven by Tom Neubert.

The track appeared to be working great, and the weather was perfect, so a nice turnout of racers and spectators enjoyed the very good conditions. As always I photographed the event, as if I were actually covering it. This is primarily a waste of time, because I don’t really have a use for the pictures, but it sure is fun! I like being close to the action, and photographers have the best seat in the house! Anyway, Christina and I had a great time, so we’ll definitely try to make it back for another Heads Up race. Here are my favorite shots, but you can find ALL of the pictures by clicking HERE!

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

It’s always fun to get pictures of this Vega, especially when it does this!

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

Shane Goss came out to support the Cheap Street class with his nitrous-assisted Camaro. He had traction issues all night, and went home early due to a broken transmission.

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

Debuting a new setup, Heath Littrell made lots of progress with his blown Nova. He runs in the Pro Street class with this car and its fresh paint job looked awesome!

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

While it was cool to see the regular crowd of racers at Knoxville, I also enjoyed seeing some different vehicles. This pickup ran in the 5.70 index class and left the line hard!

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

Another cool pickup is David Solomon’s Dodge Dakota, which runs in the 4.70 index class. It’s powered by a 645ci big block Mopar and has NO power adders.

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

I don’t generally shoot many dragsters because the Bounty Race program caters to door cars, but it was nice to see a good turnout of dragsters in the 5.70 index class.

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

This has to be one of the cleanest 4.70 cars out there. It has a super slick paint job with a beautiful color combination. Ossie Newcomb wheeled this Camaro to the 4.70 victory.

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

Glenn McCary is always fun to watch because you never know what his twin turbo Nova will do. They seem to be finding the gremlins and getting this beast straightened out. It will be a major contender…it definitely has the horsepower!

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

Richard Reagan is definitely the underdog in the Pro Street class, but his stock suspension Mustang always performs well and looks good doing it.

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

A great wheelstand from a Cheap Street Malibu during qualifying!

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

Jimmy Pritchett leaving the line in his awesome Opel GT.

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

My ears hurt just looking at this picture! David Monday’s insane Camaro makes crazy power and lots of noise, so it’s fun to watch. He runnered up in the Pro Street class.

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

Hard to beat a good rolling burnout, especially one that makes your ears ring and your eyes water…

Knoxville, TN Heads Up Drag Racing

It was awesome to see Billy Smith in action at Knoxville. His twin turbo, Chevy-powered Mustang seemed to be giving him some trouble, but it sure was fun to watch him drive it.

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