New Egypt, New Jersey's Ralph Voorhees was looking to make a mark in the Pro Truck class w
While the MM&FF staff encounters quite a few fast trucks in their travels, the Fourth-Annual Lightningfest, put on by the National Lightning Owners Club (NLOC), brings out the baddest Ford trucks in the nation. This year, the gathering saw over 120 of SVT's finest hay haulers exchanging their payloads for timeslips, some of which have fast elapsed times printed on them.
Dwight and Nan Dolliver and their staff of NLOC volunteers work towards the event all year, and their efforts proved fruitful as the Lightning faithful descended on Kansas City International Raceway in Kansas City, Missouri, September 22-23.
The contestants were divided into five racing classes and five show classes. The quarter-mile contenders began with Street Lightning and Diesel Truck groupings, along with an MM&FF-style True Street class for trucks. From there, the mods and speeds picked up for Pro Street Lightning and Pro Truck, where the baddest and fastest SVT Lightnings come to play.
James Galloway of Kearny, Nebraska, was the big winner in True Street. His '03 Dark Shadow
The True Street contingent was a popular class with well over 20 trucks competing.
Jeff Sparkman of Indianapolis, Indiana, took to the streets in his 598ci, turbocharged Fir
Racers came from all over the United States to compete at this event, from New Jersey to Nebraska, North Carolina to Washington State, and everywhere in between. There were even some Canucks from Ontario attending, as well as Andre Wagenknecht and Marc Dutschek, two Lightning guys from Germany who flew over to hang out for the week. Andre and Marc have put together their own Lightning event in Germany, which reins in rides from places like Finland and Great Britain.
Lightningfest 2006 began on Thursday night with tailgating at the host hotel. Friday kicked off with a test session followed by the True Street cruise and qualifying rounds. The rest of the racing classes then ran their first qualifier and finished with a tasty barbecue in the pits. The track was open after 5:30 p.m. to all Lightningfest contestants and the public for a test-and-tune/grudge-racing session.
Vern Jones swapped many a staging lane during Lightningfest, running in both True Street a
JDM Engineering Pro Street Lightning saw the trucks step up, and Euless, Texas-native Gary
With his turbocharged Gen 2 Lightning temporarily out of commission, Searcy, Arkansas-resi
Jerry Skinner of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma posted the quickest elapsed time in Pro Truck wit
Hailing from Elgin, Illinois, Ray Johnson came to Lightningfest to find his first sub-10-s
Paul Duckett of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, had the only Lightning in Pro Truck that depended
Come Saturday, SVT's Lightnings were set on kill as the morning's second and third qualifying rounds were followed by the elimination rounds. The day finished with a burnout contest.
Saturday night brought more grudge racing, which heated up after some Nebraska boys brought their twin-turbocharged Chevy pickup down for some Ford-vs.-Chevy action. On Sunday, the event concluded with an open-track session along with the truck show, which offered five different classes including Lightnings and other Ford trucks.
The chance to watch SVT Lightnings run 8.50 e.t.'s should be enough to get you to this event, but if you need further convincing, the truck owners are among the most friendly groups of people we've met at any event and are more than willing to get you hooked on fast trucks. Be sure to check out www.nloc.net for more information on this event, future Lightningfests, and anything pertaining to SVT Lightnings and Ford trucks in general.
Johnny and Sue Wiker of Johnny Lightning Performance were on hand Saturday and Sunday to h
Having ventured in the 8.6-second range already, Ralph Voorhees was looking to challenge t
Justin Embrey's SVT Lightning has seen its share of elapsed times in the 8.5 range, and th
At the end of the day, most competitors who placed Fourth or better went home with a troph
Dayton, Ohio's Dave Pickrel was shooting for a 9-second timeslip this weekend, but his sil
Jim Parish of Nebraska was looking to rough up some Ford trucks and went two for three for
Lombard, Illinois' Ross Lentini competed in the Pro Street Lightning class. His real chall
SVT's Lightning faithful turned out in droves for the Fourth-Annual National Lightning Clu
LightningFest 4 Show/Race Results
|JOHNNY LIGHTNING PERFORMANCE |
|TRUE STREET |
|1st ||James Galloway ||(0.02) |
|2nd ||Jeff Gallert ||(0.03) |
|3rd ||Vern Jones ||(0.03) |
|Low Qualifier: Jeff Sparkman ||10.52 at 141.24 |
|LIGHTNING FORCE PERFORMANCE |
|STREET LIGHTNING |
|1st ||Vern Jones ||13.405 at 98.89 |
|2nd ||Keith Tenhumberg ||12.898 at 105.00 |
|3rd ||Dave Patterson ||13.032 at 104.27 |
|4th ||Michael Bratton ||13.481 at 101.48 |
|JDM ENGINEERING PRO STREET LIGHTNING/HD TRUCK |
|1st ||Gary Motl ||12.637 at 106.85 |
|2nd ||Ron Potts ||11.898 at 114.85 |
|3rd ||Steve Raue ||12.905 at 105.15 |
|4th ||Marc Cummings ||11.266 at 122.11 |
|NLOC DIESEL TRUCK |
|1st ||Frank Likert ||14.251 at 88.55 |
|2nd ||Randy Wilson ||14.888 at 88.80 |
|3rd ||Mike Jones ||17.013 at 75.93 |
|NLOC PRO TRUCK |
|1st ||Justin Embrey ||9.184 at 147.25 |
|2nd ||Ray Johnson ||10.100 at 138.93 |
|3rd ||Paul Duckett ||9.744 at 111.59 |
|Low Qualifier: Jerry Skinner ||8.481 at 161.43 |
|TRUCK SHOW |
|Gen I Mild ||Gen II/HD Mild |
|1st ||Jean Cedergreen ||1st ||Michael Chester |
|2nd ||Chris Fuller ||2nd ||Scott Cedergreen |
|3rd ||Mike Jones ||3rd ||Dale Reibel |
|Gen I Wild ||Gen II/HD Wild |
|1st ||Ronny Miller ||Jeff Fritz |
|2nd ||Trevor Glenn ||Other Ford Pickup |
|3rd ||Eric Stewart ||Dean Pennington |
| ||People's Choice |
|Ronny Miller |