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Heads-up drag racers all across the country have been preparing since February for their return to the South Georgia Motorsports Park for what’s expected to be the most action-packed racing event of the season: No Mercy IV. One of the final hurrah’s of the long racing season, promoter Donald Long’s doorslammer bash in the Peach State brings out all the heavy hitters from the East coast to the West coast and everywhere in between for one epic battle. As always, we’ll be on the ground at SGMP bringing you all the news, notes, results, and photos that you won’t find anywhere else, so be sure to bookmark us and follow along as we bring you same day coverage from day one until the final trophy is handed out.




A special thanks goes out the folks at Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, the presenting sponsor of our same day race coverage who allow us to bring you all the action from Georgia!



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This year we started official testing and one round of qualifying on Thursday instead of Friday and there is already well over 300 cars registered. The tech line was long this morning and I wouldn’t surprise me if we started Wednesday next September.




The first pass down the track this morning went to Ron Rhodes. He laid down a 1.13, 3.10, 4.76 @ 147 MPH to kick off the day. We have overcast skies today so the track isn’t suffering from the heat and it’s looking nice out there so far.




Keith Berry is back for his first race with a new block. He switched from a cast to billet block and will now be able to explore the potential of his engine. He tested yesterday to a 4.38, so he is back on track for tonight’s first qualifying session.



ADRL Pro Drag Radial champion Mark Micke is here sporting some new headers from Kooks and new exhaust housings from Tial Sport on the twin Garrett turbos in Jason Carter’s Malibu. The team is getting some maintenance in this morning after have the car on the road for several weeks.


Micke just ripped off a 4.29 at 186.
 

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I have another update posted. We are going into round one of PTC Radial vs the World in just a minute, so go checkit out and the photo gallery.



Candido Sanchez swapped his Outlaw 10.5 Camaro to drag radials recently, though he only has a couple of runs on the car before today. After a couple of shakedowns today tuner Bill Futch made some adjustments and Candido got down with a nice smooth 4.50 at 180 MPH, his best run by a good margin.




Brad Edwards had the honor of being the first on the chute mount today and has a lot of work to do back in the pits to repair the car. The crew hammered out the oil pan and awaits a new rack and pinion and K-menber to be delivered. The transmission case was also broken; Dave Klaput from Proformance Racing Transmissions will have a new case swapped over tonight.
 

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Will Stevenson set a new personal best with a 4.37 at 174 this evening in testing. Jason Rueckert is jumping in excitement for Will and crew, it's been a long time coming for Will, Denny Savage and chassis builder Dan Neumann.
 

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Hey rob. Got the run orders for the weekend?

Ill have them up later tonight.

Closing up in the tower and hitting the pits for a little bit. I will have an update tonight before i crash out.

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Closing up in the tower and hitting the pits for a little bit. I will have an update tonight before i crash out.

Thanks for looking.
 

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Can't wait for more! Thanks for providing this for those who can't make it! Feb. can't get here soon enough!!
 

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Gracious Rob!
 

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Thanks Rob!
 

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Good morning y'all. Running a bit late this morning after being up till 430. We are in Ultimate Street now, just getting back underway after an oildown near half track.



Mickey Thompson is the title sponsor of No Mercy IIII and has been a big supporter of the small tires racing community and a leader in tire technology.




Our round card girls this weekend are Kay Blevins and Stephanie Niewinski introducing Ultimate Converter Concepts/Billet Atomizer Ultimate Street this morning.


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Mustang Mike leads Steve Schmidt Competition Engines/Monte Smith/Holley Outlaw Drag Radial with one round in the books with a 4.53 at 169 MPH. The team has struggled with the twin Procharger combo but things are starting to come together now.



Jason Richards is back in ODR this weekend with his 1968 nitrous fed Camaro based out of Gastonia Georgia. His 4.66 at 157 MPH was good for fifth in class so far.




David Pearson is knocking on the 4.40′s in Mac Fab/Precision Turbo Outlaw 275 with a 4,51 at 167 MPH earning number one qualifier. Pearson runs a Procharged small block Ford in a 93 Mustang out of Marion, North Carolina.


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Kyle Huttel was on point tonight making at least two runs in the 4.20′s. Inspection after the last round revealed some bad rings, the Bad9er crew was getting it buttoned back when i visited their pits later.




The track came around nicely after the sun dipped behind the stands this evening. Sometimes making for a nice flame show. It's shaping up to be a very exciting event.




Jeff Cooner lost a head gasket on the passenger side causing some real damage to the head. They are solidly in the field so have most of Saturday to make repairs.


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In this view from the top of the grandstands you can see the packed house this morning in the pits at SGMP.




Sean Ashe managed some runs last night in PTC Radial vs. the World running a 4.58, this morning he improved .003 to a 4.55 at 159 settling into fourth in OL 275. Phil Hines ran two cars behind Ashe laying down a very nice 4.46 at167 MPH.




Troy Pirez Jr. unloaded his Mustang Wednesday only to have a lifter failure warming up. Some replacements were sourced and he is ready to rock for Saturday morning qualifying


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The X275 folks wrapped up a Wiesco drawing from Farmington Dragway with a new set of pistons going to Ari Birchfield.




Jason Richards is running two classes this weekend, ODR and No Boost No Time. As other struggled today Richards laid it down. He is qualified 12th with a 4.59 at158. Check the tire on the launch, he is hooked up and stuck.




Ryan Jones has “The Toaster” here from California to run Chassis Works Outlaw 8.5. He is the sole car in the 4′s with a stunning 4.84 at 156 for top qualifier.


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The sheets and ladders for final qualifying are up in the coverage, feel free to post them over her I have to get ready to shoot eliminations.

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John Sears and the X275 crew have plenty of gear and apparel in the tent this weekend. John has been very busy teching cars this weekend with over 70 cars in class.




This morning Donald Long, Alicia Price and Wade Mooney were handing out the exclusive top ten jackets from Light Out IV in the tower.




Billy “Ticket Taker” Driscol and Don Lamana were paired up in the X275 second chance race this morning. There has been a friendly rivalry brewing for months over who has the faster show car. Driscol took the holeshot and went on to a personal best 4.95 and the win.


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