First 5-Second Pass in Drag Week History - Engine Builder Magazine

First 5-Second Pass in Drag Week History

A major milestone in street car drag racing was achieved two weeks ago as Tom Bailey went a 5.998 @ over 250 mph on the final day of Drag Week 2019.

A major milestone in street car drag racing was achieved two weeks ago as Tom Bailey went a 5.998 @ over 250 mph on the final day of Drag Week 2019. This marks the fourth Drag Week title for Bailey and the second in this car, the street legal Pro-Modified “Sick Seconds 2.0” Camaro.
At just over 2800 lbs., this car is heavier than your standard Pro-Mod. Under the carbon front end is a Steve Morris “SMX” 526 cid all-billet V8 based off of the older 481X platform, but designed for continuous street duty instead of the usual five to six second pulls. Expected to make north of 3,500 HP, the new powerplant and its Twin 98mm Precision Turbos have shown that they are a powerful yet dependable combo with only a few valve train adjustments out on the road.
Morris has been a long-time friend and engine builder for Bailey’s Drag Week vehicles and this year he rode co-pilot to monitor the car. The drivetrain was completed only two weeks before Drag Week and it’s first passes were made on day one of the week-long event. Morris relied on the Dominator EFI, Racepak Datalogger and a slew of sensors to ensure that everything on the car was in-check.
The new engine combo has proven itself to be much more reliable than the older 615 cid mill and once the chassis is sorted to handle this much power output it should have no issue clicking off lower E.T.’s. Congrats to Tom on his epic pass and best of luck on his search for a five second week average and potential fifth championship next year.

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