by T.J. Pruitt, photos by Mike Shareback & 187 Gangsta Crew
Mike “187 Gangsta” Stavrinos and Edmund “Mr.5 Speed” Hall are two well-respected racers not only on the Grudge Racing Scene but Pro Nitrous world across the South East. On February 2nd, the two set stage for the first big grudge race of 2013 in South Florida. Although the amount of money was not disclosed, sources tell DC that over $10,000 sat on the starting of Palm Beach International Raceway that day.
The results of the race were not pretty at all, as both racers had issues on the starting line, resulting in Edmund “Mr. 5 Speed” Hall idling down the track to an easy victory. However, the excitement of this event may result in a Chicago Style Main Event at Montgomery Motorsports Park on March 24, 2013.
In most grudge races, once you start your burnouts, the race is on. This grudge race was a little different. The stipulations that both racers agreed on before the race were:
Both racers agreed on the rules and made two shake-down runs in preparation for the “big race.”
During the “big race,” both racers pull to the waterbox and Kabooomm. Edmund “Mr.5 Speed” Hall attempts to fire his promod GTO and blows the hoodscoop about 6-7ft in the air from the result of a leaking nitrous solenoid.
Stavrinos waits for “Mr. 5 Speed” who eventually fires up his GTO after inspecting the engine. When both drivers stage and the tree activates, Stavrinos back fires and Hall idles down the track half throttle, taking the win.
Hall said “before the weekend we installed new NOS bottle valves on the Nitrous bottles. But, I had a problem with one leaking. We had to turn the Nitrous on and off, but no luck in fixing the leak. Well, I must’ve had a solenoid leaking. I went to start up the car in the water box and kaboooom – the hood scoop blows off.”
“We forgot to turn the nitrous back on and everything went downhill from there.”
Hall said “Stavrinos is a stand-up guy and a good racer. He has a lot of heart to challenge somebody like myself in a grudge race. He’s a fierce competitor and I look forward to running him again.”
“This class car just got turned into an all out grudge car and we are willing to take on any heavy hitter in the big tire pro mod grudge game, anytime,” said Stavrinos.
This grudge race has left fans wanting more. Because of the popularity and anticipation of this event, Edmund “Mr.5 Speed” Hall and Mike “The Hitman” Hill are working on a Chicago Style Shootout for the Hill vs Hall event that will be held on March 24th at Montgomery Motorsports Park. DragCoverage.com is definitely looking forward to this event.
The Chicago Style Shootout will feature the best on the grudge racing scene: Mike “The Hitman” Hill, Edmund “Mr.5 Speed” Hall, Mike ”187 Gangsta” Stavrinos, and Tony Wright .
So, how does the Chicago Style Shootout work?
1. Put Gambling Chips in a hat.
2. The Chips will have #1 Left Lane, #1 Right Lane, #2 Left Lane, and #2 Right Lane.
3. All drivers pull chips until the races have been set.
This will be an event that you don’t want to miss! Four of the top grudge racers in the country will be battling. Who will be the last man standing? This could possibly be one of the baddest grudge shows ever.
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