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DrinkHard Went Down to Georgia.jpgBy Jim Parks aka “Parks and Wrecked”In the ever-growing world of Outlaw Drag Racing, the biggest event of the year happens every February in Adel Georgia. It doesn’t happen at one of the palatial stadium like venues commonly seen on TV, it goes down at South Georgia Motorsports Park. This year’s event was the ninth edition of the fabled “Lights Out” saga promoted by the now world-renowned Duck X Productions.

DrinkHard Racing was strongly represented by Alex “The Calypso Kid” Hays and his 1992 Ford Mustang and its naturally aspirated big-block Chevrolet engine. Alex and his father Pat are front runners in the Ultra Street category and currently hold the world record of 4.691 which was set at the 2017 Yellow Bullet Nationals. In the recent off-season, Alex and Pat decided to make the switch from using a traditional carburetor to running Holley EFI. Being from Michigan, the Hays team didn’t have a chance to head to their local track to make a few test hits prior to the event, heck you could see snow blowing into the shop while the car was on the dyno just a few days before their departure to Georgia.

To make up for the lack of testing the car, Team Hays decided to “double-class” the car, entering in their normal Ultra Street class and also entering into the insane Radial vs The World class. During the Thursday night session of Radial vs the World qualifying, Alex drove through an amazing “highlight reel” wheel-stand while posting a 4.85 elapsed time and landing in the 13th spot in a class where he’s easily at a 2000 horsepower deficit. Ultimately Alex wound up not qualifying in the “RvW” class, but needless to say he caught the eye of his competitors.

In his “normal” class of Ultra Street, Alex led the pack in going into race day with an astounding 4.693, just .002 off of his world record ET while making a huge combination change in the off-season. The new Holley EFI combination helped contribute to a new 60’ ET record of 1.063 seconds. With the number 1 qualifying position, Team Hays earned an uncontested bye run in the first round of eliminations. Alex made a stout pass with a 4.71 elapsed time in the first round, but an unfortunate parts breakage ended their weekend prematurely.

Team Hays had a great weekend and were thrilled with the “out of the box” performance of the new Holley EFI system. Alex tips his hat to PSI Springs, Slick Rick Racing Heads, Holley EFI and DrinkHard Racing for their support. Now it’s time for Team Hays to repair the damage and get back on the track. Keep an eye out for future updates here and check them out on social media as well. Alex can be found on Instagram at @official_hays_racing and on Facebook at Hays Consulting LLC.

“In 1995 I was bracket racing and spending every dime I had to go racing, to the point where I couldn’t afford socks or shoes because I was putting everything I had into the car and traveling from race to race. It got to a point where I realized how much I loved racing, but I couldn’t afford to keep doing it the way I was. I decided that I wanted to be in the racing world full-time, so I called a friend to see if he knew anybody who had an opening on a fuel car. It just seemed like the right thing for me to start working on them and go down that path,” DeLago says.

The first opportunity for DeLago to work on a big-show car came when he joined Tommy Johnson Jr. and his father on their Mopar-backed dragster in the mid-1990’s. This leap into the top levels of NHRA racing was all that DeLago needed to get him further hooked on racing, validating his choice to embark on a life on the road as a full-time crewmember. No loner was struggling to get to the races — he was being paid to make the stars of the NHRA perform. Read Full Story at Dragzine

By Mary Lendzion - Photos by NMCA - In the 1967 Nova he’s had since high school, Tommy De Lago drove to a personal best of 7.93  in Boninfante Racing NA 10.5 at the 16th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals last summer at Summit Motorsports Park in Ohio.

While that competitive elapsed-time was cause for celebration, he’s confident that even more can be coaxed from his combination consisting of a 405ci small-block Chevy built by Ian Landies of Mid-South Racing Engines, Chevrolet Performance heads massaged by 3V Performance, billet aluminum intake and carburetor by Mid-South Racing and a Jerico 5-speed transmission paired with a Boninfante clutch.

He’ll give it a go at the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem, March 8-11 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, but then, he’ll temporarily turn the car over to his longtime friend, Frank Cervelli, so that he can focus on his role as a crew chief for Kalitta Motorsports driver Shawn Langdon and his Global Technology Funny Car.

Fans may remember that Cervelli, who works in the machine shop for Don Schumacher Racing, was behind the wheel of De Lago’s car for Boninfante Racing NA 10.5 competition at the 16th Annual SDPC Raceshop NMCA World Street Finals last fall at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, as De Lago, was who was at the time a crew chief for the recently retired Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria, was working at an NHRA race.

“There aren’t that many naturally aspirated heads-up classes anymore, so it’s good to see that Boninfante Racing NA 10.5 is growing year after year, but because of my work schedule, I can’t be at all of the races,” said De Lago, whose sponsors include HardWear Apparel and Kim Cervelli. “If Frank’s in the hunt for the championship by the time the NMCA race at Summit Motorsports Park in Ohio rolls around in August, then he’ll stay in the driver’s seat. If not, I’ll drive at that race. Either way, we want to support the class.” Full Story

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