Friday’s action at the 2020 ECTA Firecracker Mile might have gone on longer than I planned, but two things conspired to make it a short day: one was a thunderstorm that was going to converge on the Missouri Bootheel (which is within spitting distance of the Arkansas International Airport) that’d put a quick end to racing, and the other…well, I’m not sure what exactly caused it, but Friday evening I was sicker than a dog and wasn’t good company. Maybe it was something I ate on the way back from RMRW. Either way, Saturday was a new day, I felt better, and the weather felt outright pleasant. No real heat, no heavy humidity, just miles of runway and cars waiting to go hit their top speeds.
From the motorcycles who were laying down some seriously brutal speeds to the cars that were slugging it out in the BangShift.com Street Car Shootout, drivers were throwing down. That explains the inordinate amount of plated street cars now, doesn’t it? Care to guess where speeds were for the Shootout? Here’s your only hint until we post up the final results: out of the four contested classes, only one class had a trap speed under 200 miles per hour. And that car was a Hellcat Challenger. Yeah, good stuff.
We will have the list of class winners, top speeds, and 200 MPH breakers coming up for you soon. Meanwhile, check out more of the action from Arkansas by clicking on a photo below: