He may need to be renamed Keith “Bombshell” Berry, because after the good ol’ Georgia boy ran a record-setting 4.09 pass at No Mercy V, he followed it up by making a shocking announcement.
While at Donald Long’s South Georgia Motorsports Park race, Berry unloaded his beautiful black Corvette and proceeded to gear up for the initial test sessions. Powered by a Pro Line Racing built 454 CI LSX motor boosted by twin Precision GEN1 Pro Mod 88 CEA® turbos, Berry had nothing but confidence in his car.
“Joey Bell at Bell Chassisworks keeps it ready and preps for us. We don’t have to go to the track and work on the car, and I can’t give him enough credit for everything he does,” says Berry of his simple “get in and go” style of racing. Additionally, a brand spankin’ new FuelTech FT500 EFI system, which Berry says is “absolutely awesome,” was along for the ride. With the car running better than ever before, and thanks to crew chief Ryan Rakestraw’s help, Berry clicked off a pass that made history.
For those who saw the run in person, were watching the live feed, or caught it later online, one thing was clear – Berry’s car made a fast and flawless pass straight down the groove. Looking like it had been launched from a slingshot, there was barely any wiggle as the car and driver rocketed towards the big end. When the scoreboards lit to show he had gone 4.09 at 186.33 mph in the eighth mile, Berry officially picked up a few new titles. With that pass, he not only became the first to the 4.0s with a small block on radials, but also the owner of the quickest small block, small-tire car in the world. (...)
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