Before you head out to Lights Out …




The hottest race of the grudge racing season is in full swing this weekend at South Georgia Motorsports Park, and you’ve seen early coverage right here on Cars Illustrated.  However, we wanted to get you the inside track on who to watch and who to put your money on when the elimination rounds start.


To get you ready to sort through the competition, we enlisted the help of Jeff Salvato, the mastermind behind Salvato Design.  Jeff has been on the heads-up scene for years, first as a racer himself at NMRA and today as the leading apparel supplier to racers, promoters, and fans of the grudge race counter culture.


You can find Jeff’s energetic race schedule here in our our forums:




With that type of presence at every big race, and with intimate knowledge of everyone in the grudge racing game, Jeff is the perfect person to give you the inside info.  So, here it is, Jeff’s list of top racers for each class:


Pro 275

Dave Pearson “Little Evil”

Barry Mitchell

Ziff Hudson

Murder Nova


Ultra Street

Shawn Pevlor

Joel Greathouse

Mike Freedman

Troy Pirez Jr.



Ron Rhodes

Rich Bruder

Dean Marinis

Jared Johnson


Nitrous X

Darren Hilterbran

Tim Knieriem


Radial vs World

Dewayne Mills

Stevie Jackson

Jamie Hancock


So, remember those names before you place your bets this weekend.  And, if you make a fortune off of this information, make sure you stop by the Salvato Design display and thank Jeff in person.  Better yet, if you strike it big, drop the guy a hundo – he’s been working for months to get those T-shirts ready.


Drop your comments here or in the forums section.  Get get us picture of you with your stacks of cash once the weekend is over …


Good luck out there, folks.  And, enjoy the races.


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