Mark Carlyle and his twin-turbo, atomic orange C6 Corvette just keep getting better and better.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a win to show for his outstanding performances.
In late October, Carlyle dropped below the 7 second mark with a record 6.99 time (at a record-setting 209 mph) in the semifinals of the LSX Drag Radial Class. But Carlyle ended up losing in the finals to Mark Brown.
Then last Thursday, Nov. 1, Carlyle – who had lost the record to Sal Patel and his Viper at 6.98 – regained the record in the first session of qualifying for the Radial vs. Modified category on Thursday in the World Cup Finals at Maryland International Raceway by running off a 6.91-second time at 221 mph – with a 1.20 60-foot and a 4.62 at 168 in the 1/8 mile.
Then in the second session of qualifying on Nov. 2, Carlyle did even better, roaring to a 6.829-second lap at 223.28mph, reclaiming the all-time IRS (independent rear suspension) record and lowering his own LSX world record.
Patel was there as well, but he couldn’t better Carlyle this time.
Unfortunately, Carlyle couldn’t turn his record into a win in the finals, where a breakage in the drive line slowed him to a losing 7.53 time after he had run a 6.89 in the first round and a couple of 6.87s
The record-setting performances came courtesy of a 440 cubic inch LS powerplant, which is based off of Dart’s Billet LS Block and generates more than 1,400 horsepower.