BOWLING GREEN, Ky. –September 3, 2013—Hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators from across the U.S. and Canada will arrive in Bowling Green this week for the 4th Annual Holley LS Fest at Beech Bend Raceway September 6-8, 2013. One of Bowling Green's signature automotive celebrations, the event continues to build on Bowling Green’s 60-year tradition of bringing high performance enthusiasts to southern Kentucky. Dallas Jones, owner of Beech Bend Raceway, said, “This is the most exciting event to come to Beech Bend all year.”

Continuing to grow in its fourth year, the event not only celebrates vehicles with General Motor’s LS engine, but also many community components including historic Beech Bend Raceway, the LS-powered Corvette made only in Bowling Green and title presenter Holley Performance Products, headquartered in Bowling Green.

Participants and spectators can expect to see the following events at LS Fest, the only event in the country where all of these competitions take place at the same venue: 

  • Drag Racing- The format might be familiar but remains ever entertaining with the various drag classes present, including a new Pro Extreme LSX class. Watch all throughout the weekend as participants take off down the quarter mile in search of the lowest E.T. and speeds of over 200MPH.
  • Autocross- The autocross tests an individual's technical skill while driving their vehicle through a series of cones that are setup to create a highly technical, challenging course within Beech Bend's oval course. Multiple competitions will take place throughout the weekend.
  • 3S Challenge: The newest competition to the LS Fest—Speed, Stop and Steering—this three-part competition combines the elements of an autocross and a speed-stop event all in one. Drivers will be racing side by side in the 3S. Challenges will take place 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.
  • Drift Challenge- Drivers competing in this tandem drift challenge event have been invited from all over the country to demonstrate this sport in Bowling Green. Piloting lightweight import cars retrofitted with GM's V8 LS engine sideways around a course, with tires smoking, these drivers often come within inches of one another to complete the course and find favor with the judges through line, angle, speed, and overall style. Brief drift sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday with qualifying beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The tandem challenge will take off Saturday afternoon at 6 p.m.
  • Show-N-Shine- Various cars will gather in the show-n-shine area to be evaluated based on their vehicle category. Many awards and superlatives make this an exciting aspect of the event. The awards ceremony takes place Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • Dyno Challenge- Any LS Fest participant can have their vehicle measured for power and torque by visiting the dyno area. First, second and third place awards will be given to those who lay down the highest horsepower numbers in both power adder and non power adder categories. This event begins Friday at 9 a.m.
  • Engine Swap Challenge- Holley is supplying the cars and engines to this most anticipated event at the LS Fest. Two teams will bring their tools and skills to see who can swap in an LS motor in the fastest time. The winning team keeps the engine and all the Holley LS aftermarket parts on it! This event takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Food vendors will be on site. Tickets for LS Fest can be purchased on-site at Beech Bend and are $12 for a single day pass or $25 for all three days. WKU students with a student I.D. may purchase tickets for $8 and spectator admission for automotive students in the region is free (just bring proof of automotive training, such as class schedule). Children 16 and under are free. Gates open for spectators at 8 a.m. all three days.

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