Saturday, April 7, 2012 in the great state of Mississippi, the NGRA together with Mike the Hitman Hill, hosted the Mississippi Massacre. The featured event of the day was "The King of The Sixteen," a heads-up, 1/8 mile, pro-tree, no-time grudge shootout. There were many notable entries in the final field of 20.
Representing Augusta, Ga. was team Primetime with an "84 Malibu" and Triggerman, aka the Young Gun, as Captain of the Cockpit. From the Sunshine state, we had Berta's Boyz Racing from Jacksonville with their Chevy S10 complete with the signature vertical header pipes rising menacingly out of the engine compartment. We also had the 901 Bad boyz out of Memphis Tennessee. Reggie Rabbit Racing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana offered up 2 entries into the field, a 72 Camaro, plus an 88 Camaro. Mississippi had several cities represented, including Jackson aka Jacktown, Natchez, Holmes County, Franklin County, Mosel and the hometown boys of Hattiesburg. The teams repping Mississippi's finest included the 08 Trail Blazer of the Amos Boyz, the 92 Dakota of the Miller Boyz, the 79 Malibu of the Westside Boyz, the 1990 Mustang of Get Wit It Racing, plus the 1993 Mustang also from Get Wit It Racing.
Not to be out done, the local teams put forth some talent of their own, including the 66 Chevelle of Johnson Racing, the 91 Ford of CBR Racing, the 89 Stang of Wide Open Racing, plus the 81 Ford "Fearmont" together with the Cooper Head Stang offered up by the LS Mafia Boyz. Rounding out the field were the 83 Cutlass of Jack Mack, the 79 Camaro of Bear, and the 83 Camaro of Do-it-Rodger, all of Natchez, Mississippi. Lastly, but not least, one of the brightest stars on the Mississippi stage, Giant Racing and their Chevrolet powered 87 Buick Regal.
The contestants drew numbers out of a hat and they were allowed 1 shakedown pass. After a couple cars did make the call, first round action saw the Fearmont, Get Wit It, Reggie Rabbit, Giant, Jack Mack, Do It Rodger, Primetime and the Westside boyz all advance. The semi-finals included a David versus Goliath match up of hometown favorite Jack Mack of Natchez taking on Giant Racing also of Mississippi. Jack Mack took an early lead only to be blown over and out horse-powered. It looked bad for ole Jack until a backfire slowed the Regal and Jack Mack went on for the upset win. It is true anything can happen in drag racing. The hometown crowd went wild.
In the other semi-final, Derrick Moore, one half of the LS Mafia Racing team from Hattiesburg, Mississippi in his 1981 Ford Fairmont, dubbed the Fearmont, found himself side by side with the Young Gun, Jamie "Triggerman" Hawes of Augusta, Georgia and the famed Primetime Racing team. The Fearmont, having done away with each of his earlier lesser challengers, hoped for an all Mississippi finals, but it was a short lived dream. It was an exciting race with Derrick doing his part by cutting the tree down, but victory would elude him still, as the Young Gun did what everyone expected and put the Fearmont on the trailer for the night.
In the finals, surprise finalist Jack Mack hoped that he could get lightening to strike twice on the same night, in the same spot, on the same track, but that wish would never see the light of day and the Young Gun was firing on all systems, as he lit up the Mississippi night with the nitrous flames shooting out of the Lil Romeo Malibu, as he drove it, and drove it well, on to victory lane!