Rooster Call

Sean Haggai

I’ll start things out by saying I hate to shop. Yeah, I know hate is a strong word but I really despise malls/plazas, and avoid them with a passion. Anything to do with the thought of it chills me to the bone. It’s the hoards of people, the endless lines of cars in the parking lot, and the seemingly similar design layout of a Las Vegas casino--you can’t get out.

It’s comical how uninterested I am when it comes to purchasing items at a mall. On the other hand, if you asked me to go shopping for some new camping equipment, hunting rifles, fishing boat, or ATV, I’m all for that. I’ll even drive and probably buy lunch, too! If only there was a place where I could shop for the things I like and need all in one place.

Turns out, there is. Just outside Los Angeles (about 70 miles) sits the mecca of all things great. It’s a store where I can find everything my little heart desires, and I recently discovered it by chance. Could it be the store of all stores? I think so. It’s called Bass Pro Shops. I know what you’re thinking; the square footage of this place is unreal with two floors of endless bliss and what seems like its own weather system. It’s got everything I could ever want a store to hold. Need to buy a new, top-of-the-line bass boat? That can be done with their full showroom, where you can take 10 more steps and completely outfit it with all the gear, too. How about a pair of camouflaged overalls? Heck, it’s even got a live freshwater tank with catfish the size of German Shepherds. Does a part-time position get an employee discount program?

Bass Pro Shops is downright awesome. And although I would never give up what I do now, I’ll have to work harder, save up a small fortune, and make a holiday out of it. Don’t bother sending a search party if I don’t return. Lock me in for all I care; I’ve found my new home.

GMPP LSX Series for 2011

GM Performance Parts (GMPP) announces the LSX Challenge Series. It is a four-race points series for the 2011 racing season, culminating with the 5th annual LSX Shootout, to be held in conjunction with the NMCA World Street Finals, October 6-9, in Indianapolis.

The LSX Challenge Series represents a major expansion of drag racing with participants using strictly GM production-based LS and GM Performance Parts LSX engines and engine components. Race dates and locations for the 2011 LSX Challenge Series and LSX Shootout include:

March 18-20

NMCA season opener at Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, Florida

April 14-17

NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia

October 6-9

NMCA World Street Finals/LSX Shootout at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis, Indiana

The other race of the series takes place September 9-11, during the Holley LS Fest at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. An agreement with LS Fest organizers allows racers to follow the rules and classes of the LSX Challenge Series, with points awarded during it applying to the championship.

The LSX Challenge Series will include several racing classes, similar to those used in previous LSX Shootout events, including:

- LSX Drag Radial
- LSX All Motor
- LSX Real Street
- LSX Rumble (Index)
- 5th-Gen Camaro Challenge (Index)

Racers competing for the championship must participate in three of the four races, with the LSX Shootout (Indiana) as a required event. The results of each race will be tracked throughout the season in NMCA’s Fastest Street Car.

More information about GM Performance Parts is available at gmperformanceparts.com. Details on the LSX Challenge Series are available at www.nmcadigital.com/lsx.