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Danny Popp Goes for a Spin

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In this sequence of photos, Danny Popp is showing off major car control during the 2014 Real Street Eliminator held at National Trial Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, on July 15. One component of the competition is the stop box, an eighth-mile run from a standing start to a 40 ft. box demarcated with traffic cones. The object of the game is to accelerate as fast as possible, and come to a stop within the box.

The ultra-excited guy with the flag is Jeff Smith. His job is to flag the tower in the event of a cone violation, a job he takes seriously. Even through Danny was sideways at freeway speed in front of him, Jeff never took his eye off the cones and put the flag up for a successful run. Danny went on to win the RSE with the fastest average in the stop box, on the autocross, and on the drag strip where he averaged in the mid-11s. Danny and his 1972 Corvette are something to see.

Danny's car is powered by a Lingenfelter Performance Engineering 388-inch LS engine with LS7 heads prepped by The School of Automotive Machinists and a Lunati rotator. It makes about 550hp and weighs 3,050 pounds.

The St. Paul version of the RSE happens this weekend at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Sign up and play or just watch the action starting this Friday, July 18, 2014.

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