Frank H. Cicerale
April 1, 2009
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Brian Kimmel
Brambleton, VA
'99 Lightning

Brian Kimmel showed up with his '99 Lightning, and the Whipple-blown monster held its own quite well. Unlike the two JLP-prepared trucks, Kimmel's Lightning showcased the stock engine measurements. In addition, Kimmel's hauler was quite consistent, as its two best runs were within .003-second of each other. After opening with a 10.46, JDM's Shaun Lacko and Kimmel dumped some weight and changed the upper blower pulley for some more power. Once done, the truck flew to a pair of 10.31s. Oh, and in case you're wondering, even without the passenger seat and the ballast, the truck still weighed in at a hefty 4,690 pounds, making it the heaviest vehicle in the shootout. Imagine what the truck could have run if it was 1,000 pounds lighter? Mind bending, isn't it?

TRUCK TECH
Year: 1999
Model: Lightning
Owner: Brian Kimmel
Driver: Brian Kimmel
Engine: 330ci Two-Valve modular built
  by JDM Engineering
Transmission: Brian’s {{{Truck}}} Shop 4R100
  automatic
Clutch/Converter: Precision Industries
Supercharger: 3.4L Whipple twin-screw
Boost: 24 psi
Weight: 4,690 pounds
Exhaust: 1¾-inch Kook’s/JDM
  long-tube headers, Magnaflow
  mufflers, 3-inch exhaust
Tuner: Jim D’Amore
  (JDM Engineering)
Rear: {{{Ford}}} 9.75-inch, 3.73 gears,
  stock differential, stock axles
Best e.t./mph: 10.315/137.84
LOG BOOK
Run 60-foot E.T. MPH
1 1.484 10.315 131.84
2 1.492 10.318 131.82
3 1.523 10.414 130.77