Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
May 15, 2018

Stick shift racing is hugely popular in Central Florida and has been for a few years now. The movement started on the street, but more and more of these racers are taking it to the track as part of The Stick Shift Mafia’s Cash Days series of drag races. Initially taking place at Lakeland Motorsports Park, the series lost that venue so a move was made to Showtime Dragstrip in Pinellas Park, Florida.

The next Cash Days event takes place this Saturday May 19th, 2018, and we’ll be there to get the full story and photos of some of Florida’s fastest cars. Yes, The Stick Shift Mafia will be there in full force in the Competitive Edge Stick Shift class, but if you let your transmission do the shifting, you are not left out in the cold. For those with automatics, and non H-pattern stick cars, there’s also ProFab Performance Plus Extreme Street and TRZ Motorsports 28/29 Outlaw, as well. All three classes are well-represented at each Cash Days event, and we fully expect the May 19th event to be more of the same.

The Stick Shift Mafia’s Cash Days race May 19th at Showtime Dragstrip is expected to draw several of the quickest Central Florida stick racers. The area is known for having some of the most dominant stick cars in the southeast, and we can’t wait to see who shows up. Of course, the event is not all about the stick cars, as the Extreme Street and 28/29 Outlaw classes will be heavily contested, as well.

Showtime Dragstrip is located in Clearwater, or Pinellas Park, Florida, depending on who you ask, but it’s just across the Howard Frankland Bridge on Ulmerton Road in Pinellas County. Just go by the address in the flyer provided by The Stick Shift Mafia’s David Hill, and let the GPS do the work for you. Gates open at 4:00pm, with test and tune starting at 4:30. Racing starts at 7:00pm, so hopefully temps won’t feel like you’re sitting on the surface of the sun by that time.

For full rules in all three classes, go to The Stick Shift Mafia’s Facebook page. We hope to see you there.