Corvette ZR1 Takes Over Bristol with Bolt-on Power

Built by Ohio’s Total Performance Racing, ZR1 beats on all comers, hitting the nines with only pulleys and header upgrades.

Drag racing season is in full swing, and not just on the national level, either. Every weekend in any city or town with a quarter- or eighth-mile strip and a few stands, there’s quite a few horsepower heroes bringing their finest machines to take home a win, whether it’s a trophy and some cash, or simply a personal best.

Of course, there’ll be at least a few Corvettes at the strip, too, like this orange C7 ZR1 YouTuber Jesse Kleiber (a.k.a., BigKleib34) happened upon during the Street Car Takeover at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee.

Campaigned by Total Performance Racing of Fairfield, Ohio, their ZR1 is ready to go against its older sibling, a ’57 Bel Air. The older Chevy was too quick off the line, red-lighting while the ZR1 roars off to a victorious 9.682 seconds at 142.34 mph...