In the wake of Lights Out 9, the first of two annual drag radial celebrations he’s staged since 2011 at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP), Donald “Duck” Long has precious little time to regroup. His sister event, No Mercy 8, isn’t scheduled until this fall, but Long is experimenting with a unique, limited-access third race this year, with his inaugural Sweet 16 going off Mar. 22-24, at the track just a few miles north of Valdosta, the southernmost city in Georgia.
Long awarded “Stevie Fast” Jackson a cool $50K Feb. 11, after he capped off Lights Out 9 with a final-round win over Keith Haney in Radial vs. the World, the 3.7-second, 200-mph headlining class for Duck’s events, which routinely draw 400-plus entries and well over 20,000 spectators each time weekend he visits SGMP. Ironically, it’s that kind of success that led Long to create a new, more intimate format for Sweet 16, one that not only drops the RvW qualified field from his traditional 32 to 16 cars, but makes it the lone official class (though 16 No Time grudge racers will battle it out, too), and even limits admission to a paltry 500 tickets sold.