When you gather over 50 of the nation’s most talented, most aggressive and most accomplished AutoCross racers together with $4,500 in prize money on the line (not to mention national bragging rights) – things get pretty intense! All day yesterday and today throttles were mashed and mashed hard in search of asphalt glory and the chance to hoist the champion’s trophy.
It’s the first event of its kind here at Nissan Stadium but it was long overdue. After all, this is where Gooodguys AutoCross originated. This is a special venue with a giant lot for our AutoCross. Cars routinely hit second gear here and it always draws the top competitors with its somewhat central location.
Team Speedway chose this as the debut weekend for the wicked new, lighter-weight ’69 Camaro. Other perennial fast guys on the grounds included current PRO Class points leader Chris Smith, RideTech’s Brett Voelkel, BFG driver’s Mike Johnson, Ryan Matthews, Kylie Tucker, the Leisinger’s, Rob MacGregor, Matthew Braun, and many other full throttle racers from around the country.
All day Friday the PRO’s ran lap after lap setting the field of the fastest 64 cars. Saturday morning, any car on grounds had the opportunity to bump into the quick 64. Then at noon today all 64 ran together. We then carved the quick 32 from that opening “heat race” to get to the final 32-car field. After lunch, the official 32 Music City Mayhem field of cars ran two qualifying laps to set the 5-round elimination ladder.
First round action blasted off at 3pm and offered terrific racing, but before round two got underway, dark clouds and quarter-sized rain drops cut the action short. If mother nature blesses us with sunnier skies tomorrow, racing action for the inaugural Music City Mayhem Autocross will continue.