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Posted: Nov 18, 2013

2013 OUSCI Recap- BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge

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The competition gets tougher every year in BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge at the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by Royal Purple and KN Filters. Back in 2010, a lap time of 2:01.983 was good enough for a top-20 finish, but in 2013, it wouldn't have placed in the top-30. The spread amongst the top drivers is also tightening up. In 2011, the gap between first and 20th place was 15.327 seconds. This year, just 9.077 seconds seperated the top-20 cars.

Four-time SCCA World Challenge Champion, Randy Pobst, also reminded us why professional drivers are not allowed in the OUSCI. Pobst piloted a stock 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S station wagon to a fast lap of 1:50.8, which was quicker than all but the top-10 cars in the field. After the BFG Hot Lap Challenge wrapped up, he hopped into Bret Voelkel's '33 Ford Coupe and proceeded to lay down a lap time five seconds faster than Voelkel's best time. That was the second-fastest lap of the day, in a car that he had zero seat time in prior to the event.

While classic musclecars continue to hold their own on the track, modern cars and those from Europe and Asia are starting to make their presence known. Four of the top-10 finishers were European or Imports and six of the top-10 rolled off the production line in the 21st century.

With track time available all over the country through events held by the Ultimate Street Car Association and the American Street Car Series, more competitors than ever before are able to maximize the performance of their vehicles and raise the bar even higher. We can only imagine where things will go in 2014! Here are the complete final results from the 2013 BF Goodrich Hot Lap Challenge-

Driver/Vehicle Car # Best Time Position OUSCI Points
Danny Popp- 2010 Chevrolet Camaro 21 01:46.599 1 25
Kyle Tucker- 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 19 01:47.781 2 22
Betim Berisha- 2008 Porsche 997TT 42 01:48.143 3 20
Mark Stielow- 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 01 01:48.551 4 18
Brian Hobaugh- 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 16 01:48.632 5 16
Steve Kepler- 2013 Nissan GT-R 05 01:48.839 6 15
Todd Treffert- 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS 36 01:49.393 7 14
Karl Dunn- 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 52 01:49.459 8 13
Todd Earsley- 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer 28 01:50.339 9 12
Corey Weber- 1969 Ford Mustang 47 01:50.762 10 11
Richard Caleel- 2010 Cadillac CTS-V 34 01:51.211 11 10
Brian Finch- 1971 Chevrolet Camaro 17 01:52.098 12 9
Bret Voelkel- 1933 Ford Coupe 20 01:52.166 13 8
Dennis Prunty- 1981 Pontiac Trans Am 07 01:53.816 14 7
Josh Smith- 1996 BMW 320i Touring 38 01:54.010 15 6
Larry Woo- 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 10 01:54.091 16 5
John Lazorack- 1988 Chrysler Conquest 26 01:54.205 17 4
Steve Mott- 2003 Nissan 350Z 14 01:54.913 18 3
Matt Adams- 1977 Chevrolet Camaro 39 01:55.514 19 2
Randy Johnson 1973 Chevrolet Camaro 29 01:55.676 20 1
Richard Hoback- 2007 BMW M6 13 01:56.253 21 0
Stacy Tucker- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 22 01:56.606 22 0
Jason Overell- 2013 Subaru Sti 41 01:57.063 23 0
James Shipka- 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 18 01:57.073 24 0
Ken Edwards- 1966 Ford Mustang 09 01:59.126 25 0
Mark German- 2013 Ford Focus ST 49 01:59.148 26 0
Chris Smith- 1967 Chevrolet C10 32 02:00.314 27 0
Damion Campbell- 1963 Pontiac LeMans 06 02:00.803 28 0
Mike Holleman- 1965 Chevrolet El Camino 02 02:00.880 29 0
Bruce Raymond- 2006 Pontiac GTO 24 02:01.644 30 0
Robert Benson- 1972 DeTomaso Pantera 30 02:01.650 31 0
David Stundon- 2009 Shelby Super Snake 37 02:02.572 32 0
John Kundrat- 1964 Chevrolet Corvette 04 02:03.387 33 0
Dax Snow- 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo 44 02:03.475 34 0
Lou Krukar- 2010 Ford GT500 35 02:03.621 35 0
Troy Ladd- 2014 Ford Mustang 27 02:05.908 36 0
William Horan- 2010 Audi R8 45 02:06.293 37 0
Lynda Jacobs- 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 12 02:07.388 38 0
Boris Tilim- 2012 Fiat Abarth 61 02:07.974 39 0
Dave Eckert- 1969 Ford Mach 40 33 02:08.994 40 0
Jonathan Ward- 1950 Chevy Thriftmaster 46 02:10.136 41 0
Cheryl Herrick- 1966 Chevrolet Nova 60 02:11.137 42 0
Ed Moss- 1967 Ford Mustang 51 02:12.654 43 0
Chris Moore- 1972 Ford Maverick 15 02:14.295 44 0
Jason Crouch- 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 55 02:16.716 45 0
Alan Palmer- 1965 Ford Mustang 50 02:16.879 46 0
Jonathan Ward- 1946 Lincoln Club Coupe 40 02:28.789 47 0
Darren Nickleson- 1969 Pontiac GTO 54 02:29.403 48 0
Matt Alcala- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 03 02:35.215 49 0

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