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Search for the Ultimate Street Car

Posted: Jun 10, 2019

DriveOPTIMA NCM Motorsports Park 2019 Results

OPTIMA's 2019 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts, visits seven tracks across the country, but there may not be another stop as competitive as the field we saw at NCM Motorsports Park. We saw 27 cars at this event that also ran at the event at Daytona International Speedway and 25 of the 27 had lower point totals than they had at Daytona. What happened? A bunch of fast cars and a bunch of really nice cars showed up and grabbed a bunch of points.

While some, like Mike DuSold's Camaro and Danny Popp's Corvette grabbed a lot of points in both the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering Challenge and the timed segments, others, like Jim McIlvaine's Cyclone and John Laughlin's Tesla Model 3 grabbed a lot of points in one or the other. None of those cars were at Daytona and there were plenty of other examples of cars & trucks that made points very hard to come by in any of the competitive segments. The next stop is Pike's Peak International Raceway and there's no guarantee things will get any easier there. Check out the top finishers and photos from NCM Motorsports Park below and head over here to see the complete results and over here to see more photos.

Classic Car Liquidators GTV Class (pre-1990, 3200+ pounds)

1. Chris Smith, 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Dusty Nixon, 1979 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Matthew Braun, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

RECARO GTS Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, two-seaters & awd vehicles)

1. Jordan Priestley, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Steve Kepler, 2013 Nissan GT-R
3. Ryan Mathews, 2002 Chevrolet Corvette

Holley EFI GTL Class (non-compacts under 3200 pounds)

1. Mike DuSold, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Danny Popp, 2003 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Garry Walsh, 2004 Chevrolet Corvette

OPTIMA Chargers GTE Class (BEV electric vehicles)

1. John Laughlin, 2019 Tesla 3
2. Karen Thomas, 2018 Tesla X

GTC Class (two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)

1. Brian Johns, 1993 Mazda RX-7
2. Dayton de la Houssaye, 2009 Mazda MX-5
3. Darren Garvin, 1973 Datsun 240Z

OPTIMA Batteries GT Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, 2wd sedans, 4-seater coupes, trucks, etc...)

1. Jonathan Blevins, 2008 Ford Mustang
2. Tony Scalici, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Brian Shelley, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro

Outlaw Class (relaxed aero rules, pro drivers allowed)

1. Cody Mason, 2018 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Patrick Daugherty, 2012 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Adam Ulrich, 2001 Chevrolet Corvette


Spectre Performance Spirit of the Event Award: Henry Crawn, 1968 Ford F100


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