Dylan Kwasniewski's Preview of the 2012 OUSCI
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Dylan's task that day was to set the benchmark lap time. While that might seem like an easy task for a purpose-built race car, when we're talking about the OUSCI field, we're not just talking about run-of-the-mill street cars. The spec engine on Dylan's race car only produces about 650 horsepower, which is not particularly noteworthy in a field that includes a 1,550-horsepower, twin turbo Lamborghini. In fact, it put Dylan at a serious horsepower disadvantage against most of the top contenders of the day, including eventual OUSCI Champion, Mark Stielow and his 870-horsepower, Mayhem Camaro.
Dylan did have the huge advantage of running sticky race slicks, while all OUSCI competitors were required to run street-legal tires with a treadwear rating of at least 200. Once he heated his tires up, Dylan was able to lay down a blistering lap time of 1:38.969. Knowing he had one final race to run in that car, we're guessing he may not have been running at 10/10ths either.
At the end of the day, no one in the OUSCI field came closer than Brian Hobaugh's time of 1:46.155. An impressive feat by one of NASCAR's rising stars.