Goin’ Ta Kansas City! 8th Mid-Western Nationals on Tap at Kansas Speedway

August 30, 2009

The Goodguys 8th Midwestern Nationals returns to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas this weekend bringing over 2,500 of the country’s hottest rods and coolest customs to this sparkling speedway. The three day event features a giant show & shine spread throughout the Kansas Speedway’s infield, vendor exhibits, swap meet & cars for sale corral, Saturday evening track cruise, a Street Challenge Autocross, model car show, and lots more fun for the entire family! For a look at the complete weekend event schedule click here

It’s been over a month since Goodguys event participants have gotten a chance to let it all hang out on a Street Challenge Autocross course! The Street Challenge Autocross will be open for business from 9am to 4pm both Friday and Saturday with a one hour lunch break from noon to 1pm. All event participants can take laps for free with no extra charge. The only requirement for participation is that your car pass a basic tech inspection!

Goodguys 7th Midwestern Nationals
Event Hours:
Friday, August Sept 4th 8am to 5pm,
Saturday, September 5th 8am to 8pm
Sunday, September 6th 8am to 3pm
General admission
Adults $17
Kids 7-12 $6

Vehicle Registration Fees (Registration is at the Speedway):
3 day registration – $70 (includes the car and two people for the weekend)
Sunday only registration – $35 (includes the car and two people for the weekend)

Swap Meet & Cars for Sale Corral:
Spaces are still available. At-event price $50
For more info on the swap meet call Ron or Vicki Black (417) 581-1449

For additional Midwestern Nationals event information visit the event website here: www.midwesternnats.com


8th DuPont Blue Suede Cruise Final Race Results!

August 28, 2009

Three repeat winners re-established their dominance at Summit Motorsports Park outside Norwalk, Ohio this weekend as over 250 racing entries did battle at the Goodguys 8th DuPont Blue Suede Cruise. Steve Nichols (Funny Car), Darrell Wathen (B/GAS) and Sam Patrick (Nostalgia Gas) went home victorious for the second year in a row as racers enjoyed cool temperatures and an ultra-sticky racing surface which resulted in spectacular runs in both pro and sportsman classes. Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” and Dave Hough’s “Nanook” fuel altereds also gave the fans their money’s worth over the weekend coming to the line for a three-race match race which culminated in a thrilling Sunday climax run with Nanook’s 6.460 @ 198.79 defeating Pure Hell’s 6.475 @ 214.11! The crowd went wild!!!!

Nostalgia Funny Car action provided wild side by side action. Sunday’s final round between low qualifier Peter Gallen and Steve Nichols turned into the quickest side-by-side Nostalgia Funny Car race in the history of Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing. Gallen and his gorgeous “Poverty Stricken” ’74 Vega were quickest in every round of qualifying and eliminations and it appeared to be his race to lose. But his slightly tardy reaction times proved to be his undoing in the money round as he lost a heartbreaker on a holeshot to defending event champion Steve Nichols in the Mill Road Boys ’70 Camaro. Gallen and his team put on a show that will not soon be forgotten. His successive runs throughout the weekend were 6.048, 5.898, 5.919, 5.913 and 5.899 in the final.

Like Funny Car, the Nostalgia Top Fuel eliminations pitted the two fastest cars on the grounds in the final with Randy Bridges and car owner Joe Hendricks facing off against multi-time Goodguys event champion Howard Haight in Jim Didio’s New York based “Nitro-Diction” entry with Pete Jensen now serving as crew chief/consultant. Bridges and Hendricks have been on a roll since the Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals in Indy back in June and extended that momentum here in Norwalk taking their first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel win! They again set top speed of the meet when their car zipped to a 257mph speed to defeat the alcohol car of Bill Walls in round one. The final was close as both Bridges and Haight ran 240mph speeds but Bridges edged ahead late to take home the Goodguys hemi Oscar trophy.

In the 7.0 second index Pro Comp I Eliminator, Crawfordsville, Indiana’s Mark Vaught got his first Goodguys win as he and crew chief Keith “Rooman” Burgan ran just quick enough to get the popular win. The quickest run they could muster throughout Sunday’s eliminations was a semi-final 7.335 @ 195.06 over Don Slout who broke. They caught another lucky break in the final when #3 qualifier Don Slagle also broke, giving them their free pass to the spoils.

Owensboro, Kentucky’s Darrell Wathen tasted sweet victory again this year in B/GAS (8.50 index) running a near-perfect an 8.504 in the semis then an 8.507 in the final to defeat Paul Suloff who had trouble gaining traction.

Other winners included Wayne Sears (Pro Comp II), Chad Levan (Nostalgia Comp), Sam Patrick (Nostalgia Gas) and Pat McFadden (Hot Rod Eliminator), Ron Normann (Geezer Gasser) Brian Schimmel (1/8th mile Street Rod Shootout) and Kenny Edwards (1/8th mile Hot Rod Shootout).

The third and final stop on the 2009 Goodguys Midwest Vintage Drag Racing Circuit is scheduled for October 16, 17 & 18 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more visit http://www.good-guys.com

Final Elimination Results
Goodguys 8th DuPont Blue Suede Cruise
Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, OH
Top Fuel:
Winner: Randy Bridges, Virden, IL 5.973 @ 246.80
Runner Up: Howard Haight, Brownsburg, IN 6.110 @ 243.24
Funny Car:
Winner: Steve Nichols, Newark, DE, ’70 Camaro 5.968 @ 235.02
Runner Up: Peter Gallen, Broomoll, PA ’74 Vega 5.899 @ 243.90
Pro Comp I:
Winner: Mark Vaught, Crawfordsville, IN F.E.D. 8.884 @ 191.40
Runner Up: Don Slagle, Mt Lebanon, PA F.E.D. (broke)
Pro Comp II:
Winner: Wayne Sears, Middletown, OH ’32 Bantam 7.319 @ 184.62
Runner Up: Richard Barnard, Conneaut, OH F.E.D 10.712 @ 100.12
Winner: Darrell Wathen, Utica KY, ’41 Willys 8.507 @ 154.78
Runner Up: Paul Suloff, Barberton, OH ’67 Camaro 9.609 @ 102.04
Nostalgia Comp:
Winner: Chad Levan, West Liberty, OH ’67 Camaro 8.096 @ 173.01
Runner Up: Dave Bommanito, Chesterfield, MI F.E.D. 8.634 @ 146.56
Nostalgia Gas:
Winner: Sam Patrick, Sand Point, MI ’37 Ford 13.586 @ 66.23
Runner Up: Gene Allen, Pataskala, OH ’27 Ford 20.754 @ 41.85
Hot Rod Eliminator:
Winner: Pat McFadden, Bainbridge, OH F.E.D. 10.625 @ 113.40
Runner Up: Maurice Edwards, Norwalk, OH ’67 Camaro 12.466 @ 110.78
Geezer Gassers:
Winner: Ron Normann, Hebron, IL ’41 Willys 9.984 @ 132.62
Runner Up: Martin Stead, LaGrange, OH ’48 Anglia 11.489 @ 114.60
1/8th Mile Street Rod Shootout:
Winner: Brian Schimmel ’55 Chevy Pickup 6.585 @ 108.25
Runner Up: Mark Treziack ’31 Ford Sedan 7.423 @ 92.16
1/8th Mile Hot Rod Shootout:
Winner: Kenny Edwards, ’47 Chevy 7.963 @ 77.74 (was unopposed)

Pro Round by Round Results:
Nostalgia Top Fuel – Round One:
Howard Haight 6.014 @ 234.61 def Kevin Brewer 6.600 @ 130.77
Randy Bridges 6.008 @ 257.78 def Bill Walls 7.233 @ 194.35
Diamond Dave Miller 6.294 @ 219.86 def David Mullett 7.031 @ 199.29
Jeff Miller 6.732 @ 206.67 def. Dennis Corso 7.766 @ 128.62
Round Two:
Howard Haight 6.116 @ 237.13 def. Diamond Dave Miller 9.240 @ 64.89
Randy Bridges 6.761 @ 164.64 def. Jeff Miller 14.879 @ 64.11
Randy Bridges, Virden, IL 5.973 @ 246.80 def. Howard Haight 6.110 @ 243.24

Nostalgia Funny Car – Round One
Steve Nichols ’70 Camaro 6.119 @ 228.11 def. Eric Martin ’72 Satellite 7.123 @ 203.31
Peter Gallen ’74 Vega 5.919 @ 242.76 def. Kyle Wurtzel ’72 Vega 8.566 @ 95.05 (both of these runs were bye runs but the teams ran side by side for the fans)
Round Two:
Peter Gallen ’74 Vega 5.913 @ 242.58 def. Kyle Wurtzel ’72 Vega 6.520 @ 161.52
Steve Nichols (Bye) 5.978 @ 209.39
Steve Nichols ’70 Camaro 5.968 @ 235.02 def. Peter Gallen ’74 Vega 5.899 @ 243.90

Sneak Peek! Kansas City Builder’s Choice awards!

August 26, 2009

Take a look at these awesome Builder’s Choice awards for next weekend’s 8th Mid-Western Nationals in Kansas City! Former Goodguys Trendsetter Award recipient and two time Goodguys Street Rod of the Year builder Dave Lane of Fastlane Rod Shop in Donahue, Iowa will select 10 Builder’s Choice awards at this year’s 8th Mid-Western Nationals at Kansas Speedway. Known worldwide for his one-man hot rod shop, Lane is one of the true superior craftsmen in today’s hot rod scene.

To be eligible for a Builder’s Choice award in Kansas, you will need to park your rod, custom, classic, muscle car or truck in the Builder’s Choice parking area Saturday, September 5th. The Builder’s Choice parking area will be open from 8am to 2pm.

For a complete look at the 8th Mid-Western Nationals visit the event website here: www.midwesternnats.com/

To take a tour of Fastlane Rod Shop and see what Dave’s up to these days and some of the car’s he’s built over the years visit www.fastlanerodshop.com

All eyes on Norwalk as 8th Blue Suede Cruise Takes Center Stage This Weekend!

August 26, 2009

The Goodguys 8th DuPont Blue Suede Cruise is ready to rumble this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park outside Norwalk, Ohio! A big weekend of show & shine and vintage drag racing is on tap as the event takes over every square inch of the famous facility.

Included in the weekend festivities is the massive show & shine for 1972 & earlier rods, customs & classics, a full scale vintage drag race featuring nostalgia top fuel dragsters and funny cars, gassers, altereds and a super special fuel altered match race between Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” and Dave Hough’s “Nanook!” The event also includes vendor exhibits, an automotive swap meet & car corral, street rod fun runs on the drag strip and so much more!

The Kalahari Resort serves as the host hotel this weekend and three big evenin’ parkin’ lot parties are planned starting Thursday evening from 5 to 10pm! Rockin’ Dave will be spinning the tunes and a BBQ dinner is available! Same goes for Friday night and Saturday night!

It’s a giant weekend of fun you and the family don’t want to miss! We’ll see ya in Norwalk!

Event Hours and Prices:
Friday 8am to 5pm
Saturday 8am to 5pm
Sunday 8am to 3pm
General Admission: $20 per day
Weekend Admission Pass: $55
Participant Fees:
Registration is located at Summit Motorsports Park
Weekend Show & Shine Fee: $70
Sunday Only Show & Shine Fee: $35
Racer Fee: $85
Swap Meet & Car Corral Fee: $65 at the gate

For more info visit: www.ggbluesuedecruise.com or call the track at (419) 668-5555

Click here for drag racing class structure and payout information

“Pure Hell” vs “Nanook” Round Two at Blue Suede Cruise!

August 24, 2009

Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, OH – The world’s most famous Fuel Atereds are back for Round #2 in their 2009 match race series! Rich Guasco’s Northern California based “Pure Hell” Austin bantam roadster and Dave Hough’s Las Vegas based “Nanook” ’23 Ford will square off for a weekend of ground pounding, unpredictable guardrail to guardrail action August 28, 29 & 30 at the Goodguys 8th DuPont Blue Suede Cruise in Norwalk, OH!

Hough’s bright green “Nanook” got the better of Pure Hell back in June at the Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals but Guasco assures his car will rebound in Norwalk. “I’ve been running all over the state of California getting new blowers and making this motor happier” Guasco said. “We had not had the car out in 8 years prior to Indy and were able to run a 6.876 @ 188.81 with Jason Richey behind the wheel. We should be able to run 6.30’s in Norwalk so Hough better tune his up.”

Hough meanwhile has been on the match race circuit all summer long with his driver Vince Generalao running consistent 6.40s. “We’re ready,” Hough said. “I love going to Norwalk. The Nanook will love that smooth racing surface. Pure Hell is in trouble.”

Both cars have over eighty-eight years of combined quarter mile history. Pure Hell first appeared on the dragstrip (with Guasco behind the wheel) in 1963 while Nanook debuted in 1965 and was originally driven by Hough himself. Both cars own the top performance records for Fuel Altered roadsters with a best time of 6.18 @ 236mph for Nanook and a 6.32 @ 238mph for Pure Hell. The last time they appeared together came in 2004, when both cars participated in the Goodwood Festival in the United Kingdom.

The Goodguys 8th DuPont Blue Suede Cruise is two giant events in one. The entire west side of Summit Motorsports Park will be filled with a show & shine featuring over 2,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks. Vendor exhibits and a swap meet are also featured. The east side of the track will be filled with over 300 vintage drasgsters, funny cars, altereds and gassers making it one of the country’s largest hot rodding events.

The event is open from 8am-5pm Friday 8/28 and Saturday 8/29 and 8am-3pm on Sunday 8/30. General admission is $20, kids 7-12 $6. For more visit www.ggbluesuedecruise.com

Goodgus West Coast Nationals Award Ceremony Video Now Available

August 23, 2009

Check out replay video from the Goodguys West Coast Nationals Award Ceremony live broadcast.

Watch here – www.ggwestcoastnats.com

HD Quality Video posted to the Goodguys YouTube Channel this week!
YouTube Channel Here

America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod Winner!

August 23, 2009

Pleasanton, Calif – Marvin Bok’s Auburn, Indiana based ’39 Ford convertible won the Goodguys 2009 America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Hushpower at the 23rd West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton. Built by Ben York’s Roseville Rod & Custom in Northern California, the convertible has now won two of this year’s Goodguys “Terrific 12” awards also taking the Street Rod d’Elegance drown earlier this year in Del Mar.

The car exudes beauty and sophistication in every aspect. From the European style tan leather interior to the candy “Cabernet” PPG paint to the handmade chromed brass brightwork, Bok’s convertible catches the eye from any angle. It also sports the subtleties we’ve come to expect from the Roseville Rod & Custom shop. The car’s beltline was pie sectioned 1 ¾” and the windshield laid back 1 ½” for a smooth, speedy look. The convertible top was chopped 2 inches. But the convertible’s dash is perhaps its most striking feature. The dash template is from a ’40 Ford but has been tastefully reconstructed to house the large oval speedometer from a 1935 Oldsmobile. The Roseville crew custom fabricated the entire dash including the tach and other gauges to match the vintage Olds speedo.

Under the hood is a throaty 4.6 liter supercharged Ford pumping sweet notes through the polished stainless exhaust. It rides low and smooth (make that really, really low) on an Air Ride equipped TCI chassis with polished and chromed suspension components. The shiny chrome wheels with solid centers and classic Ford V8 insignia were made as one off designs by Evod Industries.

Another aspect of the car that catches the eye is the large stock ’39 Ford rear license plate. It was hand painted to match the interior of the car.

The Goodguys America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Hushpower is meant to honor a beautiful street rod through 1949 vintage. The award criteria states “This is simply a beauty contest. The most beautiful street rod will be chosen.”

The top five finalists for this year’s award included Don & Carolyn Smith, Mansfield, TX (“Hemrod” ’32 Ford Sedan), Marvin Bok, Auburn, IN (’39 Ford Convertible), Tom Smith, Auburn, CA (’36 Ford Coupe) Doug Cooper, Oyster Bay Cove, NY (‘32 Ford B 400), and Doc & Elsie Kinney, Chiliwack, BC (’37 Chevy Coupe).