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Fall Street Machine Nationals - Rain, Rain, Go Away...

O'Reilly Auto Parts Fall Street Machine Nationals

Photography by Marko Radielovic

What is it about the Fall Street Machine Nationals and rain? It seems that Mother Nature sabotages this event every year. But in typical Midwestern fashion, she may dampen the fairgrounds, but she never succeeds in dampening the spirits of the participants. This year's O'Reilly Auto Parts- sponsored event started with scattered showers all of Friday, September 12th, that culminated in some rain on Saturday morning. But it went away, the ground dried, and the party began.

As usual, the Nats featured a whole slew of family-oriented entertainment including fairgrounds cruising, the Castrol Syntec Werx Motorsports dyno challenge, burnout contests on Saturday and Sunday, video games (in the O'Reilly tent), and the Miss Street Machine Nationals contest (OK, so maybe this one doesn't qualify as family entertainment, but it was entertaining nonetheless), as well as the Manufacturers Midway. The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, located in Springfield, Missouri, provided the perfect backdrop for a car show of this quality and magnitude. We're looking forward to next year's event but hope the weather's a little kinder.

Burning Rubber and Breaking Parts

This year's burnout contests were fraught with destruction, including overheating, fragged driveshafts and U-joints, broken axles, and several shredded tires--all in the name of fun. The winners on Saturday and Sunday took home a nice trophy and a $100 gift certificate from Mickey Thompson Tires to put toward a new set of rubber. This year's event featured a runoff between Saturday and Sunday's winners. We've been coughing up rubber since.

Dyno Challenge

Once again, Car Craft attended the Street Machine Nationals with two dyno challenge jackets to be awarded to the highest-horsepower producers in normally aspirated and power-adder categories. Like last year, it was an all-Oklahoma event with the Sooners dominating both categories by a wide margin. The Oklahoma Outlaw Racing Association brought out some mean "street" iron to wage war on the rollers of the Castrol Syntec Werx Motorsports mobile chassis dyno. Fortunately no one scattered an engine this year despite new event records.

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