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QA1 Autocross

Every year, this is where the serious competition starts. The rules allow each RSE competitor to make as many passes as necessary to generate his best time. This usually ends up in a shootout between the top three cars in each class on Saturday afternoon because the better drivers generally take command. This year's course was again laid out by our friends from the Land O'Lakes SCCA club and was substantially longer than last year's. Heading into this event, we took only passing notice of Ryan Buck's rustic Chevy II, but it didn't take long for him to show us he was serious. He'd wrecked his previous Chevy II and took his time rebuilding this one with a TCI front and rear suspension and then revealed his driving skills by eventually pulling off an impressive 30.12 time that was only surpassed by Dan Howe's 29.974-second Monte Carlo lap time in the Late Model class and Jeff Smith's Corvette with a 29.589—which is why we split the Vettes and Vipers out of the Late Model class. There were several other notable autocross runs, including Damion Campbell's cool '63 LeMans pavement-cutter running a 30.735. John Wegner in his new ZL1 '13 Camaro was in the hunt with a 30.033, but Daniel Forsman's '94 Camaro sliced off an even quicker 30.166. The tightest race was for Second Place in Muscle Car when Damion Campbell's LeMans bested Jeff Schwartz's Trans Am by a scant 0.035-second.

We noticed something interesting with Dan Howe's numerous runs, including his sub-30-second pass. Despite the fact that he was wheeling a rather large Monte Carlo, his passes were exceptionally smooth, and he carried far more speed through the middle sections of the course than nearly every other car that ran that weekend. It you watched closely, you could learn a lot from his very impressive runs. And he's only been racing for a little more than a year.

QA1 Autocross Results

Muscle Car Class

Position/Owner Vehicle Time Points
1st Ryan Buck '63 Chevy II 30.12 30
2nd Damion Campbell '63 Pontiac LeMans 30.735 20
3rd Jeff Schwartz '81 Trans Am 30.77 10
4th Nathan Shaw '71 Nova 31.19 -
5th Justin Nall '66 Chevelle 31.695 -
6th Troy Borgen '69 Camaro 32.215 -
7th Eric Hokenson '63 Impala 37.359 -

Late Model Class

Position/Owner Vehicle Time Points
1st Dan Howe '84 Monte Carlo 29.974 30
2nd John Wegner '13 ZL1 Camaro 30.033 20
3rd Daniel Forsman '94 Camaro Z28 30.166 10
4th Brett Lindert '97 Mustang GT 31.071 -
5th Justin Hirschuber '94 Mustang GT 31.354 -
6th Bill Irwin '00 Camaro 31.945 -
7th Brandon Brambilla '11 Camaro 32.215 -
8th Ron Popesh '11 Mustang 33.020 -
9th Greg Hopper '06 Pontiac GTO 33.293 -
10th Eric Sward '98 Pontiac Trans Am 33.526 -
11th Michael Callahan '99 Crown Victoria 35.022 -
12th Jim Schmittinger '87 Buick GNX 36.656 -

Corvette/Viper Class

Position/Owner Vehicle Time Points
1st Jeff Smith '99 Corvette 29.589 30
2nd Joel Kangas '01 Viper 31.453 20
3rd Peter Barton '69 Corvette 37.370 10


Car Craft Launch Box

The Launch Box is a 150-foot go-whoa contest. It looks simple, but it is not. In fact, almost every year an otherwise competitive car gets eaten alive on the Launch Box. This year was no exception, especially as the competition becomes tighter. Last year, several cars broke into the 2.9-second bracket with the best RSE time this year executed by Dan Howe, who won the Late Model Launch Box effort last year, as well. He improved his time from last year's 2.99 to this year's 2.91 seconds—an outstanding effort. This was nearly equaled by Ryan Buck, who matched his top spot autocross effort by taking First Place in Launch Box with a 2.93. Jeff Schwartz was barely 0.07 second behind with his Trans Am, and Jeff flogged the T-A multiple tries in an attempt to beat Buck's time without success. Nathan Shaw was again close with a 3.14-second time for a Muscle Car class, which tied him with Justin Nall's Chevelle. The First-to-Third spread in Muscle Car was barely 0.21 second.

Muscle Car Class

Position/Owner Vehicle Time Points
1st Ryan Buck '63 Chevy II 2.93 30
2nd Jeff Schwartz '81 Pontiac Trans Am 3.00 20
3rd Damion Campbell '63 Pontiac LeMans 3.13 10
4th Nathan Shaw '71 Nova 3.14 -
5th Justin Nall '66 Chevelle 3.14 -
6th Eric Hokenson '63 Impala 3.49 -
7th Troy Borgen '69 Camaro 3.51 -

Late Model Class

Position/Owner Vehicle Time Points
1st Dan Howe '84 Monte Carlo 2.91 30
2nd Justin Hirschuber '94 Mustang GT 3.03 20
3rd Brett Lindert '97 Mustang GT 3.06 10
4th Daniel Forsman '94 Camaro Z28 3.11 -
5th Bill Irwin '00 Camaro 3.12 -
6th John Wegner '13 ZL1 Camaro 3.19 -
7th Brandon Brambilla '11 Camaro 3.21 -
8th Eric Sward '89 Pontiac Trans Am 3.23 -
9th Jim Schmittinger '87 Buick GNX 3.24 -
10th Ron Popesh '11 Mustang 3.27
11th Michael Callahan '99 Crown Victoria 3.27 -
12th Greg Hopper '06 GTO 3.36 -

Corvette Class

Position/Owner Vehicle Time Points
1st Joel Kangas '01 Viper 3.23 30
2nd Jeff Smith '99 Corvette 3.37 20
3rd Peter Barton '69 Corvette 3.38 10

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16 comments
Seth Baker
Seth Baker

I saw this on hrm. It is awesome.

Vikingo Erik
Vikingo Erik

Yo tengo un modelo de ese para restaurar

Shawn Tarleton
Shawn Tarleton

Lower center of gravity, springs, shocks, tires and sway bars.

Dan Howe
Dan Howe

Funny thing is I just finished putting this article onto a poster frame for the shop. This is a great shot of your Nova Ryan Buck.

Ryan Buck
Ryan Buck

Nice shot of that power house Nathan Shaw.

TCI Engineering
TCI Engineering

That was a different car. He had one previous to this car that was damaged in an accident.

Da Manny
Da Manny

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Brandon Quinn
Brandon Quinn

Too bad he was parting this car out on craiglist.

Lee Smith
Lee Smith

pro touring gives som cars a whole different flavor. had dreams of pro touring my Malibu SW suspension... but i never ce to fruition

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