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Car Craft's Real Street Eliminator VIII

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The Winners

Again this year, Real Street was a real fight right to the end. In Muscle Car, Jeff Schwartz delivered strong 808 hp, but it was only worth a Second Place against Nathan Shaw's amazing 923 hp. But, when Damion Campbell's '63 LeMans bested Schwartz in the autocross, this gave Ryan Buck the opening he needed to win the overall title, despite earning zero points on the dyno. His Nova only made 297 rwhp, but that was enough to win both the Launch Box and the QA1 autocross. So in this case, Nathan Shaw and Damion Campbell combined to act as spoilers. Had Schwartz earned a second spot in the QA1 autocross, he would have tied Buck and took the title based on his much stronger horsepower.

The Late Model winner, Dan Howe, duplicated Buck's feat, winning both the QA1 autocross and Launch Box, while finishing out of the points on the dyno. But given the broader performance spread among Howe's competition, he was able to handily beat Second Place Jim Schmittinger by a solid 20 points. So despite the emphasis we place on horsepower, a well-balanced, good-handling car wheeled by a competent driver can win a Real Street Eliminator class title.

In the Corvette/Viper class, it looked like Smith had the field covered when he took wins in both the dyno and the autocross venues, but an interesting twist occurred when Peter Barton's '69 Corvette almost stole Second Place in Launch Box from Smith with a time only 0.01 second behind. Had that occurred, Kangas and Smith would have tied for the overall win, although Smith would have still took the trophy because of his higher horsepower number.

While we don't officially award a King of the Hill prize, bragging rights can go to Smith's Corvette but only by virtue of his horsepower, since Howe tied Smith in points but gave up that title because of Smith's superior horsepower tiebreaker.

Muscle Car

Position/Owner Vehicle HP Autocross Launch Box Total
1st Ryan Buck '63 Chevy II 297 30.120 (30) 2.93 (30) 60
2nd Jeff Schwartz '81 T/A 808 (20) 30.770 (10) 3.00 (20) 50
3rd Nathan Shaw '71 Nova 923 (30) 31.190 3.14 30
4th Damion Campbell '63 LeMans 393 30.735 (20) 3.13 (10) 30
5th Justin Nall '66 Chevelle 654 (10) 31.695 3.14 10
6th Troy Borgen '69 Camaro 606 32.215 3.51 -
7th Eric Hokenson '63 Impala 547 37.359 3.49 -

Numbers in parenthesis are points awarded for the top three finishes. No points are awarded past Third Place. In case of a tie, the position goes to the car with the highest horsepower.

Late Model

Position/Owner Vehicle HP Autocross Launch Box Total
1st Dan Howe '84 Monte Carlo 388 29.974 (30) 2.91 (30) 60
2nd Jim Schmittinger '87 Buick GNX 959 (30) 36.656 3.24 30
3rd Brandon Bambilla '11 Camaro 721 (20) 32.215 3.21 20
4th John Wegner '13 ZL1 Camaro 426 30.033 (20) 3.19 20
5th Justin Hirschuber '94 Mustang GT 199 31.354 3.03 (20) 20
6th Greg Hopper '06 GTO 489 (10) 33.293 3.36 10
7th Daniel Forsman '94 Camaro Z28 450 30.166 (10) 3.11 10
8th Brett Lindert '97 Mustang 253 31.071 3.06 (10) 10
9th Bill Irwin '00 Camaro SS 338 31.945 3.12 -
10th Eric Sward '98 Trans Am 414 33.526 3.23 -
11th Ron Popesh '11 Mustang 374 33.020 3.27 -
12th Michael Callahan '99 Crown Victoria 276 32.215 3.21 -

Corvette/Viper

Position/Owner Vehicle HP Autocross Launch Box Total
1st Jeff Smith ‘99 Corvette 839 (30) 29.589 (30) 3.37 (20) 80
2nd Joel Kangas '01 Viper 394 (20) 31.453 (20) 3.23 (30) 70
3rd Peter Barton '69 Corvette 236 (10) 37.37 (10) 3.38 (10) 30


With a Little Help from Our Friends

As for the last few years, we want to acknowledge the help of the new owner of the chassis dyno, Jay Miller of HP Mobile Chassis Dyno in Seymour, Indiana. Previous owner Andy Wicks still owns his shop (Dynotuneusa.com) in South Dakota and was on hand to help for the weekend. Of course, we'd like to thank the Land O'Lakes SCCA car club for its superb running of the QA1 autocross event. Regional Director Kathy Gillen was again helping with scoring along with a list of volunteers too numerous to mention. Thank you to everyone who endured those long hours chasing cones in the sun. No less importantly are our pals from the San Diego area who fly out every year to man the Launch Box. Doug Eisberg, Eric Rosenthal, and Eric Schmiege were with us all three days doing timing and scoring. Additional credit goes to Rosenthal who designed a custom computer program that made RSE scoring much easier. It's a better event with you guys there!

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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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