Overall Results Don't be fooled into thinking this was a runaway win for the Viper. It was actually much closer than the point spread makes it appear. Keith Anderson squeaked out a win in the Launch Box over Nick Abernathy's Corvette by a mere 0.02 second, but even if Abernathy had won the Launch Box, it would not have been enough to overcome the Viper's consistent performance in all three venues. And don't blame it on V-10 power, either. In the autocross and the Launch Box, it was handling and driver finesse that commanded the field. On that note, John Boos' '86 boy racer looked like the car to beat with its awesome 10-second autocross pass, but he only attempted a handful of Launch Box runs, which when paired with limited horsepower on the dyno could only push his effort to the third spot overall. It's not too surprising that the Viper took the field-it's the classic combination of a big motor, a great chassis, and huge tires. Keith Anderson did a great job of pulling the reins on all that power. It's not too surprising that the Viper took the field-it's the classic combination of a bi Consistent performance in the Late Model class put Nick Abernthy's Corvette right behind the dominant Viper. With a Second Place in the Launch Box and a Third in the autocross, it would have taken a win on the chassis dyno to win the overall title. Consistent performance in the Late Model class put Nick Abernthy's Corvette right behind t Late Model Class Place Points 1. Keith Anderson, '09 Viper 80 2. Nick Abernathy, '07 Corvette 40 3. John Boos, '86 Corvette 30 4. Richard Adams, '08 Corvette 20 5. Rod Strumble, '04 Mustang 10 Competition was just as tight in the Muscle Car class with the shootout between John Wegner's big-block Camaro and the Jeff Schwartz-driven Tempest lasting right up until Sunday at noon when time trials ended. The autocross was a great battle with less than 0.30 second separating the two cars. It was even tighter in the Launch Box with less than 0.04 second between their respective best passes. Add in Mark Storlien's we-never-saw-it-coming stellar Launch Box run and the Sunday morning horsepower blitz by Lyle Nienow's Chevelle and the whole Muscle Car outcome could easily have been much different. Jeff Schwartz made it two muscle car events in a row, as 2008's winner Randy Johnson's '66 Chevelle also sported a Schwartz chassis. Jeff Schwartz made it two muscle car events in a row, as 2008's winner Randy Johnson's '66 The tightest competition of the whole weekend was between the Schwartz-driven Pontiac and John Wegner's Camaro. The big-block F-car gave the Tempest a serious run for the win. The tightest competition of the whole weekend was between the Schwartz-driven Pontiac and Muscle Car Class Place Points 1. Grant Craft, '65 Tempest 60 2. John Wegner, '69 Camaro 50 3. Lyle Nienow*, '69 Chevelle 30 * Nienow wins tie with Storlien based on better hp (544 versus 410) The Wrap-Up Real Street was a total winner event, and in the coming months we'll highlight both class winners as well as John Wegner's Camaro, which we thought was more than deserving of a closer look. And if you think your machine has what it takes to take on cars like these, get it ready for next year because we plan on doing this again at the '10 Car Craft Summer Nationals. We'll be disappointed if you don't show up. « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | View Full Article By Jeff Smith Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!