There’s nothing better than winning, especially when you’re in front of a large audience, participant of the F.A.S.T. Burnout contest, COMP Cams Engine Dual, Real Street Eliminator presented by FRAM, and the Miss CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals all had the chance to do just that – walk away with a giant trophy and lots of pride.
Be sure to read the full recap of days 1, 2, and 3 of the 2013 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals presented by Chevrolet Performance:
The 2013 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals presented by Chevrolet Performance took place July 19-21, 2013 at the St. Paul, Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The event experienced perfect weather all weekend as thousands came to drool over well-built muscle cars, custom trucks, and unique late-model rides. The fairgrounds experienced attendance numbers over 6,000 for registered cars, setting a new record for the 18th year of the Summer Nationals. Vendors packed the premises, from Painless Performance, FRAM Filtration, QA1 Suspension, Mickey Thompson, and many more. Lucas Oil was on hand with its dyno challenge, QA1 setup the autocross and COMP delivered a weekend-long competition to build a running engine fastest. Lots of attendees competed, only a select few won.
Real Street Eliminator Winners
The Real Street Eliminator presented by FRAM pitted competitors against each other in a horsepower (dyno), autocross, and launch box challenge. The winners were split into 3 classes: Corvette/Viper, Muscle Car and Late-model. The winners were:
- Corvette Class – Jeff Smith – ’99 Corvette
- Late-Model Class – Dan Howe ’84 Monte Carlo
- Muscle Car Class – Ryan Buck – ’63 Chevy II
Pro Builder Shootout Winner
Next up was the Pro Builder shootout, an annual contest between professional car builders. This challenge relies on the general audience to vote on their favorite custom ride. The participants this year were: Schwartz Performance, Lakeside Rides and Rods, Muscle Car Restoration, Roadster Shop, and Rad Rides by Troy. Accepting his trophy with a huge smile was Jeff Schwartz of Schwartz Performance; his company was deemed the Pro Builder of the year after receiving the majority of the votes all weekend.
F.A.S.T. Burnout Contest Winners
The crowd pleaser every year is the burnout contest, packing the grandstands with thousands of spectators. The F.A.S.T. Burnout contest was held three times in 2013 as part of the extended “Friday Night Lights,” which extends the Friday show hours 2 extra hours. Here were the winners that sun their tires best:
- Friday - Keith Simonet and his '82 Pontiac Trans AM
- Saturday - Nick Hirsch and his ’71 Chevy C-10 pickup truck
- Sunday - Jeff Dmytrok and his ’88 Chevy G-20 Topless Van
COMP Cams Engine Duel Fastest Time
COMP Cams has traveled the country this year hosting its COMP Cams Engine Duel contest. The event pits two, two-person teams against one another in a race to see who can assemble a small-block Chevy and keep it running for one minute, first. Over the weekend, COMP visited the 2013 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals with its event, but little did it expect to see a new record for the year. Going home with gift cards in-hand and a set of Snap On tools, Jim Schmittinger and Jesse Nelson finished their build in 22:32, breaking the previous time of 25:02.
Miss CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals Winners
Drawing lots of attention to the main stage both Friday and Sunday afternoons were the 2013 Miss CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals Contests. As part of the extended Friday hours, another addition to the contest was brought to the admiring audience. The shows drew between 11 and 13 girls, dressed in heels, short skirts and bikinis – it was by far one of the highlights of the weekend. Here were the winners:
Race Wear Contest - Ashley Cammela, 22, of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Miss Summer Nationals Contest - Samantha Olmstead, 23, of Elk River, Minnesota
Editor’s Choice Award Winners
Only a few years old, the Editor’s Choice Awards are a chance for anyone to win. Choosing 8 winners this year Editor-in-Chief, Douglas Glad, of CAR CRAFT Magazine handed out awards to owners of incredible rides that were well deserving of the acknowledgment. Here were those results, as well as the Chevrolet Performance award winners:
- Best of Show – ’55 Chevy – Owned by Gary Kollofski and built by Dale Pelvit
- Best 1969 Camaro – Owned by Troy Emmans and raced by his 16-year-old daughter
- Best Chevrolet – ’69 Nova – Bob Marvin
- Best Pro Street – ’79 Mercury Capri – Mike Dietzen
- Best Paint – Bill Wojcik – ’81 Monte Carlo
- Best Pro Touring – “Damion” – Pontiac Tempest
- Innovation Award – Jeff Jarzynski – ’89 Chevy pickup
- Best BOP – Pontiac Tempest
Chevrolet Performance Award Winners
- 1st Place – Lorne and Ingrid Plett – ’65 Chevelle
- 2nd Place – Steve Doepke – ’67 Chevy C10 Pickup
- 3rd Place – Ray and Linda Warmuth – ’55 Black Chevy 2-door
Congratulations to all those who won an award this weekend, and to those who tried we appreciate your effort. Be sure to get out there and try your hardest next year, the CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals is always looking to highlight new talent, so be sure to show us what you’ve got. See you next year in St. Paul, Minnesota for the 2014 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals!