MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (November 13, 2015) – Hundreds of teams and 22,000 fans from across the United States, Canada and all over the globe poured into Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD for the 20th Annual Haltech World Cup Finals Import vs. Domestic event.
Eighteen competitors took to the MDIR track in Mickey Thompson Outlaw vs. Extreme competition gunning for the $10,000 cash prize. Extreme competition. This fan favorite class did not disappoint with several low 6 second passes, wild rides, fire and air all weekend long. Perhaps the best pass of the eliminations came in the 2nd round with Bayamon, Puerto Rico’s Raul Bauzo and his ’08 Toyota using a .114 reaction time, 6.215 Elapsed Time and a 205.94 MPH pass to hold off the turbocharged ’11 GXP entry of Carl Brunet of Napierville, Quebec who cut a .116 light and finished with a losing, but close 6.432 ET. Buazo would foul out in round three, however, Puerto Rico would still be proud in the end as Victor Flores of Fajardo, PR would take is ’02 RX8 all five rounds to claim the win.
In Radial vs. Modified, 31 competitors converged on MDIR to stake their claim as the king of the hill in this class, along with the $5,000 cash prize, trophy cup and contingencies. After two rounds of qualifying prior to final eliminations, local Maryland racers would pace the field in the #1 and #2 spots. Steve Willingham of La Plata assumed the #1 position in his ’67 Mustang with an impressive 6.565 ET at 218.94 MPH. Glenn Dale’s Luis Corujo and his ’04 Celica held close in the #2 spot at 6.756 MPG at 207.72. Rounding out the Top 3 was Mark Carlyle of Hilliard, Ohio with a 6.771 ET and top MPH in qualifying at 220.04.
Willingham would use his #1 position to make his way to the semi-finals in the ladder before succumbing to #5 qualifier and eventual runner-up Raul Acevedo. In a surprise and most impressive fashion; Steve Drummond would take his Laurel, Delaware based ’69 Camaro all the way from the 19th qualifying spot to eventually claim the win. Drummond’s consistent performance in eliminations along with a pair of .031 lights in round one and two, followed by .060 light in the quarters, a broke-single in the semi’s and he used an .094 reaction time in the finals to claim the win.