Columbus, Ohio – Detroit Speed & Engineering co-founder and President Kyle Tucker won the Goodguys 2013 Sponsor Shootout AutoCross – a special race held during the Goodguys 16th PPG Nationals this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Driving his bright blue ’70 Camaro, Tucker drove past a national field of the country’s top 12 drivers en route to winning the event title, defeating Rob MacGregor in the climactic final round. The victory was sweet for Tucker whose best prior finish here was a runner-up effort in 2011.
The Goodguys PPG Nationals has been good to Kyle Tucker as well as his wife and business partner Stacy. Their yellow 1969 Camaro won the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award here back in 2000 – the first year the award was given out here in Columbus. It was also here in Columbus that Stacy was named Goodguys Woman of the Year.
The Sponsor Shootout was stout right from the get-go with Josh Leisinger (Summit Racing), Brian Finch (BF Goodrich) and Tucker each logging sub-six second laps in the first elimination round. The quickest head-to-head matchup of the day came during a second round clash of Tucker and rival Brian Finch. Tucker legged out a 35.410 to beat Finch’s 35.848 by just four tenths of a second.
Fittingly, the closest race of the day came in the final between Tucker and MacGregor – Chevy Camaro vs a Chevy C-10 truck. As the crowd cheered wildly, Tucker just squeaked it out – his 36.777 beating MacGregor’s 36.846 by just a tenth of a second. It was the closest finish in the ‘Shootout’s history.
Kyle Tucker’s 1970 Camaro is equipped with a Detroit Speed Hydroformed front sub frame, DSE Quadra-Link rear suspension and JRi Shocks. The car also features a Mast Motorsports “Black Label SS” 427 making 700 crank horsepower, Formula 43 wheels (18x12’ on all four corners), BF Goodrich “Rival” tires and a Baer big brake kit.
Below is a complete round-by-round recap of the Goodguys 2013 Sponsor Shootout AutoCross
Goodguys Sponsor Shootout Round 1:
-Rob MacGregor (Hurst Shifters) ’69 Chevy C-10 36.377 defeated Larry Woo (Roadster Shop) ’68 Camaro 37.490
-Bret Voelkel (Ridetech) ’33 Ford 36.033 defeated Kevin Miller (Optima Batteries) ’69 Camaro 36.225
-Josh Leisinger (Summit Racing) ’70 Camaro 35.722 defeated Stacy Tucker (AutoMeter) ’69 Camaro 37.022
-Ryan Mathews (JRi Shocks) ’66 Ford Mustang 36.059 defeated Tim McGilton (Jet Hot) ’71 Camaro 38.659
-Brian Finch (BF Goodrich), ’70 Camaro 35.706 defeated Mark Turner (Afco) ’66 Coervette 38.283
-Kyle Tucker (Detroit Speed) ’70 Camaro 35.753 defeated Brad Coomer (Rocket Wheels), ’70 Chevy C-10 44.557
-Rob MacGregor (Hurst Shifter) , ’69 Chevy C-10 35.859 defeated Bret Voelkel (Ridetech) ’33 Ford 36.443
-Josh Leisinger (Summit Racing) ’70 Camaro 35.601 defeated Ryan Mathews (JRi Shocks) ’66 Ford Mustang (No Time)
-Kyle Tucker (Detroit Speed) ’70 Camaro 35.410 defeated Brian Finch (BF Goodrich), ’70 Camaro 35.848
-Rob MacGregor (Hurst Shifter) , ’69 Chevy C-10 (bye run for being #1 qualifier)
-Kyle Tucker (Detroit Speed) ’70 Camaro 36.296 defeated Josh Leisinger (Summit Racing) ’70 Camaro 38.915
-Kyle Tucker (Detroit Speed) ’70 Camaro 36.777 defeated Rob MacGregor (Hurst Shifter) , ’69 Chevy C-10 36.846