Import Face-Off Brings Spectacular Racing Action
The third running of the Import Face-Off showcased sweet drag racing, great spectator attendance, and epic drag racing. Winners for the day were James Kempf (Forced Induction Pro), Shannon Hamlin (Forced Induction Sport), Stan Yevenko (All Motor Sport), and Brett Dewar (Bracket). The racers provided some amazingly close racing action, as well as some spectacular show vehicles and the insanely smokey burnout contest.
In Forced Induction Pro, James Kempf and Reid Lunde were the last two competitors. Kempf, who was the number one qualifier, earned the single in the first round and then had a lucky break in the second round when Jeff Bush red lit at the start (and then ran an 8.485 at 171.07) and broke. For Lunde, it was an 8.940 run at 168.25 mph in the first round before earning the single in the semis. In the final round, Lunde took off first over Kempf…but unfortunately it was a red light start by 14 thousandths of a second! Kempf then took his number one qualifying time and upped it by running an 8.282 at 184.50 mph to prove to everyone that he is the dominant FIP racer, with no intention to change.
Forced Induction Sport featured Shannon Hamlin and Scott Coman in the final round. For Hamlin, the long battle was through tough competitors the likes of Heather Waggoner, Stefan Barbu, and Chris Fogg. For Coman; Erich Uhlman, Joel Sipes, and Kevin Shumaker were the victims. In the final round, Coman needed a lot of luck to have a chance over the heavily favored number 2 qualifier, and unfortunately for him he didn’t get it. Hamlin ran a 10.296 at 142.13mph to score the victory.
In All Motor Sport competition Stan Yevenko and Tim Knudsen were the last two competitors. For Yevenko, the racers he downed were JR Steach, Joe Moore and the number one qualifier Sath Vang on his path to the final. For Knudsen, who had a single then took down number two qualifier John Davidson in the semi’s before earning the single in the semi’s. In the final round, Yevenko had enough power to stay ahead of Knudsen and score the victory, running an 11.723 at 116.70 mph.
Bracket final round featured Brett Dewar and William Breese. In the final, Breese was much closer to his dial-in, but unfortunately was red off the starting line by .032, ending his day and giving the win to Brett Dewar.