The Tri-County Grudgefest, hosted by Adam Pettis at Innovative Street Technologies, event went off without a hitch this weekend. Despite the cool temp’s and lack of sunshine we still had a blast and finished off the night with an epic bon-fire and delicious tailgate bbq thanks to John Luterman & Crew. The no-prep (& water burnout only) race surface started off with barely any teeth to it at all, however later in the day as more & more cars went down the track she started to get some teeth and these hot rods started FLYING!
The Jr Dragster class was added last minute by bracket/index promoter Lynn Morris but these kids showed up and raced in TCGF fashion, instant green & no time! You might think these light weight cars with little motors would be fine racing on any surface but the first few to go down the track showed otherwise, these cars looked like top fuel cars with all the wheel speed on the no-prep surface which made the parents/tuners job very challenging to get them to hook. Ending up on top all said & done was Kayla Ainsworth, an avid competitor and ECD regular, Kayla was 3rd in points overall in this years Summit ET Series Jr Dragster class but brought her A-game to race at the TCGF, congrats Kayla & crew!
No-prep + “hard tires” made for an exceptionally challenging way to the winners circle for Peter Rozinski. Everyone there was convinced that the AWD Nissan GT-R or the AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was going to take the win but Peter drove around them all and parked his Ranger in the winner’s circle! Congrats Peter, hopefully we’ll see that hot rod out at ECD more often for 2019!
Weekend Warrior was a class that was added to this past TCGF to give those street-capable hot rods a place to race that aren’t necessarily dedicated race cars. These street-cars are allowed slicks/radials up to a certain size, power adders, all the works but had to go on the same 20+ mile cruise that the hard-tire cars/trucks had to go on. Erik Warrington made it happen with clean/fast A-B passes all the way to the finals and got the job done with his beautiful mustang. Erik is a regular at ECD his business, Warrington Utility is also a corporate supporter of the track so if you plan on racing a fast street car at ECD, plan on having to get past Erik if you want a chance at the winner’s circle, he won’t give it up without a fight!
Not the first time “Orange Boost” has parked its way in the winners picture at ECD this year, whether the car’s on radials with a bunch of weight hung on the nose or on slicks ready to get down the no-prep surface, Joey Pierre and his crew know how to get the job done. The small-tire class came down to John Luterman’s freshly painted white turbo mustang and Joey Pierre’s turbo/nitrous LS swapped Nissan with the Nissan coming out on top and going home with the cash. Icing on the cake is after issues earlier in the day, Joey had to footbrake the car and was limited to burnouts ending before the the start stripe because his transbrake (reverse) failed on him! Congrats Joey & crew for another well deserved win at ECD!
In the biggest field we’ve had yet in Outlaw Big-Tire, Cory Cox continues his winning streak with yet another win with his nitrous breathing Firebird. Coming off a big win at the JJ Arm Drop Race at Cottonwood two weeks ago, Cory’s team showed up at the TCGF ready to do whatever it took to park it in the winner’s pic and take home the cash. This marks the first time in TCGF history that Tyler Lee didn’t go home with the win in this class with his fire breathing 67 Chevy II but based on watching all these big tire cars making test hits it was clear that it was anyone’s race to win! Congrats Cory & team on the win and hopefully you can keep the streak alive!
The TCGF was meant to be our last race of the year but a group of rowdy street racers needed a place to throw down on Christmas weekend because their spot was a bit too hot for the liking, with open arms we’d like to invite you to join us on Dec 23rd for the Grand Hustle Cash Days! No tower, no tree, no staff, no tickets, arm drop, chase is a race, BYOP… just like on the street! We will have EMT on site and waivers will be signed at the gate and before going down the track to meet our requirements but other than that, behave yourselves and have a good time! Contact Shannon Wilkerson at 3342081680 if interested in getting in on the cash-days.