LAS VEGAS— While one of the most challenging yet, the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 16 Presented by FuelTech provided a much-needed weekend of grassroots drag racing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With COVID-19 restrictions heavy due to the pandemic surging through America since March, fans and racers did their parts to ensure they were masked and socially distanced throughout the event in accordance to state directives.
“We cannot thank everyone enough for this weekend,” said Mel Roth, Street Car Super Nationals promoter. “A lot of people didn’t think we were going to pull it off and there were a couple times where it was close. But we want to thank the elected officials of Nevada for working with us to allow a limited number of spectators to watch in person.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but being able to bring a little bit of normalcy to the drag racing world for a weekend felt good.”
LAS VEGAS — Over the course of a full day of racing at the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 16 Presented by FuelTech at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday, hundreds of cars launched down the world-class track. Amazing side-by-side passes were made. Some wheel-standing race cars went nearly vertical. American muscle and Detroit iron blasted down the superbly-prepared racing surface.
All watched and taken in by masked fans following the directives of the state of Nevada.
COVID-19 has changed most of the ways of life Americans considered normal since mid-March. Sports, including racing, have been limited greatly, including events where fans are either allowed in minimal numbers or, in some instances, not at all.
SCSN 16 Promoter Mel Roth said he is both amazed and proud of the way racers and fans have reacted to the edicts the state of Nevada has laid down to ensure the safety of large-event participants.
“This is what a family does,” Roth said. “The vast majority of the folks at the race understand that while the masks may be burdensome at times, the reasons for wearing them are important. Our fans and racers know we’re under scrutiny so they’ve done everything they can to make sure this race could be run as close to normal as possible. I just can’t say enough how much I love these people.”
LAS VEGAS — Day Two of the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 16 Presented by FuelTech at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was capped off under the lights Friday by a trio of 4-Wide grudge races. Twelve racers were divided into three “quads,” each putting $5,000 of their own money on the line with the winner pocketing a cool $20,000 for approximately six seconds of track time.
Each quad consisted of two small-tire cars and two big-tire cars. With LVMS’ unique layout of four lanes, a small-tire class can run on one pair of lanes while Jeff Foster’s world-class drag crew preps the other two lanes for the next big-tire class.
The three quads consisted of:
Quad 1: Larry Baker, Ryan Hendrickson, Roger Holder, and Jay Boddie, Jr. Winner: Hendrickson
Quad 2: Mike Bowman, Giuseppe Gentile, Armenian Tony, and Kevin Crain. Winner: Bowman
Quad 3: Jackie Knox, Kevin Guthrie, Johnny Coleman, Flaco. Winner: Coleman
LAS VEGAS—In a year of uncertainty, Mel Roth made it a mission to ensure his annual marathon of drag racing returned to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Thanks to that mission and the fans, racers, and businesses that have stood by Roth and the Premier Street Car Association in 2020, the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 16 Presented by FuelTech kicks off Thursday as originally scheduled.
The COVID-19 pandemic that has changed America’s way of life since March will still have an effect on the event. Spectator tickets will not be sold at the track as has been customary in years past. This year, tickets are only available for purchase online. Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE. Racer and crew passes can be purchased at the credential booth located to the left of the drag strip entrance as has been customary in the past.
In an open letter to fans, racers, and media earlier this week, Roth explained that while this year’s race may have a different feel, everything is being done to still provide an incredible experience.
The 2020 PSCA Racing Season Kicks off at Bandimere Speedway near Denver Colorado on May 23rd for the 1st of 3 MagnaFuel/RMSS Presented by M and M Heating & Cooling Events at the legendary Dragstrip! The PSCA has 5 Heads-Up Classes competing at Thunder Mountain (Outlaw 10.5, XDR, Limited 235, Street Import & Pro Import)
The PSCA has Partnered up with Wes Buck for Drag Illustrated’s Main Event! PSCA’s XDR Class will be featured at this Star Studded Event at Bandimere Speedway Under the Lights!
SCSN-St Louis returns for the 7th year at World Wide Technology Raceway located just a few minutes from downtown St Louis! Limited Drag Radial & X275 are the featured classes!
LAS VEGAS—Aaron Wells from Oklahoma City, Okla., earned the Precision Turbo Pro Mod victory with his ’67 Shelby at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the finals of the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 15 Presented by FuelTech. The No. 5 qualifier beat Randy Merick with an incredible lap of 5.522 seconds at 266.42 mph over Merick’s 6.005 seconds at 181.54.
Justin Jones, the class top qualifier with a supercharger track record 5.518-second lap, went out in E2 after a red light & centerline-crossing wheelstand put him on the truck early.
“We knew we had a good race car, we were just chipping away at it,” Wells said with a huge smile from the Winner’s Circle. “It’s the first time in the quarter mile for us in this car and I knew we needed to take it one step at a time and keep working on it. If I just had another pass, we’d turn it up a little more. It’s been a good time. I always say you can’t win from No. 1, so it didn’t scare me not to be No. 1 qualifier.
LAS VEGAS – The COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 15 Presented by FuelTech is a four-day marathon with a legacy of record-shattering runs, dominating performances by the greatest in the world, and stunning upsets. This year, in addition to the inclusion of Radial vs. The World class, the SCSN 4-Wide exhibition returns after a wildly-successful run during the 2018 event.
The bucket-list race is Nov. 21-24 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with the drag racing world awaiting the return of the 4-Wide(ish) SCSN. The plan, developed by SCSN Promoter and Premier Street Car Association President Mel Roth, creates one pair of lanes for Radial Tire classes and the other for Slick Tire classes. The event was one of the most memorable of last year’s race here, with both the drivers involved and those watching demanding it be brought back for a second year. Last November, the 14th edition of the Street Car Super Nationals utilized all four lanes of the facility’s unique layout in order to provide an all-new experience that also expedited the racing from class to class.
The plan, spearheaded by SCSN Promoter Mel Roth and Director of Racing Operations for The Strip Jeff Foster, calls for standard slick tire classes to be run on the west track with radial tire classes on the east track. The lanes will be used in an alternating format, eliminating the need to slow the program in order to prep for the upcoming class. In addition, prep specialist Kurt Johnson returns to assist again this year.