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Durden Takes SCSN Pro Mod Title, Hayward Smashes Records in 10.5 Win, Full Race Report

LAS VEGAS — It’s been a long time coming for John Durden, but on Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Californian finally drove his hot rod to victory at the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals presented by FuelTech and Summit Racing Equipment. After earning top qualifier honors Friday in the Precision Turbo presented by Energy Manufacturing Pro Mod class, Durden took his ’59 Corvette to the Winner’s Circle.

“I’ve been close three times,” Durden said Monday. “We work hard and enjoy coming out. (SCSN Promoter) Mel Roth has treated me well and gave us a great race track. It’s the biggest event on the West Coast to win and this is the one I cared most to win. Thank you to Mel and the PSCA crew!”

The Pacific Northwest was well-represented when it came to holding the big checks at the end of the day. Rian Hayward out of Marysville, Wash., not only took the MagnaFuel Outlaw 10.5 victory, his lap of 3.852 seconds at 192.25 mph blistered the existing track record for the class. The run was good enough to beat fellow Washingtonian Art Raz’s 4.247-second run at 149.13 mph.

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Durden Takes SCSN Pro Mod Title, Hayward Smashes Records in 10.5 Win

LAS VEGAS — It’s been a long time coming for John Durden, but on Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Californian finally drove his hot rod to victory at the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals presented by FuelTech and Summit Racing Equipment. After earning top qualifier honors Friday in the Precision Turbo presented by Energy Manufacturing Pro Mod class, Durden took his ’59 Corvette to the Winner’s Circle.

“I’ve been close three times,” Durden said Monday. “We work hard and enjoy coming out. (SCSN Promoter) Mel Roth has treated me well and gave us a great race track. It’s the biggest event on the West Coast to win and this is the one I cared most to win. Thank you to Mel and the PSCA crew!”

The Pacific Northwest was well-represented when it came to holding the big checks at the end of the day. Rian Hayward out of Marysville, Wash., not only took the MagnaFuel Outlaw 10.5 victory, his lap of 3.852 seconds at 192.25 mph blistered the existing track record for the class. The run was good enough to beat fellow Washingtonian Art Raz’s 4.247-second run at 149.13 mph.

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SCSN 19 Announced for October 2023

LAS VEGAS — With the 18th running of the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals presented by FuelTech and Summit Racing Equipment still ongoing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it was big news when next year’s date was announced.

For years, racers and fans have kicked off their holiday season by coming to Sin City the weekend prior to Thanksgiving to be a part of drag racing’s biggest bucket list event. Next year, SCSN moves up a month to Oct. 18-22, 2023.

The event now leads into the NHRA Camping World Series race at The Strip, scheduled for the following weekend.

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Durden Takes Pro Mod Top Spot at 2022 SCSN

LAS VEGAS — In the final round of qualifying at the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 18 presented by FuelTech and Summit Racing Equipment, John Durden laid down a pass of 5.683 seconds at 253.90 mph to take the Precision Pro Mod Top Qualifier. The San Juan Bautista, Calif. native edged past Friday’s provisional pole sitter Bret Williamson’s 5.6960-second lap.

Rian Hayward maintained his hold on top qualifier honors in the MagnaFuel Outlaw 10.5 class with his run from Thursday of 3.841 seconds at 193.21 mph.

Race conditions at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway continue to be flawless with Saturday’s temps in the mid-50s under clear skies as eliminations kicked off at 8 a.m. PST. Results, photos, videos, and updates can be found at the official page on Facebook, Street Car Super Nationals Las Vegas.

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Williamson Drops Pro Mod Gauntlet in Day 1 of SCSN in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — At the completion of Day 1 of the 18th Annual COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals presented by FuelTech and Summit Racing Equipment, Bret Williamson stood atop the Precision Turbo Pro Mod standings. After two rounds of qualifying, the Gilroy, Calif-native earned the provisional pole with a pass of 5.696 seconds at 260.61 mph.

Fellow Californian John Durden had the next-best qualifying pass with a lap of 5.826 seconds at 252.90 mph.

Action continued at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday under near-perfect conditions: cool, mostly cloudy, and fast. Day 2 of qualifying for drag racing’s marathon kicked off at 8 a.m. PST and will run through the evening. Results, photos, videos, and updates can be found at the official page on Facebook, Street Car Super Nationals Las Vegas.

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Street Car Super Nats Returns to Las Vegas This Weekend

LAS VEGAS — Returning for its 18th running, the COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals presented by FuelTech and Summit Racing Equipment kicks off Wednesday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The legendary marathon of speed will utilize all four of The Strip’s lanes at the world-class, state-of-the-art facility.

Race Week begins Wednesday with an open test-and-tune starting at 10 a.m. PST with qualifying scheduled for Thursday at 8 a.m. Spectator gates also open at 8 a.m.

“Every year, it’s always surprising that the Street Car Super Nationals manages to sneak up on us, but here we are again and ready to race,” said SCSN Promoter Mel Roth. “This is an event that’s not for the weak at heart. When you win this race, you’re telling the rest of the drag racing world that you, your team, and your car are the toughest in the sport.

“We have something for every fan. We have non-stop racing on the track, we have a Manufacturer’s Midway featuring some of the biggest name in the automotive industry, and vendors selling just about everything. Plus, how can you not want to kick off the holiday season in Vegas?”

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Comp Cams SCSN 17 presented by FuelTech Hits the Strip at LVMS This Weekend

LAS VEGAS — The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is preparing for the Premier Street Car Association’s annual marathon of drag racing, the Comp Cams Street Car Super Nationals 17 presented by FuelTech. The legendary race kicks off with qualifying Thursday at the desert oasis of speed.

Unlike last year’s event, run under guidelines mandated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s race is back to normal, or at least as normal as a SCSN is likely to get. In addition to fans champing at the bit to see the grandaddy of the PSCA calendar in person, every class is packed with racers ready to compete for the opportunity to park it in one of the most prestigious Winners Circles in drag racing today.

In addition to the regular heads-up and bracket classes, the popular Friday night 4-Wide Radial vs. Non-Radial grudge match returns along with two new mini-races, the Girls’ Grudge and the Nitrous Grudge matches on Friday.

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Comp Cams SCSN 17 presented by FuelTech Returns to Vegas Nov. 18-21

LAS VEGAS — The grandaddy of them all, the marathon of drag racing, the Comp Cams Street Car Super Nationals 17 presented by FuelTech, is less than a month away. Some of the biggest names in both big-dollar and grassroots racing has won this bucket list event. Tickets are on sale now to ensure you can be there to see drag racer dreams come true Nov. 18-21 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Like the 16 previous events, SCSN 17 is expected to shatter records in both speed and ET. Every year, personal bests are achieved thanks to a combination of the grit and determination of the drivers and their crews and the hard work and professionalism of The Strip’s incredible track crew.

“What Jeff Foster and his folks do is beyond unbelievable,” said SCSN Promoter Mel Roth. “Every year, every single year, we come here and get some of the best track prep on the planet. The guys driving Open Comp get the same level of courtesy and track prep that our Pro Mod guys do. We couldn’t do what we do without the team from The Strip.”

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Hootenanny to Award Wallys, STL NHRA Nationals Opportunity Aug. 13-14 at WWT Raceway

MADISON, IL — Heads-up drag racing, PSCA-style, returns to World Wide Technology Raceway Aug. 13-14 with the Premier Street Car Association’s annual Heads Up Hootenanny. Some of the best drivers on the planet will race for a special-edition NHRA Wally, $10,000, and a berth in a Pro Xtreeme exhibition race during the WWTR’s NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Midwest Nationals in September.

With the unfortunate rain-out of SCSN VIII: Radials After Dark this past weekend, all classes racing for a Wally at that event (X275, LDR, and Small Tire N/T) will compete for them at this race. The Pro Mod entry list is a who’s who of the best straight-line performers in the sport, including Bubba Stanton, Frankie “The Madman” Taylor, Mike Recchia, Randy Merick, and Jason Hamstra.

PSCA President Mel Roth is taking the Wallys on the road over the next month, ensuring they are well-traveled and ready to be presented to the best of the best in August.

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Laughlin Takes Win Light at EliteHP SCSN: Dallas

ENNIS, TX — He’s won the NHRA US Nationals, he’s won the biggest small-tire races in the country, and now Alex Laughlin has a Street Car Super Nationals victory. The native Texan earned a home-state victory early Sunday morning at the inaugural EliteHP SCSN: Dallas at the Texas Motorplex. As the sun rose at the conclusion of the overnight festival of speed, Laughlin powered his brand-new Hot Wheels Corvette to the win over Dan Myers.

Making the win extra special was the fact it came on Father’s Day with his dad onhand, four years after earning the NHRA Pro Stock victory in Bristol, also on Father’s Day.

“First win of 2021 and it feels realllll nice!!!” Laughlin said in a post on his verified Instagram account @alexlaughlin40. “We ran the final directly into the sunrise, so that’s a first for me. Huge thanks to Marty Robertson and Elite HP for getting us out here. It’s also rad that it’s the first time to have the car out as a life-size Hot Wheels car too! What a weekend… Seriously, what. a. weekend.”

Event promoter Mel Roth was pleased with the race, from the co-promotion from Team Boddie which was key in attracting some of the nation’s best racers, to the incredible track prep by Andy Carter’s crew.

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