Pushin’ Limits in P-Town! Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series Recap From The 38th All American Get-Together
West Coast racers were geared up and ready to hit the throttle on the Goodguys CPP AutoCross course at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the first time this season. Pleasanton events always attract a strong contingent of racers and there were dozens of competitors striving for fast times throughout the weekend, with aspirations of making it to the Sunday afternoon American AutoCross Shootout.
NorCal stalwart Mike Maier was once again wheeling Mike and Ingrid Ansell’s ’72 Corvette in the Speedtech Performance PRO-X class and found the fastest line around the track, running a 58.827 to top the other two class drivers – David Carroll and Casey Cronin – and claim the class win. After a bye run in the first round of the shootout, Maier lined up for a final-round match with David Carroll, who had raced his ’75 280Z past Casey Cronin’s ’72 Vette in round one. Carroll dipped into the 58-second realm in that final run, but his 58.923 couldn’t match the blistering 58.115 that Maier ripped off, which earned him the shootout victory.
In the Summit Racing PRO class, Brian Hobaugh topped the five-car pack with a best time of 60.844 in his ’73 Camaro. But it was Rick Ray who stepped in and won the PRO All American Shootout in his ’71 Camaro, running a 62.111 to top the 68.111 run by Roy Adams in his ’65 Mustang during the final-round matchup.
Bill Graves Sr. raced for his third straight weekend of the season and made it count, winning the Forgeline Street Machine class in his ’66 Corvette with a fast run of 60.323-seconds. He was joined in the All American Shootout by Craig Johnson (’63 Ford Falcon – 62.184), Matthew Mielczarek (’74 Vega – 62.281), and Matt Roberts (’82 Corvette – 62.435). Graves and Johnson both advanced to the final round, where Graves laid down a 60.241 to top Johnson’s 61.354 and capture the double victory.
In addition to running PRO-X in his Datsun, David Carroll raced his ’74 Blazer in the LMC Truck class and topped the class with a 61.027-second run. Joining him in the shootout were Brandon Nevels (’86 Chevy S10 – 63.066), Daniel Rojas (’72 El Camino – 65.61), and Keenan Smith (’63 Ranchero – 65.88). Carroll raced past Smith and Nevels topped Rojas to make the final round. Carroll had a distinct advantage and even though he slowed from his best time and ran a 61.261, he still beat the 63.030 of Nevels and earned the double victory.
In the Gearstar Sports Car class, three-time AutoCrosser of the Year Scott Fraser topped the lineup with a fast time of 59.264 in his ’89 Corvette, which was a significant gap from second-place finisher David Bishop in his ’92 Mustang (67.202), and third-place finisher Edgar Rodriguez in his ’89 Corvette (67.743). Fraser and Bishop faced off in the shootout final, where Bishop’s 67.975 was no match for Fraser’s 60.051, which gave Fraser the shootout win, too.
Alexander Ayzman won the FiTech Challenger class in his ’68 Datsun 510, while Jason Trantham’s C8 Corvette took home the class win in the Tremec All American class. Trantham faced off against Artem Rakhov’s 2013 Ford Focus in the All American shootout final, where Trantham stayed on his winning pace and ran a 62.442 to Rakhov’s 63.335 to win the double victory.
Photos by Steven Bunker