Scott Fraser Wins Back-to-Back AutoCrosser of the Year Titles

Scott Fraser doubled up on his 2018 AutoCrosser of the Year title by conquering a field of 32 top-tier racers in this year’s Duel in the Desert and capturing the Goodguys 2019 FAST AutoCrosser of the Year crown. The Duel in the Desert took place Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona, during the season-ending Goodguys 22nd Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals presented by Barrett-Jackson.

Fraser’s win came in the seat of Bruce Cambern’s ’66 AC Cobra – an original, real-deal Shelby that Bruce has owned since 1965. Fraser has been the car’s driver for several season and he and Cambern continue to dial in both the heavily modified chassis and the Kinetics Race Engines-built 440c.i. Ford big block for maximum performance. All that work and preparation paid off over the past two days in Arizona.

Fraser started the shootout in the number-one qualifying spot with a 36.327-second time. He defeated JB Boyer, David Carroll, Brian Peters, and Jared Leisinger on the way to the final round, where he met up with Ryan Mathews driving the Detroit Speed Corvette. Fraser got faster along the way, dipping into the 35-second zone in each round. And despite a cone penalty that made Mathews’ final run relatively uncompetitive at 37.479, Fraser still ripped off a 34.999 in the final round to take the win.

For the second year in a row, brothers Josh and Jared Leisinger had to race each other to determine third and fourth places. It was a tight matchup in their Summit-sponsored Corvettes, but Josh was just a bit quicker with 35.220-second run to Jared’s 35.500. The 32-car Duel was another exciting Goodguys AutoCross Shootout and a fantastic way to finish the racing season. Goodguys would like to thank sponsors BFGoodrich, Clayton Machine Works, Speedway Motors, and K&N for presenting such a spectacular race. Check out some of the day’s action in this gallery of the 2019 Duel in the Desert field.

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.