Weekend Rewind! Kicking Off the 2022 Goodguys Season at the 12th LMC Truck Spring Lone Star Nationals

Goodguys witnessed the transition to spring – and the dawning of a new event season – this weekend in Texas as the 12th LMC Truck Spring Lone Star Nationals rolled into Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Despite a damp and chilly start, the weekend turned into a fantastic celebration of all things automotive as we fired up the Goodguys Good Times and hit the throttle on a thrilling new season!

When you combine Texas tradition with the influence of event sponsor LMC Truck, you know you’re going to have a great selection of hot haulers on the premises. Indeed, the LMC Truck Ultimate Truck Showcase special parking area was overflowing with pickups, SUVs, and other cool commercial vehicles. From restored stock, to radically restyled, these trick trucks demonstrated a full spectrum of cool.

Building on a new tradition started in 2021, we had two Texas builders selecting a Builder’s Choice Top 10: KC Mathieu from KC’s Paint Shop, and Jason Hill from Hill’s Hot Rods. Each builder chose at least five trucks for their respective Top 10s. Here are the fine rides that caught KC’s eye:

And if you think those are cool, you’re bound to dig the Top 10 lineup chosen by Jason Hill:

Beyond the Top 10s and Ultimate Truck Showcase, we celebrated Texas truck culture with a special Truck Track Cruise ahead of the cars on Saturday evening, plus a special trucks-only burnout competition. If you didn’t get your fill of pickups during the weekend, you simply weren’t trying!

Goodguys also made its first Meguiar’s Top 12 finalist selections for 2022. We chose Dan Duffy’s ’61 Impala for the Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year finalist; Joel Jackson’s ’66 SS396 Chevelle as the Snap-on Muscle Car of the Year finalist; Tyler Dahlgren’s ’66 Chevy C10 for the LMC Truck of the Year Late finalist; and Amie Angelo’s ’40 Chevy Suburban as the Scott’s Hotrods Truck of the Year Early finalist.

The Goodguys media team also made some picks, staying in the truck vein with Ryan Cashman’s flamed ’95 Chevy dually for the Fuel Curve Pick, and Alan Button’s ’90s-style ’87 C10 as the Goodguys Feature Pick.

This weekend marked the start of a new Goodguys CPP AutoCross season, as well, with new classes and rules that should make the action even more exciting. Many classes picked up where they left off last year, with familiar names finding the winners circle for class wins and victories in the Lone Star Shootout presented by Tremec. Last year’s CPP AutoCrosser of the Year, Josh Leisinger, won the Speedtech Performance PRO-X class and shootout in his Crusher II ’64 Corvette, and debuted a new car – a ’97 Corvette – to compete in (and win) the new Gearstar Sports Car Class. The Summit Racing Equipment PRO class and shootout were won by Jason Bottenfield in his ’69 Camaro, while Bill Graves Sr. found his comfort zone and claimed the Forgeline Street Machine class and shootout victories in his ’66 Corvette roadster. Rob MacGregor won the LMC Truck class and shootout driving Bill Holt’s ’86 C10. A strong showing on All American Sunday made for some exciting late-model action, where Marty Clarke returned to win the Tremec All American Sunday class and Tremec All American Shootout in his 2021 Tesla Model 3.

We had a huge turnout of Texas thoroughbreds on Saturday as the North Texas Foxbody Club brought a great selection of ’80s and ’90s Mustangs out to join in the Goodguys fun. We’re seeing more and more of these cool cars at Goodguys events and love to have them in the mix!

The rest of the weekend was wall-to-wall automotive fun, with an expansive swap meet in the infield, a smokin’ Burnout Competition on Saturday, live music, and a wide range of vendor exhibits to explore and shop at. We finished it off with Meguiar’s All American Sunday, welcoming in later-model American-made and American-powered rides to have some Goodguys fun.

Now that we’ve turned the key in Texas, we’re ready to accelerate into our spring fling of kickoff events! We’ll be in Scottsdale, Arizona next weekend for the 12th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals presented by Grundy Collector Car Insurance, and then we’re heading to the West Coast for two consecutive weekends after that. The 2022 Goodguys Good Times are getting rolling – come join us for some hot rod fun!

Photos by Damon Lee, John Jackson & Terry Lysak

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.