Goodguys 17th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals Autocross Recap

The Del Mar Nationals is the fourth stop on the 2017 show season for Goodguys and, according to many, is one of the crown jewel shows to attend. Between the perfect weather, the amazing ocean views,great scenic photography, delicious restaurants nearby and thousands of cool hot rods to look at it’s understandable why so many people make the trip to Del Mar year after year. This year as well as last, the weekend coincided with the SCCA ProSolo and NMCA West events held in Fontana at Auto Club Speedway.

Friday and Saturday’s autocross action brought out 51 vehicles to try their fate on the compact yet very technical track. So technical in the fact that many drivers were not too happy with this year’s course layout. After talking with John Borcher of “Goodguys” he broke it down very simply by stating sure I could’ve made the track the same as last year but what fun is that? Wouldn’t the drivers prefer a new and different course? Well, some did and some did not. Apparently, the old addage is true: “You can’t please everyone.” Speaking with Mark Allen and his killer 1967 RS/SS Camaro he stated: “I don’t care what kind of course it is, it’s fun either way”.

Chevelle Del Mar Goodguys Autocross 2017

Goodguys Pro Class

The “Pro” class only brought out 6 entries which are a little low for Del Mar from recent years but with the other autocross events taking place the same weekend, it was understandable why. Casey Cronin took home the top spot in his 1972 corvette with a winning time of 0:43.081 overtaking Greg Thurmond’s lead from earlier in the day. It stands to reason that Greg’s head wasn’t completely in the game as his wife Jane during one of her stints hit a k-rail causing her to end her weekend early. Luckily Jane was fine and only caused some cosmetic damage to her 1964 Corvette called “Scarlett”.

Casey Cronin 1972 Corvette Pro Class winner Del Mar Goodguys autocross
Casey Cronin – 1972 Corvette – Pro Class winner

Pro Class Results:

Position Driver Car Best Lap
1 Casey Cronin 1972 chevy corvette 00:43.1
2 Greg Thurmond 1965 Chevy corvette 00:44.1
3 Matt Alcala 1965 Ford Mustang 00:46.3
4 Jane Thurmond 1964 Chevy Corvette 00:48.1
5 Mike Sullivan 1965 Chevy El Camino 00:49.1
6 Bret Voelkel 1969 Ford Mustang 00:55.3

Goodguys Street Machine Class

“Street Machine” class brought out the most entries as 38 cars registered to race there way into the “Pro” class for the finals in Scottsdale in November later this year. General Motors was the product of choice for two-thirds of the Street Machine class with a few Fords and a couple Mopar’s sprinkled in for good measure. At the end of the day, it was Rick Jung in his 1968 Ciro Racing Chevy Corvette holding onto the quickest time for the win. Cheryl Herrick in her Chevy Nova placed second and headed over to the NMCA West event to compete on Sunday. Rounding out the top three was Michael Erickson and his 4-Door Big Block Chevelle.

Rick Jung 1968 Corvette Street Machine Class Winner Del Mar Goodguys autocross 2017
Rick Jung – 1968 Corvette – Street Machine Class Winner

Street Machine Results:

Position Driver Car Best Lap
1 Rick Jung 1968 Chevy Corvette 00:43.9
2 Cheryl Herrick  chevy Nova 00:45.1
3 Michael Erickson   Chevrolet 00:45.2
4 Gregg Blundell   chevy 00:45.5
5 Mark Allen   Chevrolet 00:45.5
6 Ian Sakurai   ford 00:45.8
7 Cody Marque   Ford 00:45.9
8 Mike Young   ford 00:45.9
9 Matt Alcala 1969 Chevy Camaro 00:46.0
10 Todd Vierra   chevy 00:46.1
11 Chris Meyer   chevy 00:46.3
12 Brandon Thurman 1967 Chevy Camaro 00:46.5
13 Andrew Leggio 1969 Chevy Camaro 00:46.7
14 Ron Myers 1969 Chevy Camaro 00:46.9
15 Mike Selvaggio 1967 Chevy Camaro 00:47.3
16 George Dias   Chevy 00:47.4
17 Robbie Conklin   Chevrolet 00:47.9
18 Zane Graham 1971 Chevy Camaro 00:47.9
19 Charles Davis   chevy 00:48.0
20 Gerald Lum   Camaro 00:48.7
21 Nick Herrington   Mustang 00:49.4
22 Mike Byron  Chevy Camaro 00:50.2
23 Dick Martin 1971 Chevy Camaro 00:50.9
24 Ryan Half 1968 Ford Mustang 00:51.0
25 Rick Nogy 1969 Chevy Camaro 00:51.1
26 Jason Pecikonis 1965 Mustang Vicious 00:51.3
27 William Dale 1967 Chevy Camaro 00:52.3
28 Joe Roach 1966 Plymouth Barracuda 00:52.6
29 Rusty Thompson 1970 Olds Vista Cruiser 00:53.0
30 Jerry MC  Nulty Dodge 00:53.4
31 Rick Markey 1967 Chevy Camaro 00:53.9
32 Ralph Hollis 1970 Pontiac GTO 00:54.5
33 Ron Friel 1964 Ford Falcon/Sprint 00:55.2
34 Peter Madsen 1956 Chevy 210 00:56.2
35 Jeff Howe 1965 Chevy Malibu SS 00:56.4
36 Chris Humphrey  Chevy 00:57.1
37 Francsico Preciado 1966 Ford Mustang 01:01.7
38 Mike Regan 1967 Ford Mustang 01:13.2

Goodguys Hot Rod, Truck and Fun Run Classes

Unfortunately, there were only seven total entries between the “Hot Rod”, Truck”, and “Fun Run” classes. Dennis Russel took home first place in the Hot Rod class as he had the pleasure of only racing against himself, seeing as he was the only entrant in that class.

The truck class only brought out three entries with Bill Kinsman (AKA T-Rex) with his 1972 Bronco taking the win and was promoted to the Pro Class along with the other winners in their respected class. Talking with Bill and his win he felt the technical course suited the short wheelbase Bronco he pilots better than if he had run the NMCA event which offers higher speeds and less hairpin turns.  Bill’s T-Rex appearance is part of what makes Del Mar at can’t miss event for so many.  It’s not just about the fun on course, but the fun off the course too!

Bill Kinsman 1972 Ford Bronco Truck Class Winner Del Mar Goodguys Autocross 2017
Bill Kinsman – 1972 Bronco – Truck Class Winner

The Fun Run class consists of vehicles that for whatever reason don’t meet all the rules and regulations to enter one of the other three classes that Goodguys offers in Autocross. Mike Ahlstrom and his super cool VW Dune Buggy took the top time of the weekend to earn him a first place award. Unlike the other categories, the Fun Run does not offer a Pro category, therefore, he’s not offered a chance to compete in Scottsdale like the other class winners.

Hot Rod Results:
1T 1026 Dennis Russel Ford 0:49.030

Truck Results:

Position Driver Car Best Lap
1 Bill Kinsman 1972 Ford Bronco 00:45.7
2 Scott Nelson 1956 Ford Panel 00:51.5
3 Jacob Kidwell 1966 GMC K1000 01:06.2

Fun Run Results:

Position Driver Car Best Lap
1 Mike Ahlstrom VW Dune Buggy 00:43.6
2 Ray Thompson  1955 Chevy 00:54.1
3 Francisco Preciado 1966 Ford Mustang 00:57.3

Overall, it was a great weekend of autocross, amazing friends and awesome cars and trucks from the west coast that make this event a must attend in my book. I’ m already looking forward to the 2018 Goodguys Del Mar show.

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