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Mitsubishi EVO & Subaru WRX - BF Good Rich Street Wars - Evo Vs. WRX

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Jan 1, 2006 SHARE
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The biggest trend in drag racing is pitting the Mitsubishi Evo VIII against the Subaru WRX. These two cars go at each other like a pair of Alpha males fighting for the last spot in the gene pool. As competitive as the action is on the track these two tuning camps seem to get along very well. It makes sense as the cars have so much in common-all-wheel drive, turbo four power plants, done up interiors, big brakes and rally-inspired ancestry. There have been a half dozen or so of these match-ups and 2005 saw them evolve at a quick rate.

The BFGoodrich Street Wars event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park delivered the goods as the only three Evos to dip into the 9s were in attendance along with a few other Diamond Stars with single-digit capability. The usually overmatched Subaru camp was in with a chance as the Big Valley STi from Puerto Rico was shipped in to do battle down the quarter mile.

After the first round the Subaru camp was in dire straights indeed. Outnumbered eight to one, only the Big Valley STi remained alive in the competition. It was soon evident that Rolando Rest and the Big Valley STi were on a collision course with Al Friedman and the Dynoflash Evo.

In the semis it was a battle of Turbo magazine cover cars as Friedman (Evo Envy, October 2004) squared off against Dan Cokic (Firepower, October 2005). A lot less than a year separated these Evos on the track as Friedman prevailed 10.618 to 11.437. That set up the showdown at high noon everybody was hoping for as the Big Valley car dispensed of Paul Placido with a 10.564 in the other semi. The consistently quick STi did not flinch and its 10.620 covered Friedman's 10.800. But Friedman's off pace 116 mph trap speed signaled something was amiss with the Diamond Star. Post race inspection uncovered a split rocker arm.

The crowd, which provided an atmosphere thick with anticipation, erupted like a turbo at full boost as the two combatants left the line and buzz was still palpable many minutes after the race. How big will this rivalry get? With the quality of the cars in question and the quality of the people behind them we expect bigger and better things in 2006.

Street Wars 2

Street Stock/Street Tuner
W: Chuck Render ('90 Regal) 17.762, 71.09 (17.73 dial)
R/U: Kevin Render ('89 Celica) 17.805, 71.24 (17.74 dial)
Semis: Ryan Kuhnle ('65 Belvedere)
Street Modified/Street Outlaw
W: Tom Nieradka ('71 Chevelle) 13.042, 97.26 (12.95 dial)
R/U: Ray Eugenio ('89 Mustang) 14.011, 99.70 (13.98 dial)
Semis: Frank Schear ('93 Corvette); Frank Fiori ('79 Corvette)
WRX/Evo Bracket
W: Ricardo Bailey ('05 Evo) 13.106, 103.13 (13.00 dial)
R/U: Mike Norton ('03 Evo) foul

Evo/WRX Car Show

EVO VS. WRX
1ST PLACE JAMES FOURNIER TURBOSMART WRX
2ND PLACE CAELIN SWANSON GUNMETAL EVO
3RD PLACE DIMITRI TSOUNGES WRX
BEST OF SHOW EVO
MIKE EVO
BEST OF SHOW WRX
BILLY HOANG WRX

Evo/WRX Autocross

STOCK
1ST PLACE JADRICE TOUSSAINT TIME: 33.009
2ND PLACE ROGERS SIMON TIME: 33.264
3RD PLACE IAN MCFETRIDGE TIME: 33.342
4TH PLACE PETER SCHWENZER TIME: 33.770
MODIFIED    
1ST PLACE KEVIN LAU TIME: 30.644
2ND PLACE JAN WANG TIME: 31.673
3RD PLACE JUSTIN GAYLORD TIME: 33.013
4TH PLACE PAUL PLACIDO TIME: 33.077
EVO VS. WRX (SINGLE RUN AUTOCROSS ELIMINATIONS)
W: JAN WANG TIME: 31.841
R/U: JUSTIN GAYLORD TIME: 33.340

Evo vs. WRX Heads Up

RACER HOMETOWN CAR RT TIME MPH
ROUND #1
(W)DAN COKIC MILFORD, CONN. '03 EVO .567 11.393 129.54
(L)ANTHONY MAURO SELDEN, N.Y. '04 WRX .389 13.589 105.57
(W) NICK-PRECISION DYNO MOORESTOWN, N.J. '03 EVO .937 12.225 115.26
(L) ARMEN RAMOZIAN SADDLE BROOK, N.J. EVO .954 14.953 97.35
(W) ROLANDO RESTO DORADO, PUERTO RICO '04 WRX .876 10.687 137.02
(L) IVAN CAPRAROLA FREDERICK, MD. '03 EVO .838 12.139 117.18
(W) AURELIO MENUZZO WESTBURY, N.Y. '98 EVO .737 13.098 73.94
(L) ANTHONY MENNELLA ROCKVILLE CENTER, N.Y. '02 WRX .934 14.136 95.67
(W) ALLAN FRIEDMAN STAMFORD, CONN. '03 EVO .843 11.447 126.32
(L) ANTHONY CEDIOLLI UNCASVILLE, CONN. '04 WRX .495 13.313 99.66
(W) JEFF HILL FLEMINGTON, N.J. EVO .579 13.264 74.14
(L) MIKE SLAGTEIR WAYNE, N.J. '04 WRX .816 13.804 70.47
(W) PAUL PLACIDO NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. '03 EVO .446 10.838 100.97
(L) PHIL GRABOW GAITHERSBURG, MD. '02 WRX 1.096 13.468 99.68
(W) ERIC JONES ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL. '03 EVO .839 11.768 122.98
(L) JOSEPH FALLETTA PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y. '05 WRX .755 14.212 99.19
(W) CHRIS PARBINSON CONOWINGO, MD. '03 EVO .324 12.033 114.47
(L) CAR #5020     1.203 13.736 104.18
ROUND #2
(W) ROLANDO RESTO DORADO, PUERTO RICO '04 WRX .502 10.884 131.29
(L) AURELIO MENUZZO WESTBUY, N.Y. '98 EVO .559 11.033 124.67
(W) DAN COKIC MILFORD, CONN. '03 EVO .407 10.918 133.62
(L) JEFF HILL FLEMINGTON, N.J. EVO .223 11.513 114.49
(W) ALLAN FRIEDMAN STAMFORD, CONN. '03 EVO .446 10.686 134.98
(L) ERIC JONES ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL. '03 EVO .321 11.174 143.37
(W) PAUL PLACIDO NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. '03 EVO .547 12.724 117.13
(L) NICK-PRECISION DYNO MOORESTOWN, N.J. '03 EVO .720 BROKE
ROUND #3
(W) ALLAN FRIEDMAN STAMFORD, CONN '03 EVO .805 10.618 136.04
(L) DAN COKIC MILFORD, CONN. '03 EVO .271 11.437 129.23
(W) ROLANDO RESTO DORADO, PUERTO RICO '04 WRX .334 10.564 135.18
(L) PAUL PLACIDO NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. '03 EVO .475 12.294 115.49
ROUND #4
(W) ROLANDO RESTO DORADO, PUERTO RICO '04 WRX .274 10.620 136.04
(L) ALLAN FRIEDMAN STAMFORD, CONN. '03 EVO .699 10.800 116.77

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