Import Face-Off kicked their season into high gear with the Bradenton opener, where Yonke Racing’s Civic topped the FWD class with an 11.27 at 128.47mph after Cesar Olin’s K-powered dragster broke during the second round of qualifying. Forced Induction Pro’s victory went to Vijay Ramkissoon as his Supra set an amazing 8.201 at 175mph; Forced Induction Sport’s victory belonged to Brian Sandrock with his 11-second Civic. The SeptSkyline R35 GT-R, known for blowing up the factory transmission last year due to repeated use of the factory launch control, tried to make a comeback but left early on due to mechanical issues. The All Motor Pro for the weekend was Marc Podkowik, who was able to lay down a 10.890 run with a K-series Civic. Best of Show went to Gina Papadopoulos for her Nissan 350Z while Best Club goes to Team Solo’s gang of VIP entries.
Royal Purple Raceway; Houston, TX
Meanwhile, in the great state of Texas, some of the fastest FWD racers were set to run in a massive best 2 out of 3 race with a $4000 prize for the winner. But due to bad weather and track conditions, that grudge match is being pushed back for a later date this year. Still, this drag race attracted about 3,000 people, with show honors going to Chris Shively for his Z (Best of Show) and Team 16Niss (Club Represent).