Detroit Speed Employee Spotlight – Matt Sale
1. Name and Occupation?
Matt-Sale Howell – Quality Control Manager
2. How many years at Detroit Speed?
3. Hometown and State?
4. Favorite Detroit Speed Test Car and why?
I love all DSE Test Cars! If I have to pick one then it would pick Chevy II because I love how DSE fixed it up to show extraordinary features and remain humble at same time.
5. What do you like best about your job?
Participating in special project designs along with my daily job overseeing quality of products in machine and fab shops.
6. What’s your dream car/truck?
1969 Black Mustang BOSS 429,1969 F100 custom and lowered,
1979 Bronco custom and lifted
7. Favorite interest/hobby when not at work?
Racing and spend time with my precious family including movie and travel.
8. Favorite movie/movies?
Many movies!!! My top three most memorable movies are:
– Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
– Back to Future I, II, & III
9. Pet Peeve?
Slow cars on left lane! Please share road!
10. Favorite quote/best advice to give?
“Do it (wisely) and know instead of wonder what if.”
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Mooresville, NC – If there was ever a time to put down some dominate numbers and come away with a couple of segment victories, this was the weekend. It was the Optima “Search for the Ultimate Street Car’s” first double points event of the season and it worked out very well for Kyle Tucker and his Detroit Speed 1970 Camaro Test Car at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.
As usual, the Detroit Speed sponsored Autocross and the Wilwood Speed Stop Challenge were the first segments Saturday morning and provided lots of action whether you were participating or if you were just hanging out in the pits amongst the crowd.
Kyle and the Detroit Speed 1970 Camaro were on point from the get go, laying down times hovering in the mid to high :13’s until he put down his best time on his second to last run (:13.60) which was enough to claim the top spot and 50 points for the segment victory. Not to rest on his laurels, Kyle was also pushing hard on the autocross and ended up with 2nd place and another 44 points to add to his weekend collection. Detroit Speed dealer and good friend, Billy Utley took the top spot in the autocross driving his DSE “Equipped” 1972 Chevy Nova.
The road rally took place at the end of the day and took off from the speedway and ended at the Lingenfelter Design Collection in Brighton, MI. Thanks for their hospitality, great food, and beautiful cars to look at. It was, also, 5 minutes from Kyle and Stacy’s house where Detroit Speed got its start. It was pretty neat to head back and see where it all started.
Sunday was more of the same from Kyle and the DSE 1970 Camaro Test Car. The Hot Lap Challenge gave the drivers a chance to really open up their cars with a 1.9 mile inside road course at Michigan. Kyle’s first run of the day would have been good enough to capture first place and the full 50 points but he ended up besting that and put down a blistering 1:23.076 a few sessions later that no one was able to come close to.
Congratulations are in order for Mr. Billy Utley. Billy topped the GTV Class and was awarded his invitation to the season ending event in Las Vegas for the 2nd year in a row! Congrats Billy! We would also like to congratulate Bryan Johnson on his podium finish in the GT class and our very own Project Foreman, Chris Porter, on his podium finish in the GTV class.
Rick Hoback, driving his C5 Corvette, had good runs on the road course on Sunday. Unfortunately, due to another commitment, he could only attend on Sunday. Thanks Rick for flying the DSE flag proudly! Rick wasn’t the only one flying the flag, DSE “Equipped” cars were out in full force and ran hard all weekend. If you have been following the Optima events in person or on social media, one thing you will notice is all the “63” images and decals around. The decal is for Todd Rumpke, our friend who drives the Snoopy C6 Corvette. He is in a difficult battle right now, and at the end of the day, we are all a family out there and would do anything to support a friend and fellow driver.
Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Michigan Highlights:
- Kyle won the Speed Stop Challenge taking the maximum 50 points during this double points weekend
- Kyle claimed the top spot during the Sunday Hot Lap Challenge
- Kyle finished a close 2nd in the Detroit Speed Sponsored Autocross, finishing just behind Billy Utley.
- Dealer and close friend, Billy Utley, clinched his invite to the season ending event in Las Vegas with a 1st overall in the GTV class in his DSE “Equipped” 1972 Nova
It was another fun weekend full of friends and racing and we eagerly await the next Optima event as it is taking place in our back yard. We look forward to seeing everyone at Charlotte Motor Speedway July 25th – 26th for the next event in the Optima “Search for the Ultimate Street Car” series.
Watch Detroit Speed owner Kyle Tucker take some laps around Michigan International Speedway during Optima’s “Search for the Ultimate Street Car” during the Hot Lap Challenge segment of the event. Kyle went on to win the GTV Class Hot Lap Challenge by more than 4 seconds.
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