DSE’s 1st Annual Southern Slam a Huge Success
Mooresville, NC – The 1st Annual American Street Car Series Southern Slam hosted by Detroit Speed had everything you could ask for in a weekend event. From old muscle cars to new, the competitors came out in numbers and put on a show running the road course on Saturday and finishing up on the autocross Sunday morning.
The Detroit Speed crew arrived at Carolina Motorsports Park early Friday afternoon for setup and to get some track time with the 1970 Camaro Test Car, the 1969 Camaro Test Car, the 1966 Mustang Test Car, the FR500S Mustang and the new 2012 Camaro. As more and more familiar faces pulled into the track the buzz surrounding the weekend was beginning to build. Kyle took a group of drivers out on the track for some on course tips to keep them on the track and keep their times low. Then it hit. Just as a few of our test cars and other competitors were finishing up some late afternoon runs, the clouds collapsed and let loose a heavy rain that lasted into the early hours of Saturday morning. The track testing for the day was over, but the event was just beginning.
Saturday morning was ushered in by unseasonably cool temperatures but plenty of sunshine. After tech and registration was finished the competitors gathered underneath the Detroit Speed hauler for the driver’s meeting and some last minute tips on handling a damp and cool track. The road course started just after 9:00 AM with 6 run groups of 8-10 cars getting around 10-15 minutes of track time. Kyle and Stacy Tucker having hundreds and hundreds of lap experience at CMP were out in front of each pack for a warm up that allowed the drivers to see the line that would yield the lowest track times.
The roar of engines and squeal of tires were the background music for a morning of non-stop road course racing that lasted right up until the last minute for lunch. This was a great chance for the drivers to make any minor or major modifications to their vehicles trying to pry any extra time they could away from the notoriously unforgiving track at CMP. It was also a great chance to give the engine a breather and cool down for what would be a warmer afternoon filled with more road course racing.
Racing was back underway just before 2:00 PM with drivers itching to get back on the course and knock some time off of their morning runs. The afternoon brought with it more sunshine and higher temperatures which resulted in high track and tire temps. You had to be careful to follow your lines and trust the information that Kyle, Stacy and the other highly experienced CMP drivers had to offer. Stacy and Kyle also offered up their passenger seat for ride alongs the entire day so drivers could see the perfect lines at high speed.
Racing lasted throughout the afternoon until the early evening hours. A low country boil was in store for all who attended the event following a long day of road course racing. Following the low country boil was the ever competitive go-kart racing and as always Albert Melchoir of Carbon Customs broke out the grill and whipped up some pork chops and steaks throughout the evening. Drivers relaxed and re-energized for what would prove to be an exciting day of high-speed autocross action Sunday morning.
Sunday morning was even cooler than Saturday with low temps sitting in the high 30’s as the sun came up over the horizon. Another driver’s meeting and a quick walk through of the track preceded the non-stop fast paced autocross action. With a large track the event organizers were able to send three competitors out at a time staggered to optimize the amount of runs each driver would be able to make. The autocross track was just over a mile long with runs in the low 60’s. The competition was tight the entire time with the winner posting a time just under a second better than the 2nd place finisher.
After all the excitement was over it was time for the awards ceremony. Mike Holleman, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday, was awarded the Spirit of the Event award which comes with an invitation to showcase his ride at SEMA and compete in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Pahrump, NV following the show. We also presented Scott Carey and his 1964 Chevelle with the Gear Jammer award. Scott actually had to stop at a driveshaft shop in Mooresville, NC and install his new driveshaft in the Mooresville Wal-Mart parking lot before continuing on to Kershaw and competing hard all weekend. Congrats also goes out to Douglas Wind who won the road course portion of the event and to Daniel Walters who took home the autocross trophy.
We were absolutely thrilled with the entire turnout at Carolina Motorsports Park and had a blast with many friendly faces new and old. We look forward to the second annual event next year! We would like to thank American Street Car Series for allowing us to be part of their family and also BFGoodrich and Jet-Hot who are the perfect sponsors for an event like this. We’ll see you
1. Kyle Tucker – 1:44.341
2. Ryan Mathews – 1:45.277
3. Brian Finch – 1:46.194
4. Stacy Tucker – 1:48.891
Southern Slam Autocross Results
1. Ryan Mathews – 60.947
2. Kyle Tucker – 61.000
3. Brian Finch – 61.222
4. Stacy Tucker – 63.694