15th BASF Nashville Nationals CPP AutoCross Series Recap

Goodguys AutoCross returned to the start of it all last weekend at the 15th running of the BASF Nashville Nationals. Fifteen years ago, the first Goodguys AutoCross event was held in Nashville and since then the Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series has evolved into a competitive circuit with major awards, end of the year points championships, and a proving ground for new products and technology.



It’s safe to say that the Nashville event is a homecoming of sorts, and the vibe further enhances that point when walking the pits. Even with some early-morning showers on Friday, the Nashville CPP AutoCross Series course welcomed the largest contingent of racers to date this season, with fast and furious action throughout the weekend and many new faces and cars on the track. When the rain ceased, the track staff worked diligently to get the track dried as quick as possible.

Racers hit the track for the second half the day on Friday and ran strong throughout the rest of the weekend. From the PRO-X Class down to the Challenger class fields were packed, and Sunday provided a great turnout of All American vehicles.

Class winners were crowned for overall class wins by fastest time and the (4) four-car shootout ladders were compiled. Josh Leisinger topped the PRO-X class and doubled up by running quicker than the always-fast Robby Unser to claim the Wilwood Music City Mayhem Shootout PRO-X win. In PRO, Jason Brady won the class, but Ryan Mathews came back from third place to win the shootout. The Forgeline Street Machine class saw a double-up class and shootout win from Mike Goodman, as did the LMC Truck class with Danny Cartwright. Stacy Herman took the FiTech Fuel Injection Challenger class victory. When the dust had settled after the Wilwood Disc Brakes All American Sunday action, Gary Farless emerged as the victor in both the class and shootout in his LS-swapped Nissan.

Goodguys is wrapping up a three-week swing this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas at the 1st Meguiar’s All-Star Get-Together. The CPP AutoCross Series is running hot and heavy all weekend as points battles are heating up. To view the live timing presented by Optima this weekend, CLICK HERE.

Photos by Steven Bunker, Damon Lee & Terry Lysak

Associate Editor

A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.