Goodguys Duel in the Desert, Fuel Curve

Duel in the Desert Will Crown AutoCrosser of the Year

After a full season of racing, the Goodguys 2018 F.A.S.T. AutoCrosser of the Year will be crowned at this weekend’s Goodguys 21st Southwest Nationals Nov 16-18 at Westworld of Scottsdale. The 32-car elimination style “Duel in the Desert” race will be contested for the six consecutive year. A brand new course layout awaits this year’s contestants.

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Speedway Motors team driver Robby Unser seeks to defend his AutoCrosser of the Year title but will face the usual stiff competition from three-time winner Danny Popp, former winner Brian Hobaugh and this year’s Pro Class champion Jared Leisinger in his Summit Racing-sponsored 1964 Corvette roadster. Jared’s older brother Josh will field his ’64 Corvette coupe – also a Summit Racing team car. The 2018 truck class winner Jason Brady, will also be on hand to mix it up.

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But all eyes will be on Unser in his purple and yellow Speedway Motors ’67 Camaro. Unser is optimistic about a repeat bid. “We are really looking forward to going to Scottsdale this year — Ken Thwaits, and Al Unser Jr. are all going to be at the big show with us, it’s going to be a great time” he said. “Speedway Motors and the team did a great job with the car to be able to win last year, which was no easy feat with the competition that is usually there. With the level of competition that shows up to all of these events, we worked very hard this year and collaborating with our friends at Ridetech which has really helped us out. We had a great time at Columbus, hard fight, getting better and more impressive every year, and we are looking forward to stepping our game up again as its going be needed. Overall, really excited for this show, the one event of the year to get east and west coast people together. It will be a tough fight, and will be a lot fun to watch — don’t miss it!”

So far, 22 of the 32 slots are pre-determined leaving 10 spots open for race-in qualifying opportunities at the event. Qualifying and time trails will be held Friday 11/16 as well as the first half of Saturday 11/17. The Duel in the Desert Shootout will begin at approximately 2pm Saturday afternoon.

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Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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